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14 October 2001, 09:30 am
Will Mark Thorpe (AUS) Hold His Overnight Lead To Take Worlds Title Today
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Mark Thorpe

Moth Worlds
Chosgi Marina

In light conditions of 5-10 knots with a 1.5 metre swell, Mark Thorpe again took a bullet in Race 7, although scored a DNF in Race 8.
Winning with a reasonable margin, Mark again showed his dominance in the fleet to take his 6th bullet after 7 races. However, he was not so fortunate in Race 8.

Andrew McDougall was first to the top mark in race 8, but Mark Thorpe took over on the reaches as has become usual. What was unusual was that Mark lead the fleet to the bottom mark rather than the wing/centre mark. Every one followed the leader and soon were all milling around the leeward of the bottom mark looking for another mark further down.

Mark Robinson, Andrew McDougall and Yumiko Shige were the first to realise the mistake and started sailing back. Chris Dey, who was quite back at the time picked up on it too.

These boats sailed back though all these boats milling, but they still did not realise the mistake. When Mark Thope finally realised the problem, he decided it was all to hard and went home to take a DNF.

The final races 9 and 10 will take place today.

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