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12 January 2011, 10:38 am
Weather Dampens Day Two Of Musto Skiff World Championship
Daniel Henderson
Henderson Retains Overnight Lead

Musto Performance Skiff
Port Phillip Bay, Australia

Only Race 4 was possible on day two of the Musto Skiff Performance World Championship after heavy localised rain stopped proceedings.
A 1.1 mile course was laid to suit a wind bearing of 025 at 17 knots, and Race 4 got away on the first attempt at 11:45 local time in a warm northerly breeze.

The majority of the fleet headed left initially and then crossed to the right hand side of the course for a starboard approach to the windward mark. Tom Wright (GBR) and Richie Robertson (AUS) were overlapped as the bore away, closely followed by Bruce Keen (GBR), Ian Renilson (GBR) and Marcus Hamilton (AUS).

The breeze had started to build at this point to 20knots and both Robertson and Wright were caught out on the very fast flat water downwind leg and neither sailor recovered from their capsize.

Overnight leader, Daniel Henderson (GBR), was the first to gybe set and overtook all the boats coming in from the right by the leeward mark.

At the second windward rounding Keen had taken the lead followed by a very close group including Hamilton, Renilson, Henderson and Tim Hill (AUS).

The breeze increased again on the final downwind leg to the optimum conditions for the skiffs, leaving the spectator boats in their wakes as they jumped clear of the water at times well in excess of 20 knots.

Bruze Keen skilfully hung on to take the win from a hard charging Hamilton who was closely followed by Renilson.

After an attempt to start Race 5 in 17knots and sunshine the fleet was brought ashore after a localised heavy rain call which saw the wind pick up in between 20-25 knots before racing was called off for the day.

The forecast for tomorrow is very similar with the rain set to continue.

Full results can be found here.
Paul Manning (As Amended by ISAF)
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