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17 January 2007, 11:13 am
Wins For COSTER And BASSADONE
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470 North American Championships 2007
Miami, Florida, USA

Sven and Kalle COSTER (NED) won a narrow victory over former World Champions Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE (AUS) after a tightly contested series at the ISAF Grade C1 470 North American Championships. World #1 crew Christina BASSADONE and Saskia CLARK (GBR) scored victory in the women's fleet.
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The two North American titles went to Mikee ANDERSON-MITTERLING and Dave HUGHES (USA) and Amanda CLARK and Sarah MERGENTHALER (USA) respectively.

The series began in conditions that bode well for the forthcoming ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR, with three perfect days' of racing on Biscayne Bay. Sunny skies and a brisk breeze ranging from 10-15 knots set the scene before squalls came through and took the wind on the scheduled final day of racing on Monday.

World Champions Struggle

The Sven COSTER and his brother Kalle got their year off to a perfect start with a one point victory over WILMOT and PAGE, whilst another Australia team, Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS (AUS) took third place. ANDERSON-MITTERLING and HUGHES were comfortably the best placed of the North American teams in the 27 strong fleet, whilst World Champions Nic ASHER and Eliot WILLIS (GBR) came in a disappointing 15th, ten places behind team mates Nick ROGERS and Joe GLANFIELD (GBR).

In the women's fleet, BASSADONE and CLARK scored three bullets on the way to a three point win over long-time rivals and last year's winners Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOUROUX (FRA). CLARK and MERGENTHALER came in third overall in the 18 boat fleet, winning the tiebreaker for the final podium spot ahead of double World Champions Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED).

The 470 North American Championships are taking place as part of the Winter Circuit surrounding the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR, from 21-27 January.

Men's Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Skipper Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 NED Sven COSTER Kalle COSTER 3 2 2 1 3 (7) 4 2 17
2 AUS Nathan WILMOT Malcolm PAGE (5) 3 3 3 2 2 1 4 18
3 AUS Mathew BELCHER Nick BEHRENS 8 4 4 (28) OCS 1 1 5 1 24
4 ISR Gideon KLIGER Udi GAL 2 1 1 (23) 4 15 2 3 28
5 GBR Nick ROGERS Joe GLANFIELD 1 7 13 5 5 (17) 8 7 46
6 USA Mikee ANDERSON-MITTERLING Dave HUGHES 13 (19) 8 6 12 8 3 5 55
7 POR Ãlvaro MARINHO Miguel NUNES 4 16 6 12 9 5 (28) OCS 10 62
8 NZL Stephen KEEN Philip KEEN 16 (17) 5 4 7 13 7 11 63
9 FRA Benjamin BONNAUD Romain BONNAUD 11 10 (16) 14 6 3 14 8 66
10 ESP Paco SANCHEZ ALEJANDRO RAMOS (15) 13 7 7 13 6 11 9 66

Women's Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Skipper Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 GBR Christina BASSADONE Saskia CLARK 1 2 1 (11) 2 6 4 1 17
2 FRA Ingrid PETITJEAN Nadege DOUROUX 4 1 3 (7) 1 2 7 2 20
3 USA Amanda CLARK Sarah MERGENTHALER 3 (9) 6 1 3 1 2 8 24
4 NED Marcelien DE KONING Lobke BERKHOUT 5 6 4 2 (14) 3 1 3 24
5 CAN Jen PROVAN Carol LUTTMER 7 (11) 2 8 4 8 5 4 38
6 ITA Giulia CONTI Giovanna MICOL 6 4 5 (14) 5 5 9 6 40
7 USA Erin MAXWELL Isabelle KINSOLVING 11 5 10 6 (15) 4 3 9 48
8 DEN Henriette KOCH Lene SOMMER 2 8 14 5 7 7 (19) DNF 10 53
9 DEN Signe LIVBJERG Rie CHRISTIANSEN 9 3 8 3 10 15 (19) OCS 12 60
10 GER Kathrin KADELBACH Frederike ZIEGELMAYER 10 (19) OCS 12 12 6 13 8 5 66
ISAF (source: Katie Kelly). Image, The top finishers in each class at 2007 470 North American Championships:© US SAILING
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