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7 April 2001, 09:58 pm
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Flying Fifteen World Championships

Going into the final race three boats had a chance to win the World Championships.
Reigning World Chmpions Steve Goacher & Phil Evans held the points advantage, but were discarding an Black Flag DSQ and couldn't afford any errors.

The seventh race was sailed in lumpy Nort Easterly with 15-20 knots of wind blowing across the wave on an overcast but warm April day. On the first beat out to sea the left side paid and the first mark leader was Darren Martin & Simon Murray. The first of the leading contenders was Charles Apthorp & Andy Weatherspoon. Astern, Goacher & Evans had to do penalty turns following an incident with Ron Packer & Peter Mudford. A little way astern of Apthorp were Hart & Gowers. On the first 2 reaches Apthorp climbed to fifth place while Goacher and Hart were stuck in the pack.

On the second beat the Irish pair kept their lead while Apthorp progressed to fourth and then on the run gained two more places. On the 3rd beat Martin was passed by Packer and Apthorp dropped back to 4th, behind Packer, Martin and Bax.

By the end of the run Apthorp had moved up to second, which was sufficient to win the World Championships, provided that Goacher was unable to pass five boats up the last beat . Just before the finish Hart and Gowers came out of the left hand corner but Apthorp & Weatherspoon covered them to the finish, to take the World title from Goacher, with Hart in third place.
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