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RS Aero Worlds - Title battle goes to final day

In the RS Aero 7 fleet Steve Cockerill goes into the final day two points ahead of Pete Barton after Barton briefly took the overall lead after the first race.

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The biggest entry at the Rooster RS Aero World Championships, Carnac, France, is in the 61 strong RS Aero 7 fleet and the titanic battle continued for the top spot.

Pete Barton GBR came out guns blazing in the first race with a convincing lead to equal the series.

But a small lead at mark 1 in each of the next two races was not enough to hold off the legendary downwind speed of Steve Cockerill.

Cockerill took the last two races and goes into the final day two points ahead, while the two boat battle drove the leaders to an 18 point over the fleet.

Paul Bartlett holds a solid 3rd overall with Steve Norbury jumping up to 4th and Ireland's Sean Craig 5th.

In the 21 strong RS Aero 9 fleet all was fairly true to form with Marc Jacobi of the USA taking two more 1sts.

Liam Willis managed to wrestle a win from Jacobi and Greg Bartlett managed two 3rd places to go into the final day with a 5 point lead over Matt Thursfield GBR for the Bronze.

In the 20 strong RS Aero 5 fleet Andrew Frost pulled out a nice buffer going into the final showdown with a handy 2,1,1.

The remaining medal positions are very tight with just three points separating Estonia's Sander Puppart and Andrias Sillaste, and Britain's Kate Sargent (top Lady).

Sargent showed great downwind technique to again gain places on the run, winning the first race of the day.

Full results here

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Gerald New - Sailweb
28 July 2017 9:03 GMT


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