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27 January 2007, 10:48 am
Racing Cancelled
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Auckland Match Racing Cup 2007
Auckland, New Zealand

Racing in the ISAF Grade 1 Auckland Match Racing Cup was cancelled today due to lack of wind on the Waitemata Harbour. The teams were due to complete the semi-finals and best-of-three matches for the minor places from fifth to tenth.
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The teams never made it onto the water, however, as a glassy calm settled over the race area. After re-assembling twice during the morning and early afternoon to reassess the situation, regatta organizers pulled the plug and sent the teams home.

Tomorrow, the top four teams led by Dean BARKER (NZL), Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) and Adam MINOPRIO (NZL) respectively will race in the semi-finals, final and petit-final.

Fifth To Tenth

The remaining places have been settled according to the finishing order after the double round robin as follows:

5. Eugeny NEUGODNIKOV (RUS)
6. James SPITHILL (AUS)
7. Simon MINOPRIO (NZL)
8. Brian ANGEL (USA)
9. Simon DICKEY (NZL)
10. Takumi NAKAMURA (JPN)

Race officer Ross MARKWICK said the forecast for tomorrow is a good breeze from the northeast direction with 15-20 knots. He said racing should be underway by 10:00.

'With the current forecast, sailing will start and finish immediately outside the Squadron, which means it's a great opportunity for people to come down to Westhaven and see the sailing up close.'

The sail-offs for places five to ten would not take place and have been decided based on the round robin results of racing from 24-26 January.

Round Robin Standings

1. Dean BARKER (NZL), 13-5
2. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), 13-5
3. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), 13-5
4. Adam MINOPRIO (NZL), 10-8
5. Eugeny NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), 9-9
6. James SPITHILL (AUS), 9-9
7. Simon MINOPRIO (NZL), 6-12
8. Brian ANGEL (USA), 6-12
9. Simon DICKEY (NZL), 6-12
10. Takumi NAKAMURA (JPN), 5-13

Isabel Carlyon (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Adam MINOPRIO will contest tomorrow's semi-finals:© Ivor Wilkins/Offshore Images
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