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23 September 2003, 10:21 am
Read and Conner Top the Pile
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2003 Etchells World Championship
Greenwich, Connecticut

An overcast day left the beach at Greenwich Point mostly deserted and the sailors in the MasterCard Etchells World Championship in a breeze that averaged 12 knots all day.
And get this, the wind even did what it was supposed to do, which was start north of east, and slowly clock into the south as the day progressed. According to Commanders' Weather service the more the sun comes out the faster the breeze will clock into the south. The sun must have peaked out, because man, did that breeze move right on race one.

As if to repeat yesterday's debacle for those on the wrong side of the course, a 65-degree right hook had the race committee shaking their heads and those on the headed side of the course shaking their fists. Some of the people who got caught by day one's round house right and found an opportunity were, Marvin BECKMANN who finished 47 in the first race and second in yesterday's race, Mark BRADFORD from Brisbane, Australia who improved from 21 to third, Dirk KNEULMAN from Canada 54 to fourth and Cameron MILES from Pittwater, Australia 34 to fifth.

Race two got off about 1530 in a solid southerly, after one false start. I don't know what those guys ate for lunch out there but whatever it was it made them aggressive. Ken READ who finished second in Sundays race and first in yesterday's race one, finished first again in race two. What went wrong on Sunday Ken? Dirk KNEULMAN not satisfied with the morning's fourth place, finished second in the afternoon. Cameron MILES also unhappy worked himself up into third place in the afternoon.

Needless to say at the end of three races Ken READ is in first place in the total standings and Dennis CONNOR who has so far finished in the top 10 in his three races is in second place. Consistency over the next four days will win this, or any regatta for that matter. We offer congratulations to all sailed today and kudos to all who sailed in the top of the very top.

Top Ten After Three Races

Pos Helm, Crew, Crew Nation R1 R2 R3 Points
1 K. Read, K. Anderson & S. Norris USA 2 1 1 4
2 D. Conner, P. Burton & T. Ray USA 8 9 7 24
3 J. Smith", H. Frazer" & A. Wills USA 6 22 10 38
4 C. Miles, P. Smidmore & J. Mayjor AUS 34 5 3 42
5 B. Fortenberry, P. Murphy & N. Frizzell USA 1 33 11 45
6 M. Thornburrow", T. Parsons" & A. Webster HKG 15 27 4 46
7 H. Fogh", R. Cheer" & T. Fogh CAN 5 16 27 48
8 B. Lynn, T. Erskine & D. Sabin USA 19 11 20 50
9 B. Hovey", G. Schimenti" & K. Klinger USA 18 13 22 53
10 M. Beckmann, L. Horvat & M. Rogers USA 47 2 6 55
Event Media (As Amended by ISAF Secretariat)
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