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9 December 2005, 10:05 am
RAILEY Within A Whisker Of The Title
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Laser Radial World Championship 2005
Fortaleza, Brazil

As the final two races of the ISAF Grade W Laser Radial World Championship get underway in Fortaleza, Brazil today, Paige RAILEY (USA) lies on the brink of her first senior World title, holding a 17 point lead over second place Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA). Another impressive day yesterday from Sophie DE TURCKHEIM (FRA) has seen her move up into third place.
A finish of tenth or below in either of today's two races will guarantee RAILEY the first Laser Radial World title since it became the Olympic equipment in the Women's One Person Dinghy event. With a fifth and a third place in yesterday's races, the American Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion, winner of the ISAF Grade C1 European Championship and number one in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings looks set to continue her amazing first year on the senior circuit.

RAILEY, who turned 18 this year, is aiming to win the title in style saying, 'I have my fingers crossed for a good day at sea, and hope to celebrate with a first place.' Despite her 17 point lead, RAILEY is yet to score a victory in Fortaleza, with her commanding position a result of consistency. Whilst the remainder of the top ten have each recorded at least four double figure finishes, RAILEY has only one.

'I am really happy about today,' was RAILEY's natural reaction after the races yesterday. 'The shifts were a lot longer and you can could really get into them.' As a reminder that nothing is certain until the finish, RAILEY capsized on the first downwind leg when in the lead in the last race. 'I had just got into the lead and was starting to take off when I just flipped over! I thought I cannot believe this but it was OK as I got back to third.'

Behind RAILEY the battle for second place is tight with TUNNICLIFFE just three points ahead of DE TURCKHEIM. Five points back in fourth is Petra NIEMANN (GER), with defending World Champion Krystal WEIR (AUS) just a point behind her in fifth.

In the Men's fleet, home favourite Eduardo COUTO can make Brazilian history today, if he can convert a ten point overnight lead into his nation's first ever Laser Radial Men's World title. A second place and a bullet yesterday give COUTO a significant lead over second place Brad FUNK (USA), who also sailed well yesterday to record two third places.

Blair MCLAY (NZL) lies third overall, five points ahead of Andreas PERDICARIS (BRA) with Martin JENKINS (ARG) a further three points back in fifth.

Besides FUNK´s shadow, COUTO has other things to concern him in today's races. He has already received two yellow flags, and a third would lead to his exclusion. However the Brazilian is trying to put that aspect of the Championship to the back of his mind, 'I´m trying not to work with math. My strategy remains to stay calm and try to beat my opponent,' he said.

Women's Top Ten After Ten Races

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 USA Paige RAILEY 4 4 (18) 3 6 2 (8) 8 5 3 35
2 USA Anna TUNNICLIFFE 3 10 10 (18) 3 8 3 9 6 (14) 52
3 FRA Sophie DE TURCKHEIM 7 11 (29) (14) 4 1 7 14 7 4 55
4 GER Petra NIEMANN (15) 2 2 11 5 2 10 (19) 10 18 60
5 AUS Krystal WEIR 3 14 8 (18) (22) 5 4 1 17 9 61
6 AUS Sarah BLANCK 1 6 1 10 13 (16) 1 17 (18) 16 65
7 GER Hanne JANSCH 14 13 (37) 11 4 4 14 3 (25) 7 70
8 MEX Tania ELIAS CALLES 12 (14) 7 13 3 14 17 4 3 (20) 73
9 FRA Solenne BRAIN (21) 8 13 4 18 12 2 (21) 16 2 75
10 GBR Laura BALDWIN 11 15 (26) 2 14 11 5 13 (30) 8 79

Open Top Ten After Ten Races

Pos Nation Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 BRA Eduardo C. de Magalhães COUTO 3 1 6 (9) (DNF) 1 3 2 2 1 19
2 USA Brad FUNK (13) 3 (15) 11 1 3 2 3 3 3 29
3 NZL Blair MCLAY 5 (15) 8 4 (13) 8 1 5 4 2 37
4 BRA Andreas Reinisch PERDICARIS 1 8 (9) 8 5 5 6 (20) 5 6 44
5 ARG Martin JENKINS 13 4 (19) 5 2 (19) 8 1 6 8 47
6 RUS Timofey ZHBANKOV 7 7 10 5 (19) 4 9 9 1 (21) 52
7 BRA Daniel JAKOBSSON 2 4 13 (21) 3 1 (15) 13 11 5 52
8 RUS Igor LISOVENKO 1 (11) 2 3 8 3 (DSQ) 10 16 9 52
9 BRA Tiago Côrtes RODRIGUES 4 5 (12) 2 2 10 13 6 14 (30) 56
10 BRA Fábio DUTRA PILLAR E SILVA 11 1 1 6 (16) 13 19 7 (23) 15 73

For a complete list of all the news about the Laser Radial World Championship CLICK HERE.

ISAF (source: Event Media). Image, Paige RAILEY goes into the final day of the Worlds with victory within her grasp:© LC Moreira
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