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12 February 2004, 10:52 am
Disabled Sailors Dominate - Again
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Sonar World Championship
St Petersburg, Florida

At dawn it looked like a clone of the day before. But this time there was just enough hope with a light southeaster for the Race Committee to call us out for the morning race. But when the fleet arrived, the fickle wind departed.
It did not take long for the Race Committee to figure out it would be a while in coming, so we returned to the Sailing Center to relax and wait it out.

At about 1130 the First Repeater was dropped ashore and the fleet headed back out hoping to get one or more races in.

Wind: 200 degrees @ 8 knots.

The adverse current kept the aggressors at bay and the fleet got off on the first try. Galloway punched out near the boat but protected his closest opponent, Shepstone who went right. When the fleet converged, the left was better, and Jens KROKER led at the first mark with Roberstson, Galloway Shepstone, Milby and Ross-Duggan in the hunt.

Jens would hold his lead to the second windward mark as the others traded positions. But at the leeward mark, Milby and Shepstone took the left gate with Galloway and Kroker taking the right. When they came back in the middle, Galloway held a slim lead but protected against Shepstone and Milby headed right. This allowed Kroker and Robertson to take the left side late in the beat, and they were rewarded with better pressure and less current. At the finish it was Kroker, Robertson, Galloway, Milby, Shepstone and Ross-Duggan, in that order. It would be the only race of the day.

Add it all together, and Paralympians John ROSS-DUGGAN and John ROBERTSON hold the top two positions. But Galloway and Shepstone are threatening.

So what does that tell us about the world's Disabled Sonar sailors? Only that they are more than competitive with the best of the rest. But tomorrow is another day and more wind is predicted. With two more races required for a throw out, it could all be up for grabs. Stay tuned.

The results can be found on the St Petersburg Yacht Club website via the link below.
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