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Wright in fight back at SIRs Finn event

by Di Pearson / Sail-world.com/uk on 16 Dec 2007
Ed Wright came back into the reckoning at the Sydney International Regatta when he won race three of the Finn event, with great rival Ben Ainslie finishing fourth.

Originally scheduled for two races, the lone Finn race was sailed in light 6-8 knot shifty breezes on the Manly Circle near Sydney Heads. Race Officer Kevin Wilson was forced to abandon the first race attempt three quarters of the way through when, he says, 'an eight storey tanker split the fleet in two. It wasn’t fair on half the fleet, and I know some of the guys weren’t happy, but I had no alternative but to abandon the race.'

Eventually the Finns got away again, storms notwithstanding, and it was Wright who hit the finish line first, followed by 2007 world champion Rafael Trujillo (ESP), Jonas Hoegh Christensen (DEN), and then came Ainslie.

Overall, Ainslie still leads the series, just one point clear of the Dane, with a further five points to Trujillo and a third Brit, Giles Scott. Wright is currently in fifth place, 13 points adrift of his Olympic adversary.

The Aussies did not have a brilliant day; Anthony Nossiter was best placed in 11th for 10th overall, to overtake 15th placed Brendan Casey on the tally board by one place.

Wright and Ainslie are battling for the British Finn berth at the 2008 Olympics. Ainslie is the odds on favourite but Wright is determined to make him fight for the berth.

Four of the Brits racing in Sydney hold places in the top six overall, with Demark's Jonas Høgh-Christensen second and .
Spaniard third and Britains' Giles Scott fourth.
Finn - Positions after 3 races

1 GBR Ben Ainslie 1 1 4 6 pts
2 DEN Jonas Høgh-Christensen 2 2 3 7 pts
3 ESP Rafael Trujillo 5 5 2 12 pts
4 GBR Giles Scott 3 3 6 12 pts
5 GBR Edward Wright 9 9 1 19 pts
6 GBR Ed Greig 4 4 14 22 pts
7 CZE Michael Maier 13 7 5 25 pts
8 AUT Florian Raudaschl 7 11 7 25 pts
9 GBR Mark Andrews 6 10 10 26 pts
10 NSW Anthony Nossiter 11 8 11 30 pts
11 QLD Brendan Casey 10 6 15 31 pts
12 USA Zach Railey 8 14 9 31 pts
13 GBR Andrew Mills 12 13 8 33 pts
14 NSW Nikolas Burfoot 14 12 12 38 pts
15 SA James Paterson 16 16 13 45 pts
16 VIC Warwick Hill 15 18 16 49 pts
17 NSW Rob McMillan 17 15 17 49 pts
18 VIC Geoffrey Francis 19 17 18 54 pts
19 NSW John Condie 18 19 21 58 pts
20 SA Dirk Seret 21 20 19 60 pts
21 VIC John Shallvey 20 25 20 65 pts
22 NSW Matthew Mitchell 25 25 25 75 pts
23 VIC Andrew Pollard 25 25 25 75 pts
24 HUN Pallay Tibor 25 25 25 75 pts
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