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4 April 2001, 08:42 pm
Charles Apthorp and Andy Weatherspoon Move Into The Lead
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Flying Fifteen World Championships

Steve Goacher & Phil Evans sailed a steady race to maintain their challenge for a fourth World Tiltle.
Race four was Sailed in a brisk 20 knot South Westerly wind. On the first beat the leaders went inshore and at the weather mark Peter Gale & Chris Mason led by six boat lengths from Goacher & Evans. Third round was Howard Green & Ian Preston, followed by Charles Apthorp & Andy Weatherspoon.

Two fast reaches in a lumpy sea brought Goacher & Evans into the lead which they held to the finish. Gale & Mason retained second place with Apthorp & Weatherspoon third. Alan Bax & Bill Masterson fourth and Grant Alderson & Dean McAullay came through from 7th at the gybe mark to finish fifth.

With one discard Apthorp leads from Mike Hart & Chris Howard. The win for Goacher & Evans brings them up to 3rd overall with three races to go.

Provisional results after four races

Position Helm Crew Nation R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts.
1 Charles Apthorp Andy Weatherspoon GBR RDG 12 3 3 11.4
2 Mike Hart Chris Gowers GBR DSQ 3 1 6 17.4
3 Steve Goacher Phil Evans GBR DSQ 9 2 1 18

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