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8 January 2003, 09:58 am
Fleet Vote to Stay Ashore in Big Westerlies
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B14 World Championship

With big westerlies hitting Port Phillip Bay at McCrae today, Race Officials abandoned racing for one day at the Sail Melbourne B14 World Championship on Port Phillip Bay.
Winds have been averaging 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 knots, causing big seas throughout the day. Competitors stayed on shore, and after some discussion between them, approached Race Officials saying they were not prepared to race in the conditions confronting them.

Another discussion ensued and Race Officials abandoned racing.

Interestingly enough, the Race Committee were prepared to hold at least one heat, and had the power to go ahead and do so, had they chosen.

Should that have happened, with competitors ashore, the Committee had the option of declaring a DNC for all competitors after a ten-minute period to allow competitors to reach the start line.

Conditions allowing, racing will continue tomorrow, with officials hoping to get at least four races completed, to catch up on the 10-race schedule, of which only four heats have been sailed.

With racing due to finish on January 10, and six races to go, both officials and competitors have a big job on their hands to complete the series.

Overall Top Ten (After 4 Races)

Pos Nation Helm Crew Total R4 R3 R2 R1
1 AUS Guy Bancroft Rhys Bancroft 8 4 2 1 1
2 GBR Tim Fells David Cunningham 12 1 3 4 4
3 GBR Jono Pank Shaun Barber 15 3 1 9 2
4 GBR Matthew Searle Richard Bell 21 2 5 7 7
5 AUS Richard Reynolds Lissa Mcmillan 21 8 4 3 6
6 GBR Simon Nelson Andy Ramus 28 6 12 5 5
7 GBR Nils Jolliffe Jon Branch 35 10 6 2 17
8 GBR Ewan McLellan Alex Matthews 36 7 10 16 3
9 AUS Abby Parkes Sophie Hunt 37 14 9 6 8
10 AUS Paul Hansen James Ellis 38 12 7 8 11

Di Pearson/ISAF News Editor
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