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10 April 2002, 10:39 am
Gavin Colby and Simone Mattfield (AUS) Looking Untouchable
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Hobie 16 World Championships
Noumea

Another day, another perfect score for Gavin Colby and Simone Mattfield in the Air France Hobie 16 Worlds currently being sailed in Noumea, New Caledonia in the South Pacific.
Day 2 of the Semi-Finals continued much the same as day 1 with another perfect score for Australian Sailors Gavin Colby and Simone Mattfield

After six races, all competitors have sailed three races and Colby and Mattfield are the clear leaders with three first places from races held in varying conditions. After two first places yesterday, Colby sailed conservatively on the first leg and was in fourth place at the first mark. He took the lead on the downwind leg and was never headed.

The conditions on day 2 of the Semi-Finals provided a bit of everything for the competitors. As people were rigging for the first race of the day a tropical downpour started and continued until after they left the beach in about 10 knots of breeze. The wind filled in during the race which finished in 12 - 15 knots of breeze. Just prior to the second race the wind died while competitors sat waiting for more consistent breeze. Eventually the wind did fill in and the race started after several general recalls finishing with a good 15 knots of breeze and sunny skies. The last race was held in perfect conditions with a solid 18 knots and perfect tropical conditions.

In second place overall after six races is Thibaut Vauchel-Camus and Matheas Lassnig with a third place finish in their one race of the day. With consistent sailing they have consolidate second place with the remainder of the field several points behind. With a possible 8 races still to sail, the few points between the top ten sailors are not significant at this stage. Local sailors Aldo Cailleux and Estelle Rousseau continued their good form with a fifth place finish to be in third place just in front of a group of sailors all from Australia.

With three races sailed by each team, there is no throwout in the results, so there will be significant changes after the next race. Victorien Erussard and Jean-Marie Bontier with scores of 45,2,3 will move up significantly along with Louis De Lima Mayer and Mike Cuvillier from New Caledonia who finished the day with a 2 and a 5.

Racing continues tomorrow, Thursday 11 April, in the last day of the Semi-Finals, with the top 56 sailors then continuing on the Finals. The World Championship is decided on the total of scores from the Semi-Finals and the Finals.
Paul Pascoe/ISAF Secretariat
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