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6 October 2001, 04:31 pm
Day Three
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US Match Racing Championship

Day three of the Prince of Wales Bowl (POW), U.S. Match Racing Championship, started with a light and variable southerly breeze that was to turn into a vigorous northerly as the expected front moved through the area in the late morning.
Following an on-shore postponement, the northerly arrived with the leading edge of the front, accompanied by rain and a 20 degree drop in temperature. Nevertheless, racers headed out after an early lunch to complete the second round robin. While only three flights remained to be sailed, the steady 20 knots of wind made the task difficult. As the eighth of nine flights was nearing completion, the wind was gusting to 30 knots and the Race Committee abandoned racing for the day.

The Notice of Race required that the second round robin be completed by today, so the ninth and final flight will not be held before tomorrow's knockout rounds begin. The four teams that will proceed to the semi-final round are Watch Hill YC, Seattle YC, Southern YC and Long Beach YC. The Watch Hill YC team leads after the round robins, skippered by Mason Woodworth with Dean Brenner and Randy Shore as crew. They're the current POW defenders having won the championship in 1999 and 2000. Additionally, they won the 2001 British/American Cup, a team racing event held in Sonars. The knock out rounds should provide some exciting sailing and weather predictions look promising for a good day of racing on Saturday.

After crews and race officials came ashore, they entertained themselves with a lively armadillo race, held at the nearby Jackelope Stadium. The Race Committee's armadillo won the race in record time, but was later disqualified from the event when the umpires discovered that it had been genetically crossed with a jack rabbit, which violated the strict Texas circuit racing regulations.

Final Round Robin Results:

Watch Hill YC - 8.5 points
Seattle YC - 7
Southern YC - 6.5
Long Beach YC - 6.5
King Harbor YC - 5
Fort Worth BC - 5
E. Greenwich YC - 3.5
Larchmont YC - 2
Southwestern YC (women) - 1
Southwestern YC (men) - 0
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