De Koning and Berkhout take lead at 470 Worlds

Lobke Berkhout, Marcelien De Koning (NED)

Dutch world champions Marcelien De Koning and Lobke Berkhout moved into outright first position at the 470 World Championships today following two outstanding victories in 12-22 knot winds.

“It was fun out there, we like the breeze, everyone knows that,” De Koning said onshore.

However she was careful not to be over confident adding “we are in the worlds, and points are so close, so every race counts and you can go up then down very easily.”

Former pace setters, Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol (ITA) slipped to outright second, two points behind the Dutch crew on 25 points.

Asia Pacific Regatta winners Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving (USA) have moved up from seventh to third on 29 points, with Australian’s Elise Rechichi and Tess Parkinson losing two places on the fleet today.

Britain's Christina Bassadone and Saskia Clark are in 15th place after an 11 and 12th today.

470 Women - Leading positions

1 NED DE KONING, Marcelien BERKHOUT, Lobke 1 5 2 9 4 -10 1 1 33pts 23pts

2 ITA CONTI, Giulia MICOL, Giovanna 1 3 6 4 1 -15 2 8 40 25

3 USA MAXWELL, Erin KINSOLVING, Isabelle 2 -14 3 7 4 2 8 3 43 29

4 FRA PETITJEAN, Ingrid DOUROUX, Nadege 14 1 8 -17 5 1 6 2 54 37

5 AUS RECHICHI, Elise PARKINSON, Tessa 4 1 3 5 9 3 14 -19 58 39

6 USA CLARK, Amanda MERGENTHALER, Sarah 6 5 7 2 15 4 3 -16 58 42

7 JPN AI, Kondo NAOKO, Kamata 19 2 5 1 8 3 13 -22 73 51

8 ARG FERNANDA, Sesto CONSUELO, Monsegur 10 10 6 12 3 7 -16 6 70 54

9 SWE TORGERSSON, Therese SANTÉN, Vendela 5 12 10 3 13 -20 4 9 76 56

10 AUT VOGL, Sylvia FLATSCHER, Carolina 7 6 19 6 2 7 -22 10 79 57

The finals series continues Sunday with another two races, scheduled to begin at 1pm.

Tessa Parkinson and Elise Rechichi (AUS) - 470 Worlds 2008
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