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8 August 2001, 11:47 am
Brady and Iverson (NZL) Lead After Three Races
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Reynolds/Liljedahl (USA) ©Annemiek van Kinderen

Star World Championships
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Reynold and Liljedahl (USA) took race 3, followed by Grael and Ferreira (BRA), but it is the New Zealanders who continue to lead the Star Worlds overall.
In the morning weather was unpredictably light, it looked like it would stay this way and no race could be sailed, but eventually gave perfect sailing conditions with wind force of 4 - 5 Beaufort. After a one and a half hour postponement the field of more than 100 Stars were off at the first attempt.

Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljedahl (USA), the ISAF Male World Sailors of the Year in 2000, led the field from the first mark on, followed by a strong upcoming Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira (BRA). Mark confided us just after the race that he was not really worried after he had rounded the first mark in first place. The gap with the rest of the fleet was quite big then already! Third over the finishing line were Vince Brun and Mike Dorgan. The Dutch team Mark Neeleman and Jos Schrier did not get off that well but came back strongly to make up. At the first mark they were still lying in 30th place, climbed up to 17th place and finishing in 10th spot giving them a good feeling for the series up to now.

Results, after 3 races:

1 NZL Brady, Gavin/Iverson, George 20.0 pts, 4 9 7
2 ESP Van der Ploeg, Jose Maria/Trujillo Villar, Rafael 22.0 pts, 13 3 6
3 USA Brun, Vincent/Dorgan, Mike 23.0 pts, 8 12 3
4 USA MacCausland, John A/Strube, Mark 34.0 pts, 6 20 8
5 SWE Lööf, Fredrik/Finnsgård, Christian 38.0 pts, 2 31 5
6 NED Neeleman, Mark/Schrier, Jos 38 pts, .0 14 14 10
7 IRE Mansfield, Mark/Collins, Killian 44.0 pts, 10 15 19
8 USA Reynolds, Mark/Liljedahl, Magnus 46.0 pts, 1 44 1
9 DEN Andersen, Benny/Just, Mogens 52.0 pts, 5 35 12
10 AUT Spitzauer, Hans/Brenner, Wolfgang 56.0 pts, 18 24 14

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