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30 August 2005, 10:11 am
DRAPER And HISCOCKS Make Flying Start
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49er World Championship 2005
Moscow, Russia

After the second day of qualification races at the ISAF Grade W 49er World Championship on Lake Kliazminskoye in Moscow, Russia the number one team in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings and back to back European Champions Chris DRAPER and Simon HISCOCKS (GBR) are making the early running. Two more bullets yesterday put the British pair six points clear at the top of the leaderboard.
A good easterly wind greeted the 66 competitors in Moscow yesterday and with the wind conveniently strengthening towards the end of the races exciting finishes ensued. It was just such a blast that helped the British team of Stephen MORRISON and Ben RHODES (GBR) win back five positions and take the bullet in the red fleet in the day's opening race, race five. Meanwhile DRAPER and HISCOCKS, runners up at the Worlds in Athens, Greece last year, completed a British clean sweep with victory in the yellow fleet.

In the following race defending champions and Olympic gold medallists Iker MARTINEZ and Xabier FERNANDEZ (ESP) scored their best results of an otherwise disappointing start to the Championship, beating challenges from Alexandre MONTEAU and Damien GUILLOU (FRA) and MORRISON and RHODES to take victory.

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Chris DRAPER and Simon
HISCOCKS, pictured at the
Olympic Games, are off to a
flier in the 49er Worlds
© MENAHEM KAHANA/
Getty Images
Mark roundings proved to be decisive in yesterday's races with a right tack advantage, especially on the yellow fleet course, meaning teams could make up several places in an instant. DRAPER and HISCOCKS took advantage, with sixth and fourth places in races six and eight sandwiching their third bullet of the Championship.

Jonas WARRER and Martin KIRKETERP (DEN) lie second overall after a solid performance yesterday built on their opening day salvo of four top five finishes. In third overall, MORRISON and RHODES are just three points behind the Danes, whilst Jan Peter PECKOLT and Hannes PECKOLT (GER) are just a further three points behind them in fourth. MONTEAU and GUILLOU round out the top five, tied on points with Olympic silver medallists Rodion LUKA and George LEONCHUK (UKR), who had a good day, recording finishes of 3,10,2,2.

'Very difficult races,' confessed Germany's Tomas REIN, currently lying 22nd with crew Patrick BOEHMER. 'The water area is not wide, if the wind is strong you cannot develop high speed before the turning point, you have to change tactics and I personally have a limited experience on river water areas.'

Four more races are scheduled for the final day of the qualification series today, before a lay day gives the competitors a break before the final series on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Top Ten After Eight Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew Group R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1 GBR Chris DRAPER Simon HISCOCKS Yellow 1 (11) 4 5 1 6 1 4 22
2 DEN Jonas WARRER Martin KIRKETERP Red 3 5 3 2 2 6 (19) 7 28
3 GBR Stephen MORRISON Ben RHODES Red 2 11 (20) 3 1 3 2 9 31
4 GER Jan PECKOLT Hannes PECKOLT Yellow 5 1 1 3 7 (15) 11 6 34
5 FRA Alexandre MONTEAU Damien GUILLOU Red 6 9 1 (15) 8 2 7 5 38
6 UKR Rodion LUKA George LEONCHUK Yellow 3 9 (10) 9 3 10 2 2 38
7 AUT Nico DELLE-KARTH Nikolaus RESCH Red (19) 6 5 1 5 7 7 13 44
8 DEN Allan NORREGARD CHRISTENSEN Jonatan PERSSON Yellow 9 8 2 9 (27) 4 9 14 55
9 ESP Alberto PADRON Javier DE LA PLAZA Red 5 13 (17) 1 5 5 15 14 58
10 ITA Pietro SIBELLO Gianfranco SIBELLO Yellow 2 10 15 4 4 12 11 (24) 58
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Spain's Olympic Champions Iker MARTINEZ and Xabier FERNANDEZ lead the fleet after a good start yesterday:© Event Media
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