Relatively bad day for Stenhouse

Shock horror, as the ultimate Musto Skiff sailor scored two thirds on day three of the Worlds

Thursday August 28th 2008, Author: Paul Manning, Location: United Kingdom
The third day of racing started on time Wednesday at the Musto Skiff World Championship. The day dawned with a ten to 12 knot breeze with continued brilliant sunshine and 20 degree air temperatures.

In the first race of the day, Rick Perkins and Bruce Keen led around the windward mark closely followed by Andy Peake, Roger Oswald from Sailing Club Zug, Tom Wright, Richard Stenhouse and Ian Trotter from Derwent Water Sailing Club.

The left hand side of the course was paying, and most boats went this way on the following upwind and downwind legs. On the final beat Richard Stenhouse went hard left to the port layline to recover from eighth to third at the finish. Andy Peake sailed very well to claim the win closely followed by Rick Perkins from Whitstable Yacht Club.
Yaroslay Petrov and Tim Chapman were unlucky to capsize at the windward mark whilst holding their best respective positions.

Hard left off the committee boat end again paid in the second race, with Richard Stenhouse leading from a large pack including Pablo Arandia, Roger Oswald and Bruce Keen.

The upwind tacticks were essential to get right in the oscillating breeze but Richard Stenhouse hung on from Pablo Arandia, Roger Oswald and Bruce Keen all finishing within four seconds of each other. The first 30 boats all finished within 50 seconds of each other.

Dave Poston led the final race race from the first downwind leg to take a well deserved win from Jerry Wales and Richard Stenhouse, who recovered from ninth at the first mark.

Thursday is a lay day for the fleet, and racing will resume at a scheduled 11:30 on Friday.

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