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Posted by on Jun 25, 2009 in Sailboat Racing, UK, US |

Swedish Racing Heads Into Final Day

With 2 races to go, the host country is poised to have its first world champion in the IOD class.

Local sailor, Urban Ristorp, and defending class champion, Charlie van Voorhis finished second and third in a single race on Thursday, setting up a match for the championship title on Friday, when two races are scheduled. Urban has 12 points and Charlies has 16.

Urban Ristorp, regatta leader, makes a good start in Thursday's race.

Urban Ristorp, regatta leader, makes a good start in Thursday's race. Photos by Hans Johansson

Farther down the rankings, Penny Simmons, of Bermuda, and our boat, which is from Fishers Island like Charlie’s, could move up if the leaders stumble. We have 18 and 19 points, respectively. For a look at the details of the point spread, here’s a link; then click on 2009.

Penny won Thursday’s race, coming back slowly but surely throughout the windy, shifty race to pass Rich Pearce of San Francisco, who led the race early on, then Charlie, then Urban, taking the lead late in the race. You could say we stumbled coming out of the starting gate, immediately falling into the second row and then never quite finding the speed to get back close to the leaders. Hopefully our 10th place finish will be our discard race and we can regain our earlier form.

A loose mainsail leech sometimes made the windy runs exciting.

A loose mainsail leech sometimes made the windy runs exciting.

As I write, the wind is up again, the sun is out for the sixth day in a row (this might be a record in Sweden, I’m told). Let the games begin.

—John Burnham

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