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10 February 2004, 11:59 am
Brisk Breeze Gives Way To Light And Fluky
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Sonar World Championship
St etersburg, Florida

While the previous two days had competitors bundling up to keep warm in the 45-55 degree temperatures and brisk winds, Monday dawned clear, promising much warmer temeratures but with much lighter winds.
This was undoubtedly to the delight of more than a few who found the practice race conditions trying. Yesterday, competitors ventured out in a 10-12 knot north-easterly, with a hope to get in the prescribed two races. The wind gods conspired against the fleet though, and it was not to be.

Race one started out well enough. The adverse current meant that many were caught struggling up to the line in time for the starting signal. Thus the fleet got off the first time around without mishap.

Brian MACKIE from Canada led comfortably at mark one, but hot on his heels were Skip SHUMWAY, Steve SHEPSTONE, Josh GOLDMAN, Peter GALLOWAY and a host of others.

Positions were exchanged on the run, but Galloway was moving up steadily. He would go on to win in a close finish, with Skip SHUMWAY second and John Ross-Duggan making a brilliant comeback to finish third.

Race two was postponed as the wind continued to diminish, finally ending in abandonment for the day. More details are available on the class website at the address below.
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