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2 May 2004, 03:57 pm
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Bermuda Race Week

Bill WIDNALL of Marblehead MA and Kevin Farrar of Fishers Island NY were tied at 15 points each after nine IOD races and two throw-out scores.
Widnall (1-3-3-1-4-4-2-1-6) had 25 points counting all nine and Farrar (6-1-1-8-2-2-5-2-2) had 29 points. The drops made them equal, but Widnall had more firsts and put his name on the Vrengen Gold Cup as his prize. Widnall also won the 5-race IOD 'A' series, Farrar was second and Jordy Walker took third. In the 4-race IOD 'B' series, Walker (5-5-7-3-1-1-6-1) took first, Farrar second and Widnall third.

In a classic Etchells battle, Peter Duncan (1-5-1-1-1-2-4-2) came second in the final race but nipped Tim Lynch (2-4-2-4-2-1-1-1) by a single point, 12 to 13, in the series. The two spent the three and a half lap course in a tack and cover duel. They finished in a nine-race tie at 17 points apiece. Lynch had bullets in the last three races but the drop of only a 4 vs. Duncan's 5 gave the K.F Trimmingham Trophy to Duncan. Tim Patton (4-2-7-2-5-3-3-4) came third.

Three points separated the top three in the J24 Class going into the last race. Bermudian Jon Corless (3-2-5-7-1-1-2-1-6) who had moved into a one-point lead took a sixth in the last race while Stuart Jardine, Lymington UK, (4-1-4-2-2-2-6-2-3) slipped by two boats at the finish line by only a metre to take third. The photo finish gave Jardine a one-point victory over Corless and the Gipper Trophy for his victory. Mike LEWIS (2-3-1-5-4-3-3-3-2) tied with Corless but Coreless ended up taking second and Lewis got third since he had only one first place race.

Adam BARBOZA and the Bermuda crew of Addiction (1-2-1-2-3-1-4) took a first and fourth in the final two J105 races to win the J105 class and the B.W. WALKER Memorial Trophy. Tom COTES' Masquerade (4-1-3-3-1-2-5) took second. Barboza match raced Coates in the final two races to protect his slim three-point victory. The two yachts had continued the competition in Bermuda that developed in Florida J105 Class racing this winter. Bermudian Glenn ASTWOOD (2-4-4-1-6-4-5-2) was third and happy with the performance of his less experienced crew.

Bermuda sailors also won all the dinghy classes. Chuck MILLICAN and Drew BUTTNER(1-5-2-2-2-4-1-2-1-1) won the 505 class four points ahead of Marylander John HAUSER and Sol MARINI(5-1-1-4-4-3-2-1-2-2). Bret WRIGHT (1-1-2-6-1-1-1-1-1) had a commanding 24-point win in the 18-boat laser class over Maryland's Bob Tan. Steve DICKINSON and Ty TROTT (1-1-4-2) took the Comets over James PERRY and Janet DEBRAGA (6-2-2-3). In the Snipes, Malcolm and Julie Smith (1-1-1-1) had a perfect regatta and led Gordan FLEMING and Patty MALONEY (2-2-3-2-3) Canadian Gordon FLEMING by five points.

Final Results and photos of the 2004 Bermuda International Invitational Race Week sponsored by Bacardi are available on the event website at the address below.
Talbot Wilson
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