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2 April 2001, 11:35 am
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Flying Fifteen World Championships

Two-time British Olympic Soling representative, Barry Parkin, sailing with his three-time Olympic 470 represenative wife, Sue, sailed to victory on day one.
The race started at the 4th attempt. The Parkins started at the pin and worked out a 100m lead by the top mark. Second at this stage was Grant Alderson and Dean McAullay (Aus), followed by Mike Hart and Chris Gowers (GBR) who unbeknown to them had been caught by the black flag.

The wind fluctuated in the 4 - 8 knot range and moved around about a 50 degree range. Charles Apthorpe and Andy Weatherspoon took the lead at the second weather mark. Having ripped his spinnaker Apthorpe then headed hard right while repairing it. The Parkins dropped to seventh before picking boats off on the next round to take the lead again at the final wing mark. The overall finishing order was

The first Hong Kong boat was Howard Williams and Christian Donagh in seventh place, and Grant Alderson and Dean Mcaullay (AUS) followed in eight place. The first Irish boat was Darren Martin and Simon Murray in 9th place,and the first New Zealand boat was Aaron Goodmanson and Allister Rowlands in 14th. 8 boats in total fell foul of the black flag including regatta favourites Steve Goacher and Phil Evans (GBR) and Mike Hart and Chris Gowers (GBR).

5 protests were held following the racing. Those protesting their disqualification under the black flag rule had their protests dismissed.

Provisional results, race one.

Position Nation Helm Crew
1 GBR Barry Parkin Sue Parkin
2 RSA Patrick Harris Joe Boy
3 GBR Geoffrey Bayliss Tom Bayliss

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