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20 August 2003, 01:53 pm
Day Three
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Contender World Championship
Plymouth

Day 3 of the Contender Worlds in Plymouth started with a glassy millpond in the sound. Several hours of postponements later and the fleet set-off in the hope of a sea breeze.
At 2pm the wind arrived, initially 5 knots, and gradually increased to around 10 knots from the west.

The first race of the day started with 3 general recalls, and resulted in around 16 black flags before the fleet eventually set off. The wind became patchy on the first beat, but generally favoured the left. So it was from here that the early leaders appeared. Andrea Bonezzi led closely followed by Graham Scott and Tim Holden, with a gaggle of new faces at the front. Championship leader Stuart Jones was way down in the thirties. With the pumping flag up, those that could, did, and those that couldn't got overtaken! Bonezzi used his practised downwind technique to pull out a comfortable lead to the finish. He was followed home by Holden, Scott and 'lightweight' Langdown. Jones recovered to seventh and now has massive arm muscles.

The fleet got away after more black flag recalls with Christoph Homeier recording his third of the event. A touch careless. Again it was the left that just paid, with Bonezzi, Holden, Jones and Scott taking the first four places on the reach. Bonezzi once more extended his lead at the bottom mark of the trapezoid course to lead comfortably on the beat. The wind became very patchy as the seabreeze began to turn off. Bonezzi fell into a hole as the wind began to die and shift greatly to the right. Jones, having take a small hitch out to the right was the first to gain and reached into the windward mark with a large lead. Giovanni Bonzio came from tenth to grab second on the shortened course. Scott just obtained third from Karsten Kraus with Bonezzi a grumpy fifth.

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

Top Ten Overall

Pos Nat Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 GBR Jones Stuart 2 1 1 84 7 1 12
2 ITA Bonezzi Andrea 3 2 20 4 1 5 15
3 GBR Holden Tim 5 9 4 1 2 6 18
4 GBR Scott Graham 1 6 21 8 3 3 21
5 ITA Bonzio Giovanni 11 5 13 12 30 2 43
6 AUS Hamilton Marcus 4 4 22 2 84 11 43
7 GBR Langdown Gary 7 8 10 14 4 15 43
8 GER Kraus Karsten 13 3 30 6 18 4 44
9 DEN Andreasen Soren 10 7 23 3 15 10 45
10 GER Harpprecht Joachim 15 11 3 9 11 20 49
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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