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29 July 2004, 09:19 am
Light Winds, Tight Race and Corner Recoveries
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2004 Soling World Masters Championship
Lake Michigan

In another astonishing day of sun and a breeze from the Southeast at 6 to 8 knots on Lake Michigan competitors sailed a two hour race in flat water where the "Masters" sailed beautifully.
CAN1 Bill ABBOTT, Joanne and Paul DAVIS drove smoothly into another first place in the only race on Wednesday.

Two local sailors fought hard to finish second, but USA818 John KENNEDY, Niels HEEMSKERK and Sal AQUINAGA just got the win over USA845 Jorgen JOHNSSON, his son Martin, and David SNODGRASS who finished third.

In another close finish farther back, five boats came all together at the finish and this day not the day for the legendary Stu WALKER and his crew Doug LOUP, Andrew DIZER who were knocked into a sixth place by USA807 with Joe HOEKSEMA, his wife Rose and Matias COLLINS who finished fifth after a over early start. They made a good recovery from the bottom. USA832 Charlie KAMPS, John WALTON, and Vitas KASIUNAS hit the perfect right corner on the last beat going from seventh to fourth place at the finish.

The race saw the US Virgin Islands ISV 1 with the Morgan Family John, Kathy and Chris finish seventh and took just the spot in this close finishing over USA840 Jim MEDLEY, Mark HULBERT and Raiden HASEGAWA.

The last two races were not the best for Carlos GOZZI, Stephen BOBO, Deak LEAVEMTE who had bad finishes in the last positions (12,11), but trying hard to keep the lead over the local teams USA682 JP Van Horn, Matthieu, RICHARDS who had a twelfth and USA 717 Joseph Van Gieson, BUCKHEIT.

Top Five After Five Races

Pos Nation Helm, Crew, Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1 CAN Abbott, Abbott, Davis 2 1 1 2 1 5
2 USA Walker, Loup, Dize 3 2 2 1 6 8
3 USA Hoeksema, Collins, Hoeksema 1 5 3 5 5 14
4 USA Medley, Hulbert, Hasegawa 4 4 RDG 4 8 16
5 USA Kamps, Kasuinas, Walton 5 7 5 3 4 17
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