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17 July 2001, 11:24 am
The Lull Before The Storm?
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Formula 18 World Championships

Races One to Three completed from Parkstone Yacht Club, Poole Harbour, Great Britain. The forecast is for very strong winds.
Early morning forecasts indicated light/moderate winds for most of the day. A southerly sea breeze filled in and the Fleet launched after a short delay. This may prove to be a temporary respite as there are reports of a depression coming in from the west!

Race 1

The Fleet finally got away at 1305 after a General Recall and a postponement (to adjust the line). There was a bright blue sky with a 9knot breeze. The first beat taking only ten minutes. At the gate the Fleet split with the first two taking it to starboard and Hugh Styles of GB opting to go to port. A fast second round brought the first boats home in quick succession. 3 boats unfortunately being disqualified under the Black Flag rule.

1. NED 88 Mitch Booth and Herbert Derschen
2. FRA765 Jean-Christope and Phillippe Mourniac
3. GBR123 Hugh Styles and Adam May

Race 2

The wind held steady for the second race and, with a slightly lengthened course, the PRO got the Fleet away with only one or two boats over the line. The right hand side of the course seemed best, but once again decisions at the gate were split. Emmanual and Vincent Boulogne from France, in a boat they built themselves, lead at the windward mark and held this to the end, finishing over one minute in front of Gavin Colby from Australia. The French brothers Mourniac were only 10 seconds behind with Hugh Styles, A British Olympian, finishing fourth.

1. FRA 718 Emmanual & Vincent Boulogne
2. AUS 5 Gavin Colby & Cori Camenische
3. FRA 765 Jean and Phillipe Mourniac.

Race 3

The third race got away in continuing idyllic conditions with only one General Recall. The Black Flag being brought into play immediately after! Once again the leading boats took the right hand side of the course with varying opinions at the gate. Mitch Booth held his lead at every mark but there was some changing of position from second onwards.

1. NED 88 Mitch Booth and Herbert Derchsen
2. GBR 928 Rob Wilson and Will Howden
3. FRA 765 Jean and Phillippe Mourniac.

The weather could hardly have been better and it can only be hoped that the forecast for Tuesday does not materialise thus giving another good day.
Martin Simms/News Editor
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