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16 January 2002, 12:47 pm
Race 1
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Contender World Championships
Melbourne

The regatta opened with 15 knots and half to 1 meter waves and a slightly overcast sky. The 65 competitors were well behaved on the first start with a clean start.
Boats starting at the Port end and coming back across on the Port lay-line gained from a lift into the mark. First to the windward mark was Phil Bubbin closely followed by Britain Simon Mussel. Others in the leading group included, Arthur Brett, Andrea Bonezzi, Tim Holden and David Davies.

By the end of the first reach Dubbin was still leading but Mussel had slipped back with Arthur Brett second and Andrea Bonezzi third and Holden Forth. Tim Hill came through to 3 rd at the leeward mark. At the next windward mark. Arthur Brett was leading followed by Andrea Bonezzi and Tim Holden - Dubbin had dropped to 5th. Steve Grimes came through fast on the run past Davies but this was reversed on the final beat with the leading positions remaining unchanged. The race was one by Arthur Brett current World champion, second Andrea Bonezzi from Italy double world champion and Tim Holden from Britain third.

Race 2

Great day for sailing; Sun Shining, lots of wind (about 15 to 18 knots) and fun waves for riding down wind.

Surprisingly, with a bit of a boat end bias on the start line there was a relatively clean start with only an individual recall. The first beat was a drag race with very few wind shifts but plenty of waves to look out for other wise you would be swept off the boat (as I and many other experienced)

The reaches saw some big splashes especially at the marks. There were more shifts to be had on the second and final beats with lots of close sailing and tactics making it interesting.

The top five were close on the first lap with Arthur and Andrea getting a bit of a break by the last. With only a few boat lengths in it the whole way round it was going to be tough to split Arthur and Andrea but a poor final mark rounding saw Andrea slip past Arthur and that was how it finished.

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