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6 April 2001, 08:37 pm
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Flying Fifteen World Championships

A heavy, lumpy swell blown up by the North Easterly wind provided spectacular offwind sailing on the penultimate day of the Flying Fifteen Worlds
After a delay and a recall race five got underway on a fair beat. Charles Apthorp led around the weather mark followed by Alan Bax & Bill Mastermanand Mike Hart & Chris Gowers. Steve Goacher and Phil Evans rounded 10th and gained places to round in 3rd place at the leeward mark after 2 fast reaches. On the second beat Patrick Harris and Joe Boy hit the right hand corner and led around the second weather mark. A helter-skelter run followed, and positions maintained on the 3rd beat. On the last triangle Goacher and Evans tore past Apthorp and also took Patrick Harris before the finish. At the finish, shortened before the last beat the finishing order was then Goacher and Evans, Harris and Boy and then Apthorp and Weatherspoon.

After a short wait, race six commenced in similar lumpy conditions with hard beats and flying downwind legs. Ronald Packer & Peter Mudford led from the right hand side. Second round was Hart & Gowers with Goacher & Evans third. A big battle on the reach led to a pile up at the gybe mark from which Goacher & Evans emerged at top speed. Hart & Gowers dropped their spinnaker as the wind shifted and gained considerably. Goacher & Evans used their superior off wind speed to keet their lead to the finish. Second was Hart & Gowers, and third Packer & Mudford.

After six races Goacher & Evans lead by 9 points from Charles Apthorp & Andy weatherspoon. A strong North easterly wind is forecast for the final race on Saturday.
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