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29er Worlds - Daniel and Burge top Gold Fleet

After three races completed for the gold fleet at the Zhik 29er Class World Championship in Long Beach, California, Benji Daniel and Alex Burge have a 17 point lead.

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Although they did not win a race, Daniel and Burge, from South Africa, put together a consistant set of scores - 3, 2, 4 - to go clear at the top of the leaderboard.

In second are the French pair, Benjamin Jaffrezic and Léo Chauvel and third are Alie Toppa and Jacob Rosenberg USA, tied on points with Theo Revil and Gautier Guevel of France and Seb Lardies and Scott McKenzie of New Zealand.

Race winners include sixth placed Santiago Duncan Loiaz and Elias Dalli, Archie Cropley and Simon Murnaghan in 22nd, Spain's Albert Gelp and Alexandre Boquet in 10th, and Alie Toppa and Jacob Rosenberg in 3rd place.

Britain's Nick Robins and Billy Vennis-Ozanne, in seventh overall, finished the day with a second place in the final race.

Also making the gold fleet are Max Clapp and Ross Banham who were BFD in race 3 and are 27th overall.

Zhik 29er Class World Championship - Gold Fleet Leaders, Q position + 3 races

1st RSA 1498 Benji Daniel / Alex Burger 3 3 2 4 12 pts
2nd FRA 2361 Benjamin Jaffrezic / Léo Chauvel 6 6 12 5 29 pts
3rd USA 2590 Alie Toppa / Jacob Rosenberg 20 8 7 1 36T pts
4th FRA 11 Theo REVIL / Gautier GUEVEL 2 17 11 6 36T pts
5th NZL 7 Seb Lardies / Scott McKenzie 13 7 6 10 36T pts
6th ARG 2568 Santiago Duncan Loiaz / ELIAS DALLI 1 24 8 8 41 pts
7th GBR 2304 Nick Robins / Billy Vennis-Ozanne 7 29 4 2 42 pts
8th AUS 2686 Lachie Brewer / Max Paul 17 15 3 21 56 pts
9th ESP 2640 Pep Costa / FRAN NUNEZ 18 10 15 15 58 pts
10th ESP 2422 ALBERT GELP / ALEXANDRE BOQUET 19 35 1 7 62 pts

Scores from the Qualifying Series have been wiped, but competitors started the Finals Series with their rank in place; carried over as standings in Race 1. These standings however, cannot be discarded as the series progresses.

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Gerald New - Sailweb
4 August 2017 9:01 GMT


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