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17 March 2008, 07:46 am
STEYEART Takes The Lead At Radial Worlds
Sarah BLANCK and Lijia XU battle downwind
Sarah BLANCK and Lijia XU battle downwind

Laser Radial World Championship 2008
Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand

Sarah STEYAERT of France has taken the overall lead after a light and shifty second day of racing at the Laser Radial Worlds in Takapuna.
Just one race was sailed today with three races in total now on the board.

A postponement due to lack of wind delayed the scheduled start of racing off Takapuna Beach for the 116 boat women's Laser Radial fleet competing for the World title. However a light north easterly sea breeze gradually filled in and the fleet left the beach at around 13:00 for a 14:00 start to racing.

The day belonged to Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA) and Lijia XU (CHN), who both brought home a race win with a solid leading margin in their respective fleets in today's race. Despite this neither TUNNICLIFFE or XU are featuring in the top ten as the American is carrying an OCS and lies 36th overall while XU has a DSQ on her scorecard and lies 30th at this stage in the regatta. Both will likely rocket up the leaderboard once the first discard comes into play.

Sarah STEYAERT (FRA) leapt into the lead today after placing 2nd in today's race after starting the day lying fifth overall. She has a total of nine points which means her leading margin is slight with Evi VAN ACKER (BEL) hot on her heals just one point adrift on ten points. VAN ACKER, who had a share of the lead overnight, was seventh on the water today.

Australian Sarah BLANCK retains third overall after race 3 with an eighth placing in today's race and is three points back from VAN ACKER.

Local girl and current #1 in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, Jo ALEH (NZL) was a big mover in the standings today shooting from 11th overall up to fourth place on the leaderboard. Fighting her way back from tenth at the first mark, ALEH managed to cross the line in fifth which gives her a overall total of 18 points, putting her eight points clear of Nathalie BRUGGER (SUI) who has fifth place in the current standings.

Sari MULTALA of Finland will be disappointed after a poor race today saw her drop out of the lead and back to 12th place overall. A 37th in race 3 was the cause of her slide down the standings, and this race will likely become her discard once in play.

The intention for tomorrow, Tuesday 19 March, is for an early start to racing in order to try and catch up for lost races on Saturday and today. Organizers hope to start racing at 10:00 in order to squeeze three races.

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