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8 December 2006, 10:08 am
BUNDOCK and ASHBY Take The Lead
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HSBC Tornado World Championship 2006
San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

It took some time for the breeze to kick in yesterday, day three of the ISAF Grade W HSBC Tornado World Championship 2006. Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) have taken the lead after six races.
No ALT tag specifiedRace 5 was delayed by 45 minutes and started in very light conditions - 6-8 knots from the southeast.

Javier PADRON and Antonio CUEVAS MONS (ESP) rounded the weather mark in first after having a clean start at the Committee boat end of the line as the pin end of the starting line was very busy. In second place overall going into yesterday Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) rounded right behind them, took over the lead mid way down the first downwind and got the bullet of the race just one minute ahead of second placed series leaders Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER (AUT).

'That's the first time I finished first in a Tornado Worlds', says with a big smile four times A-Class World Champion Glenn ASHBY.

Oskar JOHANSSON and Kevin STITTLE (CAN) were third and Johannes POLGAR and Florian SPALTEHOLZ (GER) fourth.

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Micha HEEMSKERK and Herbert DERCKSON (left)
and Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA (ARG)
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Race 6 saw the breeze pick up to 12 knots and most of the fleet choosing the left side of the course to reach the weather mark. But it was local heroes Santiago LANGE and Carlos ESPINOLA (ARG), that rounded ahead of Micha HEEMSKERK and Herbert DERCKSON (NED) with a good distance between them.

The Dutch made their move on the second downwind gybing early into a pressure line to close the gap to the Argentineans, took the lead on the final upwind and won the race. LANGE and ESPINOLA remain third overall.

BUNDOCK and ASHBY rounded the first mark in ninth position and fought their way back to fifth by the finish to take the overall lead.

Race 4 winners Billy BESSON and Arnaud JARLEGAN (FRA) crossed the line in third. HAGARA and STEINACHER got themselves into trouble on the starting line, started in the second row, and finished 33rd.

'It's fantastic to lead the regatta at the mid way point but the biggest advantage for us is to be the only boat not to have a drop race in the 20's. This will be a huge advantage as the regatta goes on', explains BUNDOCK.

The youngest sailor in the fleet, British Christopher RASHLEY, will turn 18 tomorrow, the lay day. He and his crew Marcus LYNCH are currently holding the 32nd position.

'I started sailing Tornados seriously six months ago. I sail Formula 18 but the Tornado is the Olympic catamaran class and that's where I want to be. It is an amazing boat and this Championship is an excellent opportunity to learn and gain experience. If I could choose my Birthday present it would be to win a race in this event', smiles RASHLEY, ready to celebrate his birthday at last night's barbeque.

Top Ten Results After Six Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 AUS Darren BUNDOCK Glenn ASHBY 6 2 4 2 1 5 14
2 AUT Roman HAGARA Hans Peter STEINACHER 1 8 1 3 2 33 15
3 ARG Santiago LANGE Carlos ESPINOLA 7 23 8 4 12 2 33
4 GER Johannes POLGAR Florian SPALTEHOLZ 15 1 28 10 4 4 34
5 GRE Jordanis PASCHALIDES Konstantinos TRIGONIS 31 3 13 7 9 11 43
6 FRA Billy BESSON Arnaud JARLEGAN 10 21 15 1 18 3 47
7 FRA Xavier REVIL Christophe ESPAGNON 2 5 22 24 11 7 47
8 FRA François MORVAN Matthieu VANDAME 8 29 9 15 10 6 48
9 FRA Matthieu SOUBEN Gurvan BONTEMPS 5 28 11 9 20 12 57
10 PUR Enrique FIGUEROA Jorge HERNANDEZ 3 18 25 17 5 18 61

For a complete list of all the news about the HSBC Tornado World Champonship 2006 CLICK HERE.

ITA (As Amended By ISAF). Image, BUNDOCK and ASHBY: © Event Media
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