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11 February 2007, 10:37 am
One More Qualifier Before The Medal Race
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Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2007
Auckland, New Zealand

All of last night's overnight leaders retain their top spots in the Olympic classes at Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland after day three of racing. The ISAF Grade 1 regatta being sailed on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour concludes tomorrow.
Alessandra SENSINI (ITA) further extended her lead in the Women's RS:X placing second, third and fifth in the three races sailed today. She is now eleven points clear of fellow Italian, Laura LINARES who started today with her poorest result of the regatta, a 13th. However she came back strongly to record a second and third and retains her place in second overall going into the final day.

Barbara KENDALL (NZL) consolidated her place in third overall, five points ahead of the third Italian in the fleet, Flavia TARTAGLINI in fourth.

There was no change to the top three in the Men's RS:X either. Maxim OBEREMKO (UKR) made a clean sweep today winning all three races sailed, at times stretching out a solid lead on the rest of the fleet.

Julian BONTEMPS of France finished second in every race, while Jon-Paul TOBIN (NZL) placed third in each of today's three races.

Andrew MURDOCH (NZL) managed to increase his lead over Luka RADELIC (CRO) in the Laser class. MURDOCH had a win and two fourths on the water today and now has a three point margin over the Croatian in second.

Kiwi Michael BULLOT managed to push ahead of David WEAVER (NZL) to end day three in third place overall with one more race before the final medal race.
Results
Men's RS:X
Women's RS:X
Laser
Laser Radial
Men's 470
Women's 470
Finn
Tornado

Jo ALEH (NZL) keeps the top spot in the Women's Laser Radial with one win, a seocon and a seventh in today's racing bringing her point score total to 27. Australian rival Krystal WEIR (AUS) continues to hold the second place at the end of day three, four points back on 31.

Olivia POWRIE (NZL) crept up into third place overall, just two points ahead of Sophie DE TURCKHEIM of France.

Geoff WOOLLEY and Mark OVERINGTON (NZL) still have the lead in the Men's 470 over EVANS and Peter BURLING (NZL), however it was the KEEN brothers of Christchurch who were the strong performers on the water today. Two wins and a third sees them climb into third overall after starting the day in fifth.

Shelley HESSON and Bianca BARBARICH-BACHER (NZL) look set to take out the Women's 470 title; they sit sixth overall in the Open fleet.

Dan SLATER (NZL) no longer has a clean sweep of wins on the board in the Finns, beaten by fellow kiwi David HOOGENBOOM in race nine today, however, winning the other two still puts him eleven points clear of his closest rival.

Brett SELLERS and Nigel WILLIAMS are winning the on-water battle in the Tornado class, with a five point margin over Bruce KENDALL sailing with Hayden WHITBURN as crew.

One further race in each of the Olympic class fleets to be sailed tomorrow will decide the top ten to sail the double-points medal race. Medals will be decided later tomorrow.

The forecast for tomorrow predicts easterly winds of 10 knots rising to northeast 15 knots for a time in the afternoon and evening.

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Jodie Perkins (As Amended By ISAF) Image,Women's RS:X fleet © Terry Fong
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