Worrell 1000 race stage five

Another leg is won and lost on the beach

Friday May 10th 2002, Author: Nigel Cherrie, Location: United States
The fifth leg of the Worrell 1000 was won and lost on the beach at Jacksonville yesterday as Athletes in Action led the fleet into the finish but ran aground, handing victory for the 79-mile stage from Daytona to the Castrol team.

Chris Sawyer, sailing with new crew Jim Zellmer (previous hand Matt Struble had prior business commitments) looked in good shape for his second leg win approaching the beach but had trouble dropping the kite. While trying to sort their gennaker problem, both sailors neglected to raise the starboard daggerboard and ran hard aground.

Joseph Sonnenklar and John Casey on Castrol seized the opportunity to slip through and win their second leg in five hours, six minutes and seven seconds.

After dislodging themselves from the beach and getting their spinnaker in the bag, Athletes in Action managed to hold on second position and officially finished 35 seconds later. They are now second overall.

Stephen Lohmayer and Kenneth Pierce on Tybee Island were third into Jacksonville and are still leading overall, with a two minute and 17 second advantage over Athletes in Action.

Today the eighteen Inter 20 catamarans will race 121.3 miles north to Tybee Island in the state of Georgia.

Overall results after stage five of the Worrell 1000

Position Team Helm and crew Overall race time
1 Tybee Island Stephen Lohmayer and Kenneth Pierce 22hrs 33mins 26 secs
2 AthletesInAction.net Chris Sawyer and Jim Zellmer 22:35 43
3 Alexander's on the Bay Brian Lamber and Jamie Livingston 22:36 34
4 Castrol Joseph Sonnenklar and John Casey 22:37 23
5 San Antonio John Tornko and John Oliveira 22: 46 08
6 Tommy Bahama Alex Shafer and Nigel Pitt 22: 53 00
7 Caliente Tommy Gonzalez and Mark Murray 23: 07 25
8 Bay Wind 2 Craig Callahan and Rob Lancaster 23: 15 37
9 Antieau Art Carl Roberts and David Lennard 23: 30 16
10 Bay Wind 1 Richard Pleasants and Reigh North 23:34 59
11 Lexis Nexis Brendan Busch and James Korkosz 23:39 27
12 PI Sailing Steve Piche and Ian Billings 23:44 59
13 Ruddee's Restaurant Gerard Loos and Piet Heemskerk 23:50 10
14 Caribbean/Cat Fever Todd Hart and Davis Murray 24:29 11
15 Fully Involved/Space Coast Mark Herendeen and Les A Bauman 24:35 06
16 Outer Banks John R McLaughlin and John Parsely Jnr 24:42 37
17 Howard's Pub Mark Stopforth and Doug Kirby 24:54 11
18 Dimension Data Allan Lawrence and John H. Van Der Wyer 26:22 50

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