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Patchy Day for Tornado Sailors


Patchy Day for Tornado Sailors –

McIntosh and Kennedy A patchy day for Tornado sailors – Aaron McIntosh and Mark Kennedy sees their position on the score board drop to 26th. The pair who need to qualify the class for the Olympic’s, are currently just outside the qualification range. However New Zealand is still very close in points to Slovenia and Brazil who also need to qualify – only 12 points separates New Zealand from Brazil and 3 points from Slovenia.

The Dutch team of Mitch Booth and Herbert Dercksen, who are the current leaders of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings, had a very good day with two wins, placing them at top of the scoreboard alongside Santiago Lange / Carlos Espionola from Argentina and Leigh Mcmillan and Mark Bulkeley from Great Britain.

McIntosh and Kennedy are still very confident of qualifying the class and achieving some good results. With 4 races to go, the pair is hoping for lighter wind conditions. Tomorrow is a rest day.


In other racing, there was no racing for the 49er World Championship due to very gusty wind conditions.

Kendall Regains Form at the Mistral World Championships Managing to overcome the nagging forearm injury that caused her to drop back in the fleet yesterday, Kendall notched up a good performance with a 5th in the first race and 3rd in last race of the day.

Current leader Alessandra Sensini had another excellent day on the waters of Cesme, with a win and a third placing, now giving her an overall handy lead.

With 2 more days of racing and 4 races to go at the Mistral Worlds, Kendall has a very good chance of moving further up the leader board.

Kiwi Sailors Performing Well At Laser Radial Youth World Championships Date Released: 16th April

Kiwi sailor Blair Mclay had a great day on the sparkling water of Moreton Bay Brisbane yesterday, notching up his first win in the regatta. Mclay, is currently top Kiwi, and is going from strength to strength. While currently placed 13th, he has to carry a 19th placing which detracts from his otherwise excellent score.

Top kiwi female Jane Macky is placed 3rd in the female’s fleet, with fellow Kiwi Jo Aleh in 4th place. There are 23 females sailing this regatta.

The Laser Radial Youth World Champs is being sailed in Brisbane Australia, with 108 boats competing and representatives from 5 continents. It’s proving to be an exciting regatta, with the racing being very tight and the leader board changing frequently.

The fleet have two more races in the Qualifier series before splitting into gold and silver fleets for the final days.

Current placing’s for Kiwi sailors at the Regatta are:

Blair Mclay 13th
Jane Macky 19th / 3rd Female
Jo Aleh 20th / 4th Female
Andrew Mowlem 22nd
Aaron Hume – Merry 46th
Matthew Coutts 51st
Blair Lindsay 54
Grace Nixon 64th
James Ledingham 66th

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