On the first day of competition at the 2008 Byte CII World Championship, Jon Emmett (GBR) continued where he left off in the Pre-Worlds yesterday, sailing to four first place finishes. Race one of the Series is the finishing position in the Pre-Race Series so he now has only five points -4 with the first drop -8 points and 11 points clear of Fengyi Lei of Singapore and Michael Mouzada of Brazil in second and third place respectively.
2008 Byte CII World Championship day 1
Below John relaxes between races.
2 Below, Jon crosses the line in 1st and then relaxes between races - 2008 Byte CII World Championship day 1
Racing was close behind him as the next five boats crossed in 8 seconds with Hanna Bloor (GBR) 2nd, Fengyi Lei (SIN) 3rd and Herman Nurfendi (SIN) 4th.
Below, Hannah 25 yards from the finish and relaxing between races.
3 Hannah 25 yards from the finish - 2008 Byte CII World Championship day 1
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Below, Michael Louzada in 6th place
Fergyi Lei (SIN) leads Chris Tack (GBR) into the finish.
Bill Tieman (USA), Shevaun Sethi (SIN), Richard Whitehouse (GBR) and Gordon Kevan (GBR )close in on final gybe right before the finish.
Race three was again dominated by Jon Emmett (GBR)but the fleet behind were getting closer. Surprise of the race was the very strong showing of Brazilian Michael Lousada. He sails in Sao Sebastiao in the State of Sao Paulo where the winds are usually very strong and his races to date, sailing the CII for the first time, have all been top five with the exception of the breakdown yesterday. He is seen below before the race trying to get warm in the 'inhuman' conditions completely foreign to a Brazilian!
Top six in the race were: Emmett (GBR), Lousada (BRA), Blore (GBR), Nurfendi (SIN), Lei (SIN) and Fengyi (SIN).
Race four and again it was Emmett but his margin was a little less on the three Singapore and one Brazilian behind him. Before the start Eugene Woo was seen below sporting his new toque in the un-Singapore like conditions.
Also before the start three of the Singapore team have an impromptu meeting!
Below, Herman Nurfendi takes the cover-up a bit further with full face mask and reports he never did get warm. And all this on a nice English summer day!
When all the boats got away clean, it was Emmett out in front of the bulge in the centre of the line and this could be the closest in the race that anyone got to him!
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Meanwhile Nurfendi (SIN), below, was right up at the committee boat. He would end up 3rd in the race behind Emmett (GBR) and Fendyi (SIN).
Top six in the race were Emmett (GBR), Lei (SIN), Nurfendi (SIN), Louzada (BRA), Woo (SIN) and Rezel (SIN).