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8 October 2001, 10:55 am
Windy Beginning
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Yumiko Shige

Moth World Championship
Chosgi Marina

There was 20-25 knots NE breeze for Race 1 on Day 1 of the Moth World Championship being held in Chosgi Marina, Japan.
There was carnage during the first race, mostly among the Japanese sailors. The first four boats in the first race traded places for most of the race, until there were a few capsizes, mostly on the gybe marks of the 'p' courses.
Freddy and Patrick from Switzerland were most disappointed to finish just outside the 20 minute time limit after the first boat. This limit has been revised to 30 min now. Only 7 boats finished in the original time limit though.



Race 1

1 AUS Christopher Dey
2 AUS Mark Thorpe
3 AUS Andrew Mc Dougall
4 AUS Oliver Laing
5 AUS Sven Kloppenberg
6 JAP Keiya Funahashi
7 AUS Stephen Donovan

There was 15-20 knots NE breeze blowing for race 2. Race 2 had about half the total number of entrants to start. Current World Champion Chris Dey and Current Australian Champion Mark Thorpe had a great battle over the first lap. Thorpe got a good shift halfway up the second work to gain a 50m lead. By the end of reaches this was closed to 30 m but then Thorpe covered Dey to the finish to get the gun.

Moth sailing veteran, Andrew Mc Dougall was 3rd, followed by Oliver Laing. There were some big gaps in the fleet following this though! The courses and organisation have been superb. The races are on the long side, but all angles are true and fair. There are support boats everywhere and many spectators have been accommodated on the water.

Race 2

1 AUS Mark Thorpe
2 AUS Christopher Dey
3 AUS Andrew Mc Dougall
4 AUS Stephen Donovan
5 AUS Oliver Laing
6 JAP Keiya Funahashi
7 JAP Hakushou Hayashi
8 SUI Frediric Duvoisin
9 JAP Yasuhiro Watanabe
10 JAP Hideo Suzuki

The two races scheduled for Monday have been postponed due to the poor visibility and the strong 20-25 knot off-shore wind. These two races will be held on the 10th October, along with one of the races scheduled for that day. A majority of the fleet are feeling pretty tired, so the decision was fairly well received.

Some of the sailors sleeping in tents are exposed and have been decimated by the breeze. Typhoon Kroshi is heading NE, approximately parallel to the Japanese coast. Plans have been made to either move campers into the clubhouse onr sleep on moored yachts in the marina.

Tuesday is reserved as a lay day.
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