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19 December 2006, 09:45 am
Final Day
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Sydney International Regatta 2006
Sydney, Australia

On the final day of the ISAF Grade 1 Steve Jarvin Motors Sydney International Regatta the predicted southerly wind arrived. The first fleet headed out in 15 knots which quickly built to over 25 knots by the middle of the morning.
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A number of fleets had competitors return to shore including three of the 49er entries who had damage to their masts after gusts of 30knots sweep across the race course.

Nicky BETHWAITE and her crew Karyn GOJINCH and Angela FARRELL won the Yngling class convincingly taking the gun in all seven races sailed. Katie SPITHILL with crewmembers Nina CURTIS and Sarah WILMOT sailed consistently to take second overall and Nicole DOUGLASS, Ruth McCANANCE and Helen IMPEY took the bronze in the six boat fleet.

Nathan OUTTERIDGE and Ben AUSTIN (AUS) managed to hold off multiple Olympian Chris NICHOLSON and Euan McNICOL (AUS) to take the gold in the 49er fleet by one point. Victorians Will PHILLIPS and Jon NEWMAN (AUS) maintained their third place position after strong winds caused the race committee to send the fleet ashore and wrap up sailing for the class.

Martin GAVERIAUX (FRA) dominated the RS: X Board men's fleet and having to drop a second place for an overall score of seven points. New Zealander Josh NIXON finished in second place with Australian Michael LANCEY in third. Allison SHREEVE sailed well to win the RS: X women's class from Alisha KAWALLA and Western Australian Belinda STOWELL.

Recent winners of the 470 National Championship Queenslanders Mathew BELCHER and Nick BEHRENS (AUS) have won the 470 men's class. The Swiss team of Tobias ETTER and Felix STEIGER are on equal points but claim second place on a countback from world champions Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE (AUS).

'We're really happy with our result and it's great to back up after the Nationals in Brisbane. Sydney Harbour yet again provided some challenging conditions. It was great to have a good international turnout in the class and to have the Athens bronze medallist in the class from Japan here to race against', said BELCHER.

Kathrin KADELBACH and Frederike ZIEGELMAYER from Germany won the 470 women's fleet with Alana SLINGSBY and Tessa PARKINSON from Western Australia taking the silver and South Australians Natalie DEWING and Catherine Shanks rounding out the podium.

In the Laser Radial fleet Australian Sarah BLANCK sailed into the top spot on day two of competition and held off the rest of the fleet to win the event. Richard BOTT finished in second place with Lizzie VICKERS from Great Britain finished in third after finishing fourth and second in today' s races. Mexican Tania ELIAS CALLES-WOLF finished the regatta on 57 points and in seventh place overall.

'The regatta was really good fun and Sydney Harbour provided typical shifty conditions. It was great to race against the international girls and was a perfect lead up to the Nationals and then onto Miami in January', said BLANCK.

The 61 boat Laser fleet raced two races today to finish off the event with Tom SLINGSBY finally winning the Laser class in the Sydney International Regatta. SLINGSBY won by one point after holding off a strong challenge from Vasilj ZBOGAR from Slovenia. New Zealander Andrew MURDOCH, who has won the Laser class in this event previously, finished in third.

'Very happy I thought I lost in the last race just like I did last year but I'm very relieved to find out differently. It's been great to race against some of the top 6 in the world over the last 4 days. Vasilj sailed really well and Sydney International Regatta has been great preparation for the Nationals in Tasmania', remarked SLINGSBY.

Dates for 2007 Sydney International Regatta will be advised shortly along with classes being hosted.

For a complete list of all the news about the Sydney International Regatta CLICK HERE.

Sam Crichton (As Amended by ISAF). Image, Nicky BETHWAITE wins in the Yngling © Jeff CROW, Sport the Library
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