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20 August 2004, 09:38 am
UK Boats Feature Strongly in Fickle Breeze
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2004 Enterprise World Championship

Nick CRAIG of Frensham Pond SC maintains a close lead over Jeff DYER of Penarth YC after Race Five of the 2004 Enterprise World Championships.
Race Five, sponsored by North Sails, proved again that a good start was essential to have any hope of staying in the top ten by the finish, largely due to a significant pin end bias and a light breeze from the north east. Irish sailor Sean CRAIG set the pace and maintained the lead until the last leg of the race when Phil KIRK from Frampton-on-Severn SC and Nick CRAIG both took advantage of large windshifts. Phil KIRK eventually won the race in super style and surely is delighted to move substantially up the overall rankings to 19 overall.

Overall after race five and with three scheduled races to sail, Nick CRAIG maintains a slender lead over Jeff DYER who finished fourth in yesterdays race. It would appear to be a two horse battle for the overall title with an 18 point gap to third placed Sean CRAIG of the Royal St George Yacht Club. However, stronger breezes are forecasted for the remainder of the weeks racing and anything can happen. The tighter battle is for third overall with only nine points separating third to sixth overall at present.

After Sean CRAIG, next best placed Irish sailors are Roy Van MAANEN in eighth overall and Ger DEMPSEY in tenth overall and with both of these sailors still within easy reach of the top six placings.

Top Ten After Four Races

Pos Nation Helm, Crew Division R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1 GBR Nick Craig Sheena Craig 5 2 1 1 9
2 GBR Jeff Dyer Simon Cook 2 1 3 4 10
3 IND Aashim Mongia Amit Arvind 15 7 7 7 36
4 IRL Sean Craig Michelle Rowley 1 13 13 11 38
5 IND SanjeevSingh Chavha Neeraj Sharma 3 18 16 3 40
6 GBR Phil Bevan Catriona Bevan 4 8 21 8 41
7 GBR Jeremy Stephens Richard Sault 25 9 2 10 46
8 IND Naresh Yadav G L Yadav 6 3 25 22 56
9 IRL Roy Van Maanen Neil Van Maanen 27 19 5 5 56
10 IRL Stephen O'Driscoll John O'Driscoll 11 6 19 21 57
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