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8 October 2002, 11:42 am
A Light Start on Day One
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Sunfish World Championship
Houston, Texas

Twenty Sunfish sailors from Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Guatemalia, Italy, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela are competing against fortyfive US sailors at the 2002 Sunfish Worlds at Houston Yacht Club.

Day One of racing opened with a first race with light wind of 5 knots to gusts of 7 knots and sunshine. Setting early pace was Eduardo Cordero (VEN) with fellow countryman Eduard Gonzalez in second, John Kolius (USA) was first of the home sailors in third place overall.

The fleet was returned to the harbour after race one, having to shelter from a violent thunderstorm that shattered the previous sunshine of the day. When racing eventually got underway again at 1510 hrs in only 5 knots of wind it was Kolius who lead, and won the race, followed by Bishop Stieffel (USA) and Jean Bergman (USA) in third.

Results are very inconsistent throughout the fleet on day one due to the fickle breezes encountered. However, there is a long way to go in this regatta and everything to play for. John Kolius leads overall with a remarkably consistent first and third places.

Top 20 (After 2 Races)

Position Name Nation R1 R2 Total
1 John W. Kolius USA 3 1 4
2 Eduardo Gonzalez VEN 2 8 10
3 Juan Pablo Del Solar CHI 5 6 11
4 Roy Shaw USA 9 4 13
5 Bishop Stieffel USA 14 2 16
6 Eduardo Cordero VEN 1 18 19
7 Malcolm Smith BER 4 15 19
8 Tom Whitehurst USA 6 19 25
9 Donald Martinborough BAH 12 13 25
10 Hank Saurage USA 18 11 29
John Browning/ISAF News Editor
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