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9 February 2007, 09:37 am
Sunny But Shifty On Day One
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Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2007
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland put on a clear sunny day for the start of the ISAF Grade 1 Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland regatta. It was a great opening day for the Italians, as World Champion Alessandra SENSINI (ITA) took the early lead in the Women's RS:X fleet, with ISAF Youth World Champion Laura LINARES (ITA) in second place.
The first race of the day got underway in 5-8 knots of easterly breeze, though this collapsed leaving race officials and sailors challenged with light and shifty breeze.

World Champion SENSINI leads the Women's RS:X fleet with fellow Italian and reigning Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion LINARES holding second place overall at the end of day one. The Women's RS:X fleet is a star-studded international line up with representatives from nine nations.

Men's RS:X
Women's RS:X
Laser Radial
Men's 470
Women's 470

Olga MASLIVETS (UKR) is in third with New Zealand's triple Olympic medallist Barbara KENDALL in fourth place after the three races sailed today.

Julien BONTEMPS (FRA) has a two point lead over Jon-Paul TOBIN (NZL) in the Men's RS:X. Riccardo BELLI DELL'ISCA (ITA) lies third overall.

Tie For Laser Lead

It is all tied up at the top in the Lasers with Andrew MURDOCH (NZL) and Luka RADELIC (CRO) on equal points. RADELIC had two wins, in races 2 and 3, while MURDOCH won the first and then placed 3rd, and 4th.

Youth sailor Josh JUNIOR (NZL) from Wellington will be happy with his start to the regatta - he has third place overall after day one, in the 44 boat fleet.

The men have the top spots on the Laser Radial leaderboard on the first day with all 42 Radial sailors sailing in one fleet. In results that demonstrate all the Radial sailors had a mixed day, Luke DEEGAN of New Zealand came out on top. DEEGAN has ten points, with Andrew CHILD (NZL) behind on 15 points, and Andrew MALONEY (NZL) a further three points back in third.

Laura BALDWIN (GBR) is the top placed in the Women's Laser Radial, sitting in fifth overall in the open event. Miranda POWRIE (NZL) was New Zealand's top Women's Radial sailor today, with Sarah WINTHER (NZL) holding third.


Day one in the 470s gives indication that the young duo of Carl EVANS and Peter BURLING (NZL) appear to be mastering the class after graduating from the 420 around one month ago. The double 420 World Champions kicked off on the opening day of Sinagpore Airlines Sail Auckland with a second and two wins.

Geoff WOOLLEY and Mark OVERINGTON (NZL) are seven points behind in second place, and Andrew BROWN and Nick TAYLOR (NZL) are third.

Dan SLATER (NZL), YNZ Olympic Squad sailor and current #2 in the Finn ISAF World Sailing Rankings, was dominant in the five boat Finn fleet, winning all three of today's races.

Racing also took place in the Tornado and the 420, with Brett SELLARS and Nigel WILLIAMS (NZL) leading in the multihulls and Wade TRESADERN and Ben GOODWIN (NZL) in the dinghies.

For a complete list of all the news about Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2007 CLICK HERE.

Jodie Perkins (As Amended By ISAF) Image, World Champion Alessandra SENSINI leads in Auckland:© Jeff Crow, Sport the Library at Sail Melbourne
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