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11 December 2005, 01:30 pm
Pre-Worlds Won By WIJSEN, But Favourites Look Good
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Corum Melges 24 World Championship 2005
Key Largo, Florida, USA

Seadon WIJSEN (USA) won the three-race Pre-Worlds at the Corum Melges 24 World Championship in Key Largo, Florida, USA, but some of the Championship favourites put in ominous performances, despite not competing in all three races.

Luna Rossa skipper and ISAF Match Racing World Champion James SPITHILL (AUS) won in Key Largo back in November at the Melges 24 King's Day Regatta/Atlantic Coast Championship and won the first race of the Pre-Worlds before sitting out the next two.

Seconds in race one was reigning World Champion Philippe LIGOT (FRA) with Italian Gabrio ZANDONA at the helm of European Champions Joe Fly finishing third. Whilst both these teams sat out race two, LIGOT came back in the final race to score a bullet.

One hundred teams from nine countries have entered the Worlds, where racing proper gets underway today.

ISAF (source: Event Media)
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