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29 April 2003, 02:51 pm
Canadians Dominate First Day of Racing
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Bacardi International Race Week

After storms overnight and the cancellation of racing on day one, the sun came out in Bermuda yesterday and lit up the Great Sound for fine racing.
All classes got off their scheduled racing with three laser races and two for each other class. Shifty 8-10 knot winds were a challenge to both locals and guests.

Canadians dominated the day with Alexander Meller taking four bullets in the 505's, Martin Vezina taking four bullets in the Lasers' and Mark Cloutier taking a 1-3 in the J-105's. Local Bermudans took the lead in two keelboat classes with Trevor Boyce scoring 1-2 in J-24' s and Craig Davis taking two bullets in the IOD Class. American Bill Widnall switched from IOD's to Etchells and after two races ended in a 3-way tie with USA'S Tim Lynch and Bermuda's Tim Patton. Each had six points.

Craig Davis showed exceptional speed in the resurrected IOD "Encore". The bright red IOD had been caught fire in an electrical storm and was just rebuilt. This was the first race for "Encore" in 14 years. Craig was awarded the "Bacardi Best" bottle of Bacardi 8 for his performance on Course Alpha.

On Course Bravo, Annapolis sailor Jahn Tihansky took home the rum for leading around the course race 2 only to forget that the course was 3x rather than 2. He went for the finish after two rounds with a comfortable 1st in his pocket only to discover that the course had another round. He recovered to 5th and stands in 3rd for the regatta.
Talbot Wilson
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