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23 August 2005, 10:17 am
Strong Start For Defending Champions
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470 World Championship 2005
San Francisco, USA

Two races have been completed by all fleets at the 470 World Championship 2005 hosted by the St Francis Yacht Club. Defending champions WILMOT and PAGE have made a strong start in the men's fleet whilst TORGERSSON and ZACHRISSON have not been so lucky in the women's.
Marcelien DE KONING and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) have started their 2005 Worlds as they will hope to continue with two bullets from two races. Ranked at number 11 on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings DE KONING and BERKHOUT have had a solid season so far not finishing lower than seventh at any of the ISAF graded events they have entered and having missed out on the Olympic place in 2004 to Lisa WESTERHOF and Margriet MATTHIJSSE they will be fighting hard to maintain their lead.

Christina BASSADONE (GBR), sailing with Katherine HOPSON finished a credible seventh in Athens last year and since then she has teamed up with Saskia CLARK. BASSADONE and CLARK have shot out of the starting blocks in San Francisco with a third and a second to lie second overall after the first day. There is quite a gap down to the next team which is Queenslanders Lauren JEFFRIES and Rike ZIEGELMAYER (AUS). Unable to compete at the 470 North Americans as they waited for their boat to clear customs, JEFFRIES and ZIEGELMAYER did not have as much time to prepare on the water as they would have liked but have made a solid start to their first 470 World Championship. At 23 years of age, JEFFRIES and ZIEGELMAYER are relative newcomers to the senior circuit but have performed well so far this season. A second place at Exper Olympic Garda - Eurolymp and top ten finishes at the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta and Kieler Woche has helped them climb to number 30 on the rankings and they are lying in third place overally after finishing fifth and ninth yesterday.

Two points behind JEFFRIES is 2004 Olympic silver medallist in the Europe Lenka SMIDOVA with crew Elizabeth KRATZIG (CZE). Defending champions Therese TORGERSSON and Vendela ZACHRISSON (SWE) have not had the start they would have liked and are way down the pan counting an OCS from race 1.

The 64 men's teams will each day be divided into two fleets both of which completed two races yesterday. Defending champions Nathan WILMOT and Malcolm PAGE (AUS) are competing at their first graded event since the Olympic Games in Athens last year and go into day two just where they would like to end the championship, at the top. A second and a bullet on day one sees them lead with three points. Just behind them are Nicolas CHARBONNIER and Oliver BAUSSET (FRA) who finished second in both races.

Fresh from the victory at the 470 Junior Worlds in Russia just three weeks ago, Sime FANTELA and Igor MARENIC (CRO) have started their campaign to do the double with a bang. A bullet in the first race and fourth in the second puts them equal third with Gildas PHLIPPE and Nicolas LEBERRE (FRA).

Women's Top Ten

Pos Nation Helm Crew Race 1 Race 2 Points
1 NED Marcelien DE KONING Lobke BERKHOUT 1 1 2
2 GBR Christina BASSADONE Saskia CLARK 3 2 5
4 CZE Lenka SMIDOVA Elizabeth KRATZIG 4 12 16
5 POL Katarzyna TYLINSKA Marta KASZALOWICZ 18 3 21
6 ESP Natalia VIA DUFRESNE Laia TUTZO 8 13 21
7 GBR Lucy MACGREGOR Julia SCOTT 2 20 22
8 SIN Liying TOH Lee Ching TOK 7 16 23
9 AUT Sylvia VOGL Carolina FLATCHER 9 14 23
10 BRA Isabel FICKER BARZAGHI Laura ZANNI 14 10 24

Men's Top Ten

Pos Nation Helm Crew Group Race 1 Race 2 Points
1 AUS Nathan WILMOT Malcolm PAGE white 2 1 3
2 FRA Nicolas CHARBONNIER Olivier BAUSSET blue 2 2 4
3 FRA Gildas PHILIPPE Nicolas LEBERRE white 1 4 5
4 CRO Sime FANTELA Igor MARENIC blue 1 4 5
5 ARG Matias BUHLER Marcos LAMAS white 3 5 8
6 AUS Matthew BELCHER Nick BEHRENS blue 8 1 9
7 GBR Nick ROGERS Joe GLANFIELD blue 7 3 10
8 FRA Benjamin BONNAUD Romain BONNAUD white 11 2 13
9 ITA Gabrio ZANDONA Francesco DELLA TORRE white 7 6 13
10 ISR Gideon KLIGER Udi GAL blue 3 11 14
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