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21 July 2005, 09:52 am
FERRIS Claims Top Spot
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Yngling World Championship 2005
Lake Mondsee, Austria

The chopping and changing at the top of the leaderboard in the ISAF Grade W Yngling World Championship continued yesterday, with New Zealand's Sharon FERRIS, Raynor SMEAL and Ashley HOLTUM (NZL) now holding the number one spot in Lake Mondsee, Austria.
With races five and six completed yesterday the first discard of the Championship has come into force. FERRIS, SMEAL and HOLTUM seem to be thriving on the lights winds and shifty conditions that have so far dominated the Championship. They added to the bullet they scored in race four on Tuesday with a fourth place, followed by a bullet in the day's final race. This puts them provisionally top of the leaderboard, although several protests have been lodged after race six.

The Kiwis are counting 23 points after six races, just two behind them are previous leaders Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI (USA). The winners of the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères back in April scored a bullet in yesterday's first race to secure their lead, before dropping to twelfth in race six and therefore falling back to second overall. Ulrike SCHÜMANN, Runa KAPPEL and Ute HÖPFNER (GER) have moved up into third place after finishing fifth and seventh yesterday. However a slight gap is beginning to open out between the top two and the rest with ten points separating the German team from BARKOW, HOWE and CAPOZZI.

2004 Olympic gold medallist Sarah AYTON has made rapid progress after switching to helm this year. With her crew Annie LUSH and Lisa MACDONALD (GBR) she won the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik in May and is making steady progress on Lake Mondsee. A sixth and a ninth yesterday sees them in fourth place overall, a point ahead of the Australian team of Nicola BETHWAITE, Karyn GOJNICH and Helen IMPEY.

Winners of the recent ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany, Ekaterina SKOUDINA, Diana KRUTSKIKH and Tatian LARSTEVA (RUS) struggled yesterday with finishes of 16 and 13 seeing them fall out of the top five to sixth overall. It was also a tough day for defending champions, Trine PALLUDAN, Ida HARTVIG and Christina OTZEN (DEN) who fall back to twelfth overall after finishes of 11 and 26.

2004 Olympic silver medallists, Ruslana TARAN, Anna KALININA and Svetlana MATEVUSHEVA (UKR) are in ninth overall, whilst top team in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, Kristin WAGNER, Anna HOLL and Christina HOLL (GER) are way down in 22nd.

Maarten JAMIN, Gert Henk BAKKER and Jansje HOFSTRA (NED) remain on top in the open fleet after a third, a second and a fifth place yesterday. Torn OTTE, Maryke VON OGK and Ester OTTE (NED) move up two places to second overall, whilst Rudi MAYR, Wolfgang DAURER and Sarah ZADRAZIL (AUT) lie third.

The Championship has a lay day today with the final races due on Friday and Saturday, with two races scheduled for each day.

Top Ten Women After Six Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 NZL Sharon FERRIS Raynor SMEAL Ashley HOLTUM 11 6 (16) 1 4 1 23
2 USA Sally BARKOW Carrie HOWE Debbie CAPOZZI 3 8 1 (18) 1 12 25
3 GER Ulrike SCHÜMANN Runa KAPPEL Ute HÖPFNER 9 (14) 6 8 5 7 35
4 GBR Sarah AYTON Anne LUSH Liza MACDONALD (23) 3 15 9 6 9 42
5 AUS Nicola BETHWAITE Karyn GOJNICH Helen IMPEY 13 12 4 3 (29) 11 43
6 RUS Ekaterina SKUDINA Tatiana LARTSEVA Diana KRUTSKIKH 12 7 2 (25) 16 13 50
7 RUS Anna BASALKINA Galina LOUKACHOVA Vladislava UKRAINTSEVA 19 2 10 7 13 (27) 51
8 GER Ines PINGEL Heike HAVERLAND Wibke BÜLLE 2 20 (29) 6 14 10 52
9 UKR Ruslana TARAN Svetlana MATEVUSHEVA Ganna KALININA 7 13 14 11 (17) 8 53
10 NOR Karianne EIKELAND Lise Brigitte FREDRIKSEN Alexandra KOEFOED 1 19 11 (20) 18 5 54
ISAF. Image, Sally BARKOW and her team lie in second place:© Event Media
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