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18 June 2005, 07:02 am
Spain Holds Lead
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Tornado World Championship 2005
La Rochelle, France

The north westerly seabreeze brought sun and light winds back to La Rochelle. The Tornados were back on the water yesterday after the lay-day to race the 4 final races of the Championship.

Races 7 and 8 were sailed yesterday, with races 9 and 10 are scheduled for 10h00 tomorrow morning.

Race 7 opened with 7 to 8 knots of wind waiting for the sailors on the course and a very strong sun was certainly not making it any easier. Leigh MCMILLAN and Will HOWDEN (GBR) were leading the pack for most of the race but on the final leg Enrique FIGUEROA and Jorge HERNANDEZ (PUR) took the first position and crossed the line just in front of the British team. Xavier REVILL and Christophe ESPAGNON (FRA) finished in third. Windsurfer Olympic medalists Aaron MCINTOCH (NZL) and Carlos ESPINOLA (ARG), who teamed up for this event, finished 4th. Both granted the Worlds for their home-countries after a very nice presentation for the fleet yesterday: 2006 Buenos Aires and 2008 Auckland.

'We shared the podium in Sydney, we are best friends, we are enjoying sailing together and we are getting better as a team everyday. That's the best basis for a good partnership!' concluded Aaron MCINTOSCH.

Provisional leaders of the event Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) had a sixth, which put them under extra pressure for the next race, especially with McMillan and Howden having won the race.

Race 8 started with stronger wind, 12 knots, but it did not hold its strength and dropped to the range of 7-8 knots again and very shifty. Newcomers to the class Javier PADRON and Miguel PEREZ (ESP) and Glenn ASHBY, 3 times A-Class World Champion, and Andrew WILLIAMS (AUS) held their first positions throughout the race, to finish 1 and 2 respectively.

'This is our first year in the class and we are still learning. We were training in conditions like today and it is good to see that it is paying off. But we have still a long way to go', explained Javier PADRON.

'Today the most important thing for us was not boat speed but looking around and being flexible with the decisions we had to make. And it was worth it.' commented Glenn ASHBY.

Echavarri and Paz raced very consistently once more and finished third, to remain the leaders of the event and increasing the difference between themselves and the second placed crew McMillan and Howden, to 11 points.

The Tornado Youth World Championship is being led by Baptiste BALZEAU and Gael LEDOUX (FRA).

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image: © C Larno
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