New Zealand certain of a gold in World Blind Sailing Champs

Racing on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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New Zealand seems certain to receive one gold and two silvers in the IFDS World Blind Sailing Championship, even before the fleet sails its final two races on Saturday.

New Zealand skipper Paulien Eitjes is assured of a gold medal in the B2 fleet, despite missing her first win of the series today.

In race one the team ended up on the wrong side of a big wind shift and were lucky to finish third in a close race with Canada and the United States. The team is able to drop this result.

The team came back well in the second race, finishing with a large lead and dominating again in the third race. Great Britain is second in the B2 fleet and Japan is now in third place.

NZL tries a port tack start in Race 12 of the B2 racing on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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In the B1 fleet, New Zealand finished ahead of fleet leaders Italy in the first race, but the results were reversed in the second race. Unfortunately New Zealand pre-empted the start of the second race and had difficulty finding room to turn back and re-cross, eventually finishing seventh.

The most exciting race today in the B3 fleet came in the last race where New Zealand just led Great Britain around the first mark. In the run to the line, Great Britain became engaged in a duel with Japan, allowing New Zealand to slip through to take the win.

NZL to leeward of GBR in the B2 racing on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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After today's races, Italy retains its lead in the B1 fleet on 20 points, New Zealand is in second place on 28 points and Norway still in third place on 33.5 points.

In the B3 fleet, Great Britain holds onto its lead at the top of the table on 14 points, with New Zealand in second place on 24 points and the United States in third place on 35 points.

At this stage another two races are planned for tomorrow morning, completing the Championship’s racing. The overall team’s trophy will be awarded at a prize giving on Saturday night.

NZL, Gold Medalist in the B2 division, has a huge lead in the B2 Race 13 on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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NZL has room on ITA in the B1 racing on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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ITA and NZL in the B1 racing on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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ITA finishes just ahead of NZL in the B1 racing on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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NZL and GBR racing in the B3 on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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GBR 30 and NZL 19 fight it out downwind on Day 3 of the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships, Rotorua
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Provisional Results
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Sailed:14, Discards:2, To count:12, Entries:9, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
RankFleetNatVIP HelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14TotalNett
1stB1ITALuigi Bertanza(9.0)(4.0)3.01.01.02.02.02.02.02.01.02.01.01.033.020.0
2ndB1NZLDick Lancaster2.0(10.0 DSQ)1.04.04.01.03.01.01.04.04.01.02.0(7.0)45.028.0
3rdB1NORThomas Johannesen1.01.52.02.02.03.05.0(6.0)4.01.05.0(8.0)4.03.047.533.5
4thB1FINJukka Jokiniemi3.01.56.06.05.06.01.03.03.0(9.0)3.05.0(9.0)9.069.551.5
5thB1FRAOlivier Brisse4.0(8.0)7.07.03.05.06.05.06.05.02.03.07.0(8.0)76.060.0
6thB1AUS WAKylie Forth5.05.04.05.06.0(10.0 DSQ)4.0(9.0)5.03.08.09.06.02.081.062.0
7thB1JPN Team ToyotaFumihiro Adachi7.03.0(8.0)8.0(9.0)8.08.04.07.06.07.07.05.04.091.074.0
8thB1USAMatt Chao6.06.0(9.0)3.07.04.0(9.0)7.08.08.06.06.08.06.093.075.0
9thB1GBRVicki Sheen8.07.05.0(9.0)8.07.07.08.0(9.0)7.09.04.03.05.096.078.0
B2 Fleet
Sailed:14, Discards:2, To count:12, Entries:5, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
RankFleetNatVIP HelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14TotalNett
1stB2NZLPaulien Eitjes2.0(3.0)2.01.01.01.01.01.01.01.01.0(3.0)1.01.020.014.0
2ndB2GBRLucy Hodges1.0(4.0)3.02.03.0(4.0)3.02.02.02.02.02.02.02.034.026.0
3rdB2JPN Team Flying FishTakao Sugiyama3.02.01.03.04.03.04.03.03.0(5.0)4.01.0(5.0)3.044.034.0
4thB2CANDavid Brown4.01.04.04.02.02.02.0(5.0)4.03.03.04.04.0(5.0)47.037.0
5thB2USAWalter Raineri(5.0)(5.0)5.05.05.05.05.04.05.04.05.05.03.04.065.055.0
B3 Fleet
Sailed:14, Discards:2, To count:12, Entries:5, Scoring system:ISAF Series A
RankFleetNatVIP HelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14TotalNett
1stB3GBRGary Kirby1.0(2.0)1.01.01.01.01.0(2.0)2.01.01.01.01.02.018.014.0
2ndB3NZLDave Allerton2.01.0(3.0)(5.0)3.03.02.01.01.03.02.02.03.01.032.024.0
3rdB3USAJason Wallenstein(5.0)3.02.03.0(4.0)2.03.03.04.02.03.04.02.04.044.035.0
4thB3JPN Team YukiYuki Kawazoe4.0(5.0)4.04.0(5.0)4.05.04.03.04.05.03.04.03.057.047.0
5thB3CANRandy Nelson3.04.0(5.0)2.02.0(5.0)4.05.05.05.04.05.05.05.059.049.0