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17 August 2005, 02:49 pm
Hollandia Makes The Early Running
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Mackenzie Eight Metre World Championship
Toronto, Canada

The Mackenzie 8 Metre World Championship is underway in Toronto, Canada with the Dutch boat Hollandia off to a flying start. Racing began on Monday 15 August when competitors were greeted with an eight knot seabreeze which increased to twelve knots pulling left over the course of the day.

Hollandia skippered by Jos FRUYTIA and French boat Fleur De Lys skippered by Jacques FAROUX exchanged firsts in the opening two races to sit tied on top of the leaderboard.

Racing in the classic fleet was just as hotly contested with positions changing at each mark. Local skipper Ralph REIMANN (CAN) on Iskareen had a consistent day with two third place finishes to lead the division.

The second day of racing again saw Hollandia and Fleur De Lys at the front, although this time FRUYTIA twice got the better of his French rival to score two bullets and top the leaderboard on five points. FAROUX remain right behind on seven points, with these two already building a considerable lead at the front. Iskareen scored finishes of 7 and 6 and stays in third place, although she is now tied with American boat Gold Feather skippered by Harry VOSS.

Racing continues until Saturday 20 August.

Mike Milner (As Amended By ISAF)
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