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14 July 2005, 10:23 am
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Silva J/80 World Championship 2005
Falmouth, Great Britain

Wednesday was a crucial day for both the competitors at the Silva J/80 World Championship in Falmouth, Great Britain and for the race management team at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. With the week so far dominated by very light airs, the concern has been to run fair and competitive racing and to ensure that a series of at least five races is completed.
A discard is included once six races have been sailed and with some clever shimmying of the race area by PRO Jeff MARTIN this was where the competitors found themselves at the close of play yesterday.

Race five commenced after a short postponement ashore, in six to nine knots of southerly breeze, again in Carrick Roads rather than out in Falmouth Bay. A general recall was followed by a black flag start and the 'lucky left' was once again the favoured option for those that could get there from the pin end. Glen DARDEN (USA), sailing Red Sky Glide, worked his way up through the fleet and by the leeward mark had established a clear lead. At the gun is was Red Sky Glide first, overnight leader Mikael LINDQUIST (SWE), sailing Team SBAB, second and Ruairidh SCOTT (GBR) in Team Volvo third.

The American wining streak continued in race six (which was sailed in a particularly irksome dying breeze), with Red Sky Glide once again leaving the rest of the fleet for dead. With patience and tactical brilliance tested all around the race track, French favourite Laurent ABIGNOLI in Tendrisse slotted in a second which his best result of a strong and consistent series so far. Third place went to Michael SUNDELIN (SWE) in Tyra.

Boat of the day then was Red Sky Glide, and at the prizegiving at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club the American team dedicated their two wins to fellow American and renowned J/80 sailor Steve HAMMERMAN, who was in hospital yesterday being operated on for cancer. The whole class wishes him well and wishes him here.

Only eight points now separate the top five boats at this regatta, the breeze today will hopefully allow a course to be set out in the bay, and it's going to be a scorcher in more ways than one.

Top Ten After Six Races

Pos Nation Boat Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 SWE Team SBAB Mikael LINDQUIST 6 4 1 5 2 (24) 18
2 USA Red Sky Glide Glenn DARDEN 12 2 4 (20) 1 1 20
3 GBR Volvo Ruairidh SCOTT (14) 1 2 2 3 13 21
4 GBR Silva Dream Machine Kevin SPROUL 7 3 5 3 (13) 4 22
5 FRA Tendrisse L ABIGNOLI 5 8 7 (10) 4 2 26
6 GER Needles and Pins Peter HECHT-ULRICH MUENKER 2 (21) 12 13 6 7 40
7 SWE Tyra Michael SUNDELIN 4 19 (DSQ) 1 14 3 41
8 FRA J' Suis Eric BREZELLEC 1 (BFD) 24 12 7 9 53
9 SWE Parbleu V Charlotte DAHL (36) 16 13 7 17 5 58
10 GBR JSM Stephen HILLS 10 11 (19) 9 12 17 59
Becci Eplett (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The battle for the World title looks set to go down to the wire:© Lee Whitehead
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