Monday, 8 February 2010

Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2010: Final day - Winners decided

Laser standard winner – Andrew Murdoch NZL. Supplied image.

by Sara Roberts

Another fantastic day in the City of Sails and the race committee managed to fit in all the final races, including the medal for the Olympic Classes. A lot of close racing action across all the divisions with some stand-out performances, including Alexandra Maloney in the 29er, Peter Burling in the 49er, Olympic Gold Medalist Tom Ashley on the board and Andrew Murdoch in the Laser.

With over 150 competitors from 15 different countries it has been a fantastic regatta with a lot of camaraderie and superb sailing!

Alexandra Maloney and her crew Sam Bullock representing the Murrays Bay Sailing Club completed their clean sweep of the 29er fleet, with a perfect scorecard of 8 wins out of 8 races. Matthew Spray and Tyler Russell representing Buckland’s Beach Yacht Club, managed to hold onto second place just two points clear of the McKenzie brothers Andrew & Sam.

29er winners - Alexandra Maloney & Sam Bullock NZL. Supplied image.

James Turner and his crew Logan Dunning-Beck, representing the Murrays Bay Sailing Club added another second to their scoreboard to finish 12 points clear ahead of Alex Munro & Luke Stevenson in second place overall. The female Malaysian team helmed by Khairunnissa Mohd Afendy successfully held onto their lead to take third place overall for the regatta and bragging right for beating the mens Malaysian Sailing Team helmed by Mohamad who finished in fourth place.

The next two female teams were Brittany Wornall & Emma Goodwin, representing the Mt. Pleasant Yacht Club in Christchurch who placed 6th just ahead of 7th placed Erica Dawson & Vicki Francis from the Murrays Bay Sailing Club.

470 winners – Jo Aleh & Olivia Powrie NZL. Supplied image.

Yachting New Zealand Olympic Squad members Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie, representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, although sailing to the wrong top mark they managed to undo their mistake and finish the final race in fourth place overall and take the overall win in the 470 class. The girls finished five points clear ahead of second placed Singaporean team helmed by Roy Jun Hao Tay and third placed Fancisco Lardies & Finn Drummond representing the Glendowie Boating Club.

The second female team in the 470 class were nineth placed overall Sarah & Emma Berry from the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club.

No change in the 2.4m Sailability Class as Andrew May won the final race and takes the series win with an impressive six wins out of seven races. Josh McKenzie-Brown holds onto second overall and Brett Willcock from Charteris Bay in Christchurch third overall.

49er winners - Peter Burling & Blair Tuke NZL. Supplied image.

No surprises in the 49er class as Peter Burling and Blair Tuke hold onto their lead to take the series win over Marcus Hansen and Andrew Clarke.

Andrew Murdoch finished seventh in todays medal race by this result was good enough to keep him in the lead overall. Under 21 year old Andy Maloney also retained his second place overall but fellow junior Sam Meech who finished 9th in the medal race got pushed back into 6th overall. Josh Junior representing the Worser Bay Boating Club took the opportunity to jump into third place overall after gaining a second in the medal race.

Laser standard 3rd – Josh Junior NZL. Supplied image.

Laser Radial – Men
The results remained the same even after the medal race in the Laser Radial Youth Men’s division. Tom Saunders who won the Laser Radial Class National Championships a week ago held in Timaru, who has lead all regatta finished with an impressive 26 points overall, a full 20 points clear of his closest rival young French sailor Etienne Le Pen. In third place overall was Chris Steele on 54 points.

Laser Radial – Women
Sara Winther from the Takapuna Boating Club, just managed to stay one point ahead of youth sailor Molly Meech representing the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club. Another Takapuna local Rachel Basevi finished third overall ahead of rival Miranda Powrie representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Norwegian Ina Kullman.

Laser Radial Female winner – Sara Winther NZL. Supplied image.

RS:X 9.5
Kiwi Olympic Gold Medalist Tom Ashley won the final Medal race to take the overall series win with an impressive 17points overall. Dutch sailor Dorian Van Rijsselberghe who was tied with Ashley yesterday is pushed back into second overall on 28points and Kiwi JP Tobin comes third overall on 32points.

RS:X 8.5
Young French sailor Thomas Goyard had a fantastic regatta winning the overall 8.5 division with an impressive 10 point scorecard just over Kate Ellingham from the Takapuna Boating Club.

Kate went into the Medal race for the 8.5 women in the lead and won the Medal race to finish first overall on 16points. Italian female Laura Linares was second and Jazmine Lynch third overall.

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