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23 July 2002, 12:16 pm
Kirkland (RSA) Leads
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IODA North American Championship

Three races were possible on the opening day of the North Americans in Great Sound, Bermuda.

113 sailors from nine countries are participating, including for the first time the British Virgin Islands.

Day 1 for competitive racing started out ominously light as there was only a trace of wind while the competitors had breakfast and rigged up. Everyone headed out under tow on another hot sunny day. The Race Committee had the course set up with a minimum of delay and racing was off and running. We were able to get in 3 races for the four divisions but not without challenge.

In the early afternoon a squall moved past to port. The rain was so heavy that Hamilton Harbour was obliterated from view and though it looked quite ominous we on the course were spared with only a handful of rain drops. We could only imagine the parents back at the Club wondering if we had their young sailors out in a hurricane! Anyway, though that brought some great wind as it moved past, the shifty conditions warranted several course changes which meant we were unable to take advantage of them and in the end, the wind eventually died down to 5.

Results so far are very mixed. While local hot favourite Jesse Kirkland - 4th at the Worlds earlier this month - leads, it is only by a single point.


1 Jesse Kirkland BER 16 points
2 Eduardo Ruiz MEX 17 points
3 Jose Maria Alvarez Gallesi ARG 19 points
4 Fernando Ines ARG 23 points
5 Maximiliano Ciuti ARG 29 points
6 Alan Campbell USA 30 points
7 Facundo Alonso ARG 31 points
8 Mikel Noriega MEX 32 points
9 Jonathan Hernandez 35 points
10 Alex Bunt USA 36 points
Robert Wilkes/News Editor
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