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6 February 2006, 10:48 am
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Sail Auckland 2006
Auckland, New Zealand

Lack of wind translated to a lack of racing for sailors competing at the ISAF Grade 2 Sail Auckland today. Results are finalized, racing has concluded and prizegiving will take place this evening.
Waitangi Day on the Waitemata was warm, sunny and calm and only the 420 and Laser Radial fleet managed one final race today, the final day of the regatta. For the remainder of the Olympic and invited classes the day was mostly spent ashore and final results are as they stood at the end of racing yesterday.

Yachting New Zealand Olympic Squad sailors took out the Laser and Laser Radial, whilst in the Tornado, squad members Aaron MCINTOSH and Bruce KENDALL (NZL) were just beaten by the European team of Carolijn BROUWER (NED) and Sebastien GODFRIOD (BEL). Dan SLATER (NZL) won all the races he sailed in, however having not competed on day one his final result was second place in the Finn. Jon-Paul TOBIN (NZL) won the Men's RS:X competition and Nikola GIRKE of Canada won the Women's.

MURDOCH Delighted

Andrew MURDOCH (NZL) was pleased to come out on top of the 27 strong Laser fleet.

'Really happy with my performance,' said MURDOCH. 'Particularly with my consistency over this regatta, as it is something I've been looking to improve on. Next on is the 24 hour race on Lake Pupuke for a bit of fun, and then the Laser National Champs in a few weeks time.'

Jo ALEH (NZL) concluded Sail Auckland 20 points clear of second place in the Laser Radial fleet, recording eight top three finishes over the ten race regatta. At 19 years old ALEH is the youngest member of the YNZ Olympic Squad and results like this one demonstrate the potential that she has on the international stage.

Solid Performance From TOBIN

TOBIN, winner in the Men's RS:X fleet, finished within the top three in all nine races sailed. Three wins and three second places gave him a solid five point margin at the conclusion of the regatta despite not racing today. New Zealand came out with the top two spots in the fleet, despite the strong international contingent in Auckland for the regatta on the new Olympic equipment. Current National Champion Tom ASHLEY (NZL) placed second.

With one final race today for the 420's Carl EVANS and Peter BURLING (NZL) rounded out the regatta with yet another win, making it eight wins from ten races. Stephen Stephen KEEN and Philip KEEN (NZL) won the battle of the 470s, over Geoff WOOLLEY and Mark OVERINGTON (NZL).

180 sailors in 140 boats took part in Sail Auckland's four day Olympic and invited classes regatta, including 30 international sailors from Great Britain, Australia, Europe, Asia and America.

Sail Auckland is supported by Ports of Auckland.

Jodie PERKINS (As Amended By ISAF) Image, Aaron MCINTOSH and Bruce KENDALL were edged out in the Tornado:© Trevor COPPOCK/Seapixonline.com
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