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26 September 2007, 11:20 am
GBR And USA Start Well At Team Racing Worlds
Racing on day one
Racing on day one

ISAF Team Racing World Championship 2007
Gandia, Spain

Great Britain 2 And USA 1 leading the general classification after the opening day of racing at the ISAF Team Racing Worlds in Gandia, Spain.
Wind marked the start of the competition, causing a delay to the expected timetable, but it did nothing to halt the progress of GBR 2 and USA 1, who lead the classification after winning all their races on Tuesday. The three Spanish teams had quite different results: ESP 1 won twice, whilst ESP 2 and the ESP 3 scored one win apiece.

The wind wanted to play a part in the first day of the 2007 ISAF Team Racing World Championship, held in Gandia until 29 September. In general the weather conditions have been quite good, and although the wind didn't blow much, there was an average of 7 knots. There were two different race areas, one a bit further off the port in the first part of the day. In the afternoon, when the wind was blowing at 50º, the race area was set just opposite the yacht club. The day began sunny before the clouds moved in during the afternoon.

Fifty-two of the 72 scheduled races were completed, with the favourites justifying their billing.

Those most important teams have achieved what was expected winning all the races in which they took part. GBR2 and USA1 had six consecutive and dominant wins. The other two GBR representatives, GBR 1 and GBR 3, did not have such good results with three wins and three defeats for the later and GBR 1 also losing a match. The USA 2, the second American team, started really well, but was clearly beaten by GBR 1. The Australian team, one of the strongest candidates for the Gandia trophy, has won one and lost four with Murray JONES; as for AUS 2 and AUS 3, they have three and four victories respectively. Of the team Irish teams, IRL 1 was in the best position at the end of the day, achieving three wins, in the six races. IRL 2 scored two wins, whilst IRL 3 only got one. The only Japanese team in the competition remains winless.

As for the Spanish teams, ESP 1, representing the Comunitat Valenciana, had two wins against IRL 2 and IRL 3. The "derby" between the other two representatives was won by ESP 2, and finally ESP-3 has had its first and only win against GBR 3.

ISAF Team Racing Worlds microsite - www.sailing.org/teamworlds
Event Website - www.rcngandia.com/team-racing-world
Results - www.rcngandia.com/team-racing-world/gestion/archivos/250907_1.pdf

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