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15 July 2009, 04:50 pm
MORRISON And RHODES Hit The Front At 49er Worlds
Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES of Great Britain
Brits Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES have hit the front after day two in Garda

49er World Championship 2009
Riva del Garda, Italy

Great Britain continues to dominate at the 49er Worlds in Garda, with three crews in the top five headed up by new overall leaders Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES.
Stevie MORRISON and Ben RHODES (GBR), the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Champions, were able to sail a 3, 1, 3 today to move into the overall lead. They are closely followed by fellow British teammates and ISAF Sailing World Cup leaders Paul CAMPBELL-JAMES and Mark ASQUITH, who sailed a 2, 3, 1 to keep the two teams just one point apart.

The Ora came in as planned at 13:00 and built slowly to about 18 knots, but soon dropped down to 12 with the last fleets coming off the water at 18:30. In these conditions, overnight leaders, Dave EVANS and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR) did not have such a great day and after finishes of 19, 16 and 18 drop from first to 15th overall.

Nico DELLE - KARTH and Nikolaus RESCH from Austria continue to look good. They lie in third on 11 points after 1, 6, 2 scores today (the sixth is their discard). Current World Champion Nathan OUTTERIDGE and new crew Iain JENSEN of Australia had a good day with three top-five finishes, including one race win, moving them up to fourth, tied with the Austrians on 11 points. It was also a good day for two-time Olympic medallists Iker MARTINEZ and Xabier FERNANDEZ (ESP), who after a shaky start yesterday came back strongly with 1, 3, 4 results today. They climb from 25th up to 12th overall.

Silja LEHTINEN (FIN), 2006 29er World Champion with crew Will HOWARD (AUS) leads the 29erXX Gold Cup posting a 2, 1, 1 today in trying conditions. The Swedish crew of Sara ENGSTRöM and Hanna DAHLBORG also posted good finishes, but a collision caused them a DNF in the last race. Tiina KOTAMIES and Camilla CEDERCREUTZ of Finland round out the top three of the 15-boat fleet.

Sailing continues tomorrow with three more races for the qualifying of the 49er class while the 29erXX fleet will have three remaining races to close out the Gold Cup.

49er Results - click here

Jerelyn Biehl (As Amended By ISAF)
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