Racing started just after 13:00 local time and with defending POW champions, Paul VINE and Dave "Boznia" DOBREJVIC (GBR) scoring an immediate OCS, the race really was on.
As the race developed, Greenhalgh, who rounded the first top mark in fifth place, gradually picked off the boats in front of him and up the second beat, overtook the leaders, James FAWCETT and Bruce GRANT (GBR). They then sailed a conservative race despite some "POW last lap nerves" to take the cup he last won in 2002 by an enormous margin.
POW Start © Peter Newton
The Europeans continue today and conclude on Friday 13 June. Full results can be found on the Event website at the address below.
Prince of Wales Cup 2003 - Top Ten
|1||GBR||Rob Greenhalgh||Dan Johnson||Hamble River|
|2||GBR||James Fawcett||Bruce Grant||HISC|
|3||GBR||Andy Partington||Ben Vernieres||HISC|
|4||GBR||Ian Pinnell||Sam Gardiner||HISC|
|5||GBR||Zeb Elliot||Tim Hancock||HISC|
|6||GBR||Mark Upton-Brown||Ian Mitchell||HISC|
|7||GBR||Roderick Bridge||Douglas Pattison||Itchenor|
|8||GBR||Chris Turner||Peter Bagwell|
|9||GBR||Geoff Carveth||Adrian Murphey||HISC|
|10||GBR||Anthony Dencher||Andrew Hetherington||Netley SC|