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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Kirklands 58th in World Cup Regatta

Photo curtsey of Jean-Marie Liot
The last day of finals in the fourth ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Hyères has concluded with seven early winners in the Olympic and Paralympic classes.

Brothers Jesse and Zander Kirkland fell two places to finish the day in 58th place.

Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello from Italy have sailed regularly this week in the 49er in all conditions with a 12 as worse result, but have one race to wrap up the Fleet.

“We had the same type of racing in Palma, and didn’t go higher than 12th as well in any race. We are happy with our results which prove that our training in Spain with the French teams has paid off. We have started conservatively in the qualification stages as we wanted to go in the final stage without a bad race. We have good starts and speed and are happy with how we are going. Tomorrow we will follow the French. In any case we will be happy because we know we have reached the level we want. ”

The Italians are going into the medal race with a big advance, one point short of a early win over training partners Julien D’Ortoli and Noe Delpech (FRA). The podium is opened to the top six before the medal race.

The Kirkland’s have now raced fifteen races and have 333 points.

The pair finished the first race of the day and the thirteenth of the series in 21st, before finishing 28th in the second race, the Kirklands then recorded a 32nd place finish in the third race.
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