Glenn Ashby sailing well on Auckland harbour

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 19:59 15/02/2014

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Team New Zealand wing trimmer Glenn Ashby has another world sailing title in his grasp.

Ashby's dominance of the A-Class catamaran world championships off Auckland's Takapuna Beach continued today with a win and a third in the seventh and eighth races of the nine-race regatta.

That left him 15-points clear of Team New Zealand rookie Blair Tuke on the overall table.

Only an absolute disaster in tomorrow's final race will deny Ashby an incredible eighth title in this demanding sing-handed class that uses 18-foot foiling catamarans.

Aussie veteran Andrew Landenberger lies third followed by Team New Zealand sailors Ray Davies and Peter Burling.

Racing conditions were difficult in shifting winds of 9-12 knots and the opening race was complicated by a bird-strike as the fleet sailed through an area of the harbour where the surface was hopping with fish.

Tuke's improvement continued today when he had a fourth and a first.

Nathan Outteridge, the Australian who helmed Artemis Racing in last year's America's Cup, continued his patchy regatta with eighth and second-place finishes.

Defending champion Mischa Heemskerk lies 12th going into the final race.

Chris Nicholson, Team New Zealand's round the world skipper, is 14th in his first foray in this class. Team New Zealand designers Luc de Bois (Switzerland) and Peter Melvin (US) are 18th and 22nd respectively.

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