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19 January 2007, 09:02 am
Medal Races Await As Wind Deserts Melbourne
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Sail Melbourne 2007
Melbourne, Australia

In conditions reminiscent of the tropics rather than Southern Australia, most racing was abandoned today at Sandringham Yacht Club, host of the ISAF Grade 1 Olympic and Invited Classes Regatta, with hardly a breath of air to be had. Racing did take place in the 470s and 49ers, whilst the remaining Olympic Classes have to wait for their Medal Races tomorrow.
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No racing in the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn or the RS:X boards, but the other Olympic and Paralympic classes took to the water for just one race at 14:00 as a light northerly of just 8 knots picked up.

With many Olympic Class competitors battling to secure a position in the all important Medal Race, restricted to the top ten in each class, racing got underway on day five, but only one race was completed in the 470, 49er, 29er, SKUD18 and 2.4Metre classes.

The Swiss pairing of Tobias ETTER and Felix STEIGER scored another first place keeping them sitting at the top of the combined 470 board with 12 points, and should Melbourne's weather be kind tomorrow, they look set to easily take the series.

Men's RS:X
Women's RS:X
Laser Radial
Men's 470
Women's 470
2.4 Metre

Yuan Zhen XU and Terence KOH (SIN) finished second today, giving them a current overall score of 25 points for second place on count back from Russians Dmitry BEREZKIN and Alexander ZYBIN.

Singapore Women Lead

Liying TOH and Deborah ONG (SIN) continue to lead the Women's 470 fleet on ten points from Catherine CARROLL and Rita YAU (HKG) on 14.

Ame BARNBROOK and Leigh DUNSTAN (AUS) are narrowing Paul BORG and Morgan STALEY's (AUS) lead in the SKUD18 class. BARNBROOK scored another first today, leaving BORG a three point lead going into the final day tomorrow.

The 2.4 Metre class completed race 9, and although Michael LEYDON (AUS) came home sixth, he maintains a two point lead over Peter RUSSELL (AUS), who took first place in what must have been a painfully slow day for the sailors.

David CHAPMAN and Dean CURTIS (AUS) continue to lead the 29er class with a three point margin from James SLY and Shane VOYER (AUS) in second on ten points.

In the 49ers, Bojan VRASCJ and Nikola TOPIC (CRO) scored a DNC as they did not sign on before going on the water, so now sit in third place on 29 points. A lesson for all to learn here! Will PHILLIPS and Jon NEWMAN (AUS) have taken an unassailable lead on 11 points from Lachlan PEARMAN and Aaron GAVIN (AUS) in second on 25.

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Paul BORG and Morgan
STALEY on the SKUD18
© Jeff Crow, Sport the Library
at Sail Melbourne

Into The Medal Races

Sail Melbourne comes to a close with the Medal Races tomorrow, when sailors will be hoping for a return to the usual weather conditions Melbourne experiences at this time of year.

The Laser fleet can breath a little easier - as world #8 and Athens bronze medallist Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO) is unable to sail, booked on a flight out of Australia tomorrow, leaving the way free for either Kristian RUTH (NOR) and early series leader Brett BEYER (AUS).

Event Wide Sponsors for Sail Melbourne are State Government of Victoria, Collex, Parks Victoria. Associate Sponsors are Bayside City Council and Menere's BMW Brighton. Support Sponsors are Singapore Airlines, Ronstan International, Schenker Australia, City of Kingston, Yachting Australia, Yachting Victoria

Sail Melbourne will be included in the first running of the ISAF World Cup© series for the Olympic Classes. For more on the ISAF World Cup© CLICK HERE.

For all the news on Sail Melbourne CLICK HERE.

Di Pearson (As Amended by ISAF). Image, The 470s squeezed in one race in light conditions:© Jeff Crow, Sport the Library at Sail Melbourne
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