Eight time IOD world champion Bill WIDNALL (Marblehead MA) is true to form this week. He's won the five-race IOD 'A' series in Bermuda International Invitational Race Week sponsored by Bacardi.
Widnall had scores of 1-3-3-1-4 and after the drop ended with 8 points. Kevin FARRAR came second with 10 points (6-1-1-8-2) and B.W. 'Jordy' WALKER was third after racking two bullets on Tuesday (5-5-7-3-1). The second bullet for Walker cane in the sixth race, the initial race of the 'B' Series, which walker now leads .
Racing on Tuesday was lumpy and brisk as an approaching front with 20-25 knot southerly winds buffeted Bermuda. A J24 and an Etchells both broke halyards and one IOD's gooseneck fitting failed.
Peter DUNCAN from Rye NY got two more firsts and moved to a five-point lead over Bermudan Tim LYNCH in the Etchells class. Duncan has scores of 1-5-1-1-1 and Lynch has 2-4-2-4-2. Christian LUTHI also of Bermuda has 5-1-3-3-6. Duncan has a hot hand so the competition will have to do some fancy sailing to overcome his lead.
Tom COTES' J105 Masquerade (4-1-3-3-1-1) loved the brisk wind and bumpy seas and his bay area crew took two bullets Tuesday. Addiction, with Adam BARBOZA at the helm, took a second and third so they still lead the series by two points (1-2-1-2-2-3). Bermuda's Glen ASTWOOD in Passion got a 6-4 and is now fell five points behind into third. John THOMPSON who got Monkeyshine going and posted a second and third for the day stands fourth.
Stuart JARDINE, Hampshire GBR (4-1-4-2-2-2), came second to Bermudan Jon CORLESS (in both races on Tuesday. Mike LEWIS (2-3-1-5-4-3) is three points back in second. Corless (3-2-5-7-1-1) who was involved in a Port-Starboard confrontation with countryman Trevor BOYCE but was the starboard tacker and won the decision is one point back standing third. Coreless is in the hunt with a high seven to throw out.
Bermuda sailors continue to dominate all the dinghy classes. Chuck MILLICAN (1-5-2-2-2-4-1) leads the 505 class two points ahead of Craig DAVIS (4-4-3-1-1-1-4-3).
Bret WRIGHT (1-1-2-6-1-1) has a commanding 16-point lead in the 18-boat laser class over Maryland's Bob TAN.
The comets and Snipes did not brave Tuesday's winds so Stevie DICKINSON continues to lead Gladwin LAMBERT in the Comet Class and Malcolm SMITH leads Canadian Gordon FLEMING in the Snipes.
After a rest day on Wednesday, following the "Bat Tuesday" Bacardi Gras party, all classes have two races Thursday. All except the J105 class have racing scheduled on Friday. Prizegiving is Friday evening.
Results and photos of the 2004 Bermuda International Invitational Race Week sponsored by Bacardi are available on the event website via the link below.