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14 January 2008, 08:03 am
Kiwis On Top At RS:X Worlds
Barbara KENDALL leading Blanca MANCHON
Barbara KENDALL leading Blanca MANCHON

RS:X World Championships 2008
Auckland, New Zealand

Day two of the RS:X Worlds in Takapuna was a great day for New Zealand, with both Barbara KENDALL and Tom ASHLEY hitting the top of the leaderboard.
Racing at the RS:X World Championships in Takapuna, New Zealand continued today with both the men and women sailing two races each.

Conditions were excellent with a NNE breeze increasing through the afternoon and clear and sunny skies. The women's fleet was first out, racing in the early afternoon in around 10 knots of wind. The men followed starting mid afternoon in a freshening breeze of around 15 knots.

The old guard are out-classing the young guns in the early stages of the Women's RS:X World Championships with Alessandra SENSINI (ITA) and Barbara KENDALL(NZL) sharing the lead at the end of day two.

SENSINI was fifth in the first race of the day following that up with a win in race 4 of the regatta, giving her three wins from four races and eight points in total. KENDALL, also on eight points had a fourth and a win in today's racing.

The two legends of Olympic windsurfing are yet to line up on the same start line as SENSINI has been racing in yellow group and KENDALL in blue group so far.

France has third and fourth on the women's leaderboard with Charline PICON in third place four points adrift of the leading pair. PICON started the day with a share of the lead and was fourth and fifth in her two races on day two.

Reining Olympic champion Faustine MERRET (FRA) has a share of fourth place on equal points with Blanca MANCHON of Spain. Mingli DUAN of China had an excellent day on the water with a first and a third seeing her climb to sixth place on the leaderboard.

Men's Fleet

Both Tom ASHLEY from New Zealand and Przemyslaw MIARCZYNSKI of Poland had a superb day on the water on day two of the RS:X Men's World Champs each recording two wins in the two races sailed.

For ASHLEY this means a three-point leading margin the men's fleet having three wins from four races on the score card and a total of six points. Ivan PASTOR of Spain is second overall in the men's fleet at the end of day two on nine points.

MIARCZYNSKI prefers the stronger winds and with his two wins today he leapt from 19th place at the start of the day up to fifth overall.

Piotr MYSZKA of Poland is lying third overall just two points back from PASTOR after placing second in both of today's races. Nicolas LE GAL of France is lying fourth with 22 points.

Racing resumes tomorrow at midday with two more races scheduled for both the men and women.

Women - Race Three

The women's yellow group was the first to sail on day two getting underway at around 12:30 in 9 to 13 knots of wind. Reining Olympic champ MERRET won race 3 of the regatta. Poland's Malgorzata BIALECKA was second and Wai Kei CHAN of Hong Kong crossed in third.

In the blue group the Chinese team took two of the top three spots with DUAN and Limei SUN shining in the relatively light breeze and taking first and third respectively. MANCHON of Spain recorded a second place adding another good result to her score card. KENDALL crossed the line just three seconds behind SUN to get fourth.

Women - Race Four

Overnight leader, SENSINI came out with a yellow group win in race 4 for the women crossing half a minute ahead of Lee KORZITS of Israel. It was SENSINI's third win from four races. Bryony SHAW of Great Britain had her best race of the regatta yet with a third place.

It was a nail biter finish for the blue group in race four. KENDALL took her second race win of the regatta overtaking Spain's Marina ALABAU on the final leg of the race. ALABAU lead for the entire race until being passed by KENDALL who crossed the line just 5 seconds ahead. DUAN, who won the earlier race in the blue group, was third, just three seconds behind ALABAU.

Men - Race Three

MIARCZYNSKI took out the first race of the day in yellow group beating Casper BOUMAN of the Netherlands across the line by 10 seconds. PASTOR, who started the day with a share of the lead, placed third in race 3 of the regatta.

ASHLEY of New Zealand won the first race for the blue group today, with MYSZKA crossing very close behind in second place. Richard STAUFFACHER of Switzerland was third.

Men - Race Four

In the yellow group, MIARCZYNSKI made it two wins from two races on day two of the RS:X Worlds, crossing ahead of PASTOR. France's Nicolas HUGUET was third.

Meanwhile in the blue group ASHLEY, MYSZKA and STAUFACHER took first, second and third in race 4 as they did in race 3 earlier in the afternoon.

Men's Results - Click here
Women's Results - Click here
RS:X World Championships - www.rsxclass.com/worlds2008.html

Jodie Bakewell-White (As Amended By ISAF)
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