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29 January 2006, 04:42 pm
ASHLEY Continues Winning Streak
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RS:X New Zealand Championship 2006
Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, New Zealand

The penultimate day of racing was as predicted, light and shifty from the North-East. The first race started on time at 1100 however due to the unstable conditions only three out of the four scheduled races were sailed.
Tom ASHLEY (NZL) continued his winning streak taking, his fourth consecutive bullet for the regatta. Due to the fading breeze, sailors spent a lot of time waiting around both on and off the water. Jon-Paul TOBIN claimed victory in race 8, moving up the leaderboard into second place ahead of Przemek MIARCZYNSKI (POL) in third place. In race 9, David ROBERTSON (NZL) lead from the start to a few meters from the finish. When seaweed collected on his fin on the last downwind leg he lost his comfortable lead and the race by a matter of meters. ASHLEY remains in first place overall with a six point lead over TOBIN.

'Again the stronger and fitter athletes are the ones coming out on top in this high quality fleet.'

In the women's fleet, the racing remains very close, with only two points separating second to fifth place. Justina SELLERS (NZL) won the first two races of the day followed by a fourth place moving her up to third overall just one point behind Hayley THOM. Anna EASON has a seven point lead going into the last day of racing.

There are three races scheduled for tomorrow with similar conditions expected the first starting signal at 1100.

Top Five After Two Races - Men

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Points
1 NZL Tom Ashley 5 3 3 1 1 1 9
2 POL Przemek Miarczynski 1 1 2 3 4 8 11
3 NZL Jon-Paul Tobin 3 2 1 8 2 3 11
4 POL Piotr Myszka 2 6 6 2 9 2 18
5 NZL David Robertson 4 5 4 6 3 4 20

Top Five After Two Races - Women

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Points
1 NZL Anna Eason 2 1 3 5 4 1 11
2 NZL Hayley Thom 1 4 1 1 6 6 13
3 GER Moana Delle 3 3 4 2 5 2 14
4 NZL Steffanie Williams 4 2 5 4 2 3 15
5 NZL Justina Sellers 6 DNS 2 3 3 4 18

Antonio Cozzolino (As Amended by ISAF)
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