Paralympic Sailors Thrash it out in World Cup

01 Feb 2012
Great Britain SKUD Team

Alexandra Rickham from Great Britain SKUD Team at the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships.

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The 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings are starting to take shape after Sail Melbourne and US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, the opening two regattas in the seven series World Cup.

In the Sonar class just two points separate the top three boats. Netherlands’ Udo Hessels, Marcel Van de Veen and Mischa Rossen top the standings on 20 points. Great Britain’s John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas are just a point behind in second place and Norway’s Aleksander Wang-Hansen, Per Kristiansen and Marie Solber are on 18 points in third place.

In the SKUD Class, Australia’s Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch are tied on 39 points with Great Britain’s Paralympic team Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell. USA’s Jennifer French and Jean-Paul Creignou are much further behind in third place on 18 points.

Australia’s Matthew Bugg has a very strong lead in the 2.4mR class on 31 points, with France’s Damien Seguin lagging behind on 20 points in second place. Canada’s Paul Tingley is close behind on 19 points.

The third ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta, Trofeo S.A.R. Princess Sofia MAPFRE, , takes place from 31 March to 7 April in Palma, Spain.