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9 March 2007, 10:38 am
One Day To Go and Defending Chamion Looking Good
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UBS J/24 World Championship 2007
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico

A full day of racing at the J/24 World Championships and the top four boats of Day Three are still firmly on top of the rankings. Mauricio SANTA CRUZ, 2006 World Champion, maintains his number one position with one day to go despite a 13-4 finish today.
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Brazil's SANTA CRUZ driving Bruschetta (3-3-8-1-7-7-13 -4) is still being chased by three American entries - in second place, Bogus, driven by Chris SNOW (8-4-5-2-36-6-14-9), Mark HILLMAN'S WIP in third (18-1-25-4-2-3-9-19) and in fourth place, Mike INGHAM (7-2-16-11-8-2-15-16) helming Brain Cramp.

The big move came from the middle of the fleet. Great Britain's Inmarsat Hedgehog driven by SOUTHWORTH and MCLAUGHLIN (50-12-15-9-1-17-7-1) had their second bullet of the week, moving them up to fifth place, nudging Argentina's team of GRIMALDI and CONTESSI (16-5-3-12-25-5-2-20) on Tag Heuer into sixth.

Host country Mexico had its best finish today when Julian FERNANDEZ sailing Crocs (15-36-DQ-38-44-28-3-35) held onto third place throughout Race One. He crossed the line after first place Sebago driven by Chile's Dag Von APPEN (26-35-21-8-21-71-1-24) closely followed by second place finisher Tag Heuer.

It was a Dark and Stormy Night in Sponsor Village Thursday evening when the Bermuda team were the generous hosts of their sixth annual World Championship Gosling Rum and Ginger Beer Party. A few Dark and Stormy nights, a costume competition, a giant paella, and Mexico's 2007 World Championship continues to be 'The Best Worlds Ever!'

You can follow 2007 World Championship action online at www.globalstar.com.mx.

Kathy Taylor (As Amended by ISAF). Image, © Jay Ailworth/Strange Bird Photography
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