Kiwi's Overcome Top Overseas Sailors
Auckland Champs 08 day 2 Vincent & Aevril
Vincent Saunders rounds the bottom mark ahead of Aevril Hibbard & Daniel Jones (Sailing Laser 4.7)
 
The wind blew stronger today with larger waves, giving the 52 Laser sailors competing in the 2007-08 Auckland Laser Championships an exciting and very tiring day.  The Kiwi overnight leader in the Standard Rig, David Weaver (ranked 25th in the world), enjoyed the strong and shifty winds which were just a gentle Zephyr for David as he comes from Wellington.  He dominated the final day with 3 wins out of 3.  This gave him the Championship over local favorite Michael Bullot (ranked 15th in the World) and World Top Ten Ranked Sailor from Croatia, Luka Radelic.
 
In the Women's Olympic Laser Radial Class Miranda Powrie (ranked 36th in the World) was able to overcome overnight leader and New Zealand Olympic representative Jo Aleh, who is optimising for the very light winds expected at the 2008 Olympics, and the top ranked English sailor Laura Baldwin.  As the conditions got heavier and heavier Miranda was able to use her great strength and sailing skills to get on the correct side of some very big shifts.  Top 5 Results and Photographs below:

Rank

Sail #

Sailor

Race 1

Race 2

 Race 3

Race 4

 Race 5

Race 6

Total

1

188803

David Weaver

2

(4)

3

1

1

1

8

2

184688

Michael Bullot

4

(7)

1

3

2

2

12

3

184688

Luka Radelic CRO

(9)

1

6

6

3

3

19

4

181999

Blair Lindsay

1

6

4

2

(7)

7

20

5

181944

Matt Coutts

(14)

2

2

8

4

6

22

Radial

 

1

181949

Miranda Powrie

(4)

3

1

1

1

2

8

2

177775

Jo Aleh

1

1

2

(4)

3

4

11

3

187717

Laura Baldwin GBR

2

4

4

 (5)

2

1

13

4

178818

Scott Leith 

5

7

(DNF 24)

2

4

6

24

5

187891

Michael Pasco

(15)

2

7

10

5

5

29

4.7

 

1

184690

Robert Pasco

1

1

1

1

(2)

2

6

2

5

Daniel Jones

(DNC 4)

DNC 4

DNC 4

2

1

1

12

3

149083

Jordan Mckenzie-Brown

2

2

 2

(3)

3

3

 12

Auckland Champs 08 day 2 002
Auckland Champion David Weaver well ahead in the Race 4 followed by Jason Geale
 
Auckland Champs 08 day 2 Miranda Rce 4
Auckland Champion Miranda Powrie leads Luke Deegan in Race 4
 
Auckland Champs 08 day 2 Luka R4
Luka Radelic CRO (184682) leads international pack at bottom mark in Race 5, Champion David Weaver already heading away on Starboard bottom left
 
Auckland Champs 08 day 2 Jo Race 5
Jo Aleh leads Michael Pasco & Champion Miranda Powrie in Race 5
 
Auckland Champs 08 day 2 bottom Mark fun
Gate Excitement in the Radial Fleet with Vincent Saunders middle in Race 6.
 
Auckland Champs 08 day 2 Std Race 6
Standard Rig Lasers have fun in the waves Race 6 with Champion David Weaver already gone!
 



 

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