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31 March 2008, 11:25 am
Titles Decided At Laser Radial Men And Youth Worlds
Andrew MALONEY
New Zealand's Andrew MALONEY on his way to victory in the youth event on the final day

Laser Radial Men and Youth World Championships 2008
Takapuna, New Zealand

The Laser Radial Men and Youth World Championships came to conclusion in Takapuna on Saturday, with New Zealand, Australia and Canada sharing the titles.
The final day of racing in the Laser Radial Men and Youth World Championships provided similar conditions to what the sailors have experienced all week, 15 knot northeasterlies with a reasonable swell, making it another easy day for the race committee to get all races away.

Andy MALONEY (NZL) has comfortably taken out the youth men's title, cruising to a seven point lead ahead of Martin EVANS (GBR). Maarten-Max MOERMAN (NED) fought his way back to finish in third place.

In the youth female contest, the title came down to the last race between Gabrielle KING (AUS), gold medallist in the Laser Radial event at the 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, and Cushla HUME-MERRY (NZL). KING finishing first and HUME-MERRY second, secured the title for the Australian on a countback. Sarah GUNNI (DEN) had third and ninth finishes in the races on Saturday to hold onto third place.

Canadian Michael LEIGH had another top day with a first and second placing to prove again why he has finished top of the men's fleet. Brad FUNK (USA) came in a very comfortable second with a 14 point gap over third place, taken by Simon MORGAN (AUS), after having another consistent day to finish up on 40 points.

The prizegiving was held on Saturday at the North Harbour stadium to wrap up the Laser Radial Men and Youth Contests. This marks the final event undertaken by Takapuna Boating Club over the past four months, who would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors involved.

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