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Saxton wins race 5 to close on Luka

Only one race on Sunday, day 3 of the UON SB20 World Championships at Hamilton Island, Australia, but a significant one for Britain's Ben Saxton who closed the gap on the overall leader, with a victory in race 5. Rodion Luka of Russia finished second to keep a seven point lead and another Russian entry, Anna Basalkina, took third to move to sixth overall.

Overall Australia’s Glenn Bourke held onto third but a sixth place dropped him five points back from Saxton. Geoff Carveth remains in fourth after a tenth place finish, but the gap to the leaders has widened and he is now on equal points with Aussie Ian Brown who had an excellent fifth place finish.

 Britain's Ben Saxton closed the gap on the overall leaderClick image for a larger image

The race committee signalled a postponement before Sunday’s one and only race. Patience paid off and it wasn’t long before a 5-6 knot ENE breeze came to answer competitors’ prayers, cooling baking bodies and setting things in motion for what ended up being a consistent fifth race of the 12 race series.

The light ENE winds ran out of puff just as the backmarkers cruised through the finish line under spinnaker. Cloud cover threw a blanket over the race course and with no sign of anything promising on the horizon the race committee lifted anchors and all boats headed back to Hamilton Island marina.

Russian helm Rodion Luka keeps overall lead after day 3Click image for a larger image

Monday is the one and only layday for the SB20 sportsboat fleet. Racing will resume on Tuesday and conclude on Thursday, 20 December.

SB20 - UON 2012 World Championship, after 5 races (42 entries)
1 RUS 3703 Team Russia / Rodion Luka 6 4 1 3 2 16 pts
2 GBR 3065 Bango Powered bySLAM / Ben Saxton 1 1 9 11 1 23 pts
3 AUS 3030 Club Marine / Glenn Bourke 3 10 4 5 6 28 pts
4 GBR 3053 WKD / Geoff Carveth 17 5 2 1 10 35 pts
5 AUS 3382 One Design Sailing / Ian Brown 8 15 3 4 5 35 pts
6 RUS 3140 Aquaholics / Anna Basalkina 12 7 14 6 3 42 pts
7 GBR 3037 sportsboatworld.com / Jerry Hill 2 16 17 2 8 45 pts
8 GBR 3060 The Beard / Robert Greenhalgh 4 8 15 9 9 45 pts
9 FRA 3580 Hyeres2013 / Rouxel Thomas 13 6 10 8 11 48 pts
10 ITA 3637 Stenghele / Pietro Negri 5 2 8 15 22.0A 52 pts
11 SCO 3027 Darling Associates / Chris Darling 15 9 12 10 7 53 pts
12 ITA 3058 ALTEA / Andrea Racchelli 10 3 24 7 13 57 pts
13 AUS 3662 Karabos / Nick Rogers 11 17 21 13 19 81 pts
14 GBR 3462 Harry powered by Und / Andrew Oddie 21 23 6 35 4 89 pts
15 GBR 3336 UBER3 / Adrian Peach 9 11 27 31 20 98 pts
16 AUS 3356 Black Rat / Troy Forrest 16 21 31 12 18 98 pts
17 AUS 3121 WYSIWYG V / Stephen Fries 20 20 5 20 34 99 pts
18 FRA 3653 Zeus / Ed Russo 28 14 11 25 21 99 pts
19 AUS 3036 And Then / Peter Jones 34 12 7 30 17 100 pts
20 FRANC 3391 New Caledonia1 / TUGDUAL Piriou 22 19 19 28 12 100 pts
21 AUS 3396 Still Out of control / Mark Wolfenden 14 30 20 24 16 104 pts
22 AUS 3658 Flirtatious / Chris Dare 18 18 18 17 33 104 pts
23 NED 3702 Cube II / Martijn Buitenhuis 24 24 23 22 27 120 pts
24 FRANC 3080 New Caledonia2 / Alan Quere 31 27 22 14 28 122 pts
25 AUS 3108 Blue Tac / Trevor Martin 26 31 13 26 29 125 pts
26 AUS 3380 Jump! / Dennis Winstanley 25 33 30 16 24 128 pts
27 AUS 3352 Typhoon / Craig Nicholls 33 29 25 21 22 130 pts
28 GBR 3575 Sailboat Deliveries / Sarah Allan 7 25 32 43.0S 31 138 pts
29 AUS 3610 Dart Vader / Mark Prince 23 37 34 18 32 144 pts
30 ITA 3652 Borgo Scopeto / Giulia Tobia 38 13 37 27 30 145 pts
31 GBR 3126 Geronimo / Simon Hume 43.0R 40 26 23 14 146 pts
32 UAE 3348 Marine Tech / Gareth Owen 32 22 42 29 25 150 pts
33 AUS 3660 Purple Patch / Callum Burns 19 32 28 37 35 151 pts
34 AUS 3395 Wedgewood / David Graney 30 28 36 34 23 151 pts
35 AUS 3063 Chota Hazri / Chris Kameen 29 35 33 19 41 157 pts
36 AUS 3364 Got a bit on / Matt Wenke 27 26 40 40 26 159 pts
37 AUS 3618 Mountain Goat Racing / Mike McLean 35 34 16 33 42 160 pts
38 AUS 3120 UON Hamilton Island / Tim Henderson 36 36 41 32 39 184 pts
39 AUS 3268 Sidewinder / Declan Keogh 41 39 29 36 40 185 pts
40 ITA 3638 NURI / Andrea Zanforlin 37 38 38 38 37 188 pts
41 AUS 3611 Oceanburo Discover S / John Gardiner 40 41 35 41 38 195 pts
42 AUS 3570 Squalo Bianco / Paris Stowell 39 42 39 39 36 195 pts

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16 December 2012 8:29 GMT


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