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16 January 2003, 10:43 am
Final Day Of Racing Today
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Darren Bundock/John Forbes (AUS)

Sail Melbourne

Sail Melbourne, the only ISAF Grade 1 all Olympic Class Regatta in Australia, will conclude today with racing in all classes.
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Reports available from the latest racing at Sail Melbourne are:

Current World and State Tornado champions, Darren Bundock/John Forbes (AUS) continued their domination in the Tornado fleet at the Sail Melbourne Regatta being sailed on Port Phillip Bay.

The pair went 1-1 today, with their training partners, Iordanis Paschalides/ Christos Garefis (GRE) finishing 2-2 on triangle windward return courses sailed in 12 knots at 150 degrees this afternoon. Victorian youngsters, Robbie Lovig and Josh Fugill had an excellent result, placing 3rd in both races.

Since training with Bundock and Forbes, the Greek pair, who sailed a Tornado for the first time in 1998, said they were improving all the time. Paschalides, the skipper, is a former 470 champion, representing at the 1996 Olympic Games, and coaching the 2000 Olympic 470 Greek team.

His crew, Garefis, is the oldest man sailing a Tornado for Olympic selection. At 48 years old, the fit Gym owner is a former water-polo champion, winning the Silver medal for Greece at the 1988 World championship.

Progressively, Bundock/Forbes lead with 4 points from , Paschalides/Garefis on 8, while Lovig/Fugill share 3rd place with Stephen Medwell/Brent Vaughan on 16.

Sebastien Godefroid (BEL) placed 6th in Race 9, then won Race 10 to wipe out the opposition in the Finn class at the Sail Melbourne Regatta.

Godefroid, who won this event hands down last year, says he loves to sail here, 'yes, I love the waves, the wind, and the competition, I can't believe more people don't come here from overseas to do this regatta,' he told officials yesterday.

Try though they might, the Aussies have not been able to quite catch the quiet Belgian, Anthony Nossiter (AUS) giving it his best shot with a win in Race 9 and 4th in Race 10, sailing better than he ever has before.

Pascal Rambeau (FRA) maintained his current 3rd placing overall with a consistent 3-2 score today.

Young Josh Beaver (AUS) had his best day of the series, with a 2-3 result to sit in 4th place. He came ashore with a huge grin, finally getting the sort of results he knows he is capable of.

Progressive points have Godefroid on 10, Nossiter with 16, Rambeau 21, and Beaver 29.

Mistral Women
Like the Mens Mistral, this event will come down to what happens tomorrow on the Womens Mistral course, with Natasha Sturges (GBR) going 3-3 to take the lead by two points today.

With so much talent in both Mistral fields, it has been great racing on both courses, with the leader board changing a few times.

Barbara Kendall (NZL), who earlier lead the series, scored a 4-1 today to sit just behind Sturges in 2nd place, equally with Jessica Crisp (AUS) who finished her day with 2-2 - on the comeback trail following going into hibernation after the 2000 Olympic Games.

Having her best regatta, Allison Shreeve (AUS) finished the day with a win and 5th place to currently be placed 4th overall, close enough to the leaders to grab a top place.

The cliffhanger finish will happen tomorrow on Port Phillip Bay, with two races to be sailed from 2.00pm.

Progressive points show Sturges with 16, Crisp and Kendall on 18, Shreeve 21.

Mistral Men
Jon Paul Tobin (NZL) made his presence felt on the Mistral Mens course today, winning both races to take the lead from compatriot Tom Ashley (NZL), who scored his worst result for the series so far, a 5th in Race 7, which he followed up with a 2nd in Race 8.

Tobin has the narrowest of leads - two points, making tomorrow's final two races a nail-biting affair.

Lars Kleppich, making his return to boardsailing after a layoff, finished with a 6-6 today, leaving him comfortably in 3rd place overall from Joeri Van Dyk (NED) and Michael Lancey (AUS) having a brilliant regatta at Sail Melbourne.

Racing gets underway in the all-Kiwi final tomorrow from 2.00pm.

470 Men and Women
Philippe Gildas/Nicholas Leberre (FRA) won both races today on the 470 track, making that three in succession to close the gap on Nathan Wilmot/Malcolm Page (AUS) for the series.

The French pair have lifted, and are now only four points behind Wilmot/Page who scored a 2-4 result today in the 15 plus knots of wind on the course.

Andrew Brown/Jamie Hunt (NZL) went 3-2 today putting them in 5th spot for the series, while Mathew and Daniel Belcher (AUS) have sailed well throughout, with 4-3 today putting them in 3rd place overall - their best result at a major regatta.

Meanwhile, Jenny Armstrong/Belinda Stowell continue to lead the Womens fleet with a scoreboard of 53, putting them in 7th place overall, from Ingrid Petitjean/Nadege Douroux (FRA) with 71 points and Shelley Hesson/Linda Dickson (NZL) with 85 points.

Europe Women
Current World champion in the Europe class, Sarah Blanck (AUS) lifted today to win both races on the windy courses on Port Phillip Bay at the Sail Melbourne Regatta.

Blanck has produced a mixed bag of results at this regatta, but was in top form today in the gusty 15-18 knots of breeze on her hometown waters, her wins today putting her in 3rd place overall.

Leading the field, having a wonderful regatta, but still beatable, is Lenka Smidova (CZE), World ranked 5, finishing with a 2-3 result, to maintain a slight lead over Carolijn Brouwer (NED), who finished the day with a 3rd in Race 9, and an 8th in Race 10 - her worst for the series.

With the point score close - only ten points separate the top five places, anything could happen in tomorrow's final two races to be sailed from 11.00am.

Next best placed in this class is Sarah Macky (NZL), scoring a 4-4 today, and Jo Dikkenberg (AUS) with a 5-2 result.

Progressively, Smidova leads with 16 points, then Brouwer with 19, Blanck on 22, Macky with 25 and Dikkenberg with 26.
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