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7 January 2007, 12:22 pm
Light Winds Fail To Halt Kiwi Charge
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420 World Championship 2007
Auckland, New Zealand

232 sailors at the 420 World Championships 2007 in Takapuna were tested today with light shifty conditions. New Zealand managed to shine through despite the trying conditions, and the overnight leaders, Carl EVANS and Peter BURLING (NZL) and Jo ALEH and Olivia POWRIE (NZL), are looking even stronger.
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Conditions frustrated sailors and race officials alike at Takapuna today when a south westerly breeze that greeted sailors in the morning on arrival at the Club died away leaving very light shifty conditions. More than half of the women's fleet recorded a DNF in the second race of the day when the maximum time limit was reached before they crossed the finish.

Open fleet leaders, EVANS and BURLING had two 3rd places and a 5th in the three races sailed today and retain their top spot. Despite this being their least successful day, they have now opened up a 12 point lead, now two days into the four-day final series.

Simon COOKE and Scott ILLINGWORTH (NZL) started the day with a race win, their first in the final series. Their second race, an OCS, is discarded as their worst score, and they rounded out the day with an 8th placing. They are now comfortably in second place with team mates Rowan SWANSON and Bruce KENNEDY (NZL) 12 points adrift in third.

ALEH And POWRIE Pull Away

The top three pecking order shows no change after today in the women's fleet with ALEH and POWRIE stretching out their lead. Their two races today were their poorest results to date, but it was a mixed bag for everyone, and they now have a 33 point lead. ALEH and POWRIE placed 4th and then 9th in today's two races.

Behind the leaders, Shelley HESSON and Bianca BARBARICH-BACHER (NZL) have closed the gap on Sarah BILKEY and Rosie SARGISSON (NZL), after the two races sailed today. Both of the Kiwi pairs are on equal points in second and third place overall.

Further back the Italian pair of Eugenia DE GIACOMO and Lisa LARDANI is in fourth place.

Racing resumes at 12:00 tomorrow with winds of around 20 knots forecast. The regatta concludes on Tuesday afternoon.

Jodie Perkins (As Amended By ISAF), Image, Rowan SWANSON and Bruce KENNEDY lie in third place:© Christine Hansen
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