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23 July 2009, 09:40 am
Aussies Lead Into the Finals at the 29er Worlds
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2009 29er Worlds in Garda

29er World Championship 2009
Riva del Garda, Italy

Steven THOMAS and Blar TUKE (AUS/NZL) lead Hayley OUTTERIDGE and Iain JENSEN (AUS) as the qualification series ends and the fleet is split into gold, silver, bronze and emerald flights.
Hayley Outteridge and Iain JENSEN scored a 1-2-1 for the day to move them ahead of Judge RYAN and Matt NOBLE (USA) who scored 3-5-3 and remain in third overall. Steven THOMAS and Blair TUKE (AUS/NZL) sailed a discard in their second race of the day posting 1-17-2 results.

The Ora filled early in and began at 18 knots increasing to 20 knots out of the south. Four races were scheduled, but only three were completed per fleet.

The top youth team is Kévin FISCHER and Glenn GOURON of France who won all the races of the day, launching them into fourth overall. This team has won all the EuroCup events for the 29er Class in 2009 including the recently sailed Kiel Week. The top female team is Becky DIAMOND and Fiona Hampshire of Great Britain who sit in 35th overall.

Once protests are heard, the competitors will be split into their various groupings with the Gold fleet comprised of the top 25 teams and the remainder split equally between Silver, Bronze and Emerald.

Racing continues on Thursday 23 July to begin the final series and determine the 29er World Champions on Saturday.

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Jerelyn Biehl
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