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Morrison/Rhodes take it to the wire at 49er Worlds

by Sail-world.com/uk / Di Pearson on 9 Jan 2008
49er World Championships start. Sail Melbourne 2008 Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library © http://www.sportlibrary.com.au

Britain's Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes are tied in the lead with Australia’s Nathan Outteridge and Ben Austin at the 49er World Championships in Melbourne. With just one series race and the Medal race to go, the British pair pulled up from sixth to tie the lead today. Outteridge and Austin also pulled out everything to move from third to first.

With one day of racing remaining, reigning world champions Morrison and Rhodes turned in a champions performance to tie the lead with Outteridge and Austin. Leaders going into racing today, Athens silver medallists Rodion Luka and George Leonchuk (UKR) are now in third place, but only one point off the lead in what has turned into a nail biting series, with only one day of racing remaining.

Next best placed, 11 points behind the leaders, are brothers Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello from Italy. Athens gold medallists, Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez (ESP) dropped back to sixth place overall after a shocking day with 22, 10, 19, 14th results. They are now 25 points off the lead in an almost unrecoverable situation.

Racing was conducted in shifty and fluky breezes which peaked at 15 knots and averaged 10 knots, 'but it was all over the place and up and down,' according to race officials.

'It was really, really hard today,' said Nathan Outteridge. 'Iker (Martinez) was with us a couple of times, but he fell away – we made our way back to ninth in the first race today. The breeze was so shifty. In two races we got it right and in two races we got it really wrong. We came from last in Race 1, to get back to ninth – that was the important race for us in terms of overall results.'

'We were a whole leg behind in the third race; we just got the shifts wrong and rounded last around the top mark. But it was too close to shore and moored boats – it made it a lottery. The mark should have been further out, then it wouldn’t have been a problem. Have a look at the results – it was one of those days,' Outteridge said.

Race Officials sent the 49ers off on four races today, leaving a one race to be sailed tomorrow, then the top ten from the 25 crews in the gold fleet series will then sail off for the Championship in the Medal Race, worth double points, scheduled for 3.00pm tomorrow afternoon. The Medal Race cannot be used as a drop.

More to worry about in the Silver fleet, as the two top nations which have not yet qualified for the Games, will do so following their two final races.

Results are provisional pending protests.

1 OUTTERIDGE, Nathan
AUSTIN, Ben
Fearless AUS3 AUS 2 1 3 1 1 7 5 1 3 1 13 15 9 2 22 1   58
2 MORRISON, Stevie
RHODES, Ben
GBR1 GBR 2 1 4 8 5 1 6 3 1 2 23 8 10 3 7 5   58
3 LUKA, Rodion
LEONCHUK, George
Voronin UKR14 UKR 3 13 5 2 3 1 2 3 2 14 6 3 3 6 14 6   59
4 SIBELLO, Piero
SIBELLO, Gianfranco
ITA4 ITA 1 9 2 7 3 1 11 1 6 6 14 7 5 4 10 7   69
5 WADLOW, Tim
RAST, Chris
Secora USA13 USA 6 8 8 2 3 3 5 5 7 10 5 1 1 9 13 13   78
6 MARTINEZ, Iker
FERNANDEZ, Xabier
ESP10 ESP 4 4 9 4 2 6 1 7 1 8 1 2 22 10 19 14   83
7 PECKOLT, Jan Peter
PECKOLT, Hannes
11 GER 1 4 6 2 5 3 2 4 4 15 2 4 18 5 20 23   89
8 WARRER, Jonas
KIRKETERP, Martin
Hempel Dong Energy DEN 8 DEN 9 14 11 3 4 4 4 9 6 4 7 26
DSQ
16 13 2 4   96
9 CAMPBELL-JAMES, Paul
ASQUITH, Mark`
EITS GBR21 GBR 3 5 2 11 4 9 2 4 28
DNF
12 15 19 14 8 12 3   104
10 DELLE KARTH, Nico Luca Marc
RESCH, Nikolaus Leopold
Mary Jane, HOBAS Tiroler Wasserkraft 1A Inst. AUT2 AUT 6 3 5 3 6 4 1 2 6 13 3 23 20 19 11 15   111
11 FONSECA, Andre
DUARTE, Rodrigo
Vaca Voadora BRA29 BRA 7 7 6 1 8 4 12 28
DNF
8 24 12 14 17 1 16 2   115
12 LIMA, Jorge
ANDRADE, Francisco
Lusodiete POR18 POR 3 5 12 8 5 2 7 8 3 9 9 5 6 24 23 22   115
13 COOK, Gordon
REMOCKER, Ben
Samson CAN19 CAN 9 28
OCS
7 4 2 14 10 8 3 19 11 6 13 11 8 9   115
14 HANSEN, Peter
HANSEN, Soren
Hempel/Dong Energy DEN12 DEN 1 2 1 5 14 2 13 4 4 26
DSQ
17 12 24 14 9 8   116
15 EMMANUEL, Dyen
YANN, Rochierieux
FRA16 FRA 2 9 16 17 7 11 4 6 2 11 4 24 7 21 4 12   116
16 EVANS, Dave
HOPSON, Alex
Myfanwy GBR22 GBR 7 5 10 12 10 2 3 7 8 18 10 9 4 17 18 11   121
17 GUNDERSEN, Christopher
BOVIM, Frode
NOR20 NOR 11 8 8 6 7 5 9 9 4 5 19 17 23 12 1 19   129
18 PHILLIPS, William
NEWMAN, Jon
AUS27 AUS 5 6 13 3 4 11 11 5 11 3 21 22 19 7 3 24   131
19 FEDERICO, Alonso
ARTURO, Alonso
ESP6 ESP 10 2 5 1 8 12 5 1 9 7 16 11 25 16 17 25   133
20 MORGAN, Lagraviere
STÉPHANE, Christidis
Rougail River FRA 7 FRA 5 6 17 6 1 10 1 2 8 16 20 18 15 15 21 10   133
21 KRÃœGER ANDERSEN, Peter
DENGSØ ANDERSEN, Dennis
DEN15 DEN 6 3 14 10 2 8 3 7 28
DSQ
20 8 16 21 22 5 21   144
22 BAUR, Marcus
BAUMANN, Hannes
FritzII GER26 GER 8 18 6 4 18 3 8 6 17 17 18 10 11 18 6 20   150
23 PINK, John
WHEELER, Simon
Skandia Team GBR GBR28 GBR 5 3 2 5 28
BFD
18 11 3 5 23 25 20 2 23 15 16   151
24 ANGILELLA, Giuseppe
ZUCCHETTI, Pietro
ITA30 ITA 4 2 22 8 6 5 8 5 7 21 24 13 8 26
OCS
24 18   153
25 LINDBERG, Jonas
TORLÉN, Kalle
Aplicator SWE42 SWE 10 6 9 9 10 14 4 9 13 22 22 21 12 20 25 17   184


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