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31 May 2001, 11:09 am
Three races completed on Day 3
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J22 World Championships, South Africa

Close tussle emerging between Mark Sadler and Ian Ainslie.
DAY 3 - 30 May 2001

Race 5

The racing starts on time in a 12 to 15 knot North Westerly. With the wind predicted to swing to the west, the port side pays and the top four boats at the mark (Ian Ainslie, Mike Giles, Dave Hudson and Mark Sadler), have a lead of some hundred odd meters which stretches to almost 300 meters by the second weather mark.

At the first lee mark the racing is very close, although a number of boats are spotted trawling for mullet with their spinnakers, after trying to hold them up until they are past the mark. By the end of the race Ainslie has managed to secure a 1 minute and 20 second lead.

Race 6

Ainslie is first to the weather mark by keeping to the western side of the course for the predicted switch followed closely by Jeff Lam, Dave Hudson, Lance Burger with a whole bunch hot on their heels. By the first lee mark Ainslie and Lam are pretty much together with the pack following about 75 meters behind. At the second weather mark it is still Ainslie and Lam, with Sadler having had a good second beat climbing from 6th to 3rd and Hudson hanging on to fourth. The final beat has the committee boat moving their finish in a dying and switching westerly about 300 meters to the left of the weather mark. Ian scores his 5th consecutive 1st place and with exactly half of the 12 scheduled races completed, is starting to look unbeatable.

Race 7

Race 7 starts with wind and wave conditions moderating rapidly and the switch to the west continuing. A large bunch of boats develop at the pin end which results in Ainslie getting hooked onto the mooring line of the pin-end boat with the entire crew of the pin-end boat having to fend him off. He then promptly sails around the stern of the pin-end boat, tacks onto starboard straight back into the mooring line again!!! Some very loud squawking and jumping up and down eventually get them free, and they set off a full 20 sec behind the last boat. Ainslie fights back to 21st position by the top of the first beat. Meanwhile George Amolis finds himself in the lead for the first time in the regatta, with Lance Burger second

A very tense last beat in shifty conditions, and a lot of cover and counter tacking saw Amolis relegated to third on the line with Burger in first and Sadler second. So ends a good day in the office for Sadler (3-2-2) with Ainslie never managing to recover from his start, finishing 9th to give him (1-1-9).

Overall after 7 races.

1. M Sadler RSA 12 points
2. D Hudson RSA 13 points
3. L Burger RSA 20 points
4. L Burger RSA 27 points
5. M Giles RSA 30 points

For full results go to:

http://argentis.mweb.co.za/s/sa/saj22ca/2001_worlds1.htm

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