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15 January 2008, 09:59 am
Kiwi Windsurfers Prosper In Gusty Conditions
Tom ASHLEY takes it round the mark
Tom ASHLEY leads the men's fleet

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.
Windsurfers at the 2008 RS:X World Championships waited ashore with another postponement on day three of the regatta until a breeze filled from the south and racing started just before 14:00. The local sailors lead with both Tom ASHLEY (NZL) and Barbara KENDALL (NZL) holding the overall lead in the men's and women's fleets going into the rest day.

The men's fleet were first on the water sailing race 5 of the 11-race series then making way for the women's fleet to race. A second race for both men and women followed.

The shifty breeze from the south was unstable, gusty and unpredictable producing some challenges for the sailors and some interesting results. After race five sailors are able to discard their worst score from their series so the drop is now comes into play.

No change at the top of the men's leaderboard with ASHLEY still leading, Ivan PASTOR of Spain in second and Piotr MYSZKA of Poland in third. ASHLEY was pleased to emerge from today with the lead and no disastrous results.

ASHLEY discards race 5 in which he placed 13th, though his nearest rivals PASTOR and MYSZKA can't afford another poor race. PASTOR had a 35th today and MYSZKA a 33rd and therefore need to pull good results for the remainder of the regatta to stay well placed.

ASHLEY's leading margin going into the rest day is narrow - with 10 points he is just one point clear of PASTOR on 11 points. MYSZKA is four points back on 15.

Women's Fleet

KENDALL mastered the trying conditions on the Hauraki gulf with two seconds on the water today which gives her the overall lead in the women's fleet. She now sits on eight points with Italian rival Alessandra SENSINI three points back on 11 points.

Spanish windsurfers Blanca MANCHON and Marina ALABAU improved their overall standings and now sit in third and fourth respectively ousting the French girls, Faustine MERRET and Charline PICON back to fifth and sixth.

Sailors and organizers will enjoy a rest day tomorrow before racing resumes in gold and silver fleets at midday Thursday.

Men - Race Five

Blue group raced first on day three of the regatta after a two hour delay due to light winds and then shipping traffic. Samuel LAUNAY of France won the race after a tight battle with Lukasz GRODZICKI of Poland, and the two Greek sailors Nikolas KAKLAMANAKIS and Byron KOKKALANIS. It was GRODZICKI crossing in second place, just eight seconds behind the Frenchman. KAKLAMANAKIS was third.

Overnight leader ASHLEY had his poorest race to date after some confusion on leg one he rounded mark two in the middle of the fleet. In an impressive recovery he came back to claim 13th place in what was race five of the event.

Yellow group followed and it was Great Britain's Nick DEMPSEY who romped home a whole minute and a half ahead of PASTOR, who added a second place to his already impressive scorecard. Ertugrul ICINGIR of Turkey was third.

Men - Race Six

Casper BOUMAN of the Netherlands had his first race win today, taking out race 6 in the blue group. Przemyslaw MIARCZYNSKI (POL) was 30 seconds behind in second place while KOKKALANIS was third and local boy ASHLEY was fourth who

Some new names rose to the top in race six of the yellow group sailed in today's gusty unpredictable winds. Toni WILHELM (GER) claimed a win ahead of Julien BONTEMPS of France. Fabien HEIDEGGER of Italy was third.

Women - Race Five

Olga MASLIVETS of Ukraine won the first race of the day for women crossing first in the blue group after climbing up through the fleet. KENDALL was just 5 seconds behind MASLIVETS recording a second place. Anna GALECKA of Poland was third.

In the blue group MANCHON led from start to finish taking out race 5 with a 30-second margin. Bryony SHAW of Great Britain was second and overnight leader SENSINI was third.

Women - Race Six

Defending World Champion Zofia KLEPACKA of Poland won race 6 in the blue group leading around every mark and finishing nearly a minute ahead of second place. It was local girl KENDALL in second and MERRET in third.

Malgorzata BIALECKA of Poland won the last race of the day, race 6 for the women's yellow group. She was just 9 seconds ahead of Carol BORGES of Brazil. ALABAU was third, while overnight leader SENSINI was sixth.

Men's Results - Click here
Women's Results - Click here
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Jodie Bakewell-White (As Amended By ISAF)
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