Finalists at Skandia Sail for Gold medal races

Paul Goodison ponders his next move at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta

Friday was the end of the general fleet racing at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy on the South coast of England. Just one race for some on Friday for the eight Olympic classes racing in the event - the Tornado, Yngling and Star classes are resting.

A number of the 2008 Olympic squad are racing, but after a hectic year that has seen Skandia TeamGBR bring home a record medal haul, some sense of going thru the motions can be forgiven.

In the 49er Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes have taken the lead at just the right time. Their third today in a race won by Erik Heil and Thomas Plobel from Germany, displaced overnight leaders, John Pink and Rick Peacock who drop to third after finishing a distant 20th.

Giles Scott in the Finn event, took his sixth win today and has the series won. In second place is Ed Wright, who did not start today.

In the Laser, Olympian Paul Goodison is down in 33rd after not racing today. His series also includes an OCS, a DSQ and a BFD as well as a couple of wins. Out in front Nick Thompson has it all under control, 19 points ahead of Mark Powell, who is 18 points ahead of third placed Avid Claeson from Sweden in the 57 boat fleet.

In the Radial version, China’s Olympic sailing hero Lijia Xu, continues to power ahead with another two wins, this time ahead of Charlotte Dobson, with Andra Brewster third in both races.

Nic Asher and Elliot Willis finished second today in the 470, behind the French pair Alex Rossignol and David Boudgourd. In fact only eight of the 22 starters managed to avoid being black flagged in this race.

In the Women's 470, the Chinese pair, Xiaoli Wang and Xufeng Huang scored their first win of the week, beating the overall leaders Berta Betanzos and Tara Pacheco from Spain into second. Britain's Hannah Mills and Katrina Hughes were black flagged but retain second place overall.

Another run-away leader is Shahar Zubari from Israel in the RS:X 9.5. He had to give way to China's Aichen Wang who took the gun today but Zubari has a 14 point lead over Nick Dempsey going into Saturday's Medal race.

And finally the Women's RS:X 8.5. Ali Masters is tied in the lead with Bryony Shaw, who won today, and they are just one point ahead of Manchon Blanca of Spain. Setting up one of the best final Medal races.

The Medal races take place from 10:30hrs Saturday, starting with the Finn and Women's 470 events. The top ten finalists will sail in the Medal races on Saturday in Weymouth Harbour, courses will be windward/leeward only. First off at 10:30 hrs will be the Finn and the Women's 470.

Top 10 places for the Medal races Saturday - all results provisional

49er
1 49er GBR 2 Stevie MORRISON Ben RHODES 30
2 49er GBR 16 Dave EVANS Simon HISCOCKS 44
3 49er GBR 23 John PINK Rick PEACOCK 46
4 49er ESP 19 Federico ALONSO TELECHEA Arturo ALONSO TELECHEA 46
5 49er FRA 20 Morgan LAGRAVIERE Damien GUILLOU 51
6 49er GBR 9 Paul CAMPBELL-JAMES Mark ASQUITH 57
7 49er FIN 840 Lauri LEHTINEN Heikki SOININEN 81
8 49er GBR 1037 Chris RASHLEY Matt GOTREL 83
9 49er GER 111 Erik HEIL Thomas PLÖßEL 85
10 49er FRA 974 Silvy AXEL Hoffmann ULYSSE 98

Finn
1 Finn GBR 41 Giles SCOTT 10
2 Finn GBR 111 Edward WRIGHT 23
3 Finn GBR 634 Andrew MILLS 27
4 Finn GBR 88 Mark ANDREWS 27
5 Finn SWE 6 Björn ALLANSSON 35
6 Finn GBR 99 Henry BAGNALL 43
7 Finn GER 24 Thomas REGER 45
8 Finn GBR 631 Richard HART 63
9 Finn GBR 595 Edward THORBURN 71
10 Finn GBR 68 John MACKIE 75

Laser
1 Laser GBR 193264 Nick THOMPSON 26
2 Laser GBR 186792 Mark POWELL 45
3 Laser SWE 191776 Arvid CLAESON 63
4 Laser SWE 191787 Johan WIGFORSS 69
5 Laser DEN 192679 Kristian KJAERGAARD 89
6 Laser SWE 193199 Emil CEDERGARDH 115
7 Laser GBR 193247 Max HOLLOWAY 131
8 Laser GBR 192656 Robert GODWIN 142
9 Laser DEN 192672 Mads BENDIX 144
10 Laser GBR 187518 Robert SPENCER 145

