As the dueck GM IOM World Championship Regatta draws toward the end, the tension is rising at the Breakwater racing venue. Competitors are especially focused, as they concentrate on moving up the heat ladder.
Norwegian, Spanish, French, Croatian and the rolling accents of the Scottish, Afrikaners, and the British can be heard up and down the Breakwater as competitors waiting for their next race, discuss the action on the water, and argue tactics and strategies.
Comments from the Racers:
Current World Champion. Martin ROBERTS GBR 22,
said that judging from his performance so far today, he sails far better when its sunny and warm! But maybe its the fact that he and Mom, Joyce, were still jiving around the dance floor at 2225 hrs last night!
Dick CARVER USA 104
, the races today .had good winds, not fluky like yesterday. The early races this morning were difficult because the mark was way out and hard to see from the breakwater making depth perception tricky.
Simon KELLET AUS 141
put in a stellar perform- ance in Heat C of Race 19. He had an early lead, and consistently increased it throughout the race and finished first, 20 meters ahead of the next competitor. A very pleased Simon remarked, .it felt really great!.
Tony EDWARDS GBR 73
received a round of ap- plause for his port side start in one race. This morning, when discussing the wind conditions on the course, he made the comment that the fickle- ness of easterlies is not unique to English Bay....they are fickle anywhere! So, maybe that contributed to his port start!
Preliminary Results . Leaders after Race 19
1. Trevor Binks GBR 72 . Isis
2. Craig Smith AUS 147 . TS2
3. Ken Binks GBR 83 . Isis
4. Paul Jones AUS 108 . Disco
5. Ante Kovacevic CRO 30 . TS2
6. Geoff Smale NZL 161 . X Factor
7. Martin Roberts GBR 22 . Gadget
8. Brad Gibson AUS 142 . Disco
9. Peter Van Rossem CAN 99 . TS2
10. Thomas Butler US 169 . TS2