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11 October 2002, 02:49 pm
All Down to the Final Race!
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David Hudson (RSA)©yachtshots.com

J22 World Championship
Houston, Texas

One race today will decide the new J22 World Champion after two tough races were sailed in 20 knot northeasterlies yesterday.
South African David Hudson won the first of the days action packed races in which an unidentified crew member from the American boat "Hoss" fell overboard at the second leeward gate. Greg Fisher, in second place overall going into race seven, could only manage a twelfth. Ian Ainslie (RSA finished the race in second which put him at the top of the leaderboard going into race eight.

Race eight started cleanly in a more shifty north westerly breeze and Rob Johnston (USA) sailed a good first lap to lead at the bottom mark. He continued to win the race, his second victory of the championship, which moved him comfortably up to second overall going into the final race today. Second was Terry Flynn (USA) on "Chunder" who moved up to third place behind Johnston. Ian Ainslie, with a sixth in race eight continues to lead on the penultimate day, but with only ten points separating the top three with one race to go, things are pretty tense.

Racing finishes today.

Overall Top Ten (After 8 Races/1 Discard)

Position Crew Total
1 Ian Ainslie, Greg Davis & Charles Nankin 35
2 Rob Johnston, Stephen Andre & John Skiles 44
3 Terry Flynn, Randy Borges & Paul Grenauer 45
4 Bill Drahiem, Scott Self & Jim Bookhout 49
5 Greg Fisher, Jeff Elber, Jo Ann Jones & Kaven Elber 57
6 Eric Faust, John Greening & Bonner Cordelle 59
7 Chris Doyle, Mark Sertl & Brad Lohr 62
8 Marvin Beckmann, Chris Klein & Scott Cheaey 63
9 Mark Foster, Farley Fontenot & Keith Fowler 71
10 Bruce Mahoney, Mattia D'Errico & Brent Marsden 77

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