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26 July 2001, 11:07 am
Team SLED Regains Lead
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photo:YAMAZAKI Taketoshi

J24 World Championships

At close of racing on Wednesday three teams have a chance at winning the 23rd edition of the J24 Worlds.
With all teams able to drop one race score, Team Sled from japan leads with 19 points followed by Siesta Cosmos with 21 and Juan Grimaldi with 22 points. Race one found the Canadian team at the pin and going left. After leading the pack left for 300 yards, Kevin Brown was able to tack on port and clear the fleet all the way to the right hand side of the course. They were able to hold their lead for 3 legs until Team Manta, choosing the port leward gate, picked up and right shift that saw them pass the Canadians who had gone to the left. Manata held the lead till the finish.

Juan Grimaldi and Siesta Cosmos had to claw back from deep in the fleet to has finishes of 17th and 23rd. The second race of the day started out with the wind from the south west and the usual slight shift to the north which by the middle of the third leg was dying and then coming in from the North. The Race Committe were able to adjust the race course to get another two legs in and with the fleet a bit inverted saw Team SLED grab a 1 st and the overall lead after their drop.

The International Jury disqualified Seisat Lily after they were unable provide the on-the-water inspector with their List of Required and Optional Equipment List.

Full results can be found on the web-site.

Geoff Evelyn/News Editor
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