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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

It's Game On at F18 Worlds

With the sixth race now completed, the Groupama Garancia F18 World Championship’s qualifying is over and tomorrow competitors will race in either the Golden or  Silver class.
Photo: f18photos.com/Aron Szanto
“Participants were divided into four groups, but now they will continue the regatta in just two classes. The first 50 are Gold and the others are Silver. So the silvers won’t be able to influence the championship’s final result,” said Attila R. Nagy, President of the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club (BYC).
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The Hungarian surprise of the day was the Váradi/Petheö team, who followed Australian champion Darren Bundock to finish fifth in their group.
Photo: f18photos.com/Aron Szanto
“There was a fortunate northwesterly wind, so we could turn well and hold our position for a while but in the end we tailed away. I am satisfied with the result as it’s fantastic if a Hungarian competitor can get in the Gold class. My crew, Petheö Tamás worked so well and our catamaran is going really great,” János Váradi Szabó said.
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There were few surprises as the Dutch continue to dominate with the Coen de Koning/Thye Visser in first place and Mischa Heemskerk and Bastian Tentij in second. They are followed by Australia's Darren Bundock/Jeroen van Leeuwen and the French duo of Moana Vaireaux/Romain Petit in fourth. In fifth place is the Dutch team of Pim Nieuwenhuis and Ferdinand van West. 
Photo: f18photos.com/Aron Szanto
Snapping at their heels are the young ambitious Aussie team of Jason Waterhouse and Josh McKnight who have cracked the top ten while their Queensland rivals, Adam Beattie and Jamie Leitner have slipped a little to 24th.
Photo: f18photos.com/Aron Szanto
Click link below for all results:

http://2011.f18worlds.com/

Lulu Roseman

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