the fourth day of racing - 2
photos by Bob Thayer
(note: all of these photos were - in larger size - on the competitors' CD created by Bob)
|Neil Fletcher (9644)
and Søren Jensen (9355) were also among the leaders as they
approached the first mark.
|Having crossed Guy
Hacon, Gordon Harris (968) gets set to round onto the first reach.
|Brian Lamb and Tony
Hunt (10201) also set the groundwork for a fine result
by reaching the windward mark in great form and among the leaders.
|A lot of us -
including Brian Mills (closest to camera) and Roger Shepherd (7700) -
overlaid the first mark.
|Some of us - including John Goudie (9812) -
overlaid the mark more than most in this race.
Americans are finally heard from as Nick Seraphinoff and Joe Blackmore
in 864 (far left) finally have the kind of first beat they are
capable of! Also among the top few boats onto the first reach are Mark
and Paul Taylor (7673) who continue to sail extremely well. So far,
only Ian has popped the chute (not visible off to leeward) as even the
other top contenders such as Gord Harris (968) and Toby Mace (behind
Nick's jib) are giving the matter some thought.
|Toby Mace is now
flying his red spinnaker and pulling away from the others in this
photo: (l to r) Brian Lamb to leeward and ahead of Steve
Carroll in 6066 who has completed on of his best first beats, Nick S
(864), Mark T (7673), Brian Mills off John Goudie's bow (9812) and Ted
and Wendy Gadd in Wild Billy (7699).
|Heider Funck and Tom
Wharton reach the windward mark in the wind shadow of Windshadow
(Andrew and Nigel Gumley, 4610) but oddly enough, they don't seem to be suffering much!
(l to r) Reg
Bunt, Dwight Aplevich, Uncle Al, John de Boer, Kit Wallace, Keith Haill
behind Mike O'Malley, Ed Gillespie.
Although near the end of the fleet here, Mike O'Malley and Justin Denny
will recover brilliantly to finish 10th, their best result of the
series. And I do believe that this was the race in which Marc and I
decided we had earned the right to bang our first corner of the series.
The right corner was the wrong one and we rounded out of the top 40 or
so again - our 6th time in 8 races! Marc and I did have a nice exciting
plane to the gybe mark where we - like many others - doused the chute.
John Hartley, who rounded inside us, gybed his spi and had a few hairy
moments on the following relatively close reach, but fought off the
nastiest of the gusts and gained a few hundred yards on us. In
retrospect, we should have kept the spi up!
|Keith and Andrew Haill
(r) get set to round off the first beat. Brother Keith
was making a guest appearance on this day with Andrew who let him helm
the second race. Close behind is Kit Wallace (1037) ahead of Bob
Kennedy (3571) and Ed Gillespie, while George Blanchard slogs along on
|While Alan Bell and
Gordon Reid start to plane around the mark, Alan Simpkins and Paul
Earley are on the layline just under Alan's boom. Not a good first leg
for Peter Rahn (286) who went even further into the right corner than
Uncle Al! Others from left to right are: Dwight A, John D, Reg B,
Richard J, John de B, Paul L, Bob K?, George (on port), Jeff Cox and
|(l to r) Doug
N, Geoff E, Dwight, Reg, John D, Peter R (closest to the camera), John
de Boer (7351)
|John and Dolores de
Boer (7351) come up at full speed from to leeward of Liz Feibusch and
Frances Lilley (10000). Others from left to right are: Thomas Vendely
behind Kevin Pegler, Dwight (4606) in front of Doug and Reg, Chris
Purtle behind Bob K, and Ed and Winnie G.
|Peter Kozak and
Annelies Groen bear away and start to plane off the bow of One for
the Road (Alan and Lesley Chaplin).
|Now it's Alan and
Lesley's turn to plane away while Ed and Winnie Gillespie (r) ...
|... get a lull on the
|The wind has veered
and Kevin and Shirley Pegler in Wildwood pass the mark on a
broad reach, pursued by (l to r) Geoff E, Richard J, Anne and
Gary Armstrong, and George on Red Top.
|Richard Johnson and
Michele Parish round the mark at full throttle, closely followed by
|As Andrew and Nigel
Gumley plane down the second reach in the distance, Thomas Vendely and
replacement crew, Steve Szenasi, wisely relax and forego the spinnaker.
It was not a good day to teach your crew how to fly the spinnaker!
|Also satisfied with
the power they're getting from just two sails are Geoff Edwards (9483)
and Kevin Pegler just visible to the right of Richard Johnson's mast. After all, too much power can ...
|... lead to this. John
Goudie has taken an in-depth reading of Lake Ontario's water
which on this day were relatively benign!
|In the end, it was Ian
Porter and Kevan Gibb adding an exclamation mark to their Wayfarer
Worlds victory with yet another first - largely due to their great boat
handling on the tough spinnaker reaches. Upwind, they were as baffled
as the next guy by the seemingly random shifts produced by Lake Ontario
this week. As the Waldringfield report pointed out: "However Fletcher/Edwards and team Harris
correctly chose the left of the second beat to pull ahead of
boats finishing in that order. On the third and final beat
nearly managed to overhaul Porter/Gibb but were more concerned about
for position against Harris and Mace, and let Porter keep the lead in
maintain cover on the following two boats. Meanwhile team Barker
but somehow still managed to finish in 11th place." So, it was Neil Fletcher and Chas Edwards
scoring their best series finish, ahead of WSC clubmates, Gordon Harris
and Toby Mace, which left all three of these crews in position to take
the series runner-up spot with suitable results in the final race
scheduled for Saturday.
5th place went to Jay Colville ahead of Søren Jensen. A sparkling 7th for Brian Lamb and Tony Hunt, which was matched when locals, Mark and Paul Taylor were given redress: the 7th they were holding on starboard on the run when Mike O'Malley to windward, gybed and tried to cut behind the Taylors. Mike managed to miss the boat but took the ruder off W7673. This 7th kept the Taylors' late-series hot streak going. (Apparently) moved down to 9th after the Taylors' redress was Stewart Reed while Mike O'Malley got his previously mentioned series best 10th.
An amazing recovery from two capsizes for Graham and Robin Barker to finish 11th ahead of Ted Gadd, and keep alive their hopes for series 5th with one race to go. Heider Funck scored a solid 13th ahead of fellow-Canadians, Roger Shepherd and Joanne Kumpf whose 14th was their best result. And it was a series best 15th for Detroit's Nick Seraphinoff and Joe Blackmore who finally had a good first beat and kept it going from there!
|Other race 8 series
bests not already mentioned were recorded by:
|AEC Wayfarer Worlds links|
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)
one group's aftermath
a few pics of the champion boat's layout
photos on the water
the practice race - 1
the practice race - 2
the practice race - 3
the practice race - 4
the practice race - 5
the first day of racing - 1
the first day of racing - 2
the first day of racing - 3
the second day of racing - 1
the second day of racing - 2
the third day of racing - 1
the third day of racing - 2
the fourth day of racing - 1
the fourth day of racing - 2
the fifth day of racing - 1
the fifth day of racing - 2
the fifth day of racing - 3
the fifth day of racing - 4
the fifth day of racing - 5
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