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15 January 2007, 11:23 am
MACKENZIE And SCOTT Steal The Show
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Mirror World Championship 2007
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

The second day of the Mirror World Championships was the first day that the weather was predicted to be a bit light. Pre-Worlds winners Anna MACKENZIE and Holly SCOTT (GBR) found their form with bullets in all three races to take the overall lead.
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The first race was started in what, for this regatta, can be considered lightish conditions of 11 knots from the southwest and in a light chop. It took a general recall, an I flag start with another general recall followed by a Z Flag start before the fleet finally got off at 10:59. Three boats scored ZFP under rule 30.2 - if flag Z has been displayed, no part of a boat's hull, crew or equipment shall be in the triangle formed by the ends of the starting line and the first mark during the minute before her starting signal. If a boat breaks this rule and is identified, she shall receive, without a hearing a 20% scoring penalty calculated as stated in rule 44.3(c), which in this case equated to an additional 16 points being added to each of the three boats that were over the line before the start.

Brits Start Well

The course sailed was triangle, sausage and race 1 heralded the start of the MACKENZIE and SCOTT express as they sailed to a first place followed by Martin EGAN and Tom WILKERSON (GBR), with Waldo ZEVENSTER and James POTGIETER (RSA) in third.

Race 2 was sailed over a windward-leeward course after a little bit of mark shifting to accommodate the now south southwest wind of around 12 knots. The race was started with only one boat OCS and was relatively fast with the first boat finishing in 54 minutes. The racing was very tight as the final boat finished just under 9 minutes later.

Once again Pre-Worlds winners MACKENZIE and SCOTT were in first place, Doire SHIELS and Graham DALY (IRL) were second and John and Jamie CLEMENTSON (GBR) a close third.

For the third race the wind shifted another 30 degrees back towards the west, the course was adjusted slightly and the number 2 flag went up for the triangle, sausage. With 15 knots wind strength and light chop most boats marched up the first beat right of middle which was the inshore course to get to the top mark.

Yellow Flag For Leaders

On the downwind leg the judges moved in to yellow flag the race leaders, Nick DAVIS and John COLLOVA (AUS). Their 720 penalty put them back to second place. This coupled with some debris on their centreboard and missing a lift on the inshore side of the beat up to the windward mark put paid to their hopes for a first place.

The MACKENZIE and SCOTT express sailing on Simply Gorgeous got their third first place of the day followed by the CLEMENTSONs in second and third place was taken by Emma and Martina BARRY (GBR).

After opening the championship with 2,16,6 scores yesterday, three bullets put MACKENZIE and SCOTT 20 points clear overall. Britain also holds second place in the shape of John and Jamie CLEMENTSON, whilst DAVIS and COLLOVA are third, just five points further back.

Alan W Straton (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Holly SCOTT and Anna MACKENZIE lead after day two:© Leon Hugo/www.hugostudios.co.za
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