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Yngling and Laser Worlds Update

Yngling and Laser Worlds Update
Date Released: 12 February 2008
From: Jodie Bakewell-White

Yngling crew slips to fourth at Worlds

Sharon Ferris and her crew have slipped from second to fourth overall after day two of the Yngling World Championships being sailed off Miami.

The schedule in Miami allows for two races per day and Ferris and crew were 6th and 11th in racing on day two just finished in Miami. Conditions were good with 15-18 knots of wind and a moderate chop for racing on Biscayne Bay.

The British crew of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson continued their strong start and maintain a six point leading margin over second place. Adding a third and second in racing today the Brits haven't finished outside the top three in the four races sailed so far and have a total of nine points.

Starting the day in second overall the kiwis were overtaken by the Australian crew helmed by former Laser radial sailor Krystal Weir and the Ulrike Schuemann lead German crew who are now lying second and third respectively. Weir delivered a 2nd and 3rd in racing today climbing up into second overall, while Schuemann had a 5th and a win.

Sharon Ferris, Raynor Smeal and Olivia Powrie are fourth overall after day two of this six race series with plenty more racing yet to come. The regatta concludes in Miami on Friday.

Yngling World Championship 2008
Top Five Standings after day two

1st Ayton, Sarah/Webb, Sarah/Wilson, Pippa GBR, 9 points
2nd Weir, Krystal/Gojnich, Karyn/Farrell, Angela AUS, 15 points
3rd Schuemann, Ulrike/Bleck, Julia/Hoepfner, Ute GER, 19 points
4th Ferris, Sharon/Smeal, Raynor/Powrie, Olivia NZL, 27 points
5th Lehtinen, Silja/Klemetz, Maria/Varesmaa, Livia FIN, 32 points

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_Leader board shuffles at Laser Worlds
Shifty winds continue to challenge sailors at the Laser World Championships being contested off Terrigal, Australia right now. Going into the penultimate day of the regatta Michael Bullot is in 5th place, David Weaver in 9th and Andrew Murdoch in 12th.

The kiwis weren't the only ones to move around on the leader board after two races sailed yesterday, with many of the top ten placed sailors producing mixed results.

Michael Bullot was the stand-out amongst the New Zealand contingent climbing from 10th place up to 5th overall. Bullot scored his second race win of the regatta in race seven while disqualification in race eight didn't hamper his climb up the standings. The disqualification was due to an incident at a mark rounding.

"[Australian sailor] James Burman came in with no buoy room as Bullot was giving room to a Swedish sailor," explains New Zealand coach Clifton Webb. "Bullot was shunted in the back (of him) and pushed into the mark and the Swede."

David Weaver dropped from 3rd to 9th overall after recording a 20th and 23rd in racing yesterday, while Andrew Murdoch was 28th and 15th slipping one on the leader board place to 11th.

Australian Tom Slingsby was overtaken for the lead by Argentina's Julio Alsogaray who was one of the only top placed sailors to bring home two decent results yesterday. Alsogaray had two 4ths and now has a seven point leading margin over Slingsby.

Racing continues today in Terrigal and will be crucial in determining those who will advance to the top ten medal race to be sailed tomorrow.

Laser World Championship 2008
Top Eleven Standings after Eight Races

1st - Juilo Alsogaray ARG, 23 points
2nd - Tom Slingsby AUS, 30 points
3rd - Javier Hernandez ESP, 42 points
4th - Felix Pruvot FRA, 45 points
5th - Michael Bullot NZL, 49 points
6th - Vasilij Zbogar SLO, 51 points
7th - Bruno Fontes BRA, 56 points
8th - Gustavo Lima POR, 59 points
9th - David Weaver NZL, 60 points
10th - Alexander Schlonski GER, 69 points
11th - Andrew Murdoch NZL, 70 points

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