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21 January 2003, 11:13 am
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Commonwealth Sailing Championship

Nathan Wilmot/Malcolm Page (NSW) and Andrew Brown/Jamie Hunt (NZL) have found themselves in a tied situation on Day 3 of the Commonwealth Sailing Championships on Port Phillip Bay this afternoon.
Racing started late today, with major wind shifts on the course today, but when it kicked in, it came in nice and solid at 12-18 knots.

Brown/Hunt won Race 5 from brothers Nat and Dan Belcher (Qld) and Wilmot/Page in 3rd, then Belcher/Belcher won Race 6 from Brown/Hunt, then Wilmot/Page in 3rd, which put the cat amongst the pigeons, resulting in a tied situation for 1st place. putting the Belcher brothers, former 420 World champions in a close 3rd overall.

Racing continues on Port Phillip Bay tomorrow at 1.00pm with two further races.

Progressive Results:

1. Wilmot/Page 10
2. Brown/Hunt 10
3. Belcher/Belcher 13

Laser Radial

Winner of the Yngling keelboat class at Sail Melbourne's Olympic & Invited Classes Regatta, Melanie Dennison (Vic), showed her versatility today winning both races in the Laser Radial class at the Commonwealth Sailing Championships.

Northern Ireland's Debbie Hanna continues to lead the series being sailed on Port Phillip Bay this week, after two 2nd places today.

Megan De Lange (Vic) finished 3rd in today's Race 5, while Margaret Morgan grabbed 3rd place in Race 6, giving her 3rd place overall provisionally.

Racing was delayed today due to massive winds shifts on the Bay, finally getting underway at 1.00pm, with 12-18 knots winds throughout the afternoon at 140 degrees for Race 5, shifting to 165 degrees for Race 6.

Racing continues out of Sandringham Yacht Club tomorrow at 1.00pm with two further races.

Progressive Results:

1. Debbie Hanna 6
2. Megan De Lange 12
3. Margaret Morgan 16


Unlike his fellow competitors, Michael Blackburn is showing no tiredness on the Laser course at the Commonwealth Sailing Championships, winning both today's races to capitalise on his lead.

In 12-18 knot winds on Port Phillip Bay, Blackburn was at his best, defeating Ed Wright (GBR) in both races with Alastair Gair (NZL) finishing 3-4 today, and Russell McGovern (NIR) finishing 3-4.

Michael Blackburn is the overall leader of the series, with Wright in 2nd and Gair in 3rd.

Racing continues out of Sandringham Yacht Club tomorrow, at 1.00pm with two further races.

Progressive results:

1. Michael Blackburn 7
2. Ed Wright 13
3. Alastair Gair 15

Hobie 16

Robbie Lovig/Glen Douglas (Vic) continue to their lead of the Hobie 16 class at the Commonwealth Championships out of Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne today.

The pair finished with a 3-1 result to lead by one point from Shayne Brodie/Loren Gough (FIJ) who finished today with a 2nd and 3rd place, to maintain their 2nd overall place.

Paul Pascoe and his daughter Danielle had their first win of the series today in Race 5, finishing 5th in Race 6 in the heavier conditions, which peaked at 18 knots.

The Hobies raced on triangle windward return courses today, with winds in the 12-18 knot range at 165-175 degrees on Port Phillip Bay.

Racing continues tomorrow at 1.00pm with two further races.

Progressive points:

1. Robbie Lovig/Glen Douglas 9
2. Shayne Brodie/Loren Gough 10
3. Bruce Tardrew/Sarah Turnbull 15
Steve Fields/Kieran Browne 15

Di Pearson/ISAF News Editor
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