Monday, April 14, 2008

MacCausland takes the lead...

Photo Fred Elliot
Miami, FL – Sunday, April 13, 2008 -- With less than four knots of wind, the Race Committee at the Star Worlds Championship at Coral Reef Yacht Club waited, reset the start line, and waited again for the wind to pick up. Almost an hour and a half later, it edged up to a shifty seven knots. The 104-boat fleet crossed the start line with only four boats black flagged.

Both John MacCausland/Kevin Murphy (USA), who finished eighth, and Iain Murray/Andrew Palfrey (AUS), who took a fifth place, ended the day with 27 points each. Yesterday’s fourth place finish by MacCausland broke the tie.“I feel wonderful!” said MacCausland.

“We’ve sailed a lot this winter with reasonable finishes in several events, but nothing great.” He explained that he and Kevin made some changes in their sails and in other areas and can now “race the race with the other guys.”In third place overall is the Italian team of Diego Negri and crew Luigi Viale despite a 25th place finish today. Full Report

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