The six visiting American teams are showing their skills, occupying four of the top six places but there are still five more races left for the British and European boats to get on terms.
Although FRANZEL is looking strong, so too is current World Champion Steve SHEPSTONE (USA) whose record of a first, second, and third is spoilt only by the OCS he picked up in the first race on Monday. Once the discard comes into play in race six, he could become a major contender for the lead.
After Billy, the next British boat is We're Here, currently in fifth place overall. We're Here is the only boat sailing with five crew, with Anna BAILEY joining her Uncle and Aunt, Graham and Julia, as part of the crew, and enjoying time off school to compete in the World Championship.
Another local boat, Jenny, sailed by 1996 Paralympic gold medallist and current British National Champion, Andy CASSELL had a poor day, with an eighth and two twelfth places, which dropped them down the ranking to seventh overall.
In one race CASSELL was thrown violently into the middle of the cockpit when the spinnaker sheet jammed as the sail was hoisted, causing the boat to broach. CASSELL looked stunned as he lay on his back while the crew attempted to steer and sort out the spinnaker, but he managed to finish the race.
Racing continues on today with two more races scheduled.
Top Ten After Four Races
|1||USA||Spring||David FRANZEL||Todd COOPER||Wade EDWARDS||Gene HINKEL||1||1||4||7||13|
|2||USA||Fast Forward||Peter GALLOWAY||Jim LINVILLE||Paul STEINBORN||Ched PROETOR||4||7||1||2||14|
|3||GBR||Billy||Paul BOWEN||Duncan BATES||Shaun KELLETT||Dave THOMPSON||6||5||3||3||17|
|4||USA||Troll||Greg ANTHONY||Rick MYERS||Tony ALLOTT||Brian HAYES||5||4||7||4||20|
|5||GBR||We're Here||Graham BAILEY||Julia BAILEY||Dave ROSS||Duncan GRINDLEY||Anna BAILEY||2||2||9||9||22|
|6||USA||Nefarious||Steve SHEPSTONE||Tom KINNEY||Peter WILSON||Michael LOEB||26||3||2||1||32|
|7||GBR||Jenny||Andy CASSELL||Rudy JURG||Henry BAGNELL||Simon CLARKE||3||8||12||12||35|
|8||GBR||El Toro||Paul HAYDEN||Ian HAYDEN||Mark WATSON||Jane BONSER||19||6||8||5||38|
|9||GBR||Bertie||Simon BARTER||Donald WILKS||James BARTER||Alistair BARTER||13||13||6||11||43|
|10||USA||Your Mother||Eric SNAVELY||Rick SULLIVAN||Donna FAUST||Jeff SULLIVAN||9||15||10||10||44|