Australia snatches the lead

The Dutch have slipped to second position at the 29er World Championships

Tuesday January 8th 2008, Author: Di Pearson, Location: United Kingdom
Australian crew, Byron White and William Ryan, have today stolen the lead from the Dutch crew of Annemiek Bekkering and Jeske Kisters at the 29er World Championship being sailed off Sorrento.

White and Ryan posted a sixth, a fourth, a fifth and a second which was enough to give them a one point lead over the Dutch pair who scored a third, an 11th, a first and a 23rd their win not enough to keep them at the top. Currently the Australian duo lead by just one point, on 43 points. The series will come down to the wire on the final day tomorrow in what has been an extremely closely contested series with the lead changing daily.

Another Australian crew, Steven Thomas and Jasper Warren, who have twice sat at the top of the scoreboard during the series, are in third place, five points off the lead.

Max Richardson and Alex Groves (GBR) are in fourth place on 54 points, Alex Groves and Alexandra Maloney (NZL) are fifth on 56 points and James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald (GBR) who also led the series at one stage are sixth with 61 points.

Four races remain to be sailed in the 29er Worlds tomorrow, after which the winners will be announced.

Results:

Pos Helm Crew Nationality R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 Tot
1 WHITE, Byron RYAN, William AUS 3 3 3 5 3 8 5 8 2 3 1 9 17 6 6 4 5 2 43
2 BEKKERING, Annemiek KISTERS, Jeske NED 3 5 6 4 1 4 7 2 15 12 2 1 11 2 3 11 1 23 44
3 THOMAS, Steven WARREN, Jasper AUS 1 1 1 4 2 2 3 7 1 1 16 12 4 3 4 7 6 11 48
4 RICHARDSON, Max GROVES, Alex GBR 2 3 7 12 1 1 1 1 4 2 9 21 15 5 7 2 3 10 54
5 MALONEY, Alexandra TUKE, Blair NZL 3 3 5 9 2 1 2 4 2 7 18 11 6 1 22 9 4 1 56
6 PETERS, James FITZGERALD, Ed GBR 2 1 4 1 4 3 1 1 12 5 12 4 5 10 19 1 13 12 61
7 MON, Bleddyn HUMPHREYS, Tom GBR 6 1 2 2 2 10 2 4 2 1 15 6 9 14 1 13 7 6 61
8 SOGAARD, Henrik Rask  KRISTENSEN, Soren Wiegand DEN 1 3 1 2 3 3 1 6 1 3 22 5 10 4 5 18 15 3 62
9 ROSE, Joel WOODS, Jamie AUS 1 4 2 6 1 6 6 9 3 1 6 10 14 17 2 15 17 14 85
10 PEATE, Nick MARA, Rhys AUS 2 2 3 5 5 2 3 13 7 3 7 13 8 20 15 6 24 7 85

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