New Zealand certain of a gold in World Blind Sailing Champs

Racing on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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New Zealand seems certain to receive one gold and two silvers in the IFDS World Blind Sailing Championship, even before the fleet sails its final two races on Saturday.

New Zealand skipper Paulien Eitjes is assured of a gold medal in the B2 fleet, despite missing her first win of the series today.

In race one the team ended up on the wrong side of a big wind shift and were lucky to finish third in a close race with Canada and the United States. The team is able to drop this result.

The team came back well in the second race, finishing with a large lead and dominating again in the third race. Great Britain is second in the B2 fleet and Japan is now in third place.

NZL tries a port tack start in Race 12 of the B2 racing on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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In the B1 fleet, New Zealand finished ahead of fleet leaders Italy in the first race, but the results were reversed in the second race. Unfortunately New Zealand pre-empted the start of the second race and had difficulty finding room to turn back and re-cross, eventually finishing seventh.

The most exciting race today in the B3 fleet came in the last race where New Zealand just led Great Britain around the first mark. In the run to the line, Great Britain became engaged in a duel with Japan, allowing New Zealand to slip through to take the win.

NZL to leeward of GBR in the B2 racing on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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After today's races, Italy retains its lead in the B1 fleet on 20 points, New Zealand is in second place on 28 points and Norway still in third place on 33.5 points.

In the B3 fleet, Great Britain holds onto its lead at the top of the table on 14 points, with New Zealand in second place on 24 points and the United States in third place on 35 points.

At this stage another two races are planned for tomorrow morning, completing the Championship’s racing. The overall team’s trophy will be awarded at a prize giving on Saturday night.

NZL, Gold Medalist in the B2 division, has a huge lead in the B2 Race 13 on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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NZL has room on ITA in the B1 racing on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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ITA and NZL in the B1 racing on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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ITA finishes just ahead of NZL in the B1 racing on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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NZL and GBR racing in the B3 on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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GBR 30 and NZL 19 fight it out downwind on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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Provisional Results
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Sailed:14, Discards:2, To count:12, Entries:9, Scoring system:ISAF Series A

Rank

Fleet

Nat

VIP Helm

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

R12

R13

R14

Total

Nett

1st

B1

ITA

Luigi Bertanza

(9.0)

(4.0)

3.0

1.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

33.0

20.0

2nd

B1

NZL

Dick Lancaster

2.0

(10.0 DSQ)

1.0

4.0

4.0

1.0

3.0

1.0

1.0

4.0

4.0

1.0

2.0

(7.0)

45.0

28.0

3rd

B1

NOR

Thomas Johannesen

1.0

1.5

2.0

2.0

2.0

3.0

5.0

(6.0)

4.0

1.0

5.0

(8.0)

4.0

3.0

47.5

33.5

4th

B1

FIN

Jukka Jokiniemi

3.0

1.5

6.0

6.0

5.0

6.0

1.0

3.0

3.0

(9.0)

3.0

5.0

(9.0)

9.0

69.5

51.5

5th

B1

FRA

Olivier Brisse

4.0

(8.0)

7.0

7.0

3.0

5.0

6.0

5.0

6.0

5.0

2.0

3.0

7.0

(8.0)

76.0

60.0

6th

B1

AUS WA

Kylie Forth

5.0

5.0

4.0

5.0

6.0

(10.0 DSQ)

4.0

(9.0)

5.0

3.0

8.0

9.0

6.0

2.0

81.0

62.0

7th

B1

JPN Team Toyota

Fumihiro Adachi

7.0

3.0

(8.0)

8.0

(9.0)

8.0

8.0

4.0

7.0

6.0

7.0

7.0

5.0

4.0

91.0

74.0

8th

B1

USA

Matt Chao

6.0

6.0

(9.0)

3.0

7.0

4.0

(9.0)

7.0

8.0

8.0

6.0

6.0

8.0

6.0

93.0

75.0

9th

B1

GBR

Vicki Sheen

8.0

7.0

5.0

(9.0)

8.0

7.0

7.0

8.0

(9.0)

7.0

9.0

4.0

3.0

5.0

96.0

78.0

B2 Fleet

Sailed:14, Discards:2, To count:12, Entries:5, Scoring system:ISAF Series A

Rank

Fleet

Nat

VIP Helm

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

R12

R13

R14

Total

Nett

1st

B2

NZL

Paulien Eitjes

2.0

(3.0)

2.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

(3.0)

1.0

1.0

20.0

14.0

2nd

B2

GBR

Lucy Hodges

1.0

(4.0)

3.0

2.0

3.0

(4.0)

3.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

34.0

26.0

3rd

B2

JPN Team Flying Fish

Takao Sugiyama

3.0

2.0

1.0

3.0

4.0

3.0

4.0

3.0

3.0

(5.0)

4.0

1.0

(5.0)

3.0

44.0

34.0

4th

B2

CAN

David Brown

4.0

1.0

4.0

4.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

(5.0)

4.0

3.0

3.0

4.0

4.0

(5.0)

47.0

37.0

5th

B2

USA

Walter Raineri

(5.0)

(5.0)

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

4.0

5.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

3.0

4.0

65.0

55.0

B3 Fleet

Sailed:14, Discards:2, To count:12, Entries:5, Scoring system:ISAF Series A

Rank

Fleet

Nat

VIP Helm

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

R11

R12

R13

R14

Total

Nett

1st

B3

GBR

Gary Kirby

1.0

(2.0)

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

(2.0)

2.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

2.0

18.0

14.0

2nd

B3

NZL

Dave Allerton

2.0

1.0

(3.0)

(5.0)

3.0

3.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

3.0

1.0

32.0

24.0

3rd

B3

USA

Jason Wallenstein

(5.0)

3.0

2.0

3.0

(4.0)

2.0

3.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

4.0

44.0

35.0

4th

B3

JPN Team Yuki

Yuki Kawazoe

4.0

(5.0)

4.0

4.0

(5.0)

4.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

4.0

5.0

3.0

4.0

3.0

57.0

47.0

5th

B3

CAN

Randy Nelson

3.0

4.0

(5.0)

2.0

2.0

(5.0)

4.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

59.0

49.0

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