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1 May 2001, 11:00 am
Leads Change In Keelboat Classes
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IOD Start

Bermuda International Invitational Race Week

The J-24 class lead changed hands as yesterday's leader Jon Corless fell back to 4th place.
Last years champion, Sean McDermott (Halifax NS) moved into the lead with a 4th and a 1st today. In the second race he got a perfect committee boat start, got ahead with clean air and extended his lead all the way round the course. He seems to warm up in the first race each day with mid-fleet performance then get to the top of his game in the afternoons. Following in 2nd is Don Wagoner (Phoenixville PA) and in 3rd is Stuart Jardine (Milford-on-Sea, Hants, UK).

Courtenay Jenkins (Owens Mills MD) jumped into the IOD lead today with a 2nd and a 1st, sending Charlie Van Voorhis (Mattapoisett MA) back to 3rd. Sitting in 2nd is Bruce Dyson (Marblehead MA).

The International Etchells raced one race today. Local favorite Peter Bromby, Star class champion, took a 1st and moved from 4th into 1st for the series. Fellow Bermudian Andreas Lewin is close behind in 2nd with US sailor Tim Lynch (San Diego CA) in 3rd. Paula Lewin (Bermuda) is sailing with Lynch for some expert local knowledge. Tim Patton (Bermuda) who was 2nd yesterday took a DNF today with a broken spinnaker pole. Paul Fisher dropped 5th.

On course Bravo the Bermudians continued the domination of the dinghy classes. Ali Miller (Annapolis ND) was the exception taking two bullets as the 505s got in their first two races. Chuck Millican (Bermuda) was 2nd and James McDonald (Bermuda) was 3rd.

In the Sunfish, Malcolm Smith (Bermuda) continued his sweep of the class with two more bullets. And just behind him in 2nd is Donnie Martinborough (Nassau) with three duces. They were followed by Martin Vezina and Jim Stuart.

Action in he Laser class is heating up with Brett Wright getting tough competition from Sara Lane Wright, his wife. Sara missed Sunday's competition because she was travelling back from a regatta in France. Today she took a 2nd and a 1st and Brett a 1st and a 2nd. Brett is still in 1st place. Todd Olson is 2nd, Ted Wood 3rd and Sara Lane Wright is 4th. All are Bermidians.

Snipe class leader with three bullets is Stevie Dickinson, 2nd is Ian Brown (CAN), 3rd is Bill Welch (St. Petersburg FL) and 4th was Chris Hains (Oakville ONT).

Racing continues Tuesday with two races scheduled in all classes.



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