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11 January 2012, 02:32 pm
Canada's Tingley Takes Early Lead At IFDS Worlds
Canada's Tingley Takes Early Lead At IFDS Worlds
Canada's Tingley Takes Early Lead At IFDS Worlds

IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship
Florida, USA

Canada's Paul Tingley put competitors in the 2.4mR class on notice after the first day of racing in the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships here, notching two wins to take a five-point lead over Lasse Kloetzing of Germany and an eight-point lead over Germany's Heiko Kröger.
Light winds on the outer harbor kept the SKUD-18 and Sonar fleets from racing, but with a front forecast to blow through on Wednesday PRO Hank Stuart added a race to the Day Two schedule to catch up with the 2.4mRs, who road steady 8- to 12-knot winds to a couple quick races.

Tingley and Kloetzing went 1-2 in the first race, but the German dropped to fifth in Race 2. After an over early in the first race, France's Damie Setuin shot to second behind Tingley in the second loop.

"I took a couple gambles on wind shifts and that helped and my boat was going well," Tingley said. "I was trying to keep my head outside the boat and with the changes in wind pressure I had to change gears in the boat. It was a hard day mentally."

Tingley started the U.S. 2.4mR Class Association Pre-Worlds Regatta in December on Charlotte Harbor in the same position and was careful not to put too much stock in his early lead.

"I did this in the Pre-Worlds and I screwed it up," said Tingley, who finished behind Great Britain's Helena Lucas in that event. Lucas was in fourth overall with a third and ninth on Tuesday, two points ahead of Thierry Schmitter, the three-time defending 2.4mR world champion.

Eleven races are scheduled in total for each class. Racing is set to resume Wednesday, with the first warning sounded at 10:25 a.m. Overall results are provisional pending protest results, but the top three racers were not involved. Results are available on the event website at www.IFDSWorlds2012.com.
Brian Gleason
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