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26 May 2007, 12:12 pm
Another Complicated Day
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Breitling Regatta 2007
Medemblik, Netherlands

A light start gave way to a 15 knot northwesterly, resulting in a diverse day three at the ISAF Grade 1 Breitling Regatta. Across the fleets the varied conditions made for a day of mixed fortunes out on the race courses.
After a postponement early on before the breeze filled in, the opening races got underway in very light conditions, before the gradient breeze came in later on in the day, bringing 15 knots from the northwest. The weather forecast for the final days of the regatta are for more wind, up to 20 knots.

The names in the top three of the 49er fleet have not changed after three more races, but there was a reshuffle in their order. Petro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA) hold onto first place, although Tim WADLOW and Chris RAST (USA) are now second ahead of Nathan OUTTERIDGE and Ben AUSTIN (AUS).

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

In the Laser Radial fleet, Laura BALDWIN (GBR) held onto her lead, with a 6,1,8 score for the day. World #1 Evi VAN ACKER (BEL) climbed up one step and is now in second position, whilst two bullets for Krystal WEIR (AUS) puts her up to third.

Change In The Star

For two days the Afonso DOMINGOS and Bernardo SANTOS (POR) were leading in the Star class, but after Friday they had to give up that place and are in third position. Norwegians Eivind MELLEBY and Pedersen PETTER MORL climbed one place and are now first.

The British team of Sarah AYTON, Sarah WEBB and Pippa WILSON had another good day in the Yngling. With a 6,12,4 score they are still in first position with a nine point lead. The Russian team of Ekaterina SKUDINA are in second place with Renee GROENEVELD, Marije FABER and Floortje HENDRIKSEN holding onto third.

Hong Kong is back in the lead in the Men's Windsurfe, with Chi Ho HO (HKG) moving top after two second places. Team mate King Yin CHAN (HKG) recorded two bullets to move into second ahead of last year's winner Nick DEMPSEY (GBR).

In the women's fleet, Jannicke STALSTROM (NOR) sailed two bullets and is in a commanding position at the top of the leaderboard. Jessica CRISP (AUS) sailed to a third and a second place and to move up to second overall, six points ahead of Olympic Champion Faustine MERRET (FRA).

Tough Day For 470s

For the 470 fleets it was a difficult day. The first race of the day was in light wind and after that the northwest gradient came in with 15 knots and that were the conditions for the last two races. In the men's fleet the Italians Gabrio ZANDONA and Andrea TRANI seem unbeatable. With a 28-point lead they look very solid in first place. Tied on 46 points are Alvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNESHARD (POR) and Benjamin BONNAUD and Romain BONNAUD (FRA).

In the women's fleet the ranking order changed a lot. Leading now after a 6,1,20 score are Vesna DEKLEVA and Klara MAUCEC (SLO). Wakako TANATA and Naomi KURITA (JPN) lie in second place.

The Tornado, Laser and Finn fleets all had a late finish. Xavier REVIL and Christophe ESPAGNON (FRA) held on to their overall lead in the Tornado, whilst Christopher COOK (CAN) reclaimed the top spot in the Finn. In the Laser fleet it was a great day for last year's winner Tom SLINGSBY (AUS). Who moves top after 1,5,4 scores.

For a complete list of all the news from the Breitling Regatta 2007 CLICK HERE.

The Breitling Regatta will be included in the first running of the ISAF Sailing World Cup© series for the Olympic Classes. For more on the ISAF Sailing World Cup© CLICK HERE.

Fanny Van Leeuwen (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Gabrio ZANDONA and Andrea TRANI are at the top of their game in the 470 fleet:© Thom Touw
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