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16 October 2003, 09:38 am
Day Two
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J/80 World Championship
Fort Worth, Texas

Wind conditions were less than desirable at the scheduled racing time yesterday morning, so the Race Committee (RC) postponed on shore to wait for the breeze to fill in.
Patchy winds lured several of the competitors out for early practice and after the PRO went out in the chase boat to scope out the situation, he reported breeze all over the lake and dropped the AP at 1030 hours.

Blue skies and sunshine combined with a steady southerly breeze provided three good 1-hour races at 10-15 knots with only minor adjustments to the course in between the races. Sponsors of yesterday's races were Sante Rehabilitation, North Sails, Red Dog Studios, West Marine and Skyy Spirits.

Pending several protests unofficial results show Jay LUTZ (USA531) with 20 points, taking over from Tuesday's leader Scott SPURLIN (USA334) with 44 points. John KOLIUS (USA585) is tied with one of the Swedish competitors, Christer FAITH-ELL at 45 points and Kerry KLINGER (USA352) has 46 points after a total of 6 races.

Preliminary results for the day can be accessed through www.fwbc.com.

Faith-Ell's team arrived in Fort Worth last weekend, but unfortunately their sails did not make the trip in time for official measurement so they are sailing the regatta with borrowed J/80 sails and doing quite well after two days of racing. They commented this morning that while the sails feel somewhat different than their own, their success is attributed to having the same crew long-term. Everyone knows their job, they trust each other and they are accustomed to lake sailing with oscillating shifts.

Event organizers planned a Speed Clinic in the evening but rather than having the skippers conduct the presentation which is a typical format, chose to feature crew members who manage to mesh with their skippers and consistently win the big regattas. Clinicians include Joe TAYLOR has sailed with Jay LUTZ since 1985 on a variety of boats. Caleb BORCHERS has been with John KOLIUS since 1998 and John MORRAN has teamed with Scott YOUNG (Boomerang) since 1985.

Racing resumes on Eagle Mountain Lake at 0900 hours Thursday morning and it is predicted that there will be 15-20 knots of breeze.

Top Ten After 6 Races

Pos Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 Jay LUTZ, 1 1 6 6 5 1 20
2 Scott SPURLIN, 3 2 1 16 8 14 44
3 John KOLIUS, 2 12 18 5 6 2 45
4 Christer FAITH-ELL, 7 3 2 4 9 20 45
5 Kerry KLINGLER, 4 4 10 1 16 11 46
6 Craig WHITE, 11 11 8 3 11 18 62
7 Steve HAMMERMAN, 9 15 13 19 3 4 63
8 Magnus MOLIN 19 10 22 15 4 8 78
9 Glen DARDEN, 24 8 5 7 25 9 78
10 Jim KEESLING, 10 6 24 10 20 19 89

Karen Smith (As Amended by ISAF Secretariat)
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