Steyeart of France takes lead at Radial Worlds

Leeward mark, Race 3 Womens Laser Radial Worlds

Sarah Steyaert of France has taken the overall lead at the 2008 Women’s Laser Radial World Championship being sailed off Takapuna Beach, North Shore City, Auckland. Just one race was sailed today with three races in total now on the board.

Lizzie Vickers is in eighth and Penny Clark is in ninth overall after the third race to lead the battle going on between the Team GBR group to secure the Olympic place. Laura Baldwin is in 15th, Andrea Brewster is 23 and Charlotte Dobson 26th.

A postponement due to lack of wind delayed the scheduled start of racing off Takapuna Beach for the 116 boat Women’s Laser Radial fleet competing for the world title. However a light north easterly sea breeze gradually filled in and the fleet left the beach at around 1o’clock for a 2 o’clock start to racing.

The day belonged however to Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) and Lijia Xu (CHN) who both brought home a race win with a solid leading margin in their respective fleets in today’s race. Despite this neither Tunnicliffe of Xu are featuring in the top ten as the American is carrying an OCS and lies 36th overall while Xu has a DSQ on her scorecard and lies 30th at this stage in the regatta. Both will likely rocket up the leader board once the first discard comes into play.

Steyaert leapt into the lead today after placing 2nd in today’s race after starting the day lying 5th overall. She has a total of nine points which means her leading margin is slight with Evi Van Acker (BEL) hot on her heals just one point adrift on ten points. Van Acker, who had a share of the lead overnight, was 7th on the water today.

Australian Sarah Blanck retains third overall after race three with an 8th placing in today’s race and is three points back from Van Acker.

Local girl and current ISAF #1, Jo Aleh was a big mover in the standings today shooting from 11th overall up to 4th place on the leader board. Fighting her way back from 10th at the first mark Aleh managed to cross the line in 5th which gives her a points total of 18 putting her eight points clear of Nathalie Brugger (SUI) who has 5th place in the current standings.

Sari Multala of Finland will be disappointed after a poor race today saw her drop out of the lead and back to 12th place overall. A 37th in race three was the cause of her slide down the standings, and this race will likely become her discard once in play.

The intention for tomorrow, is for an early start to racing in order to try and catch up for lost races on Saturday and today. Organisers hope to start racing at 10am in order to squeeze in three races.

