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30 July 2001, 11:46 am
Linton Wins
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International Lightning Class World Championships
Marsala

At the International Lightning Class World Championships they completed one race each on Saturday and Sunday. The new World Champion is Jeff Linton (USA), second was Matt Fisher (USA) and third William Faude (USA).
Apparently the grumbling volcano is making travel away from the regatta site tricky.

Saturday's Race Report by Bill Mauke:

The third day of the Lightning Class World Championship was supposed to be the conclusion. We were all in for some surprises. When we arrived at the Club there was a light wind from the south. The expectations were that this would die and the sea breeze would fill in form the northwest. Ched Proctor left the dock first at about nine thirty. The rest of us left between ten thirty and eleven. We had a wonderful time sailing around for the next five hours waiting for the wind to develop. Tom Allen provided some levity with his game of catching the rudder ball. It must have been quite await for the six boats who were still in contention for the Championship.

The Race Committee finally decided to start the race and we were off and running. The boat end was somewhat favoured. We start in the middle of the line. Had a great start on the fleet and look really good. We were headed and headed and headed and after about 5 minutes decided to take advantage and tacked on to port. By the time we arrive at the windward mark the wind had gone left 45 degrees. Ched Proctor rounded first with Faude , Litton, Gonzales, and Elfman in contention. All of course coming from the left.The wind was still very light and still going left may be another 25 degrees. The leaders extended and it becomes a three boat race-Proctor, Litton and Faude. Finally after a very long day they finished us a leg short. Proctor crossed the line first, but there was no gun- they were OCS. Litton finished next with the first place gun and Faude finished second. Larry McDonald who started the day in first place was way back.

Overall Results:

1 USA-15083 LINTON JEFF DAVIS ISLAND YC 1 1 4 10 1 OCS, 17 points
TAYLOR MARK LINTON SMITH AMY
2 USA-15045 FISHER MATT HOOVER YC 2 10 2 5 4 5, 18 points
MORIARTY DAN BERNSTEIN RICK
3 USA-14740 FAUDE WILLIAM G. MILWAUKEE YC 4 4 10 1 2 23, 21 points
DIEBALL ERNIE DRAKE JARED
4 CAN-15064 MACDONALD LARRY BUFFALO C.C. 3 5 1 4 27 9, 22 points
SWANSON JODY DIEBALL SKIP
5 ITA-14731 NOTO MARIO S.C.MARSALA 6 2 9 2 OCS 3, 22 points
ALAGNA MARIO ALAGNA GIUSEPPE
6 USA-14881 GROTHEER PHILIP SEVERN S.A. 12 12 6 7 5 1, 31 points
CARROLL SEAN RABIN DAN
7 CHI-11011 GONZALEZ TITO AULEO 13 7 OCS 3 3 6, 32 points
BARAHONA PABLO ENGELL CLAUS
8 USA-14821 PROCTOR CHED CEDAR POINT 5 3 5 6 OCS 13, 32 points
ROSEBERRY NED JOSENHANS KATHRYN
9 USA-14932 ALLEN THOMAS B. C. C. 8 8 3 9 19 7, 35 points
ALLEN JANE HUMPHREY JOHN
10 SUI-13790 WYLER URS SCM 10 9 11 OCS 10 2, 42 points
DURR GILBERT DURR WALTER

News Editor/Bill Mauke
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