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28 September 2005, 11:08 am
Three Races In Great Conditions For Sonars
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Sonar World Championship 2005
Cowes, Isle of Wight, Great Britain

The Sonar World Championship in Cowes, Isle of Wight, Great Britain got back on schedule yesterday as the Race Committee ran three races in perfect conditions. The Solent smiled on the fleet with sunshine and a south westerly between 15 and 20 knots.
American sailor, Dave FRANZEL from Boston, chalked up another fine win in the first race of the day after winning race one on Monday. He followed that with a fourth in the second race then wobbled slightly in the third race as he posted a seventh. Nevertheless, FRANZEL ended the day leading overall ahead of another American, Peter GALLOWAY with the top British boat, Billy, in third.

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

Pos Nation Boat Helm Crew Crew Crew Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
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
Steve Sleight (As Amended By ISAF). Image, American Peter GALLOWAY and the Fast Forward team leading past the mark:© Hamo Thornycroft
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