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After day three of Canada Cup match racing in Toronto

Tuesday September 30th 2003, Author: Milosz Mogilnicki, Location: United States
Day 3 of the Canada's Cup proved to be the most exciting day of the regatta, especially for the Heartbreaker Sailing Team. Defiant started the day with 3-1 lead and looked like they were going to retain the Canada's Cup. But the Heartbreaker team had different plans.

The conditions for Day 3 began with 13-17 knot fluctuating winds and 1-2ft waves. The wind direction was 295 degrees. It was partly cloudy and a little chilly. The spectator fleet was 12 boats strong.

The first race of the regatta was postponed briefly while the race committee struggled to set the pin. Once set Heartbreaker started on the starboard side and Defiant on port. The start included a lot of circling and a late start by both teams as they dialled up briefly before the start. Heartbreaker was on Defiant's hip but was able to tack and go right. Defiant followed but wasn't able to keep up with Heartbreaker's speed and was forced to tack away.

Heartbreaker lead at the first mark by 30 seconds. Defiant rounded and didn't hoist their spinnaker until 6-8 boatlengths after the mark. By the third mark Heartbreaker had a 37 second lead as the wind increased to 17-18 knots and 1-3 foot waves. Heartbreaker increased their lead at every mark and won the first race by 1 minute 19 seconds.

Defiant had a green flag up at the finish and requested more time in between races to fix a broken halyard. After a brief delay Defiant asked to have a doctor come onboard and examine bowman Ian Smith. Smith would eventually be taken off the boat with a bad back. Al Megarry would move forward and replace Smith on the bow. Another crewman was then brought on Defiant to fill out the team.

Race two for the day was started in 17-18 knot conditions similar to the end of race 5. The race would include three separate dial ups. Heartbreaker would eventually start on the right side of the line with windward advantage. Defiant tried to push Heartbreaker over the line but they were unsuccessful. Both boats would tack on to port shortly after
the start. Defiant was forced to tack back left due to bad air.

Heartbreaker would continue to the right side of the course and what appeared to be
more pressure. This seemed to be true as Heartbreaker would lead by 29 seconds
at the first mark. A course change was made here to 100 degrees for the second mark.

Heartbreaker was able to keep things conservative the rest of the way and extended their lead. Heartbreaker had a 1 minute 30 second lead at the last mark. Both boats would have prefect sets here in front of the 15 spectator boats watching on. The final delta would be 1 minute 51 seconds and evened the score at three wins apiece.

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