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Aussie Girls Lead 470 in Qingdao
By Nicole Browne
All classes except RS:X got some much-needed racing at the Olympic Sailing test event in Qingdao late this afternoon. The conditions were still light but everyone was keen to make the most of it and Australia's 470 Men, 470 Women, 49ers and Tornados posted solid successes.
The 470 Women, WA's Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson, are now leading overall on countback with Israel hot on their heels. The youngest members of the Australian Sailing Team (AST) a 12th and an eighth bring them up to the top of the standings.
"We had 4-5 knots of wind and a mostly outflowing current today, but we got tacked on quite a lot and couldn't quite get clear which meant we lost a few positions," said Rechichi.
"We learnt you need to be just ahead of the pack to avoid getting caught up.
"We were fourth around the top mark in first race and made a decision to go for the current, but we lost it all.
"In the second race of the day, we were slowly gaining boats and just made up ground one boat at a time."
With some salt water back on their tongues, the Aussies are ready to taste some more competition tomorrow (Tuesday 21st August). So there will be prayers to the wind God tonight before they turn off the lights.
Yngling Nicky Bethwaite, Karyn Gojnich & Angela Farrell 4th in one race today - now 6th overall
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Photo Credit: Dario Belingheri/Bettini Photo