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Kiwis Shine at Star Worlds

Kiwis Shine at Star Worlds

Kiwi’s Shine at Star Worlds Kiwi’s Shine at Star Worlds Kiwi duo, Rohan Lord and Andrew Taylor had another good day at the Star World Championships in Gaeta, Italy, notching up a 9th place in racing. They are now in 7th position at these Worlds which has over 100 teams competing at it.

The World Championships is the last chance for New Zealand to qualify and currently Lord and Taylor are in an excellent position to qualify. There are only 4 places left for nations to qualify.

This World Championship is a 6 race regatta, and has 4 races to go.

New Zealand has enjoyed past success at the Olympic Games in the Star Class, where in 1992, Rod Davis and Don Cowie won a silver medal.


Sailors Showing Great Form Day 2 of racing at the ISAF World Ranking Regatta held in Hyere’s France, had our Kiwi sailors in excellent form. After 3 races, our Olympic rep for the Lasers, Hamish Pepper, is leading the Lasers after winning 2 races, and Shelley Hesson and Linda Dickson are leading in the 470 women’s class.

Others to move up the scoreboard from yesterday were Simon Cooke and Alastair Gair in the 470 Men’s class, who are now in 3rd position after winning a race. Sarah Macky in the Europe Class, had a 4th in her race to move her up the scoreboard to 23rd, and Melinda Henshaw and Jan Shearer in the 470 women’s also had a solid performance and moved into 9th position.

In the Finn Class, dramatic wind shifts proved tough for our sailors, Clifton Webb, Dean Barker and Peter Fox, who are currently placed 31st, 32nd and 40th respectively. New Zealand is still to select an Olympic representative in the Finn class, which will be known after the Finn European Championships in May.

NZL Results after day 2:

Laser: Hamish Pepper 1st after 3 races, Andrew Murdoch 47th
470 Women: Shelley Hesson / Linda Dickson 1st after 3 races, Melinda Henshaw / Jan Shearer 9th
470 Men: Simon Cooke / Alastair Gair 3rd after 4 races, Andren Brown / Jamie Hunt 25th, Stephen Keen / Phil Keen 32
Mistral Men:Tom Ashley 4th after 2 races
Europe: Sarah Macky 23rd after 3 races
Finn: Clifton Webb 31st after 2 races, Dean Barker 32nd, Peter Fox 40th a
Yngling:Alesha Thorpe/Karen Lambert/Michelle Vinsen 12th after 4 races, Sharon Ferris/Joanna White/Kylie Jameson 15th


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(source: NBR Compaq poll)

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