2004 AEC Wayfarer Worlds
the fifth day of racing - 4
photos by Kim Bergevin

(l to r) Gordon Harris, Stephan Nandrup-Bus and John Hartley have recovered well after unspectacular starts, but ...
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... it will be Graham and Robin Barker (8888) - seen here ahead of Richard Johnson (l) and Søren Jensen (r) - who ...
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... round the mark ...
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... in first place.
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A quick spinnaker hoist by Graham and Robin for the brief offset leg, while the Taylor brothers (7673) and the Rahns (286) ...
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... will round 2-3 just ahead of ...
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... Gordon Harris (968) and Uncle Al (3854) with Toby Mace? to windward of them and Hans Gottschling with Pedro Santos in The Nutshell (938) just behind them. Al and Marc (3854) have recovered very well from a bad start and will round 6th or 7th.
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Both Peter (l) and Mark have waited til the offset mark to ...
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... hoist their chutes. The mark in this photo is the offset mark, and Gordon (968), Søren (9355 who has come in on port and tacked underneath at the last second) and Al (3854) still have a few lengths to go before reaching the windward mark. Ted Gadd (7699) has now joined the procession in front of Hans (far right).
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Peter (286) casts an anxious glance astern. And why not? The hordes are ...
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... on their way! It's a slow hoist for Uncle Al (r) as another red spinnaker (Toby Mace) is already filled and straining to catch Al. Other from left to right: Ted Gadd in front of Hans Gottschling, Jay Colville (and his pink hourglass!), Steve Carroll (6066, his best first leg yet!) in front of Paul Laderoute who has fallen back in the last couple of hundred yards to the windward mark, John Hartley, Guy Hacon (making a much needed recovery from a poor start, too), Doug and Chris Ryan (dear old dad making his only start of the Worlds a fine one as he filled in for Chris Purtle who had to leave) and Brian Mills with Louis Jaillet (4675) also looking excellent.
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Graham Barker (8888) opts for the left side of the run, letting his nearest pursuers, Mark Taylor (7673) and Peter Rahn (286) go off to the right. If nothing else, Graham will have right of way, should these three meet again near the gate.
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Two light-weight crews, Ted Gadd with Wendy (7699) and Jay Colville with Ian Harley (404) stay right while Steve Carroll and John Attwell are gybing Fanfare (6066) to go left.
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A lovely, quick hoist for Hans Gottschling and Pedro Santos (yellow, red and black spi) as they try to get past Paul and Alan Laderoute (7380) and John Hartley with Nick Philp in Fantasia (7628) who will have to hurry and get their spis filled before Hans takes their wind.
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Guy Hacon (8686) has a nice puff as he nears the offset mark and begins a major comeback that will bring him back to 11th, just enough to edge out Uncle Al for series 7th by a single point - for full-size image, click here
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A header for Hans (938) while Peter Kozak (300) still struggles to complete the first beat. All else being equal, Peter should have gone right on the beat as soon as he realized lots of boats would round ahead of him, because by staying left, he is now sailing in wind that has already been used and depleted by dozens of boats going to the offset mark and then starting the run, as can be seen ...
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... here. Guy (8686) meanwhile, is cleverly sailing high to increase his apparent wind
before he tries to bear away and sail deeper.
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Louis Jaillet (4675) will no doubt invite his helm, Brian Mills, to get the spinnaker all the way up as soon as Louis gets the pole taken care of. Not too many appealing options for Roger Challis (9174) until Doug Netherton (1366) and Paul Laderoute (r) get a bit further away. Not the best of days for Kit Wallace (1037) as he too, limps through air that has been chopped up by dozens of boats.
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Meanwhile, rush hour at the windward mark continues.
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Paul (7380) has to be sure to keep clear of the boat off his bow who is the leeward boat. Roger Shepherd and Joanne Kumpf (7700) head right on the run as Heider Funck's bow enters the picture from the ...
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... left corner. Meanwhile, Mike O'Malley and Justin Denny (551) get set to pop the chute
and set off in pursuit of Dwight Aplevich in Eclairelle.
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Still busy times at the windward mark: (l to r) Alastair Ryder-Turner with young Andrew, the Isle of Man men: John Dowling with Terry Holt, Bob Kennedy with son, Scott, off the bow of Alan and Lesley Chaplin, UKWA Chairman, Liz Feibusch with Frances Lilley (10000) and Vancouver's own Doug Honey and Becky Robson.
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The beauty of a run: there's room for everyone to find their own lane of clear air.
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John and Dolores de Boer prepare for their spinnaker hoist in ...
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... a fair bit of traffic. Annelies Groen (300) appears all set to harpoon a whale while Kevin and Shirley Pegler in Wildwood (1071) wisely steer for emptier spaces off to the right side of the run.
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As Kit Wallace and David Weatherston (finally) pilot Ab faB past the windward mark just behind Andrew and Nigel Gumley, John Dowling (8322) fins a good escape route by gybing to port and heading left.
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Geoff Edwards and George Waller (9483) have the inside track on Ed and Winnie Gillespie (7525)
as they round the windward mark.
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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