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7 September 2005, 09:15 am
Canadian Win On Day Two
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Etchells World Championship 2005
San Francisco, California, USA

There was a much more conservative approach to the start line for the 72 boats in the 2005 Etchells World Championship in San Francisco, USA yesterday after race officials handed out ten tickets to the OCS brigade on Monday. In the second race of the Worlds, two training partners, Canadian Hank LAMMENS and Judd SMITH (USA), came out on top.
It was a family affair for LAMMENS, a former Canadian National Hockey league player and Canadian Finn sailor, who sailed in the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. Over last year's Christmas Pudding, he challenged his elder brother Mark to sail at the Etchells Worlds in San Francisco, with him. But there was a little matter of 45 pounds.

As Mark explained yesterday, 'He had me reading the South Beach diet book - I lost 45 pounds, ten pounds in the last week!'

So far the sacrifice has been worthwhile. On Monday the two brothers, along with fellow Finn sailor Doug SABIN finished sixth, and yesterday they sailed to a narrow win.

The fleet was gunned away on the Berkeley circle, with a wind direction of 215 in 20 knots. The windward mark, 2.5 miles up the course, was just west of the transit to Alcatraz.

San Deigo, USA sailor Jeff PAPE, one of the top performer OCS'ers on Monday, won the start.

PAPE explained the early part of the day's race. 'We had a pretty good start, after yesterday's [Monday's] events, everyone seemed to be sailing quite conservatively and there were some pretty big holes. We were away fast.'

'A nice little left shift came through soon after the start, we consolidated right and then it was a drag race to the right hand side. As we approached the top mark, Judd SMITH had to duck us and we rounded first.'

'At the bottom of the run, the wind went left ten degrees and we were on the wrong side and both Judd and Hank LAMMEN slid through us.'

SMITH explained further. 'We'd been a little late at the start, we ducked a few sterns and cleared to the right and we were in pretty good shape as was Hank, who was flushed out too.'

'We had two good runs and held onto the lead, extending it to over 30 seconds but Hank was attacking us down the run.'

'At the bottom we had to pick a gate, which ever gate we took, Hank was going to take the other one. We picked the wrong one.'

LAMMENS has another take. 'Our win on the last beat was set up by the run. We'd gained a little on the run, we showed one way, he went the same way, and then we went the other way. We picked up a 15 degree shift and we just crossed 50 yards from the finish line.'

The battle continues today, with stronger winds and colder air forecast. Six races are scheduled for the Championship, which is set to conclude on Saturday.

Top Ten After Two Races

Pos Nation Helm Crew Crew Crew R1 R2 Pts
1 USA Jud SMITH H FRAZER A WILLS 3 2 5
2 CAN Hank LAMMENS M LAMMENS D SABIN 6 1 7
3 USA Samuel KAHN B LEE J MADNGALI A FINGLAS 1 9 10
4 GBR Stuart CHILDERLEY S RUSSELL R MARINO 4 7 11
5 USA William PALMER III T CORKETT Jr. B CAVANAUGH 2 11 13
6 USA Tito GONZALES B MAUK B BATZER D GONZALES 5 8 13
7 USA Brian THOMAS M BRINK H SCHREINER 13 5 18
8 AUS Iain MURRAY M COXON A PALFREY 7 12 19
9 USA Peter VESSELLA S GORDON M CARTER 8 21 29
10 USA Steve GIRLING J KEMOE E DOYLE 11 22 33
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Judd SMITH leads Hank LAMMENS in yesterday's race, but it was the latter who eventually came on top:© Carey Kent
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