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|
|3||AUS||Lauren JEFFRIES||Rike ZIEGELMAYER||5||9||14|
|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|