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20 August 2004, 09:58 am
Morgan Larson/Trevor Baylis Clinch It
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505 World Championship
Santa Cruz

The parade of 102 505s out through Santa Cruz's narrow channel began at noon for races five and six of the LightSurf 2004 International 505 World Championships.
The teams drifted through a few fingers of breeze on to the mirror that was the racecourse, to wait under postponement until the committee registered five knots at the windward mark boat. The breeze was lighter in the starting area, and the light breeze with an outgoing current had more than one team scrambling to get back behind the pathfinder's course, and there were numerous 720's being turned.

The first beat of race five was a solid line of sail as the fleet was indecisive about whether there was an advantage outside. More than halfway up only a few souls gambled to the right or left but the majority stuck to climbing the ladder up the middle. Around the weather mark and hanging left following a light wind line downwind as the ceiling descended and darkened, effectively choking off the possibility of the breeze building. With the light wind at the leeward gate the collapsing rainbow of cloth was only slightly more colorful than the language.

The leaders rounded the leeward gate marks and fought there way through the wind shadows of the trailing boats coming down under spinnaker, and the chop to the windward mark on the second beat of the windward/leeward-twice-around course.

Two-thirds of the competing boats jibe-set upon rounding the windward mark tetrahedron for the second time.

Skipper Carol BUCHAN of the United States with husband crew Carl BUCHAN took first place. Carol is possibly the first female skipper ever to win a race in a 505 World Championships. She was followed by U.S. sailors Tyler MOORE/Steven SPARKMAN, Morgan LARSON and Trevor BAYLIS were third and the team of Jeff MILLER and John BELL fourth. Mike MARTIN/Jeff NELSON were back in 19, giving Larson/Baylis a significant advantage overall going into race six.

Race two of the day (sixth of the series) was a windward/leeward, triangle, windward/leeward course. The sequence started in 5 knots and the fleet bunched up at the pin for the gate (gating early).

During the rabbit's run there was huge port lift of nearly 30 degrees. The water upwind was choppy with occasional whitecaps and the briefest of sun breaks appeared as the leaders rounded and went to the left side of the course or down the middle. It was too light to wire-run effectively and those who went high on the first run lost ground to those who went low. The next beat saw the lead change hands as the wind went left.

The sailors came to the wing mark with a bit of a cross swell, on a very tight reach. The second reach was almost a run, as some teams gybed at the mark, while others carried on on starboard.

At some stage on the last beat the wind clocked giving a major advantage to the left hand side. The subsequent rounding had half the fleet making huge gains and coming into the mark on port. The finish had Sandy HIGGINS /Paul MARSH of Australia first, Ian PINNELL/Steve HUNT of Great Britain second, Americans Morgan LARSON/Trevor BAYLIS third and the team of Carol and Carl BUCHAN, also Americans, fourth.

Top Ten After Six Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 USA Larson Baylis 1 2 1 3 3 3 10
2 USA Martin Nelson 3 1 2 1 19 18 25
3 USA Hamlin Alarie 2 4 12 6 7 7 26
4 USA Thompson Zinn 5 6 13 2 15 6 32
5 AUS Higgins Marsh 12 12 9 15 8 1 42
6 GBR Pinnell Hunt 103 23 4 5 10 2 44
7 USA Beeckman Glass 8 3 21 13 9 17 50
8 USA Holt Smit 4 7 11 4 31 36 57
9 GER Kellner Schoeler 10 20 8 10 26 10 58
10 USA Buchan Buchan 17 31 10 62 1 4 63
Sue Athmann (As Amended by ISAF)
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