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Team GBR at Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland Day 3

'Tornado - Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2008'    © Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

Day 3 of the Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland regatta off the Kohimarama Yacht Club in Auckland. Conditions were moderate with 10 – 13 knots from the south-west which made for more ideal, albeit shifty, sailing conditions. Three more races were completed for all classes.

In the hot Tornado fleet Aussies Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby continue to lead the 40-strong fleet who are all preparing for their World Champs next week. Bundock and Ashby had a solid day on the water bringing in a 2nd, a win and a 7th in the three races sailed. They are eleven points clear of second place.

Britain's Leigh McMillan and Will Howden are in fifth place after three more races, finishing the day with a win in race ten.

In the other high profile event for the Team GBR sailors, the Laser Radial, Sari Multala of Finland further extended her leading margin, a tenth in the last race of the day is the only minor blemish on her scorecard which otherwise shows finishes in the top three for the entire series so far. Multala is now an incredible 21 points clear of her nearest rival and with just two races remaining she looks to be unbeatable.

Of the Brits, Charlotte Dobson has taken fifth overall and is three places clear of Lizzie Vickers, with Laura Baldwin in tenth place. An Olympic berth will go to one of the team here but that will not be known until after the radial Worlds in March.

When Radial leader Sari Multala was asked what her secret for this regatta was Multala responded, “I really tried to prepare well mentally for this regatta, after a disappointing Sail Melbourne. I have been concentrating on my starting, which is going better.”

Laser Radial Sari Multala - -    
“Yesterday was simple,” she continued, “you needed to get a good start because it was a one-way track which made it really difficult to catch up.

Today there were more passing lanes, because the wind was shifting, so I was able to work my way up through the fleet by playing the shifts.”

Lijia Xu of China retains second place behind Multala adding a 5th and two 2nd’s in the three races sailed today.

Consistency has been key for Xu also who has had top ten finishes for all ten races sailed so far.

Anna Tunnicliffe of the USA stays in third place overall a further 22 points back from Xu, while New Zealander Jo Aleh improved her standing today back up to fourth place overall just three points behind Tunnicliffe.

“Today was a better day for me,” says Jo Aleh. “There were more opportunities because the wind was shifting, you had to use your head and eyes. In the first race I got a good start and got in phase straight away and once I was ahead it was easy to defend my lead.”

The 46 strong Radial fleet will sail one further fleet race tomorrow following which the top ten placed sailors will then head out for the final double-points medal race.

In the Tornados Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz of Spain relinquish second place overall having their poorest day on the water so far with a 12th, a 9th and a 25th. It was Roland Gaebler and Gunnar Struckmann of Germany that capitalized and have climbed up into second overall after lying fourth at the start of the day.

Gaebler and Struckmann had a 3rd and two 2nd’s today which saw them leapfrog past the Spaniards and the Booth/Nieuwenhuis duo from the Netherlands who are now laying third and fourth respectively.

Nikos Kaklamanakis secured the lead, albeit a narrow one, in the Men’s RS:X class today. After starting the day on equal points with Portuguese sailor Joao Rodrigues, Kaklamanakis is now two points clear. The Greek windsurfer was 14th, 2nd and first in racing today.

Rodrigues is close behind in second place overall while New Zealander Jon-Paul Tobin retains 3rd place going into the final day of Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland. Tobin is just two points behind Rodrigues and is 17 points ahead of Plasvic of Canada in fourth.

Over in the women’s RS:X racing there is no change to the top three pecking order. Young Spanish sailor Marina Alabau continues to lead the fleet. She had a 2nd, a 9th and a win on the water today and is five points ahead of Romy Kinzl of Germany. Local legend Barbara Kendall retains third place with just two races remaining including the final double-points medal race.

