Hestbaek/Andersen lead 49er World Cup

After two events in Cannes and Lake Garda

Thursday May 29th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy
After having finished the two first events of the 49er World Cup, in Cannes and Lake Garda, the circuit now moves on to Scandinavia: Stenungsund, Sweden 13-15 June as part of the Open Swedish Championship for Olympic classes, then Rungsted, Denmark 19-21 June as part of the Eurolymp regatta Scandinavian Race Week.     
The overall ranking after the first two events is as follows:

1. Hestbaek/Andersen DEN 19pts
2. Audineau/Christidis FRA 15pts
3. Nakamura/Takaki JPN 12pts
3. Turnbull/Partridge AUS 12pts
5. Larson/Koch USA 10pts
6. Sibello/Sibello ITA 9pts
7. Bergan/Maxam USA 8pts
8. Walser/Buettner SUI 5pts
9. Sakama/Kida JPN 4pts
9. Modena/Modena ITA 4pts
11. Vigne/Gatti FRA 3pts
11. Kocholl/Kocholl AUT 3pts
13. Vacondio/Francesco ITA 2pts
13. D'Amico/Bella ITA 2pts
15. Levayer/Foulongne FRA 1pts
15. Kaemmerle/Friedrich GER 1pts

The overall leaders, Hestbaek/Andersen will face the two top ranked Spanish teams of Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez and Santiago Lopéz Vazquez/Javier de la Plaza, triple World Champion Chris Nicholson/Gary Boyd who made a strong comeback in the recent SPA regatta and the Norwegian pair of Christoffer Sundby/Frode Bovim among others as the fleet rejoins in Sweden in two weeks time.

The Scandinavian events will use a new scoring system: After two days of qualifying fleet races, the six top teams will qualify for the final regatta consisting of three elimination races where the last boat in each will be eliminated. The three remaining teams will continue racing until one has won two races and as a result, the regatta.

After the Scandinavian Tours, the World Cup circuit moves on to Hunstanton, UK 31 July-3 August and Taiwan 29 September-5 October.

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