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470 World Championship
Cagliari, Sardinia

One further race was sailed at the 470 world championships in order to complete the qualifying stages of the competition.
The 170 competitors enjoyed the windiest conditions experienced in Cagliari, Sardinia, so far, sailing in 18 knots of breeze that was gusting in excess of 20 knots, making for an exciting days racing.

Simon Cooke/Peter Nicholas (NZL) are four points in front of Nick Rogers/ Joe Glanfield (GBR), after scoring a third place finish and American sailors Paul Forester/Kevin Burnham (USA) are three points behind in bronze medal position.

Racing will be tight all the way to the end as the top ten is littered with champions. The current European, World Sailing Games, pre-Olympic and Olympic champions are all lining the top ten and itching to get their feet on the podium.

In the women's fleet, double world and European champions, Sofia Bekatorou/Emilia Tsoulfa (GRE) look unstoppable, scoring a sixteenth followed by five race wins puts them in poll position, five points in front of Lisa Westerhof/Margriet Matthijiss (NED).

The sailors at the world championships will now sail in gold, silver and bronze fleets, and race a further eighth races with the winner of the gold fleet being crowned the world champions.

Results

Men

1, Simon Cooke/Peter Nicholas, NZL (1,(6),2,1,3,3) 10 pts
2, Nick Rogers/Joe Glanfield GBR (3,4,1,5,1,(6)) 14 pts
3, Paul Forester/Kevin Burnham, USA (1,2,3,8,3,(11)) 17 pts

Women
1, Sofia Bekatorou/Emilia Tsoulfa, GRE ((16),1,1,1,1,1) 5 pts
2, Lisa Westerhof/Margriet Matthijiss, NED ((21),4,1,1,1,3) 10 pts
3, Susanne Ward/Michaela Ward, DEN ((18),9,3,2,7,1) 22 pts
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