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15 June 2001, 11:14 am
Thompson Leads after Day Four
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Budd©IMCA/Fiona Brown

Melges 24 National Championships

Day four of the Melges 24 UK National Championship, taking place off St Peter Port, Guernsey, saw the 25 boat fleet sailing in reasonable breeze for the first time in the event.
Reigning Champion Mike Budd, sailing "Gul" had another disappointing day and saw his hopes of taking the title for a second time finally evaporate. Overnight leader Jamie Lee, helming Richard Thompson's "Black Seal" saw his sixteen point lead chopped to a four point lead while Keith Musto in "Mustgo" continued to be one of the most consistent performers on the course with a 4, 1, 2 score card for the day ensuring he maintains his second place overall going into the final day. Paul Brotherton, helming Ed Leask's "Racketeer" also had a good day and his 14, 3, 1 score was enough to take him up into third overall. Tom Freytag in "Mad Cap" found himself black flagged in the first race of the day and as a result dropped from third to fifth overall while Rob Smith managed to climb from eighth to fourth.

Going into the final day the championship remains open with only four points between Thompson and Musto with Brotherton 10 points behind that. Tomorrow's forecast is for 20-25 knots of breeze so it should be an interesting final day to what has been an excellent championship.


Position Sail No. Name Owner Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Total Points Total Points less discards
1 GBR 437 BLACK SEAL THOMPSON 5.7 3 11.7 0 3 10 8 41.4 30
2 GBR 359 MUSTGO MUSTO 11.7 13 0 11.7 8 0 3 47.4 34
3 GBR 407 RACKETEER LEASK 10 22 5.7 5.7 20 3 0 66.4 44
4 GBR 484 THE NEW BARBARIANS SIMPSON 0 14 14 26 0 13 10 77 51
5 USA 353 MAD CAP FREYTAG 3 0 19 15 32 5.7 19 93.7 62
6 GBR 410 FIVER BISHOP 22 19 3 3 5.7 18 16 86.7 65
7 GBR 454 GUL BUDD 8 5.7 22 13 14 15 11.7 89.4 67
8 GBR 486 XCELLENT POLLARD 20 10 10 10 16 11.7 24 101.7 78
9 GBR 431 GILL STRAUSS 13 21 25 20 13 8 13 113 88
10 GBR 259 BETWEEN THE SHEETS SOWRY 14 20 26 18 10 22 5.7 115.7 90


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