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13 January 2011, 10:55 am
Marcus Hamilton Leads After Third Day At The Musto Skiff World Championship
Close Finish
Close Day Of Racing At Musto Skiff World Championship

Musto Performance Skiff
Port Phillip Bay, Australia

A mid gybe slip 50 metres from finish line in the final race of the day by Daniel Henderson (GBR) allowed Marcus Hamilton (AUS) to take a four point lead at the 2011 Musto Skiff Performance World Championship.
After only one race was possible on day two at the Musto Skiff Performance World Championship there was a full card on the third day.

Following a short postponement Race 5 started at 11:05 local time with the breeze between 10-12 knots.

The majority of the fleet headed left initially, with a small group including Matt Hollis (GBR), David Annan (GBR) and overall event leader Daniel Henderson (GBR) starting beside the committee boat and immediately tacking right.

At the windward mark first time around, Henderson had opened up a good lead on the fleet and rounded clear from Mark Haine (GBR) and Annan with the rest of the leading pack very close behind.

Henderson held the lead at the final top mark, with Annan pulling through to second and Julian Ramm (GER) into third.

At the finish Henderson had extended his lead on the fleet to take a comfortable win from Ramm and Dan Ward (GBR) pulling through to third and Tim Hill (AUS) just beating Annan to fourth.

Following a general recall at 14:40, Race 6 got underway at 15:05 under black flag. There was a noticeable even split between the port and starboard sides of the course on the first upwind leg, with the port side coming out in front. At the first windward mark Nigel Walbank (GBR) led followed by Jon Newman (AUS), Matt Hosie and Bruce Keen (GBR).

Ward moved in front and maintained his lead to take the win fromTom Wright (GBR) and Marcus Hamilton (AUS).

An initial general recall led to a black flag start in Race 7 as the breeze settled. At the leeward mark Wright had taken hold of the race with Dave Poston (GBR), Jonathan Neate (AUS) and Hamilton close behind.

The leaders all headed left up the final beat, with Henderson the first to take the right side of the course. The breeze favoured the right and Henderson gained to round fourth at the top mark for the final time.

Wright held on for a deserved win and was followed home by Ian Renilson (GBR) and Hamilton. The drama had not finished there as Henderson slipped mid gybe on 50 metres from the finish and capsized dropping a number of places from his fourth at that point.

Tomorrow is a lay day and racing will re-commence on Saturday at 11:00.

Current Overall standings
Marcus Hamilton (AUS)
Daniel Henderson (GBR)
Jonathon Newman (AUS)

Full results can be viewed at the event results page:
http://www.yachting.org.au/site/yachting/event/31986/default.html

Reports from previous days and the pre worlds can be found here:

http://www.mustoskiff.com/

Paul Manning (As Amended by ISAF)
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