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17 August 2003, 09:14 am
Penultimate Day - Long Race
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J105 North American Regatta
San Francisco

Yesterday's race was the longest race of the event with 7 legs in wind blowing from 10-18 knots. <I>"It was just long enough of a race to catch up,"</I> said First Place finisher Tim RUSSELL on Aquavit.
In the 25-mile race, the lead changed several times as the racers were confronted by the constantly changing tide and wind conditions of San Francisco Bay. "That ought to teach the class to ask for "just a long race up and down the City-front" said John CRAIG, the Race Manager of St. Francis YC, as he watched the many exhausted crews return home after enduring 4 ½ hours of short-tacking up the City Front.

Good Timin' skippered by Chris PERKINS made sure he held onto the first place spot overall with a sixth place finish. Nantucket Sleighride, (Peter WAGNER, San Francisco, CA) who is second in the series with 28 points came in third place in yesterday's race. Bold FORBES (E. Cummins, Corona Del Mar, CA) fourteenth, and is now in 3rd place in the regatta. Aquavit, (Tim RUSSELL, Novato, CA) who won the race - is currently in seventh place overall.

Today the racing action on the city front continues with 2 shorter races that will determine the 2003 North American J-105 Champion. Racing starts at 11 am off the west face of Treasure Island, and will continue up the City Front of San Francisco. It will be a pretty sight from Pier 39 all the way up to the Marina Green and Crissy Field.

Full results are available on the event website at the address below.
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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