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15 March 2002, 01:50 pm
Estaugh and Potts Win Warm Up
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Fireball International Week
Florida

The final race of the Fireball Pre-World regatta started after some delay whilst the fleet waited for the wind to come in.

The start got away first time and at the first mark the Japanese boat of Hiroshi Kato was in the lead with Richard Estaugh hot on his heels. Kato held his lead for the first lap but was overtaken on the next beat as the wind shifted right and Estaugh took full advantage. Philip Popple and Tim Rush also went hard right and made huge gains, ending up second and third. On the final run and reach of the trapezoid course little changed at the front of the fleet and Estaugh took the gun followed by Popple and Rush.

Estaugh's win today gives him the overall win in the regatta, narrowly beating Tim Rush and Dave Wade who were second and third respectively. Racing has been tight all week with only 15 points (using bonus point scoring) separating the top eight boats. This should make for an interesting World Championships next week, as any of those could be in the running to take the title.

Final Results

Position Skipper Crew Nationality Total Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6
1 Richard Estaugh Simon Potts GBR 33.7 16 1 1 -45 6 1
2 Tim Rush Simon Hextall GBR 36.1 -19 5 6 2 3 3
3 David Wade Richard Wagstaff GBR 37 7 2 -40 1 1 15
4 Paul Cullen Gavin Tilson GBR 44.7 1 6 5 4 9 -11
5 Erich Moser Reudi Moser SUI 48.4 3 4 4 9 -13 6
6 Robin Inns Mark Ingerson AUS 48.4 6 7 3 5 4 -16
7 Kevin Hope Robert Gardner GBR 51 -31 8 2 7 2 12
8 Ian Pinnell David Scott GBR 51.7 2 -10 10 3 8 7
9 Angus Hemmings Steve Chesney GBR 80 17 11 7 -45 7 8
10 Jenny Baines Malcolm Green FRA 82 4 12 11 13 14 -18

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