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TOBIN WINS OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH ONE RACE TO SPARE

On the second to last day of racing in the Mistral Oceania Championships held on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, kiwi Jon-Paul Tobin took out thetitle without having to sail the final race. He finished the day with a 2ndand 1st to win overall with Briton sailors Nick Dempsey and Dom Tidey in 2ndand 3rd. The is the the first regatta Tobin has sailed in for a few months, but is enjoying being back on the water. "It's great to beracing again, especially here in Melbourne where we've had such good winds for sailing". Other kiwi sailors will fight out the last race for theminor placings.Racing is still close in the Mistral Women's fleet, with the titlecoming down to the last race - a battle between Briton's Natasha Sturges and Australian's Jessica Crisp. Sturges leads by 1 point, so the pressureis on for the last race. Kiwi Julie Worth sailed a good day winning Race8, after a big comeback from lying in 5th place. She then went on tofinish 4th in Race 9 and still lies comfortably in third, but still 7 pointsoff second. "The racing has been so close between all the sailors, and its great training to race against some of the world's best here inMelbourne"One race to go for both classes. Results available on www.sailmelbourne.com.auRegardsJulie Worth(021) 657 194

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