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7 January 2008, 09:23 am
World Champs Notch Up A Win At Tornado Asia Pacifics
World Champion skipper Fernando ECHAVARRI
World Champion skipper Fernando ECHAVARRI making some adjustments on the mast of his Tornado

Tornado Asia Pacific Championship 2008
Westernport Bay, Australia

Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY continue to lead the Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta being hosted by Somers Yacht Club on the Mornington Peninsula at Sail Melbourne today.
Although Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY did not win either races 5 or 6 today, finishing with third and fifth places, they remain in the lead on nine points after dropping their worst place. Today's racing was conducted in extremely shifty winds of up to 15 knots.

World Champions Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ scored their first win of the series in race 5, with Germany's Tino MITTELMEIER and Niko MITTELMEIER finished second.

Top Russian pair, Andrey KIRILYUK and Valery USHKOV won race 6 and are now third overall. Oskar JOHANSSON and Kevin STITTLE (CAN) were second in this race, with Leigh MCMILLAN and Will HOWDEN third.

Currently Mitch BOOTH and Pim NIEUWENHUIS (NED) are second placed in the series overall on 17 points, the Russians one point behind, leaving BUNDOCK and ASHBY a clear eight points in the lead with four races remaining.

Carolijn BROUWER (BEL), the lone female skipper in the fleet, did not have the top three day she was hoping for. Sitting at #23 in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, she is very impressed by the quality of the sailors competing.

"There are a lot of top class sailors here. It's an awesome regatta with really high level competition. But Bundy and Glenn are in a different league; they are good in any kind of conditions. We are up with the rest of the pack, but we can push harder and do better. We have a lot more in there," said BROUWER, who with her crew Seb GODEFROID is looking for a top five finish.

Looking forward to the Beijing Olympic Games, BROUWER and GODEFROID find themselves in an enviable position, they have qualified Belgium and themselves for the Games. "This regatta is good for us.

"We are in a comfortable position at the moment we have the opportunity to play around with our boat and sails and try things out before the Games. This is important for us as we don't have as much experience as the other guys in the class so it takes us a bit longer," BROUWER said.

The Championship concludes on Wednesday 9 January and results are provisional pending protests. The Sail Melbourne ISAF Grade C1 event continues tomorrow.

Sail Melbourne - www.sailmelbourne.com.au
Results - www.sailmelbourne.com.au/race-results/2008/tornado/series.htm
Di Pearson (As Amended By ISAF)
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