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5 October 2001, 11:12 am
Day Two
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US Match Racing Championship

In day two of the U.S. Match Racing Championship for the Prince of Wales Bowl (POW), early leaders continued to consolidate their positions as racing progressed through the sixth flight (of nine) in the second of two planned round robins.

Conditions started at a relatively light 6-8 knots in the morning and built steadily to a challenging 20 knots by late afternoon with shifty gusts to 25. With an expected front moving into the Fort Worth area sometime tonight or tomorrow, Fort Worth Boat Club and POW organizers are hoping to complete the second round robin on Friday and still have wind enough to run the Semi, Petit, Consolation and Final rounds on Saturday (fingers are crossed).

The higher winds during the afternoon tested team's boat handling skills, but even the leaders were challenged. In the final match of the day, Long Beach Yacht Club's Scott Dickson (after aggressively forcing his opponent high on a downwind leg) broached his J/22. His quick recovery found his spinnaker wrapped around the masthead. The chute rather stubbornly refused to come down and for a short time, spectators were at a loss to see how the sail could be saved. In an impressive demonstration of seamanship and boat handling, Dickson and crew, Terry Stuart and Charlie Ogletree laid their J/22 on its side as if it were a Laser. One stood on the keel while Dickson remained at the helm and one crewman swam to the masthead and untangled the Gordian spinnaker. Amazingly, the sail was unharmed. However, the Windex was less fortunate. At the daily debrief, the umpires proudly presented Scott with a mangled Windex and $20 with which to buy a new one.

Results after day two, with 6 of 9 flights completed in the second round robin:

1 Watch Hill YC - 14 points
2 Long Beach YC - 12
3 Seattle YC - 12
4 Southern YC - 10
5 Fort Worth BC - 8
6 King Harbor YC - 8
7 E. Greenwich YC - 6
8 Larchmont YC - 3
9 Southwestern YC (women) - 2
10 Southwestern YC (men) - 0

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