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19 July 2001, 11:53 am
Races Four and Five Completed
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Formula 18 World Championships

With a very variable wind and a heavy residual swell from yesterday’s strong wind, the Fleet was held in the Harbour until one o’clock. Eventually a SE’ly wind of around 6knots seemed to become established.


After one Black Flag General Recall the Race Officer got them away with 11 boats being deemed OCS. A bias on the line gave advantage to the R. hand side of the course with the first beat taking only 10 minutes. Opinions varied at the gate but the leaders seemed to favour leaving it to port.
The first two boats to finish had already been declared OCS so the gun was taken by the Mourniac Brothers from France.

1. FRA 765 Jean Christophe and Phillippe Mourniac
2. FRA 764 Yann Guichard and Christophe Espagnon
3. AUS 123 Darran Bundock and Eddie Pool.


The wind was still unsteady but it eventually settled down at 10k, from the west. The Fleet got away at 1630hrs after one General Recall with the Black Flag Rule leading to 5 OCS. Those choosing the R. hand side of the course got to the windward mark first, although it was a close call in one or two cases. Billy Besson in 931 was first round followed by Mitch Booth in NED 88 and Gavin Colby in 908. By the end of the second beat the first two places had reversed. With the wind increasing to 12knots+ some capsizes occurred on the downwind leg.

1. NED 88 Mitch Booth and Herbert Dercksen
2. FRA 797 Christophe Gauchin and Jerome Lemaire
3. NED 792 Gunnar Larsen and Gerhard Van Geest.

In view of the lateness of the hour and the somewhat ominous look of the weather to windward the Race Officer elected not to run a third race.
Martin Simms/News Editor
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