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4 January 2010, 12:03 pm
Austin and Massey Running Hot At International 14 Worlds
The International 14s race on Sydney Harbour
The International 14s race on Sydney Harbour

CST Composites International 14 World Championship 2009
Sydney, Australia

Day two of the CST Composites International 14 World Championship was held in light to moderate east northeast conditions and ... thankfully ... increasing sunshine.
The two fleets of the Qualifying Series raced one heat each and it was the boats that showed form in the Teams Racing that continued to impress and dominate.

Sydney sailor Ben Austin took first place in race one after hot British sailor Rob Greenhalgh suffered a small setback in a gybe. Greenhalgh had shown excellent tactics and speed to lead the first race but a near capsize in a gybe set at the final top mark gave Austin just enough room and time to grab the lead.

Archie Massey of Great Britain won race two with a good margin from Australians Mark Krstic in second and Dave Hayter third.

Massey and his crew Dan Wilsdon had superior boat speed and tactics in the building nor'easter and held a small but comfortable lead for virtually the entire race. They not only showed a speed advantage upwind but had the boatspeed and strategy downwind to hold off and on occasion extend their lead despite the best efforts of the Australians Krstic, Hayter and Lindsay Irwin.

For Massey and Wilsdon the day was a good one all round after their request for redress on the black flag they got yesterday was granted which will now allow them to take an average result over the qualifying race series for that race.

The regatta continues tomorrow with more qualifying races for the divided 108 boat fleet.

Results and more at www.i14worlds.com.
Neil Patchett
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