Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY today won both races to take out the ISAF Grade C1 Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta at Somers Yacht Club on the Mornington Peninsula.
Multiple Tornado World Champion Darren BUNDOCK
, who won a silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Games, and Glenn ASHBY
, a Victorian who won the 2006 Tornado Worlds with BUNDOCK and recently claimed the A-Cat World crown, beat their nearest rivals Andrey KIRILYUK
and Valery USHKOV
from Russia by five points.
While BUNDOCK and ASHBY have already been selected to the Beijing Olympic Games, the Russian are still battling it out with team mates who also contested the Sail Melbourne Regatta.
KIRILYUK has already represented at three Games and he and USHKOV are thrilled with their second place, scoring a pair of fourth places to overcome the World Champions Fernando ECHAVARRI
and Anton PAZ
(ESP). The Spanish pair took the bronze medal on countback from Olympic medallist, Mitch BOOTH
and his crew Pim NIEUWENHUIS
(NED), on the final day.
"We are trying very hard to go to Beijing and today this result helps us,"
and Will HOWDEN
from Great Britain rounded out fifth place. The pair is selected for Beijing.
Altogether, international fleet of 32 boats took part in the Regatta. All will have a few days off now before contesting Sail Melbourne's International Regatta at Sandringham Yacht Club starting on 14 January. The 2008 Tornado World Championship, where the remaining four national places for the Beijing Games will be decided, will take place in Auckland, New Zealand from 22 February-1 March.
Somers Yacht Club hosted the Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta of which all sailors were complimentary of the sailing area and club officials and members, whom they say went out of their way to make the regatta a friendly one.
Sail Melbourne - www.sailmelbourne.com.au
Results - www.sailmelbourne.com.au/race-results/2008/tornado/series.htm