18ft Skiff standings

Peter Danby looks at the form during layday at the Carnac grand prix

Wednesday June 5th 2002, Author: Peter Danby, Location: France
At the half way stage in this 12 heat series, the fleet is today (Wednesday) taking the customary day off.

The rain that took the gloss off yesterday's racing continued through the night, but was replaced by some welcome sunshine this morning.

With six more heats remaining to be sailed, and another discard to come into effect, it is still far too early to speculate on finishing positions - we all know that anything can happen in sailing. However, nobody in their right mind would miss the obvious fact that the RMW Marine team of Rob Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson and Jonny Meers from the Uk are doing rather well at the top of the table. Counting four bullets and a second place puts them way out ahead with a mere three points.

Behind them, things are still very close, with former world title holders John Winning, Jack Young and Euan McNicol from Australia sailing Yandoo-d'Albora Marinas and the current title holders Howie Hamlin and Mike Martin from the USA, sailing this time with Chris Cleary from Australia on General Electric-US Challenge, only a couple of points apart. Both these teams have won the European title at Carnac in recent years.

Next up at present are the Australian Total Recall team of Tony Hannan, Cameron Macdonald and Greg Windust who have been models of consistency, never finishing out of the top five places.

Currently in fifth position, Rob Dulson, Paul Constable and Alec McKinlay on Base 1 have not finished lower tha ninth, while Andy Richards, Steve Mitchell and Dave Richards on Radii have been extremely consistent, counting two fourths, two fifths and two sixths to lie just a couple of points behind Base 1.

The top Danish team of Flemming Clausen, Thomas Ebler and Soren Clausen lie seventh, after pulling themselves up with a victory in Heat 6.

This series will count towards world 18 foot Skiff ranking points, as will the next international event from 1-7 September in San Francisco.

Current leading standings:

1. 'RMW Marine' Rob Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson and Jonny Meers, GBR, 3 points
2. 'Yandoo-d'Albora Marinas' John Winning, Jack Young and Euan McNicol, AUS, 22.4 points
3. 'General Electric-US Challenge' Howie Hamlin, Mike Martin and Chris Cleary, USA, 25 points
4. 'Total Recall' Tony Hannan, Cameron Macdonald and Greg Windust, AUS, 37.1 points
5. 'Base 1' Rob Dulson, Paul Constable and Alec McKinlay, GBR, 45.4 points
6. 'Radii' Andy Richards, Steve Mitchell and Dave Richards, GBR, 47.7 points
7. 'Wempe' Flemming Clausen, Thomas Ebler and Soren Clausen, DEN, 59 points
8. 'Ernst & Young' Jarrod Simpson, Simon Nearn and Grant Rollason, GBR, 69 points
9. 'White Stuff' Victor Brellisford, James Grant and Dave Smith, GBR, 72.7 points
10.'Quantum' Michael Pedersen, M Friderichsen and M Christiansen, DEN, 75 points

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