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6 August 2003, 10:34 am
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Flying Fifteen World Championship
Dun Laoghaire

A persistent centre of high pressure, which has seen the British Isles bask in heat-wave conditions, caused racing to be abandoned on Day 3 of the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships.
Principal Race Officer Jack ROY of the National Yacht Club waited until 14:10 UCT before sending out the 77 boat fleet. "We had 6 knots of wind at that stage and it was rising. We tried setting a course with a steady wind at 60 degrees, but then it shifted to 170 degrees and dropped off." All attempts to start were abandoned at 15:50 UCT.

Light to moderate winds are forecast for today, and in an effort to recover the schedule Roy will attempt to run two races with race 3 to get under way at 11.30 UCT.

After 2 races, the minimum required for World Championship status, the series is led by full-time sailing instructor Mike HART of Ipswich with crew Richard RIGG (GBR), ahead of husband & wife team Roger and Barbara PALMER (GBR), and third-placed Alan TATTERSALL with Tim SMART (GBR).

Fourth overall is top placed Irish crew Justin BURKE and Alan GREENE, ahead of sailmaker Steve GOACHER and Phil EVANS (GBR), Gerry DONLEAVY and Ciaran CRUMMEY (IRL), Ashley Smith and Kym THUMPKIN (AUS) and Sean CRAIG and Stephen BOYLE (IRL).

Top Ten After Two Races

Pos Nation Helm, Crew R1 R2 Points
1 GBR Mike HART, Richard RIGG 1 7 13
2 GBR Roger PALMER, Barbara PALMER 12 3 23.7
3 GBR A TATTERSALL, T SMART 5 10 26
4 IRL Justin BURKE, Alan GREENE 10 6 27.7
5 GBR Steve GOACHER, Phil EVANS 4 17 31
6 IRL Gerry DONLEAVY, Ciaran CRUMMEY 3 20 31.7
7 AUS Ashley SMITH, Kym THUMPKIN 2 23 32
8 IRL Sean CRAIG, Stephen BOYLE 25 2 34
9 GBR Barry PARKIN, Sue PARKIN 29 1 35
10 AUS Grant ALDERSON, Dean MCAULEY 7 22 41


Colin Doherty (As Amended by ISAF Secretariat)
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