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20 July 2001, 11:56 am
One Race on Day Five
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29er World Championships
Kingston, Ontario

Only one race for the Gold Fleet was possible on day five of the 29er World Championships at Kingston, Ontario due to too light winds. A minimum of 4 knots is required for 29er racing.

Despite a hot day under clear skies, the Big Thermal sulked and never materialized. The easterly which had swung a little to the west, stayed in the 4-7 knot range.

The Gold Fleet got in one race before being sent ashore by the Race Committee(RC). Despite staying on station, in a slowly dying wind, the RC finally called it a day. Gold Fleet now has a total of five races completed and Sliver Fleet has three. Three races are required to consititute the Final series.

The Gold Fleet race found Helle and Lars Orum of Denmark in the lead at the weather mark and for half of the down wind run, but the ever persistent John Pink and Tom Weeks of Great Britan managed to catch the Danes before the finsh line to pull out another first. Certainly, the 2001 Worlds to date has favored the crews that can keep their boats moving in the light stuff. For Silver Fleet, it was a long day on the beach but some were just as pleased not to go on the course in the persistent light easterly. No one was really willing to predict what weather might develop for the last day of Finals.

The competition concludes today.
News Editor/Stephen Orsini
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