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28 November 2001, 11:05 am
Racing Postponed Again
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International 14 World Championships

With the wind refusing to abate the Race Committee of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club were again forced to postpone racing yesterday. Instead the competitors ran an unofficial speed trial competition in the strong winds.

The wind on the race track was forecasted to be 30-40 knots and the threat of Hurricane Olga is still off Bermuda to the east. The latest reports are however that it is starting to tarck south and will miss Bermuda. There is a possiblity of racing Wednesday but Thursday looks the likely day when racing will resume.

So what do Fourteen boys do when there is no racing? They organise Speed Trials off the marina.

With the help of the local constabulary one of their worthies goes out on a boat armed with his speed gun. A 100 yard dash from the Club is Bacardi's headquaters, so quickly prizes materialise.

Some 10 or so boats then try their hand three sailing in the gusty conditions off the marina. Mad Jack being the bookie quickly gets the bystanders to place their bets on who they consider to be the fastest boat, a throng of spectators lines the wall to watch the action.

First off we have a Canadian team, three on the wire, complete with crash helmets......bad idea they are slow only 13kms/hr.....next is Dave Spragg & Andy Loukes their game plan after a few runs is the reverse with Andy jumping overboard leaving Dave to 3 sail a 14 singlehanded in gusty conditions...again not a good idea but Dave does win the prize for artistic impressions.

So who got the fastes time of the day well it was a tie between Kris Bundy & Jamie Hanseler (USA) and Andy Fitzgerald & Martin Borrett both timed at 32 kms/hr about 17 knots in about 20-25 mph of breeze 3rd was Steve Goodson & Alan Diercks (USA/NZL) at 31 kms/hr.

All in all it was a fun 90 minutes and hopefully the wind will moderate to allow the serious racing to resume as soon as possible.

Overall results after Race 2:

1 Zach Berkowitz & Trevor Baylis USA 2pts
2 Jonathon Pudney & John McKenna UK 9pts
3 Zeb Elliott & Tim Hancock UK 10pts
4 Kris Bundy & Jamie Hanseler USA 10pts
5 James Fawcett & Bruce Grant UK 13pts

Steve Arkley/News Editor
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