Group B took to the water at 1330 and completed five flights. ISAF Nations Cup winner RICHARD and WILLIAMS seem assured of advancing to Friday's quarter-final round. Both skippers went 4-1 in racing with just two flights remaining to complete the group.
'Four-and-one is a good result,' said RICHARD, who placed sixth last year. 'I think we might be into the quarter-finals, but we have two matches tomorrow.'
Group A's racing was suspended when a squall pushed through that raised the hairs on the back of necks and sent three sailors and an umpire to a doctor for check ups. The squall produced heavy rains and a bolt of lightning that struck three race boats.
One boat, Peppercorn, saw its masthead windex blown off and a hole put in the bow when the lightning presumably travelled down the forestay and into the water through the hull. It was as if someone took a marlinspike and punched through the hull from the inside out.
'We had quite a surprise today when we were struck by lightning,' said reigning event champion SPITHILL, 1-1 in Group A, who had just switched into Peppercorn. 'It blew up the mast step. It smelled a bit like a sauna. I've never had that happen.'
The sailors who went to the doctor are Karl ANDERSON and Mark IVEY, both crew for Chris LAW (GBR) and Eric BOOTHE, bowman for ANGEL, all three Americans. The umpire was David PELLING of Canada. According to attending physician Dr. Stephen SHERWIN, none was seriously injured.
'They were treated for diffuse electrical shock,' said SHERWIN. 'All had a thorough cardiovascular and neurological exam. They suffered from mild superficial burn and muscle spasms. Thankfully, nobody had entry or exit wounds, which could have indicated deep tissue burn injury.'
Graeme SPENCE, bowman
BOOTHE is living proof that lightning can strike twice. He was competing in a collegiate regatta in 1999 when lightning blew out the mast step of the FJ dinghy he was sailing. He was not hurt in that incident, but he was a bit woozy today. His ear was next to the mast when the bolt hit.
'I kind of had to sit down,' BOOTHE said. 'I was standing on the bow looking aft at the wind and had to take a seat.'
PELLING was holding onto a metal steering wheel when the lightning struck. 'I felt a tingling up through my arms,' he said. 'It made me jump off the wheel.'
Today's schedule calls for Group B to complete its two flights in the morning and then Group A to finish its round robin afterwards. The quarter-finals are slated for Friday, the semi-finals on Saturday and the final on Sunday.
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King Edward VII Gold Cup Results
Round Robin Standings
(After 2 of 7 scheduled flights)
1. Brian ANGEL (USA), King Harbor Match Race, 2-0
1. Björn HANSEN (SWE), Team Apport.net, 2-0
3. Scott DICKSON (USA), Dickson Racing Team, 1-1
3. Chris LAW (GBR), The Outlaws, 1-1
3. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), Alandia Sailing Team, 1-1
3. James SPITHILL (AUS), Luna Rossa Challenge, 1-1
7. Sandy HAYES (USA), 0-2
7. Jon SINGSEN (USA), 0-2
(After 5 of 7 scheduled flights)
1. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), Saba Sailing Team, 4-1
1. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Williams Sail Racing, 4-1
3. Alvaro MARINHO (POR), 3-2
3. Eric MONNIN (SUI), Team Monnin, 3-2
5. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), 2-3
5. Blythe WALKER (BER), 2-3
7. Jes GRAM-HANSEN (DEN), Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia, 1-4
7. Paula LEWIN (BER), 1-4
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|1||Sébastien COL||FRA||1||Areva Challenge||29|
|2||Jes GRAM-HANSEN||DEN||16||Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia||27|
|3||Paolo CIAN||ITA||2||Team Viano Mercedes Benz||25|
|3||Chris DICKSON||NZL||4||BMW ORACLE Racing||25|
|5||Jesper BANK||DEN||56||United Internet Team Germany||20|
|5||Magnus HOLMBERG||SWE||41||Victory Challenge||20|
|8||Staffan LINDBERG||FIN||11||Alandia Sailing Team||16|
World Match Racing Tour Schedule
|Stage 1||Portugal Match Cup||Cascais, Portugal||18-23 July 2006|
|Stage 2||Danish Open||Copenhagen, Denmark||9-13 August 2006|
|Stage 3||St. Moritz Match Race||St. Moritz, Switzerland||15-20 August 2006|
|Stage 4||Bermuda Gold Cup||Hamilton, Bermuda||10-15 October 2006|
|Stage 5||Allianz Cup||San Francisco, USA||24-29 October|
|Stage 6||Monsoon Cup||Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia||28 November-3 December 2006|
|Stage 7||Match Race Germany||Langenargen, Germany||23-28 May 2007|
|Stage 8||Portugal Match Cup||Cascais, Portugal||01/07/2007|
|Stage 9||Danish Open||Copenhagen, Denmark||01/08/2007|
|Stage 10||St. Moritz Match Race||St. Moritz, Switzerland||01/08/2007|
|Stage 11||ACI Adris Match Race Cup||Rovinj, Croatia||01/09/2007|
|Stage 12||Locman Cup - Elba Island||Porto Azzurro, Elba Island, Italy||01/09/2007|
|Stage 13||Brasil Sailing Cup||Angra dos Reis, Brazil||01/10/2007|
|Stage 14||Bermuda Gold Cup||Hamilton, Bermuda||01/10/2007|
|Stage 15||Monsoon Cup||Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia||20 November-2 December 2007|
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