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Italy and NZ lead in B1 at IFDS World Blind Sailing Champs

by Jacky James on 19 Mar 2009
Day three produced four more straight wins to make it eight straight for Paulien Eitjes B2 Team on Lake Rotorua. - 2009 IFDS World Blind Sailing Championship. peter graney

Norway has lost the overall lead in the B1 fleet of the World Blind Sailing Championships for the first time since racing started in Rotorua on Sunday.

Four races were sailed on Lake Rotorua today pushing Italy into the lead in the B1 fleet on 20 points, followed by the New Zealand team on 25 points. Norway follows closely, rounding off the top three with 26.5 points. The team with the lowest points will win the competition.

Paulien Eitjes, skippering the New Zealand team in the B2 fleet, continues to dominate with four wins from four races today. This makes it eight wins in a row for Paulien.

New Zealand now has 12 points in the B2 category, followed by Great Britain on 24 points, and Canada on 29 points. Japan follows the top three closely on 30 points, while the United States is someway behind on 48.


Great Britain continues its domination of the B3 fleet, winning a further two races today, along with two seconds. This puts them in a significant lead on 12 points, followed by New Zealand on 21 points and the United States on 29 points. Canada is in fourth position on 39 points, and Japan in fifth position on 42 points.

New Zealand is in the top three is each fleet category.

Good breezes prevailed on Lake Rotorua today, with wind predominately coming from the west-south-west at a speed of between 6 and 18 knots.

There were no major incidents on the water today, but a number of boats took penalties.

Tomorrow <>, was due to be a lay day, however, it is likely racing will be held to take advantage of the wind.





 

B1 Fleet                                
                                 
Sailed:11, Discards:1, To count:10, Entries:9, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
Rank Fleet Nat VIP Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Total Nett
1st B1 ITA Luigi Bertanza -9 4 3 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 29 20
2nd B1 NZL Dick Lancaster 2 (10.0 DSQ) 1 4 4 1 3 1 1 4 4 35 25
3rd B1 NOR Thomas Johannesen 1 1.5 2 2 2 3 5 -6 4 1 5 32.5 27
4th B1 FIN Jukka Jokiniemi 3 1.5 6 6 5 6 1 3 3 -9 3 46.5 38
5th B1 FRA Olivier Brisse 4 -8 7 7 3 5 6 5 6 5 2 58 50
6th B1 AUS WA Kylie Forth 5 5 4 5 6 (10.0 DSQ) 4 9 5 3 8 64 54
7th B1 USA Matt Chao 6 6 -9 3 7 4 9 7 8 8 6 73 64
8th B1 JPN Team Toyota Fumihiro Adachi 7 3 8 8 -9 8 8 4 7 6 7 75 66
9th B1 GBR Vicki Sheen 8 7 5 -9 8 7 7 8 9 7 9 84 75
                                 
                                 
B2 Fleet                                
                                 
Sailed:11, Discards:1, To count:10, Entries:5, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
Rank Fleet Nat VIP Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Total Nett
1st B2 NZL Paulien Eitjes 2 -3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 15 12
2nd B2 GBR Lucy Hodges 1 -4 3 2 3 4 3 2 2 2 2 28 24
3rd B2 CAN David Brown 4 1 4 4 2 2 2 -5 4 3 3 34 29
4th B2 JPN Team Flying Fish Takao Sugiyama 3 2 1 3 4 3 4 3 3 -5 4 35 30
5th B2 USA Walter Raineri -5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 4 5 53 48
                                 
                                 
                                 
B3 Fleet                                
                                 
Sailed:11, Discards:1, To count:10, Entries:5, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
Rank Fleet Nat VIP Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Total Nett
1st B3 GBR Gary Kirby 1 -2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 14 12
2nd B3 NZL Dave Allerton 2 1 3 -5 3 3 2 1 1 3 2 26 21
3rd B3 USA Jason Wallenstein -5 3 2 3 4 2 3 3 4 2 3 34 29
4th B3 CAN Randy Nelson 3 4 -5 2 2 5 4 5 5 5 4 44 39
5th B3 JPN Team Yuki Yuki Kawazoe 4 -5 4 4 5 4 5 4 3 4 5 47 42
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