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13 January 2008, 11:20 am
SENSINI Stars At Start Of RS:X Worlds
Tom ASHLEY racing
Tom ASHLEY got off to a flying start in Takapuna

RS:X World Championships 2008
Auckland, New Zealand

Triple Olympic medallist Alessandra SENSINI was the standout performer after posting two bullets on the opening day of the RS:X World Championships in New Zealand.
Racing at the RS:X World Championships got underway today at Takapuna Boating Club on Auckland's North Shore.

After a postponement due to light winds, racing started and two races were sailed in both the men's and women's fleets in a north northeasterly breeze of around six to eight knots. With just two races to count the points table is tight at the top.

There is a three way tie on the leader board for the men's title after day one. Tom ASHLEY (NZL), Shahar ZUBARI (ISR) and Ivan PASTOR (ESP) are all on four points. Both ASHLEY and ZUBARI had one win and a third place in today's races, while PASTOR was second in both his races.

The men were first to race with the 120 competitors split into yellow and blue groups. During the first three days of racing the blue and yellow groups will be re-shuffled daily based on overall standings from the previous day.

The women took to the course mid afternoon and sailed two races coming ashore around 17:30 in the evening.

Alessandra SENSINI (ITA) had an outstanding start winning both her races on day one. Barbara KENDALL (NZL) shares second place with Charline PICON (FRA); both scoring a win and a second in the two races sailed today.

Race One - Men

ZUBARI of Israel took out race 1 in the yellow group leading the race from start to finish. He crossed the finish line around 50 seconds ahead of Piotr MYSZKA of Poland, who climbed his way through the fleet to finish in second place. Local windsurfer Jon-Paul TOBIN was third in race one of the yellow group.

In the blue fleet Nikolas KAKLAMANAKIS of Greece was won race 1 leading from start to finish. PASTOR of Spain was able to pull in New Zealand's ASHLEY as the race unfolded overtaking the Kiwi who was second until the final mark. PASTOR finished second and ASHLEY finished third.

Race Two - Men

Portuguese windsurfer Joao RODRIGUES took out race 2 in the yellow group, with Chi Ho HO (HKG) close behind in second place. ZUBARI added a third place to his race one win to complete a great start to the regatta.

In the blue group ASHLEY rounded mark one in third place but climbed up to lead around mark four and take out race 2. It was pay back for Spaniard PASTOR who crossed the line in second place behind ASHLEY. France's Nicolas LE GAL was third.

Race One - Women

SENSINI won race 1 in the yellow group while Blanca MANCHON of Spain was second and reining Olympic champion Faustine MERRET of France was third.

In the blue group, PICON of France overtook local legend KENDALL on the final leg of race 1 to take the win, with KENDALL crossing in second place. Young Italian Laura LINARES, the 2006 and 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion, was third in her first race.

Race Two - Women

SENSINI of Italy took out race 2, Marina ALABAU (ESP) was second and Peina CHEN of China crossing over a minute behind her in third.

The top three place getters in the blue group were the same as in race 1 although the order changed… KENDALL won race 2 just ahead of PICON while LINARES was third.

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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