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19 May 2006, 07:30 am
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ISAF World Sailing Games 2006
Lake Neusiedl, Austria

After a qualification series last week, and the progression of the top sailors through to the gold fleet final series where they were joined by the world's best who were pre-qualified, tomorrow hosts the Medal Race Final.
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Only the top ten boats from each of the nine fleet racing events proceed through the Medal Race Final tomorrow, with fleets hosting a mix of Olympic medallists and World Champions alongside some less well known names.

Whilst some fleets see the medal contenders pre-determined, with only the colour undecided, other fleets still remain wide open and ready for a nail biting final.

The Medal Races will be brought close to shore tomorrow to maximise the spectator opportunities with courses laid off Neusiedl and Podersdorf. The first warning signal is scheduled for 11.05 when the Men's single-handed dinghy Medal Final in the Laser will get underway at Neusiedl.

Men's RS:X
Women's RS:X
Laser Radial
Men's 470
Women's 470
Hobie Tiger
Hobie 16
Team Racing

Results from the Medal Race will be double points, with letter scores calculated using only the 10 boats in the final. Competitors' final result will be calculated using their results from the gold fleet plus the Medal Race points.

The Team Racing finals will be contested between USA1 and GBR 3 in the challenge for gold and silver, with USA2 and USA3 facing each other in the petty finals for bronze and fourth position.

The race schedule is:
Event Course Area Warning Signal
420 - Team Racing Neusiedl 1100
Laser - Men's One Person Dinghy Neusiedl 1105
Hobie 16 - Women's Multihull Podersdorf 1130
470 Women - Women's Two Person Dinghy Neusiedl 1145
Hobie Tiger - Men's Multihull Neusiedl 1230
RS:X Men - Men's Windsurfer Podersdorf 1300
49er - Skiff Neusiedl 1315
470 Men - Men's Two Person Dinghy Neusiedl 1400
RS:X Women - Women's Windsurfer Podersdorf 1400
Laser Radial - Women's One Person Dinghy Neusiedl 1445

Don't forget to log on to Sail.TV to watch tomorrow's Medal Race Finals live online.

The weather forecast for tomorrow looks promising with a south easterly, swinging round to a southerly by early afternoon, with winds between 8-13 knots.

For all the news on the 2006 ISAF World Sailing Games CLICK HERE.

ISAF. Image, Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOUROUX hoping for Gold:© Guilain GRENIER
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