Provisional Results after Day Three

Laser Radial Women
1st FIN Sari Multala 3, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, (10) (15 points)
2nd CHN Lijia Xu (9), 2, 3, 3, 8, 3, 8, 5, 2, 2 (36 points)
3rd USA Anna Tunnicliffe 7, 10, 12, 14, 2, 2, 1, 9, (16), 1 (74 points)
4th NZL Jo Aleh 1, 7, 10, (17), 12, 8, 7, 1, 12, 3 (61 points)
5th GBR Charlotte Dobson 8, 9, 7, 16, 5, (19), 4, 8, 3, 5 (65 points)

1st AUS Daren Bundock and Glenn Ashby 3, 3, 7, 7, 4, (15), 1, 2, 1, 7 (35 points)
2nd GER Roland Gaebler and Gunnar Struckmann1, 5, 15, 10, 1(9), 6, 2, 3, 2, 2 (46 points)
3rd ESP Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz 2, 8, 9, 5, 5, 1, 10, 12, 9, (25) (61points)
4th NED Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis 7, 7, 6, 1, 8, (22), 9, 4, 3, 18 (63 points)
5th GBR Leigh McMillan and Will Howden 11, (16), 13, 8, 2, 3, 11, 8, 14, 1 (71 points)

RS:X Men
1st GRE Nikos Kaklamanakis 2, 1, 10, 5, 4, 2, 1, (14), 2, 1 (28 points)
2nd POR Joao Rodrigues 1, 7, 3, 4, 1, 3, 3, 1, 7, (10) (30 points)
3rd NZL JP Tobin 5, 2, 2, 2, 3, 5, 2, 6, 5, (24) (32 points)
4th CAN Zachary Plavsic 8, 3, 7, (10), 7, 4, 4, 7, 3, 6 (49 points)
5th UKR Maxim Oberemko 3, 14, 12, 1, 5, 7, 9, 2, (18), 11 (64 points)

RS:X Women
1st ESP Marina Alabau 1, 2, 2, 3, 5, 1, 2, 2, (9), 1 (19 points)
2nd GER Romy Kinzl 6, 5, 1, 1, 2, (9), 1, 1, 5, 2 (24 points)
3rd NZL Barbara Kendall 2, 3, 12, 2, 1, 6, 3, 3, 2, 7 (29 points)
4th UKR Olga Maslivets 7, 1, 3, 6, 4, 4, (12), 4, 4, 5 (38 points)
5th GBR Bryony Shaw 5, (10), 4, 4, 3, 2, 4, 8, 6, 6 (42 points)

1st NZL Carl Evans and Peter Burling 1, 1, (4), 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 (10 points)
2nd NZL Geoffrey Woolley and Mark Overington 3, 2, 2, 2, 1, 2, 2, 4, 4, (5) (22 points)
3rd NZL Dan Wilcox and Chris Dawson 4, 3, 1, 3, 3, 3, (7DNF), 3, 5, 2 (27 points)

Laser Radial Men
1st NZL Blair McLay 2, 1, 3, 1, 1, (44DNC), 2, 10, 1 (21 points)
2nd NZL James Sandall 1, 2, 8, 3, (11), 2, 5, 8, 2 (31 points)
3rd NZL Max Andrews 5, 10, 2, 8, 3, 1, (13), 1, 4 (34 points)

Laser Standard
1st NZL Josh Junior 1, (3), 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1 (11 points)
2nd NZL Mathew Steven 2, 2, 4, 2, 2, 1, (13DNF), 4, 3, 3 (23 points)
3rd NZL In-sup Kim 4, 4, 3, (5), 4, 3, 2, 2, 1, 5 (28 points)

1st NZL Marcus Hansen and Finn Drummond 28 points
2nd NZL Wade Tresadern and Ben Goodwin 37 points
3rd NZL Sarah Berry and Emma Berry 38 points

2.4 mR Final Results
1st NZL Andrew May 8 points
2nd NZL Josh McKenzie-Brown 16 points
3rd NZL Louise Brown 32 points

Full results at Sail Auckland website:

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