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9 January 2007, 09:28 am
World Champs Successfully Defend Title
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420 World Championship 2007
Auckland, New Zealand

Carl EVANS and Peter BURLING (NZL) successfully defended their title winning the 420 World Championships for 2007 being sailed off Takapuna on Auckland's North Shore in New Zealand. Fellow Kiwis Jo ALEH and Olivia POWRIE (NZL) already had the women's title wrapped up with a day to spare.
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EVANS and BURLING took the title with one race to spare, needing to place fourth or better in today's first race to seal the Championship. They finished third and then sailed ashore leaving the remainder of the fleet to fight it out in the final race of the regatta.

The New Zealand team has dominated the event from start to finish in the open and the women's events, both fleets stacked with top class international competition. Seventeen nations and five continents are represented at the World Championships event staged in New Zealand for the first time.

President of the International 420 Association, Nino SHUELI was in Takapuna for the regatta. 'Great event, great weather and good all round conditions,' said SHUELI. 'We had 17 countries with a very strong fleet, but the New Zealanders in their home waters gave us a first… top three in both fleets.

'Takapuna Boating Club and the facilities have been great. A big thanks to New Zealand and we look forward to seeing everyone in Greece in 2008.'

Kiwis Sweep The Medals

Gold, silver and bronze in both the open and the women's will be presented to New Zealanders at tonight's prizegiving ceremony.

Simon COOKE and Scott ILLINGWORTH (NZL) from Auckland took second place in the open fleet, as they did six months ago in Spain's Canary Islands at the 2006 event. The pair had four race wins in the 12 race series and sailed exceptionally well in the blustery conditions of the final two days.

Rowan SWANSON and Bruce KENNEDY (NZL), from Wellington and Tauranga respectively, rounded out the regatta with a fifth and a seventh in today's racing and win bronze.

ALEH and POWRIE are now officially named Women's 420 World Champions for 2007, having established an unassailable lead at the finish of yesterday's racing. They were on the water today as spectators watching closely the tight battle between two Kiwi crews for silver and bronze, both starting the day with equal points.

Battle For Silver

Shelley HESSON and Bianca BARBARICH-BACHER (NZL) won the first race of the day and created a four point buffer over team mates Sarah BILKEY and Rosie SARGISSON (NZL) who placed fourth. A second in the final race sealed the silver medal for HESSON and 14 year old BARBARICH-BACHER, who finished with 40 points.

BILKEY and SARGISSON were not far behind, finishing with 48 points and winning the bronze.

Tonight's prizegiving ceremony is set to be a fitting closing to the event with a sold out crowd of well over 500 people attending.

Open Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Pts
1 NZL Carl EVANS Peter BURLING 1 1 1 2 3 3 (5) 1 2 2 3 (35) DNC 19
2 NZL Simon COOKE Scott ILINGWORTH 2 6 2 4 1 (35) OCS (35) DSQ 2 1 1 2 1 22
3 NZL Rowan SWANSON Bruce KENNEDY 4 11 3 1 10 6 (17) (17) 9 7 5 7 63
4 BRA Marcos ADLER Bruno FARIA 5 3 11 (16) 4 5 16 (35) DSQ 5 5 10 6 70
5 NZL Derek SCOTT Jamie HUNT 3 8 17 (25) (21) 10 21 3 3 3 1 4 73
6 AUS Sam KIVELL Max TAYLOR 7 2 6 14 (18) 11 (22) 9 6 6 14 3 78
7 NZL Mike SNOW-HANSEN Joshua MCCORMACK 6 9 9 19 12 12 (23) 4 (35) OCS 8 6 8 93
8 NZL Andy MALONEY Blair TUKE 10 (34) 8 7 7 (24) 14 12 4 12 9 12 95
9 FRA Vincent BERTHEZ Thibault HEURLEY 15 12 10 3 15 4 (26) (32) 12 16 12 2 101
10 ARG Sebastian PERIBRUSA Santiago MASSERONI 18 13 (32) 18 5 (35) OCS 4 5 16 4 11 13 107

Women's Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Pts
1 NZL Jo ALEH Olivia POWRIE 1 2 3 3 2 1 4 9 1 2 (50) DNC (50) DNC 28
2 NZL Shelley HESSON Bianca BARBARICH-BACHER 4 (50) OCS 10 2 6 10 (15) 2 2 1 1 2 40
3 NZL Sarah BILKEY Rosie SARGISSON 2 1 12 4 1 11 (18) (50) DNF 3 3 3 8 48
4 NZL Sarah BERRY Emma BERRY 14 4 (41) 6 11 5 3 (50) DNF 4 4 2 3 56
5 SIN SARAH TAN Tze Ting LIM (50) DSQ (50) DSQ 6 1 4 3 16 1 11 5 5 18 70
6 BRA Mariana BASILIO Daniela ADLER 11 (50) OCS 8 13 5 7 9 6 12 (50) DSQ 6 15 92
7 ITA Eugenia DE GIACOMO Lisa LARDANI 13 5 5 16 7 (17) 1 10 13 9 (50) DNF 14 93
8 GBR Imogen STANLEY Kate MACGREGOR 18 (50) DNF 4 18 9 6 5 7 7 20 (22) 11 105
9 NZL Stephanie HAZARD Cindy HAMILTON 8 (50) DNS 25 12 25 2 8 (50) DNF 5 8 12 1 106
10 NZL Susannah PYATT Danielle BOWATER 3 19 (39) (21) 12 13 17 12 6 16 4 10 112
Jodie Perkins (As Amended By ISAF), Image, Double World Champions Carl EVANS and Peter BURLING:© Christine Hansen
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