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26 August 2005, 02:09 pm
WILMOT and DE KONING Extend Leads
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470 World Championship 2005
San Francisco, USA

Two more races were sailed in San Francisco yesterday and the leaders of both fleets have further extended their leads as the final day approaches.
Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) finished third in both races yesterday and extend their lead over the second placed team to 11 points. It's looking pretty good for the Dutch team with two more days of racing to go as so far their worst results are a sixth and a fourth. For the first time since the regatta opened, there is a change to the number two spot as Olympic silver medallist in the Europe Lenka SMIDOVA (CZE) crewed by Elizabeth KRATZIG took their first bullet of the championship in race eight yesterday combined with a sixth in race seven. They climb one place up from three into which slide ISAF World Ranked number one team Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadege DOUROUX (FRA) who finished second in both races yesterday. If this pair continue to perform as they have over the last three days and are able to discard their eleventh from race one they could challenge for the higher podium positions. For now they settle for third five points behind SMIDOVA and KRATZIG.

Yesterday was a horrible day for the British pair Christina BASSADONE and Saskia CLARK who had been having a fantastic regatta. They finished in 21 and 12 to fall down to fourth overall, going from eight points off the top spot to 19 points behind. Defending champions Therese TORGERSSON and Vendela ZACHRISSON (SWE) move up one to fifth overall at the expense of Nike KORNECKI and Vered BOUSKILA (ISR) who will be hoping to discard the 15 they scored in race eight. KORNECKI and BOUSKILA are the only other team besides the regatta leaders to have won more than one race.

Top Ten Women After Eight Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 NED Marcelien De KONING Lobke BERKHOUT 1 1 1 4 (6) 1 3 3 14
2 CZE Lenka SMIDOVA Elizabeth KRATZIG 4 (12) 2 3 3 6 6 1 25
3 FRA Ingrid PETITJEAN Nadege DOUROUX 11 (15) 6 6 1 2 2 2 30
4 GBR Christina BASSADONE Saskia CLARK 3 2 3 5 4 4 21 12 33
5 SWE Therese TORGERSSON Vendela ZAHRISSON RDS 4 4 8 (10) 8 4 8 42.6
6 ISR Nike KORNECKI Vered Bouskila 10 (OCS) 10 1 2 5 1 15 44
7 ESP Natalia VIA DUFRESNE Laia TUTZO 8 13 9 (22) 5 3 13 7 58
8 AUT Sylvia VOGL Carolina FLATCHER 9 14 12 (15) 11 7 8 5 66
9 GBR Pippa WILSON Sheena CRAIG RDS 6 15 (19) 9 11 11 4 66.7
10 AUS Elise RECHICHI Tessa PARKINSON (25) 5 13 2 12 13 16 11 72

As in the women's fleet the guys at the top continue to run away with things in San Francisco. Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE (AUS) slipped slightly yesterday finishing second and fourth but they still performed better than everyone else. Their lead has now increased to 13 points from Gildas PHILIPPE and Nicolas LEBERRE (FRA).

Nick ROGERS and Joe GLANFIELD (GBR) closed the gap by one point on PHILIPPE and LEBERRE after posting their second bullet of the championship in race seven. They are now only three points behind. The current leaders of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, Alvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNES (POR) hold onto their place in fourth overall after two more top ten finishes.

Dimitry BEREZKIN and Alexander ZYBIN (RUS) had the best day of their championship by a long way finishing seventh in race seven and taking the bullet in race eight - the only team not in the overall top ten to win a race. Currently in 14 overall the pair will be hoping for a similar performance today to further progress up the leaderboard.

Top Ten Men After Eight Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 AUS Nathan WILMOT Malcom PAGE 2 1 (8) 1 1 1 2 4 12
2 FRA Gildas PHILIPPE Nicolas LEBERRE 1 4 (14) 2 2 6 3 7 25
3 GBR Nick ROGERS Joe GLANFIELD 7 3 (11) 1 2 6 1 8 28
4 POR Alvaro MARINHO Miguel NUNES (12) 3 6 7 3 3 8 9 39
5 AUS Matthew BELCHER Nick BEHRENS 8 1 3 11 4 10 4 (12) 41
6 ISR Gideon KLIGER Udi GAL 3 11 5 (18) 6 4 15 2 46
7 FRA Benjamin BONNAUD Romain BONNAUD 11 2 9 3 3 7 13 (29) 48
8 GBR Nic ASHER Elliot WILLIS 4 14 3 4 7 4 (19) 13 49
9 ITA Gabrio ZANDONA Francesco DELLA TORRE 7 6 1 5 30 (BFD) 5 3 57
10 ARG Matias BUHLER Marcos LAMAS 3 5 2 17 10 9 11 (18) 57
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