Radial - Positions after 3 races

1 FRA 193009 Steyaert Sarah 6 1 2 9 pts
2 BEL 193004 Van Acker Evi 1 2 7 10 pts
3 AUS 193003 Blanck Sarah 1 4 8 13 pts
4 NZL 193001 Aleh Jo 7 6 5 18 pts
5 SUI 193113 Brugger Nathalie 7 5 14 26 pts
6 NED 193015 Bouwmeester Marit 4 7 16 27 pts
7 POL 193005 Szotynska Katarzyna 10 5 13 28 pts
8 GBR 193013 Vickers Lizzie 8 6 15 29 pts
9 GBR 193011 Clark Penny 10 7 18 35 pts
10 SWE 193115 Soderstrom Karin 24 10 2 36 pts
11 GRE 193067 Mantzaraki Eftychia 11 8 17 36 pts
12 FIN 193058 Multala Sari 2 1 37 40 pts
13 PAR 193101 Cerutti Bogado Florencia 16 11 14 41 pts
14 CHN 193041 Zhu Jiangyan 12 20 11 43 pts
15 GBR 193018 Baldwin Laura 22 9 13 44 pts
16 POL 193103 Gladysz Zuzanna 14 28 4 46 pts
17 DEN 193047 Lindberg Alberte 25 9 12 46 pts
18 ESP 193052 Cebrian Alicia 18 23 6 47 pts
19 CHN 193042 Shen Xiaoying 18 14 15 47 pts
20 GRE 193070 Kravarioti Virginia 20 8 20 48 pts
21 DEN 193050 Schutt Maiken 16 10 22 48 pts
22 CRO 193016 Mihelic Tina 30 11 8 49 pts
23 GBR 193010 Brewster Andrea 9 12 28 49 pts
24 CAN 193038 Ross Lisa 37 14 3 54 pts
25 RUS 193105 Chernova Anastasia 17 20 18 55 pts
26 GBR 193006 Dobson Charlotte 5 3 48 56 pts
27 IRL 193075 Hanna Debbie 27 18 11 56 pts
28 FRA 193062 Brain Solenne 2 21 34 57 pts
29 ESP 193053 Reyes Fatima 20 18 21 59 pts
30 CHN 193008 Xu Lijia 3 dsq 1 63 pts
31 NZL 193099 Powrie Miranda 12 27 24 63 pts
32 USA 193020 Railey Paige 3 2 dnf 64 pts
33 FIN 193007 Tenkanen Tuula 31 29 5 65 pts
34 CHN 193040 Shen Huanqi 17 21 27 65 pts
35 NZL 193014 Winther Sara 26 19 20 65 pts
36 USA 193002 Tunnicliffe Anna 6 ocs 1 66 pts
37 AUS 193023 King Gabrielle 19 25 22 66 pts
38 CAN 193037 Rasa Keamia 23 24 19 66 pts
39 CAN 193035 Bertold Isabella 29 12 26 67 pts
40 BRA 193027 Kostiw Adrina 21 16 30 67 pts
41 CZE 193046 Fenclova Veronika 19 17 33 69 pts
42 FRA 193017 de Turckheim Sophie 4 ocs 9 72 pts
43 PER 193102 Schmidt Paloma 39 28 6 73 pts
44 ITA 193078 Clapcich Francesca 26 15 33 74 pts
45 ISR 193076 Endelman Nufar 15 4 56 75 pts
46 VEN 193120 Saba Andria 40 29 7 76 pts
47 TUR 193117 Unver Ayda 28 22 26 76 pts
48 NZL 193096 Hume-Merry Cushla 8 32 37 77 pts
49 NOR 193092 Samdal Elin 15 ocs 4 78 pts
50 GBR 193063 Young Alison 14 17 47 78 pts
51 IRL 193074 Peelo Ciara 34 31 16 81 pts
52 DEN 193051 Gunni Sarah 23 39 19 81 pts
53 SIN 193108 Yin Elizabeth 41 33 10 84 pts
54 SUI 193112 Meyer Corinne 9 34 43 86 pts
55 IRL 193072 Murphy Annalise 22 13 51 86 pts
56 AUS 193024 de Lange Megan 21 22 43 86 pts
57 LTU 193019 Volungeviciute Gintare 5 dnf 23 87 pts
58 BRA 193031 Rosa Borges Roberta 41 38 9 88 pts
59 USA 193118 Billing Emily 29 39 21 89 pts
60 ESP 193055 Romero Steensma Susana 37 27 25 89 pts
61 BEL 193025 Maes Laura 43 45 3 91 pts
62 CRO 193043 Barbic Gea 13 19 dnf 91 pts
63 SIN 193110 Chan Victoria 30 23 38 91 pts
64 SIN 193109 Lo Manyi 38 24 29 91 pts
65 NZL 193100 Tootill Sarah 45 40 10 95 pts
66 IRL 193073 Murphy Claudine 25 13 dnf 97 pts
67 ITA 193080 Nevierov Larissa 24 25 49 98 pts
68 POR 193104 Carmo Sara dsq 3 38 100 pts
69 CRO 193045 Petronijevic Mateja 11 ocs 32 102 pts
70 GRE 193069 Vlachou Maria 40 37 25 102 pts
71 GBR 193066 Williams Sarah 35 35 32 102 pts
72 BLR 193026 Drozdovskaya Tatiana 13 dnf 31 103 pts
73 NED 193091 Bouwmeester Anneke 28 30 46 104 pts
74 RUS 193106 Kirilyuk Alisa 39 31 34 104 pts
75 ESP 193054 Reyes Lucia 31 15 dnf 105 pts
76 AUS 193021 South Alexandra 32 16 57 105 pts
77 DEN 193049 Hall Cathrine 36 26 47 109 pts
78 LTU 193089 Mileviciute Ausra 55 43 12 110 pts
79 GRE 193068 Kolida Haidi 44 42 24 110 pts
80 JPN 193086 Sato Maiko 51 32 28 111 pts
81 BRA 193029 Ginaid Odile 38 38 35 111 pts
82 GBR 193064 Martin Chloe 47 26 41 114 pts
83 CAN 193034 Dube Danielle 27 ocs 30 116 pts
84 JPN 193087 Saiki Yukiyo 54 34 29 117 pts
85 NZL 193098 Monk Jane 45 36 36 117 pts
86 DEN 193048 Livbjerg Anna 52 49 17 118 pts
87 AUS 193022 Stoddart Ashley 34 33 52 119 pts
88 JPN 193084 Hiruta Kanako 33 35 52 120 pts
89 FRA 193060 Le Sausse Fanny 33 41 48 122 pts
90 SWE 193114 Skarp Helena 42 54 27 123 pts
91 JPN 193083 Ishikawa Ayumi 43 44 39 126 pts
92 SRB 193111 Dukic Milica 49 55 23 127 pts
93 CRO 193044 Bello Marijana 44 42 42 128 pts
94 MAS 193090 Anuar Nurul 47 40 42 129 pts
95 NZL 193095 Dye-Hutchinson Briar 35 ocs 36 130 pts
96 NZL 193093 Hargreaves Amanda 32 45 54 131 pts
97 GBR 193119 Russell Suzanne dnf 30 44 133 pts
98 RUS 193107 Oblova Elena 42 37 54 133 pts
99 CAN 193033 Merry Rachael 46 53 35 134 pts
100 BRA 193028 Decnop Coelho Fernanda 48 46 40 134 pts
101 FRA 193061 de Kerangat Mathilde 36 dnf 40 135 pts
102 ITA 193079 Valsecchi Giovanna 56 50 31 137 pts
103 CAN 193039 Smutny Tanja 49 36 53 138 pts
104 NZL 193094 Hibbard Aevril 48 46 44 138 pts
105 NZL 193097 Barrell Jessica 46 47 45 138 pts
106 IND 193071 Rau Rohini 56 44 39 139 pts
107 ISV 193077 Roller Mayumi 53 41 45 139 pts
108 CAN 193032 Vittery Alanna 50 43 46 139 pts
109 ITA 193081 Fabbri Matilde 57 52 41 150 pts
110 BRA 193030 Gatti Raulino Patricia 52 47 53 152 pts
111 EST 193056 Randmaa Merili 50 48 55 153 pts
112 ITA 193082 Graziani Maria 55 49 49 153 pts
113 JPN 193085 Takahashi Kaori 54 50 50 154 pts
114 FRA 193059 Antoine Corinne 53 51 51 155 pts
115 LAT 193088 Aile Anna 51 48 dnf 158 pts
116 TPE 193116 Kuan Hsin 57 5