by Di Pearson
Darren Bundock & Glenn Ashby (AUS)
Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby (AUS) today won both races to take out the Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta at Somers Yacht Club on the Mornington Peninsula.
Multiple Tornado world champion Bundock, who won Silver at the Sydney 2000 Games, and Ashby, a Victorian who won the 2006 Tornado Worlds with Bundock and recently claimed the A Cat World crown, beat their nearest rivals Andrey Kirilyuk and Valeriy Ushkov from Russia by five points.
Leigh McMillan and Will Howden from Great Britain rounded out fifth place. The pair is selected for Beijing. Other GBR positions - 9 Andrew Walsh and Edward Barney, 14 John Gimson and Stuart Bithell, 17 Tom Phipps and Marcus Lynch.
While Bundock and Ashby have already been selected to the Beijing Olympic Games, the Russian are still battling it out with team mates who also contested the Sail Melbourne Regatta.
Kirilyuk has already represented at three Games and he and Ushkov are thrilled with their second place, scoring a pair of fourth places to overcome the world champions Fernando Echavarri and Antoz Paz from Spain who took the bronze medal on countback from Olympic medallist, Mitch Booth and his crew Pim Nieuwenhuis (NED), on the final day.
'We are trying very hard to go to Beijing and today this result helps us,' said Kirilyuk.
Altogether, international fleet of 32 boats took part in the Regatta. All will have a few days off now before contesting Sail Melbourne’s International Regatta at Sandringham Yacht Club starting on January 14.
Tornado - Final overall positions
1 AUS Darren Bundock Glenn Ashby 25
2 RUS Andrey Kirilyuk Valeriy Ushkov 30
3 ESP Fernando Echavarri Anton Paz 38
4 NED Mitch Booth Pim Nieuwenhuis 38
5 GBR Leigh Mc Millan Will Howden 40
6 GER Tino Mittelmeier Niko Mittelmeier 57
7 CAN Oskar Johansson Kevin Stittle 73
8 DEN Allan Norregaard Michael Risoer 75
9 GBR Andrew Walsh Edward Barney 83
10 GRE Iordanis Paschalidis Konstantine Trigkoni 88
11 BEL Carolijn Brouwer Sebbe Godefroid 92
12 GER Roland Gaebler Gunnar Struckmann 93
13 PUR Enrique Figueroa Jorge Hernandez 93
14 GBR John Gimson Stuart Bithell 109
15 RUS Sergey Dzhienbaev Maxim Semenov 128
16 AUS Rohan Langworthy Jack Punch 132
17 GBR Tom Phipps Marcus Lynch 134
18 BRA Bruno Di Bernardi Mario Tinoco 135
19 AUS Brett Burvill Ryan Duffield 160
20 AUS Michael Vandenberg Ben Carroll 188
21 AUS Kevin Kay David Hart 193
22 AUS Damien Ford Mark Edmonds 195
23 AUS Paul Peterson Matt Thackray 201
24 AUS Allan Gamble Kim Nicholas 204
25 AUS Robbie Lovig Stuart Offer 230
26 AUS Andrew Griffin Chris Wierzbowski 232
27 AUS Ron Stokes Alexander Bertrand 233
28 AUS Gwyn Cracknell Peter Togno 253
29 AUS Ian Simpson Gary Sawyer 254
30 AUS Andrew Heaney Lukas Muir 269
31 AUS Paul Raymond Nicholas Raymond 277
32 AUS Martin Dunlop Carly Stone 297