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International Moth World Championship
Les Sables d'Olonne

After a deserved layday, 3 heats were raced on Friday. Races 7 and 8, followed by race 6 that wasn't raced on Wednesday due to the lack of wind.
The currents were so strong in the bay that most of the sailors were over the line for the first race and 3 starts had to be given. They raced in a wind of force 3, going up to force 5, in a 1.50 m swell and a crossed sea. Once again there were a few breakages.

For race seven, the three Australians dominated and took the top three places: Rohan VEAL, followed by the World Champion Mark THORPE and Les THORPE. They were just infront of Ian FORDSIKE, third in the overall results (before today's races). The first Japanese, Tsutomu TANAKA, is seventh out of the 32 that raced yesterday.

Only 30 raced for heat eight, and it was the same people in a different order on the finish line : Mark THORPE, Rohan VEAL and Les THORPE, just before Yasuhiro WATANABE, fourth on the finish line.

And finally, for race six, there were 26 people on the starting line following a series of breakages. More and more wind, less and less people! Same first 4 as for race 8. Patrick RUF was fifth, Sven KLOPPENBURG sixth and the first girl, Liz PUDNEY, finished in 13 place.

Full results are available on the event website at the address below.

Pos Nation Concurrents Pts_Ret R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8
1 AUS THORPE Mark 9 1 1 1 2 5 1 2 1
2 AUS THORPE Les 20 4 2 2 3 18 3 3 3
3 AUS VEAL Rohan 28 DSQ 3 4 1 15 2 1 2
4 GBR FORDSIKE Ian 32 OCS 4 3 4 4 8 4 5
5 SUI RUF Patrick 35 3 7 5 7 2 5 10 6
6 GER KLOPPENBURG Sven 40 2 5 13 5 10 6 5 7
7 SUI DUVOISIN Frédéric 56 5 14 10 12 1 12 6 10
8 GBR HARRISON Martin 59 9 8 18 11 3 10 9 9
9 JPN WATANABE Yasuhiro 73 22 10 8 8 19 4 20 4
10 JPN SHIGE Yumiko 81 7 15 23 13 6 15 11 14
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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