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26 September 2002, 10:24 am
Abbot (CAN) Walks Away with Race 3
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Windier Conditions forRace 3© Arthur Zachai

Soling World Championship

At the dock yesterday, sailors were greeted by a light north-easterly brreze and sunshine for the first time in several days but the clouds soon returned and the wind picked up to 8-10 knots.
The thought was that there would be a nice simple day of racing. It was simple for Bill Abbott (CAN), who pointed his bow down and went; and finished three times as far ahead as he had on Tuesday! But for the rest of the Soling fleet it was far from simple; big shifts, big holes, and variations in velocity from 5-10 knots.

After a general recall and an aborted race in which a 35 degree veer turned the first beat into a reach - or if you were as far to the right as some - a run! - the wind steadied momentarily at 85 degrees and six knots. Another attempt was made at starting the race, in which most of the fleet took advantage of the curent down the line towards the port end, forcing their way in - and most made through the first time! Dave Franzel (USA) esaped into clear air and was well ahead as he crossed the fleet from left to right. But George Wossala (HUN) was not far astern and Bill Abbott just behind him as they neared the weather mark. Down the run, holding right for more wind, Abbott passed Wossala - and when Franzel took one gate mark and Abbott the other, Bill Abbott found clear air and built up an unassailable lead.

Abbott progressively entended his lead as Franzel fought off Wossala and Wossala fought off Dave Curtis (USA), this is the way they finished in a dying wind that was now at 115 degrees. Franzel's second moved him into fourth and Wossala's third moved him up to series third. Don Cohan (USA) gained a place and two points on Stu Walker (USA) who with a ninth dropped to seventh behind Gustavo Warburg (ARG) who finished race 3 with a thirteenth.

Top 10 Results (After 3 Races/1 Discard)

Position Nation Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Total
1 CAN Bill Abbott, Paul Davis & Bill Abbott 1 3 1 5
2 USA Dave Curtis, George Iverson & Ben Richardson 2 1 4 7
3 HUN George Wossala, Leslie Kovacsi & Charlie Vezer 8 5 3 16
4 USA Dave Franzel, Dave Carlson & Wade Edwards 4 13 2 19
5 USA Don Cohan, Drew Buttner & Andrew Hurlihy 6 6 7 19
6 ARG Gustavo Warburg, Hernan Celedoni & Maximo Smith 7 2 13 22
7 USA Stuart Walker, Stuart Martin & Volker Moser 3 11 9 23
8 USA Charlie Kamps, VytasKasniunas & Jon Bailey 5 17 5 27
9 ARG Martin Busch, Santiago Jost & JeronimoFurtado 13 8 8 29
10 USA Jim Medley, Marc Hulbert & Cappy Pratt 17 4 10 31

Stu Walker/ISAF News Editor
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