BUSA Match Racing Finals

John Greenland reports from day one, which was dominated by Mark Campbell-James

Sunday April 8th 2001, Author: John Greenland, Location: United Kingdom
Testing conditions at the United Airlines BUSA Match Racing Championships proved no obstacle for the 2000 World Youth Match Racing Champion Mark Campbell-James. With seven of the twelve flights completed from the first round of races, Campbell-James and crew can boast a 6-0 score sheet.
Campbell-James said: "Our first race against the Bristol boat was probably the most difficult, the wind was just so shifty." Campbell-James however looked to tomorrow as the more important day of racing as he is still to meet the defending BUSA Champion Simon Shaw.

Shaw, sailing with a new crew this year, struggled to find the clinical boat handling he is well known for. Finishing today with 4 wins and 2 loses, Shaw will be looking to improve or face the possibility of missing the semi-finals.

Jono Rix, Cardiff University, was the first to take a race from Shaw. The first beat saw Rix sail through Shaw's tight cover to take the lead, which he held through to the finish. A close race with John Greenland, also Southampton, again saw Rix leading at the first mark. However a clean hoist from the Southampton team saw Greenland take the lead for the second beat. Greenland went on to take the race. Rix goes in to Sunday with three wins and three loses after an unfortunate broach in his final race of the day against Melissa Heppel.

Greenland, also sailing with a new crew, finished the day with five wins and no loses. However, like Campbell-James, the crew realise the more important races are still to come as they have still to race Shaw and Campbell-James.

Chris Webber, the only other helm to take a race from Shaw, dropped only one race today to Campbell-James. Webber, a member of winning crew at the 1998 Youth Match Racing Championships, looks set to make sure that the top seeds at the event get anything but an easy ride to the semi-finals.


Results after 7 Flights

1 Mark Campbell-James, 6-0
2 John Greenland, 5-0
3 Simon Shaw, 4-0

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