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Kiwi Sailors Win World Champs

Kiwi Sailors Win World Champs
Date Released: 7 August 2006

Kiwi Sailors Win World Champs

A pair of 15 year-old kiwi sailors has claimed the World Championship title in the 420 class overnight. The result is a first for New Zealand.

Carl Evans and Peter Burling clinched the Championship with a huge 25 point margin. Fellow team members Simon Cooke and Scott Illingworth took the silver. The kiwi pairs had confirmed the 1-2 spots with one race to spare; neither sailed the final race.

"Peter and Carl are an example of what can be achieved through diligence, and a focussed and disciplined approach," says Marty Watson, Yachting New Zealand High Performance and Youth Director. "They've sailed brilliantly in this regatta because they put enough work in to enable their talent to come through. We are all looking forward to their move into an Olympic class."

The winning duo put seven wins on the board out of a possible twelve and they only finished outside the top three twice.

Evans of Kohimarama Yacht Club in Auckland and Burling of Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club joined forces in the double-handed 420 at the start of the 2005 New Zealand season and went on to take out the National Championship in Christchurch in April.

Both sailors have shown stand-out talent as individuals through the junior and youth classes with Optimist, P-Class and Starling titles to their names. Both Burling and Evans were finalist nominees in the Yachting New Zealand Young Sailor of the Year 2005.

Cooke and Illingworth who took silver also paired up at the start of the 2005 season although this pair, both from Kohimarama Yacht Club have age and experience under their belt compared to the 15 year-olds. Cooke won the 470 World title in 2002 and earned himself the Yachting New Zealand Sailor of the Year title together with Peter Nicholas.

The top finishing New Zealanders in the Women's division were Shelley Hesson and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher who finished in 9th place. Sarah Bilkey and Rosie Sargisson were 11th.

The overall kiwi performance in 420 class bodes well for the 2007 World Championship being hosted in New Zealand at Takapuna Boating Club in early January next year.

420 World Championships 2006
New Zealand Final Results

Open Gold Fleet

Carl Evans / Peter Burling - 1st
Simon Cooke / Scott Illingworth - 2nd
Michael Langley / Riley Dean - 15th
Jason Saunders / Bruce Kennedy - 21st
Rowan Swanson / Ben Hanns - 36th

Open Silver Fleet

Mike Snow-Hansen / Joshua McCormack - 4th
Daniel Wilcox / Matthew Jones - 14th (sailing for Fiji)
Philip Williams / Rob Bryant - 28th

Women's Gold Fleet

Shelly Hesson / Bianca Barbarich-Bacher - 9th
Sarah Bilkey / Rosie Sargisson - 11th
Georgina Hill / Michelle Kennedy - 18th
Susannah Pyatt / Danielle Bowater - 31st
Stephanie Hazard / Cindy Hamilton - 35th

Women's Silver Fleet

Sarah Berry / Emma Berry - 3rd
Leah Moncheur / Nicola Trudgeon - 27th

Full results are available through the regatta website link below.

Regatta website


11th for Aleh at Laser Radial World Champs

Jo Aleh narrowly missed a top ten finish at the Olympic class Laser Radial World Championships which concluded over the weekend. The YNZ Olympic Squad sailor placed 11th overall on equal points with 10th.

"Wow - it's been a long week," says Aleh reflecting on the regatta. "Some things went to plan, others did not... I finished 11th overall, or 10th equal, but slipped to 11th on count-back."

"It's an improvement of 10 places on last year. So not too bad, but still disappointing, as I know that I did not sail as well as I could have. But I have found some major things to work on over the summer, to get me that bit closer to the front of the fleet."

Aleh now travels to Qingdao, China to compete with the New Zealand team at the Qingdao Olympic regatta which is a test event for the next Olympic Games.

"Anyway, next I am off to China to sail in the Pre-Pre Olympic Regatta, which will be held in the same place as the Olympics will be," says Aleh. "So that will be interesting… can't wait to see what the venue is like!"

In the non-Olympic Men's division the kiwis recorded two top ten results. James Sandall, the best of the three New Zealand men competing, finished 7th overall while Josh Junior finished 10th.

Laser Radial World Championships
New Zealand's Final Results

Women's Results
Gold Fleet

Jo Aleh - 11th
Sara Winther - 31st
Miranda Powrie - 37th

Women's Results
Silver Fleet

Olivia Powrie - 3rd
Cushla Hume-Merry - 27th

Men's Results

James Sandall - 7th
Josh Junior - 10th
Max Andrews - 16th

Full results are available on the regatta website through the link below.

Regatta website


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