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8 March 2005, 10:11 am
Field Closes At The Top Of The Leaderboard
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Flying Fifteen World Championship 2005 (Pre-Worlds)
Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealanders Aaron GOODMANSON and Auster ROWLANDS had a great day on their home patch to close the gap on the leaders.
Sunshine and light westerly winds created ideal racing conditions for day three of the Pre-Worlds Dulux Aquanamel Flying Fifteen New Zealand Nationals.

There was a short delay for the start of race four as the committee waited for the wind to settle. A windward, leeward, triangle, windward finish course was set and all boats got away to a clean start.

At the top mark of the first beat there was some pushing and a few collisions as the lay lines were called short in what was otherwise a very orderly race. Richard MacALISTER (NZL) and Andrew BROWN (NZL) were first round the top mark, followed 15 seconds later by Alan BAX (GBR) and Paul BUSBY (GBR) with GOODMANSON (NZL) and ROWLANDS (NZL) in third place.

At the top mark of the second beat the lead had shifted with BAX and BUSBY taking the lead, GOODMANSON and ROWLANDS second, and Sean CRAIG (IRE) and Ben MULLIGAN (IRE) in third. The remainder of the race was incident free. BAX and BUSBY held on to their lead to take the gun at the finish. GOODMANSON and ROWLANDS crossed the line in second place, followed by Australians Nick and Janet JERWOOD in third.

The course remained unchanged for race five and after a general recall at the first start the fleet got away cleanly on the second attempt. The first mark rounding was chaotic as a large number of boats on port tack attempted to tack onto the starboard approach lay line and got mixed up with a jury boat which had briefly drifted onto the lay line.

Greg WELLS (GBR) and Dave TULLOCH (GBR) regained their form from day two and were first around the top mark, closely followed by the consistent GOODMANSON and ROWLANDS. The top two places remained unchanged at the second rounding of the top mark with GOODMANSON and ROWLANDS 25 seconds behind WELLS and TULLOCH. That was the way it remained to the finish line with the ever present Steve EVANS (GBR) and Phil GOACHER (GBR) third.

Leading into the last day of racing, Grant ALDERSON (AUS) and Dean McAULLAY (AUS) continue to lead the points table. However after a discarded 23rd in race four the Australian pair will be under pressure to produce error free sailing tomorrow. GOACHER and EVANS hold second place, and a good day three performances from New Zealanders GOODMANSON and ROWLANDS (NZL) have them in third place overall and leading the New Zealand National Championship.

Races six and seven (last of the regatta) are scheduled for Wednesday 9 March in conditions forecast to become westerly 10 knots with cloudy periods and a risk of showers.


Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1 AUS Grant ALDERSON Dean McAULLAY 2 2 1 (23) 7 12
2 GBR Steve GOACHER Phil EVANS 5 1 (11) 6 3 15
3 NZL Aaron GOODMANSON Auster ROWLANDS 1 (17) 13 2 2 18
4 GBR Alan BAX Paul BUSBY 12 3 5 1 (13) 21
5 GBR Greg WELLS David TULLOCH 10 (26) 4 7 1 22
6 AUS Nick JERWOOD Janet JERWOOD 6 (8) 8 3 6 23
7 GBR David McKEE Chris HEWKIN 4 7 10 (19) 4 25
8 AUS Ronald PACKER Peter MUDFORD 3 13 3 10 (18) 29
9 NZL Richard MACALISTER Andrew BROWN 11 (19) 2 8 16 37
10 IRE Darren MARTIN Simon MURRAY 13 12 (31) 5 10 40
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Flying Fifteen:© Simon Morley
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