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Sailing - 19. September 2014.

Olympic Gold Medallists and Reigning 470 World Champions Take Over Leaderboard



470 Women Gold Fleet racing got underway in the early afternoon for races 6, 7 and 8 and ended with the 2012 Olympic Gold Medallists and defending World Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (NZL) leaping into the lead from their 1,4,2 scoreline. Just a point behind are overnight leaders Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT), with the USA’s Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha rounding out the top three, 5 points off the Austrians.


Coming ashore Aleh and Powrie had already left the competition on the race track and were into their own personal competition, comparing calorie counts from 3 back to back races. 2300 calories burnt for Jo and 2368 for Polly had them looking ahead to a calorie boosting supper tonight. “That means lots of food,” the pair said in unison. “On a day like today, when it is that windy, it is really physical,” added Aleh.

Today felt like the first proper day of Gold fleet racing for many of the teams, and the Kiwis are so far sitting pretty as the only team in the top 10 counting an all top 10 scorecard, so they still have room in case of any upsets.

“It’s been a long time coming in some ways, with a slow start to the regatta,” reflected Powrie. “Yeh, it was just great to get three races away today. We were racing right under the Caba Mayor, so it was pretty wind and pretty puffy and it got worse as the day went on. You had to keep your head out of the boat and it wasn’t over until it was over.”

With racing now back on schedule for the 470 Women Gold Fleet, teams can look forward to rounding out their Championship with two more races tomorrow to decide the top 10 teams advancing to the Medal Race and confirmation of the nations securing their place in the 470 Women fleet line-up for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. There are currently 9 nations sitting inside the top-10 cut, in a mix of young talent excelling alongside seasoned campaigners.

470 Women Gold Fleet races 8 and 9 will take place on Telefonica Course with scheduled warning signal at 1100 hours. The 470 Women Silver Fleet races 7,8 and 9 will follow with a scheduled warning signal at 1330 hours.

470 Women - Provisional Results after Race 8
1. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (NZL 75) - 25 pts
2. Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT 431) - 26 pts
3. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha (USA 1712) - 31 pts
4. Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance (FRA 9) - 36 pts
5. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR 118) - 40 pts
6. Michelle Broekhuizen/Marieke Jongens (NED 6) - 46 pts
7. Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol (SLO 64) - 51 pts
8. Afrodite Kyranakou/Anneloes van Veen (NED 216) - 54 pts
9. Fernanda Oliveira/Ana Luiza Barbachan (BRA 177) - 56 pts
10. Ai Kondo Yoshida/Miho Yoshioka (JPN 1) - 57 pts

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