McMillan and Howden hunting down podium finish

Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby (AUS)Tornado Asia Pacific Champs - 2008 Sail Melbourne

Britain's Leigh McMillan and Will Howden stayed in the battle for a podium finish at the Australian Tornado series being held at Sail Melbourne. Finishing second behind series leaders Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby (AUS), they then finished the day with a fourth place to stay fourth overall.

Bundock and Ashby won Race 7 from McMillan and Howden with Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis (NED) third. In Race 8, it was the Danish team of Allan Noregaard and Michael Risoer who came home first from Booth and Nieuwenhuis, with Andrey Kirilyuk and Valeriy Ushkov (RUS) third.

Following eight races, Bundock/Ashby on 15 points lead team Booth on 22 points and Kirilyuk/Ushkov are in third place on 26 points and McMillan and Howden fourth on 31 points - A tough call for the Brits but not out of reach.

Bundock said this afternoon: 'The Danes made a big comeback to win Race 8. It was very tricky out there today. Very shifty. The left side paid big. Hard left. We were in the front row of that race; second at the top mark, then the shift got us. It was definitely a one way track to the left,' he said.

'There was a fair bit of current today too, which had an effect on results. Downwind was where everyone made their gains and losses today.'

Kirilyuk/Ushkov are happy, to say the least, with their overall third placing and enjoyed yesterday’s and today’s 12-13 knot conditions.

'We have not been sailing between October and the New Year, so this regatta and the Asia Pacific Series coming up at Sandringham Yacht Club next week is all practice and training for our Worlds,' Kirilyuk said through his coach.

'In particular, we are looking at our boat speed. We are one of two Russian crews here and whichever one of us is the best placed at the World’s, gets the place for the Olympic Games,' he said.

'Since finishing the 2007 ISAF World’s in Cascais, we have lost 10kg between us and have a bit more to go, because if we are selected for the Olympics, we need to be light to suit the light conditions,' added Kirilyuk, who has three Olympic campaigns under the belt.

The Championship, being sailed under the Sail Melbourne banner and conducted by Somers Yacht Club, concludes Wednesday.

Tornado - After 8 races

1 AUS Darren Bundock Glenn Ashby [8.00] 1 5 3 1 3 1 1 15pts
2 NED Mitch Booth Pim Nieuwenhuis 2 3 4 8 2 1 [10.00] 2 22
3 RUS Andrey Kirilyuk Valeriy Ushkov 3 5 1 4 [10.00] 5 4 4 26
4 GBR Leigh Mc Millan Will Howden 4 2 3 [15.00] 3 2 7 10 31
5 ESP Fernando Echavarri Anton Paz 6 7 6 1 5 4 5 [11.00] 34
6 GER Tino Mittelmeier Niko Mittelmeier 10 4 7 2 [11.00] 9 2 3 37
7 DEN Allan Norregaard Michael Risoer 1 9 10 6 6 15 8 [18.00] 55
8 CAN Oskar Johansson Kevin Stittle 15 10 2 11 4 12 [15.00] 7 61
9 BEL Carolijn Brouwer Sebbe Godefroid 20 8 8 7 7 [33.00F] 3 12 65
10 GBR Andrew Walsh Edward Barney 11 12 9 10 9 6 [12.00] 9 66
11 PUR Enrique Figueroa Jorge Hernandez 7 15 11 5 12 10 13 [17.00] 73
12 GER Roland Gaebler Gunnar Struckmann [16.00] 14 14 14 13 7 6 6 74
13 GRE Iordanis Paschalidis Konstantine Trigkoni 13 13 13 12 8 8 [33.00O] 8 75
14 GBR John Gimson Stuart Bithell 12 11 [16.00] 9 14 11 11 14 82
15 RUS Sergey Dzhienbaev Maxim Semenov 17 6 [24.00] 16 15 13 9 20 96
16 AUS Rohan Langworthy Jack Punch 5 17 12 13 17 17 17 [22.00] 98
17 GBR Tom Phipps Marcus Lynch 14 19 18 17 16 14 [19.00] 5 103
18 BRA Bruno Di Bernardi Mario Tinoco 9 18 15 18 [20.00] 16 14 15 105
19 AUS Brett Burvill Ryan Duffield 18 16 17 19 19 21 [21.00] 16 126
20 AUS Damien Ford Mark Edmonds 23 20 21 23 [23.00] 19 20 13 139
21 AUS Michael Vandenberg Ben Carroll 19 22 20 21 21 [33.00F] 18 27 148
22 AUS Kevin Kay David Hart 21 33.00F 22 20 [33.00F] 20 16 23 155
23 AUS Paul Peterson Matt Thackray 22 21 19 25 [33.00F] 22 24 24 157
24 AUS Allan Gamble Kim Nicholas 25 [33.00O] 23 24 22 23 25 19 161
25 AUS Robbie Lovig Stuart Offer 26 33.00O [33.00F] 22 18 18 22 25 164
26 AUS Ron Stokes Alexander Bertrand 28 24 25 30 33.00C [33.00F] 27 21 188
27 AUS Andrew Griffin Chris Wierzbowski 24 23 33.00F 26 33.00C [33.00F] 23 26 188
28 AUS Ian Simpson Gary Sawyer 30 26 26 28 33.00C [33.00C] 29 30 202
29 AUS Andrew Heaney Lukas Muir 31 27 27 31 33.00C [33.00C] 26 28 203
30 AUS Gwyn Cracknell Peter Togno 27 25 33.00F 29 33.00C [33.00C] 28 29 204
31 AUS Paul Raymond Nicholas Raymond 29 33.00F 33.00S 27 33.00C 33.00F 33.00C [33.00C] 221
32 AUS Martin Dunlop Carly Stone 33.00C 33.00C 33.00C 33.00C 33.00C 33.00C 33.00C [33.00C] 231

Mitch Booth, Pim Nieuwenhuis (NED) Tornado Asia Pacific Champs - 2008 Sail Melbourne