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23 September 2002, 10:46 am
First Day of Racing Yesterday
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Laser Masters World Championship
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

280 Master sailors were greeted at Hyannis Yacht Club with a forecast of a 15 knot sea breeze for the first days racing however it failed to materialise and racing was carried out in a 6 to 9 knot southerly breeze.
The Apprentice fleet (35 to 44 years) were first under way with Taimnen Jyrki (FIN) taking out the first race with Chris Raab (USA) and Mark Littlejohn (GBR) filling the minor placings. In the second race of the day Germany's, Andreas John was the victor with Andrew Pimental (USA) and the, Australian defending champion Brett Beyer, second and third. Pimental leads the Apprentice fleet after the first day.

Littlejohn, currently second overall, commented on the days racing "It was one hell of a tough day"

In the Masters division (45 to 54 years) Ed Adams (USA) had a perfect day winning both heats. In the first race he and class president Ian Lineberger both went left on the first beat to establish an unbeatable lead with Peter Follansbee making it a clean sweep for the Americans in the first race. In the second race Adams beat James Jacob and David Frazer also from the USA making a great day for the host country in the Masters fleet.

The Grand Masters (55 to 64 years) were led home by Peter Seidenberg with Bill Symes and Chris Boome all from USA filling the minor placings. In the second race Symes went one better taking the gun over the line with Pierre Roche (FRA) and Rob Lowndes of Australia coming second and third. Defending champion Keith Wilkins from Britain finished with a fourth and fifth place for the day to end in equal second with Chris Boome trailing Bill Symes by 6 points.

The radial fleet for the first time at a Masters Worlds are being scored by age group. Mark Orams of New Zealand took the gun in both heats in the Radial apprentice division.

Full results were not available at press time.
Jeffery Martin/ISAF News Editor
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