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Brits Olympic hopes on the line in New Zealand

Skandia Team GBR girls looking for Beijing boost as Laser Radial Worlds get underway Britain’s top Laser Radial sailors have their next chance to prove to selectors they are worthy of Team GB’s one Olympic Radial berth when the 2008 World Laser Radial Women’s Championships get underway in New Zealand Saturday.

The Radial is the only one of the 11 Olympic sailing classes in which the Royal Yachting Association has still to identify its preferred candidate for the Beijing Games and the Worlds is the second event in the official selection process that the four women in the running will contest in a bid to put themselves at the forefront of selectors’ thinking.

January’s Rolex Miami Olympic Classes regatta was the first event of a potential three-regatta trials series for the quartet of Penny Clark, Lizzie Vickers, Charlotte Dobson and Andrea Brewster to win the right to represent their country in China this summer.

There it was 32-year-old Royal Naval Officer Clark, from Gosport, who edged ahead in the battle for Beijing Olympic selection for the women’s single-hander finishing fourth and as the top British sailor at the regatta.

Yet young Scot Dobson did her chances no harm finishing just two places behind Clark in sixth while Vickers also secured a top 10 place, sailing extremely well to take second in the medal race and claim ninth overall.

If needs be the trials will continue, and conclude, at the Hyeres Olympic Classes Regatta in France next month.

But each of the Skandia Team GBR girls will be hoping to produce a performance to force the selectors’ arms on the waters of Takapuna Beach, Auckland over the next six days.

Qualifying is scheduled to start at 11am local time on Saturday 15 March before the medals are decided and dished out on Thursday 20 March.

2008 Laser radial Women's World Championship
Sail No. Bow No. Country Forename Surname

193001 O1 NZL Jo Aleh
193002 O2 USA Anna Tunnicliffe
193003 O3 AUS Sarah Blanck
193004 O4 BEL Evi Van Acker
193005 O5 POL Katarzyna Szotynska
193006 O6 GBR Charlotte Dobson
193007 O7 FIN Tuula Tenkanen
193008 O8 CHN Lijia Xu
193009 O9 FRA Sarah Steyaert
193010 10 GBR Andrea Brewster
193011 11 GBR Penny Clark

193013 13 GBR Lizzie Vickers
193014 14 NZL Sara Winther
193015 15 NED Marit Bouwmeester
193016 16 CRO Tina Mihelic
193017 17 FRA Sophie de Turckheim
193018 18 GBR Laura Baldwin
193019 19 LTU Gintare Volungeviciute
193020 20 USA Paige Railey
193021 21 AUS Alexandra South
193022 22 AUS Ashley Stoddart
193023 23 AUS Gabrielle King
193024 24 AUS Megan de Lange
193025 25 BEL Laura Maes
193026 26 BLR Tatiana Drozdovskaya
193027 27 BRA Adrina Kostiw
193028 28 BRA Fernanda Decnop Coelho
193029 29 BRA Odile Ginaid
193030 30 BRA Patricia Gatti Raulino
193031 31 BRA Roberta Rosa Borges
193032 32 CAN Alanna Vittery
193033 33 CAN Rachael Merry
193034 34 CAN Danielle Dube
193035 35 CAN Isabella Bertold

193037 37 CAN Keamia Rasa
193038 38 CAN Lisa Ross
193039 39 CAN Tanja Smutny
193040 40 CHN Huanqi Shen
193041 41 CHN Jiangyan Zhu
193042 42 CHN Xiaoying Shen
193043 43 CRO Gea Barbić
193044 44 CRO Marijana Bello
193045 45 CRO Mateja Petronijevic
193046 46 CZE Veronika Fenclova
193047 47 DEN Alberte Lindberg
193048 48 DEN Anna Livbjerg
193049 49 DEN Cathrine Hall
193050 50 DEN Maiken Schutt
193051 51 DEN Sarah Gunni
193052 52 ESP Alicia Cebrian
193053 53 ESP Fatima Reyes
193054 54 ESP Lucia Reyes
193055 55 ESP Susana Romero Steensma
193056 56 EST Merili Randmaa

193058 58 FIN Sari Multala
193059 59 FRA Corinne Antoine
193060 60 FRA Fanny Le Sausse
193061 61 FRA Mathilde de Kerangat
193062 62 FRA Solenne Brain
193063 63 GBR Alison Young
193064 64 GBR Chloe Martin
193065 65 GBR Suzanne Russell
193066 66 GBR Sarah Williams
193067 67 GRE Eftychia Mantzaraki
193068 68 GRE Haidi Kolida
193069 69 GRE Maria Vlachou
193070 70 GRE Virginia Kravarioti
193071 71 IND Rohini Rau
193072 72 IRL Annalise Murphy
193073 73 IRL Claudine Murphy
193074 74 IRL Ciara Peelo
193075 75 IRL Debbie Hanna
193076 76 ISR Nufar Endelman
193077 77 ISV Mayumi Roller
193078 78 ITA Francesca Clapcich
193079 79 ITA Giovanna Valsecchi
193080 80 ITA Larissa Nevierov
193081 81 ITA Matilde Fabbri
193082 82 ITA Maria Graziani
193083 83 JPN Ayumi Ishikawa
193084 84 JPN Kanako Hiruta
193085 85 JPN Kaori Takahashi
193086 86 JPN Maiko Sato
193087 87 JPN Yukiyo Saiki
193088 88 LAT Anna Aile
193089 89 LTU Ausra Mileviciute
193090 90 MAS Nurul Anuar
193091 91 NED Anneke Bouwmeester
193092 92 NOR Elin Samdal
193093 93 NZL Amanda Hargreaves
193094 94 NZL Aevril Hibbard
193095 95 NZL Briar Dye-hutchinson
193096 96 NZL Cushla Hume-merry
193097 97 NZL Jessica Barrell
193098 98 NZL Jane Monk
193099 99 NZL Miranda Powrie
193100 A0 NZL Sarah Tootill
193101 A1 PAR Florencia Cerutti Bogado
193102 A2 PER Paloma Schmidt
193103 A3 POL Zuzanna Gladysz
193104 A4 POL Sara Carmo
193105 A5 RUS Anastasia Chernova
193106 A6 RUS Alisa Kirilyuk
193107 A7 RUS Elena Oblova
193108 A8 SIN Elizabeth Yin
193109 A9 SIN Manyi Lo
193110 B0 SIN Victoria Chan
193111 B1 SRB Milica Dukic
193112 B2 SUI Corinne Meyer
193113 B3 SUI Nathalie Brugger
193114 B4 SWE Helena Skarp
193115 B5 SWE Karin Soderstrom
193116 B6 TPH Hsin Kuan
193117 B7 TUR Ayda Unver
193118 B8 USA Emily Billing
193119 B9 USA Sarah Lihan
193120 C0 VEN Andrea Saba

by RYA


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