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24 September 2002, 10:53 am
Day Two - Light Wind and Rain
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Light Conditions Yesterday ©TWJ Thornton

Laser Masters World Championship
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The sailors were greeted this morning with heavy rain and light winds and a forecast that did not hold a great hope for an improvement.
However the forecast was calling for a reduction in the rain and a light offshore wind of 8 knots so the fleet of 280 boats was sent afloat.

By the time the 4 fleets finally arrived at the course a light 5-8 knot southerly had filled in. Under a rotation system the Radial fleet were first to start yesterday and started the precedent for general recalls with the current helping to push the fleets over the line.

Second away were the Apprentices (35 to 44 years) followed by the Masters (45 to 54 years). As the Masters were completing their first down wind leg the wind shifted to the right requiring a change of course. At the same time the Grandmasters (55 to 64 years) had their second attempt at starting race postponed with 30 seconds to go.

The wind remained unstable and light and in the end prevented the Grandmasters from completing a race yesterday.

In the Radial fleet Mark Orams (NZL) remains in the lead with a second place behind Ryan Minth (USA). Former Radial Masters Champion Adam French (AUS) closed the gap on leader Alden Shattuck (USA) with a win to Shattuck's fourth..

In the Grand Master division of the Radials, Lindsey Hewitt (USA) lost his overnight lead to compatriot James Johnston after Johnstone won today's race. Dick Tillman maintained a clean sweep of the Great Grandmaster (65 years plus) division today. Yvonne Malstem (SWE) maintained her lead in the women's section with a third place behind Debbie Phillips (GBR) and Sally Sharp (USA).

The standard rig Aprentices was won by Jyrki Taimnen (FIN) giving him the lead overall. He led home Andreas John of Germany from Alan Davis (GBR). The top five in this fleet are separated by just 5 points.

In the Masters Ed Adams (USA) again proved to be at home in the light winds with a runaway victory for his third straight win of the series. He is, so far, proving to be more consistent than the other Masters opening up a large 15 point margin over Peter Vessela (USA) and a further 7 points ahead of fellow American, Ian Lineberger.

The Grand Master Standard rig fleet did not start their race as the wind turned through 120 degrees and died.

Jeffery Martin/ISAF News Editor
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