Abbott leads Soling Worlds

Phil Crebbin reports from the Eastern YC in Marblehead

Friday September 27th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States
Conditions continued to be light and intermittent on the third day and only one race could be held. The first attempt was abandoned towards the end of
the first leg when the wind shifted over 50 degrees from NNE to E, but it then remained reasonably steady in direction for the rest of the day.

Getting the best out of the Soling in the sloppy conditions was quite a challenge.

Bill Abbott showed his long experience with the class and dominated the race, taking the lead on the second upwind leg and stretching away to the finish. The early leader was Dave Franzel and he comfortably maintained second place ahead of George Wossala and Dave Curtis.

Charles Kamps pulled through well from the middle of the fleet to finish 5th. Defending champion Gustavo Warburg was close to the leading group early on but slipped to 13th at the finish. Britain's Tony Clare could not escape from the back of the main pack of boats and finished 21st.

Race 3:
1. Bill Abbott, Canada
2. Dave Franzel, USA
3. George Wossala, Hungary
4. Dave Curtis, USA
5. Charles Kamps, USA
6. Steve Dolan, USA
British: 21. Tony Clare

Overall (after 3 races):
1. Bill Abbott 5 pts
2. Dave Curtis 7 pts
3. George Wossala 16 pts
4. Dave Franzel 19 pts
5. Don Cohan, USA 19 pts
6. Gustavo Warburg, Argentina 22 pts
British: 15. Tony Clare 45 pts

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