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25 March 2008, 11:42 am
Team China Lead At IFDS Two-Person Worlds
Action from Singapore
Action from the race course in Singapore

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Team China lead the team rankings after another day of consistent performances at the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship - Two-Person Keelboat in Singapore.
Teams from Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Ireland, Australia, Great Britain, Portugal and China are contesting the IFDS World title at the SAF Yacht Club in Singapore, which will also decide the final qualification spots remaining for the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition.

Racing is in the SKUD18 keelboat and for the Paralympic competition one of the crew must have an IFDS Functional Classification of 1 (a very severely disabled sailor). The other must have at least the minimum classifiable disability, and at least one of the crew must be female. Half of the teams at this event are being helmed by women.

Team Singapore, formed of Jovin TAN and Desiree LIM, who led the pack for the first two days of the races, slumped to third placing on day three after finishing sixth and fifth in races 7 and 8. Team Portugal, Bento AMARAL and Luisa SILVANO, could have so nearly finished ahead of eventual leaders Jia Hai LIANG and Yu HUAWU from China after winning races 6 and 8. However, a blip in the form of a seventh place finish for race 7 cost them dearly. They eventually finished the day in second place.

After three days of racing, Team China leads the pack with a point total of 13, with Team Portugal and Team Singapore close behind on 16 points and 18 points respectively.

The final results have been withheld, as one of the teams is seeking redress. Races will take a break for tomorrow and resume on Thursday.

IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship - Two-Person Keelboat - www.sdsc.org.sg
Jeff Ang
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