Hayden Virtue (AUS) continues to lead IC Worlds

Big waves but little wind for heat six of the International Canoe Worlds taking place in Australia. A northerly which blew all night had picked up a decent swell, and though the wind had eased the waves had not. Launching was tricky for some but all competitors got off the shore, and heat 6 was underway.

Hayden Virtue (AUS) did well off of the start and led the fleet out to the left side of course and was never passed. Seth Dunbar (AUS) trailed him but couldn'tget passed. US sailor Bill Beaver came home third. With three heats sceduled for tomorrow Hayden is in the box seat but Bill still has a chance.

In the DC's Chris Maas (USA) has a 4 point buffer over Steve Clark who has 3 points over Oliver Moore. Alistair Warren is in fourth, breaking up the all US affair.

AC's have been dominated by John Robson (GBR), but 2nd place is still up for grabs with Tobias and Peter seperated by 1 point.

The Australians have officially issued a challenge for the 'International Challenge Cup' (the second oldest trophy is sailing, to the Americas Cup) and the definding nation Great Britain has accepted the challenge.

Racing will occur on the 7 January 2008 off the waters of McCrae on Port Phillip Bay. 3 Australian boats will go head to head in a best of three series with three British boats, with only the first nations boat across the finish line counting, to see who will hold the Cup until Germany in 2011.

International Canoe
Pos Country Sail No Helm 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts Drop Nett

1 AUS 20 Hayden Virtue -3 1 1 1 2 1 9 3 6
2 USA 219 Bill Beaver 1 2 2 -4 4 3 16 4 12
3 AUS 14 Seth Dunbar -6 3 3 6 3 2 23 6 17
4 GBR 299 Colin Brown 4 -6 4 5 1 5 25 6 19
5 AUS 16 Tim Wilson 2 5 -7 3 5 4 26 7 19
6 SWE 101 Johan Elfström 5 4 6 2 7 -9 33 9 24
7 AUS 18 Christian Knott -9 9 9 7 8 6 48 9 39
8 GER 68 Roger Regitz (24F) 8 5 12 11 10 70 24 46
9 GER 56 Peter Ullmann 10 11 8 8 9 -13 59 13 46
10 GBR 295 Colin Newman 8 13 13 -15 6 8 63 15 48
11 GER 74 Eckhardt Pagel 12 7 10 13 -18 17 77 18 59
12 GBR 278 Simon Allen (24S) 24C 11 9 10 7 85 24 61
13 USA 220 George Saunders 7 (24F) 24C 10 13 11 89 24 65
14 AUS 8 Alex Kalin 14 10 (24C) 14 15 12 89 24 65
15 GBR 233 Mike Shreeve 11 (24F) 12 17 12 19 95 24 71
16 GBR 256 Felicity Robson (24F) 14 14 11 16 16 95 24 71
17 USA 202 Christopher Moore 15 (24F) 24C 16 14 14 107 24 83
18 POL 1 Mikey Radziejowski 13 12 (24C) 24C 24C 15 112 24 88
19 USA 230 Samel Moore 17 (24F) 24C 24C 17 18 124 24 100
20 AUS 7 Jim Reeder 16 (24F) 24C 18 24C 21 127 24 103
21 AUS 12 Frank Raisin 18 (24F) 24C 24C 24C 20 134 24 110
22 AUS 9 Kevin Knott (24F) 24C 24C 24C 24C 24C 144 24 120
22 AUS 13 Kyle Knott (24C) 24C 24C 24C 24C 24C 144 24 120

Assymetric Canoe
Pos Country Sail No Helm 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts Drop Net

1 GBR 283 John Robson -1 1 1 1 1 1 6 1 5
2 GER 73 Tobias Kunz 2 -3 2 2 3 2 14 3 11
3 GBR 280 Peter McLaren -3 2 3 3 2 3 16 3 13

Development Canoe
Pos Country Sail No Helm 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts Drop Nett

1 USA 242 Chris Maas 1 1 (14C) 1 1 2 20 14 6
2 USA 239 Steve Clark 2 2 1 3 5 -6 19 6 13
3 USA 240 Oliver Moore 3 (14F) 2 4 2 4 29 14 15
4 GBR 308 Alistair Warren -6 3 4 2 3 5 23 6 17
5 USA 244 John Kells 9 (14F) 3 8 4 3 41 14 27
6 USA 243 Des Olsen -10 4 5 5 8 8 40 10 30
7 USA 92 David Clark 8 5 (14C) 6 7 11 51 14 37
8 AUS 21 Phil Stevenson 4 (14F) 7 14C 6 7 52 14 38
9 USA 241 Willy Clark 7 6 6 (14C) 10 9 52 14 38
10 GBR 311 Phil Robin 5 (14F) 14C 14C 14C 1 62 14 48
11 AUS 25 Geoff Harman 12 (14F) 14C 7 12 12 71 14 57
12 AUS 216 Jonathan Emonson 11 (14F) 14C 14C 9 10 72 14 58
13 CAN 235 Rob Paterson (14F) 14F 8 14C 11 13 74 14 60