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7 February 2007, 10:15 am
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Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2007
Auckland, New Zealand

The ISAF Grade 1 Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland regatta starts this Friday at Kohimarama Yacht Club in Auckland, New Zealand. Top-class international racing is expected over the four-day regatta, highlighted by the Women's RS:X event where World Champion Alessandra SENSINI (ITA) and world #1 Olga MASLIVETS (UKR) line up against Kiwi legend Barbara KENDALL (NZL).
SENSINI was dominant at the RS:X New Zealand National Championships for 2007 held just two weeks ago at Takapuna, beating KENDALL, who placed second with MASLIVETS in third.

While YNZ Olympic Squad windsurfer Tom ASHLEY (NZL) will not be at Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland, fellow Olympic campaigner Jon-Paul TOBIN (NZL) will be in action. A number of international contenders are also lining up in the Men's RS:X including Maksym OBEREMKO (UKR) who finished behind ASHLEY at the recent Nationals, and just ahead of TOBIN.

The Women's RS:X fleet has around 20 entrants with representatives from an impressive nine countries, while 26 riders from six countries will contest the Men's RS:X.

Tough Laser Fleets

The Laser class has attracted the largest fleet with 36 entrants from ten countries expected on the start line. YNZ Olympic Squad sailor Andrew MURDOCH (NZL), who has a current ISAF World Ranking of #4, is in the line up, and will be looking for a strong performance.

20 women are entered in the Laser Radial, and will sail in an open fleet with a total entry list of around 33. New Zealand's Jo ALEH is back in the Radial after her World Champion stint in the 420 class. ALEH recently returned from the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR where she placed 12th in a strong Laser Radial fleet.

World #3 Krystal WEIR (AUS), world #6 Laura BALDWIN (GBR) and world #10 Sophie DE TURCKHEIM (FRA) are all in town for Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland. They will be up against a strong Kiwi contingent including not only ALEH, but Miranda POWRIE, Sara WINTHER and Olivia POWRIE.

420 Champs Step Up

The 470 class will be a hotly contested struggle between a predominantly local entry list including eight men's and two women's crews. Geoff WOOLLEY and Mark OVERINGTON (NZL) came out on top in the New Zealand National Champs which concluded yesterday at Takapuna on Auckland's north shore, and they willll be looking for a repeat performance.

Stephen KEEN and Phillip KEEN (NZL) of Christchurch and Tobias ETTER and FELIX Steiger (SUI), who placed second and third at the nationals, are sailing in the 470 again this weekend. The 420 World Champs duo of Carl EVANS and Peter BURLING (NZL) are now trying their hand at the Olympic class boat, this being their first major regatta in the 470 after the New Zealand Nationals.

Racing will also take place in the Finn, the Tornado and the 420.

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 lines up in Auckland:© Jeff Crow, Sport the Library at Sail Melbourne
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