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16 March 2005, 10:05 am
Brits Close The Gap At The Top
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Flying Fifteen World Championships 2005
Auckland, New Zealand

Charles APTHORP and Alan GREEN (GBR) sailed to victory in race four of the Dulux Aquanamel Flying Fifteen World Championships. Their win puts them within four points of the Australian pair, Nick and Janet JERWOOD at the top of the leaderboard.
Following a reserve day on Tuesday stronger winds were hoped for on day five of the Dulux Aquanamel Flying Fifteen World Championships but unfortunately they did not eventuate. The AP flag was raised at the yacht club again this morning and crews waited on shore until after 1200 (local New Zealand time) before launching and sailing to the race course between Rangitoto Island and St Heliers Beach.

The breeze did stabilize long enough by 1445 for the race committee to set a windward, leeward, triangle, windward finish course for race four of the championship. The fleet got away to a clean start at the first attempt. Half way through the race the breeze had dropped to 4.3 knots and the leading boat was third-placed overall APTHORP and GREEN. The first kiwi crew of Aaron GOODMANSON and Alister ROWLANDS were in eight position, followed by Murray GILBERT and Jonathon BURGESS (NZL) in ninth. The course was shortened at the bottom mark and line honours went to APTHORP and GREEN. In second place were Ronald PACKER and Peter MUDFORD (AUS), and third over the line were Darren MARTIN and Simon MURRAY (IRL). Overall leaders Nick and Janet JERWOOD came in fifth.

After four races of the seven race series Nick and Janet JERWOOD retain their overall lead on the points table. However the Australian's lead at the top has evaporated to a mere four points over APTHORP and GREEN with the Irish pair MARTIN and MURRAY just another three points back. Kiwi's GOODMANSON and ROWLANDS are climbing the leaderboard and are currently sixth overall. Next best New Zealanders are Craig COULAM and Adrienne REKKE who are twelfth overall.

Races five and six are scheduled for Thursday 17 March in weather forecast to be south to southwest 15 knots, but rising to 25 knots and gusty over the Gulf with occasional rain developing.

Results

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1 AUS Nick JERWOOD Janet JERWOOD 3 7 1 5 16
2 GBR Charles APTHORP Alan GREEN 1 5 13 1 20
3 IRL Darren MARTIN Simon MURRAY 2 15 3 3 23
4 AUS Graeme LILLINGSTON Edmond REPSEVICIUS 10 1 19 9 39
5 GBR David McKEE Chris HEWKIN 7 4 20 11 42
6 NZL Aaron GOODMANSON Auster ROWLANDS 17 9 6 10 42
7 GBR Mike HART Tim HALL 16 13 12 8 49
8 GBR Greg WELLS David TULLOCH 13 3 24 12 52
9 GBR Steve GOACHER Phil EVANS 8 23 2 21 54
10 AUS Ashley SMITH Kym THUMPKIN 4 14 37 4 59
Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Day Two Of The Championship:© Lauren Bartlett
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