2004 AEC Wayfarer Worlds
the first day of racing - 3
photos by Bob Thayer
(note: all of these photos were - in larger size - on the competitors' CD created by Bob)

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When there was wind, it was weird! Note Michael McKechnie (10377) pointing at almost 180° to the port tack boats around him. And a novel experience for Mark Taylor (7673) who has the current ...
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... push him to windward and into the mark. Of course, this same current was pushing those lucky enough to be on the run in the right direction, so that their lead was growing with every minute!
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Guy Hacon took full advantage of every little whiffle of wind to finally beat the current around the marks and end up with a very nice little 5th just ahead of ...
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... Toby Mace (r) whom the RC missed at first in a close finish Guy Hacon but who later got reinstated to his rightful 6th. You would think that above, Peter Kozak (just crossing 8888, Graham Barker) has finally licked his windward mark nemesis ...
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... but no, Peter has to put in at least two more tacks as he joins a bunch desperately fighting ...
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... to avoid going backwards. Graham Barker has a little puff and will slide around the marks and very nicely rescue a 7th from this race. Mark Taylor (7673, presumably returning from his 360) and ...
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... Peter Rahn (286, who had been even closer to last than Uncle Al when he got his own wind while sitting directly in Uncle Al's supposed wind shadow, sailed through to leeward of Al, went well wide of the marks - as did Al when he finally got leftovers) made it around the mark. Peter ultimately placed 8th ahead of Roger Challis who somehow got through this barrage of photos without once being captured. The Taylors took 10th.
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This time, Peter takes no chances and leaves a good current margin before ...
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... tacking and rounding the marks in 11th place. He will end up 12th after being passed on the run by Uncle Al. The latter has bypassed many of the boats fighting each other and the current in the almost non-existent winds, by thoroughly overlaying both marks and is now well off to the left of Peter's position in this picture. Once around the mark, the SHADES team lowered their jib to help the spinnaker get maximum nourishment from very sparse wind fare - a trick learned from Canadian Olympian and W builder, Bill Abbott. It seemed to help enough to enable us to pass Peter who had been several lengths ahead and had a considerably lighter all-up weight.
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Stewart Reed and Robin Albert likely rounded just before Stephan and Troels Nandrup-Bus (4898) and Roger Shepherd with Joanne Kumpf (7700), because the Reed team ended 13th, just ahead of Stephan (14th, his best finish of the series) and Roger (15th).
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Heider makes it around at last, and Hans (938), John Hartley and Mike O'Malley (roll-tacking) have hopes.
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Neil (9644), Mike O'M. (551), Steve Carroll (sails hidden) and Peter Ayres (far right) close in on the elusive mark, while Alan Chaplin (10188) breathes a sigh of relief and is amazed how much the current is setting him down to leeward. But whoa, Alan, not so fast with the relief! That current means you'll have to ...
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... tack at least twice more before you get round the offset mark! As so will ...
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... Stephan! Crew, Troels, at least, looks pretty philosophical about the whole thing.
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Aaaaah! The fun never ends!! Still waiting for enough wind to round are (l to r) Andrew Gumley, Geoff Edwards, Paul Laderoute, Peter Ayres, Andrew Haill (partially hidden), Neil Fletcher and Doug Honey.
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Meanwhile, John Hartley and Hans Gottschling (to leeward) are finally on their way to the offset mark.
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Ted crosses Alan Simpkins on his way to the mark.
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Looks like Doug Honey has an actual bit of breeze as he crosses behind starboard tackers Peter Ayres (blue hull) and Mike Codd. Geoff Edwards (behind Mike) is having so much fun that he's decided to tack yet again!!
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Things could be worse for Nick Seraphinoff and Joe Blackmore - they could be where the Gumleys are in 4610!!
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Sink the Pink appears rather sunk here.
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And now, as a special treat and reward for your long-suffering efforts to get round the windward marks,
you'll have a nice, exhilarating spinnaker reach!
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Chris Purtle (3664) and Geoff Edwards start their "run" at long last,
while John Dowling (8322) and Dave Platt continue their quest for the mark.
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Liz Feibusch in Ten Grand, and Jeff Cox (661) round onto the run together with Doug Netherton close astern.
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The hoist is complete.
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Having crossed Brian Mills (4675) and Alan Hallwood (3568), Dave Hansman decides a tack is in order.
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Richard is either checking the upper part of his main or asking the Lord: "Why me??!!" Michele, too, looks less than her usual cheery self. Doing poorly in good sailing weather is one thing, but in this weather, I think they really need a beer!!
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Other race 2 series bests not already mentioned were recorded by:
  • Alan and Lesley Chaplin (16th)
  • Alan Bell and Gordon Reid (19th)
  • Hans Gottschling and Pedro Santos (23rd)
  • Anne and Gary Armstrong (26th)
  • Alan Simpkins and Paul Earley (38th)
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AEC Wayfarer Worlds links
competitor profiles
complete results
report by Uncle Al
report from Richard & Michele
the real story by Toby Mace and Neil Fletcher
how we all fared
we got letters
the Whiffle that covered the Worlds

photos from on shore
on shore with Richard Johnson
on shore with Gord Leachman
at PCYC with John de Boer and Dave Hansman
at PCYC with Liz Feibusch and Tony Hunt
on shore with Uncle Al - 1
on shore with Uncle Al - 2
caricatures with Diane Zaremba (W440)
Saturday's Banquet
the Awards
one group's aftermath
a few pics of the champion boat's layout
the AEC Wayfarer Worlds Annex
at PCYC with Geoff Lepper - 1
at PCYC with Geoff Lepper - 2
at PCYC with Geoff Lepper - 3
Wayfarer Worlds XII: as Paul Robinson captured them:
Thursday's racing - 1
Thursday's racing - 2
Friday night was caricature night
leaving MSC for Saturday's final race
the Banquet