Laser Radial
1 Radial CHN 177117 Lijia XU 15
2 Radial GBR 190478 Andrea BREWSTER 40
3 Radial GBR 192519 Charlotte DOBSON 42
4 Radial SWE 173118 Josefin OLSSON 66
5 Radial DEN 192693 Sarah GUNNI 69
6 Radial FRA 191365 Mathilde DE KERANGAT 73
7 Radial DEN 192677 Maiken FOGHT SCHÜTT 74
8 Radial GBR 192829 Cameron DOUGLAS 79
9 Radial GBR 192440 Alison YOUNG 85
10 Radial GBR 183263 Harriette TRUMBLE 97

470 Men
1 470 Men GBR 828 Nic ASHER Elliot WILLIS 29
2 470 Men ESP 1868 Pablo SANTURDE DEL ARCO Abelardo QUEVEDO TORICES 38
3 470 Men GBR 834 Luke PATIENCE Chris GRUBE 42
4 470 Men FRA 21 Alexandre ROSSIGNOL David BOUDGOURD 45
5 470 Men GER 4988 Ferdinand GERZ Tobias BOLDUAN 49
6 470 Men SWE 333 Victor BERGSTRÖM Marcus DACKHAMMAR 50
7 470 Men FRA 26 Bertrand NUN Nicolas ANDRIEU 52
8 470 Men FRA 29 Simon MORICEAU Etienne BOSSÉ 68
9 470 Men FRA 27 Sofian BOUVET Jeremie MION 70
10 470 Men GBR 823 Ben SAXTON David DE BOLTZ 76

470 Women
1 470 Women ESP 696 Berta BETANZOS Tara PACHECO 25
2 470 Women GBR 835 Hannah MILLS Katrina HUGHES 37
3 470 Women SWE 33 Lisa ERICSON Astrid GABRIELSSON 37
4 470 Women CHN 4 Xiaoli WANG Xufeng HUANG 40
5 470 Women CHN 214 Yineng HUANG Yinjuan SHEN 44
6 470 Women FRA 64 Menaldo MARIE Defrance HÉLÈNE 47
7 470 Women DEN 143 Henriette KOCH Lene SOMMER 50
8 470 Women GER 24 Daria BLASCHKIEWITZ Kerstin BEUCKE 55
9 470 Women GER 42 Juliane WOLF Beate HANITZSCH 66
10 470 Women GBR 840 Sophie WEGUELIN Sophie AINSWORTH 70

RS:X - 9.5
1 RS:X 9.5 ISR 71 Shahar ZUBARI 10
2 RS:X 9.5 GBR 1 Nick DEMPSEY 24
3 RS:X 9.5 FRA 17 Henry QUENTIN 34
4 RS:X 9.5 FRA 115 Nicolas LE GAL 38
5 RS:X 9.5 CHN 2 Aichen WANG 39
6 RS:X 9.5 FRA 39 Benjamin TILLIER 55
7 RS:X 9.5 GBR 75 Richard HAMILTON 62
8 RS:X 9.5 FRA 218 Lhuillier MAXIME 63
9 RS:X 9.5 GBR 7 Elliot CARNEY 64
10 RS:X 9.5 GER 550 Christian FREIMUELLER 69

RS:X - 8.5
1 RS:X 8.5 GBR 41 Ali MASTERS 22
2 RS:X 8.5 GBR 94 Bryony SHAW 22
3 RS:X 8.5 ESP 1 Manchon BLANCA 23
4 RS:X 8.5 CHN 1 Ling LI 34
5 RS:X 8.5 ITA 46 Flavia TARTAGLINI 36
6 RS:X 8.5 GER 369 Moana DELLE 42
7 RS:X 8.5 GBR 15 Sam LATHAM 46
8 RS:X 8.5 GER 77 Wiebke SRADNICK 53
9 RS:X 8.5 FRA 22 Eugenie RICARD 55
10 RS:X 8.5 FRA 50 Marine RAMBAUD 71
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