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8 July 2007, 10:16 am
Day 6: Morning Report
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ISAF Sailing World Championships 2007
Cascais, Portugal

Day six of the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal brings crunch time for the Star and Tornado crews, with their final race in the opening series to decide the Medal Race line ups and Olympic qualification.
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The Laser and Laser Radial fleets begin their gold fleet races today on course area 3 and there is also in racing the RS:X, 49er and 470 fleets. After an exhausting day out on course area 5 yesterday, it's a welcome lay day for the Finn and Yngling fleet.

The forecast is similar to yesterday, with plenty of breeze and waves out on course areas 4 and 5, where the Tornado, Star and 470 fleets will be racing. Closer into shore the flukey breeze will present more challenging conditions for the remaining fleets.

Crucial Day

It is a big day in both the Star and Tornado fleets. There are 20 different nations represented in the Star gold fleet, with just 11 national places up for grabs for the Beijing Olympics. There is a big battle with Australia, USA, Croatia, Switzerland and Bermuda occupying places 10-15 in the national standings and covered by just 22 points.

The battle for the Medal Race spots is even closer. Currently Australians Iain MURRAY and Andrew PALFREY (AUS) lie tenth overall, just one point ahead of yesterday's race winners John DANE and Austin SPERRY (USA), reigning Olympic Champions Torben GRAEL and Marcelo FERREIRA (BRA) and Maurice O'CONNELL and Ben COOKE (IRL).

There are also 11 national Olympic spots up for grabs in the Tornado fleet, with 21 nations represented amongst the 49 crews. Italy, Greece, USA, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and Argentina occupy places 7-13 in the national standings and are covered by just 12 points. Canadians Oskar JOHANSSON and Kevin STITTLE are also not out of the running, 14 points off the Russians in the all important 11th national spot. In the battle to make the Medal Race, there are six crews within ten points of tenth place.

Star - nations currently in Olympic qualification positions

  • Brazil
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • New Zealand
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • Australia
  • USA

Tornado - nations currently in Olympic qualification positions

  • Spain
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Great Britain
  • Australia
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • USA
  • Germany
  • Russia

Read our fleet by fleet reports by clicking on the links below:

Finn - Tornado - Yngling - Star - 49er - 470s - Lasers - RS:Xs

Results
49er
Men's 470
Women's 470
Finn
Laser
Laser Radial
Men's RS:X
Women's RS:X
Star
Tornado
Yngling

About The 2007 ISAF Worlds

Over 1,300 sailors from 76 nations are competing at the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships, from 28 June-13 July in Cascais, Portugal. 'The Wind Is Calling' is the official motto for the 2007 Worlds. The Championships are the principal qualification regatta for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, with 75% of all national places to be decided.

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