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Day 1 at SB3 Worlds in Ireland

'SB3 Worlds 2008'

Britain's Tim Fells with Sue Fells and Sandy Ramus lead the Blue Flight, four points ahead of South Africans David Hudson, Roger and Alan Hudson after three races.

In the Orange Flight, Mark Richards, Craig Mitchell and Chris Gould are tied in the lead with the Australians Daniel Geoghegan, Charles Cumbley and Robert Taylor at the end of the first day of racing at the Laser SB3 World Championship at the National YC, Ireland.

The 137-boat fleet was split in two today for three races on each course, with tight corners and packed roundings the order of the day. Twelve knots and blistering sunshine greeted the racers as they exited Dun Laoghaire harbour and veered left and right to the two courses. With the consistent northerly wind oscillating through an arc of 20 degrees, things got underway without delay.

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By race two of three, the fleets had found their confidence on the start line, evidenced by a handful of restarts and disqualifications for false starts.

At the top of the blue fleet, South African helm Dave Hudson described as ‘dangerous’ some of the early windward mark roundings, with almost 70 boats converging on the windward mark in tight formation after the first leg.

'If you came in at about five to ten boat lengths below [the mark] you could generally find a gap,' said Hudson, who won the SB3 class at Cork Week in July. 'One to five boat lengths was really dangerous and that’s where a few of the boats got trapped,' he said.

Plenty of boats found themselves doing penalty spins before re-joining the queue - Hudson, however, steered clear of much of the chaos to emerge among the front runners again, with a 1, 6, 4 scoreline for the day keeping him in second overall behind British pairing Tim and Sue Fells.

It’s another British boat at the top of the Orange fleet, Mark Richards holding the top space on equal points with Aussie Daniel Geoghegan. The top Irish slot falls to Peter Kennedy, an Irish Olympian from 1988, who sits in third overall after a tough first day, with three results inside the top six.

Plenty of spills and knocks on the racecourse will keep the protest teams busy long into the evening, but the overall mood in Dun Laoghaire is hugely positive.

Top Irish helm at the recently-held nationals, Gareth Flannigan, remarked that racing was incredibly close, and that it was ‘all or nothing’ on the first beats of the course, after which finding clear air to mount a comeback was nearly impossible.

Other Irish performances of note included Bád, crewed by Olympians Peter O’Leary and Tim Goodbody, who posted consistent results to leave themselves seventh out of their 67-boat fleet.

Racing resumes tomorrow morning, with three more qualification races.

SB3 - Blue Flight leading positions (63 racing)

1 GBR 3231 Tim Fells Sue Fells Sandy Ramus Jules Wilkinson Blue 2 4 1 7 7
2 RSA 3451 David Hudson Roger Hudson Alan Hudson Wandisile Xayimpi Blue 1 6 4 11 11
3 IRL 3500 Peter Kennedy Dave Cheyne Stephen Kane Blue 6 5 3 14 14
4 GBR 3475 Mike Budd Nick Craig Neil Hughston Blue 3 1 13 17 17
5 GBR 3106 David Lenz Will Harrison-Cripps Victoria Lenz Clare Molloy Blue 4 7 7 18 18
6 GBR 3462 Paul Lovejoy Sam Minns Andy Rice Maurice O'Connell Blue 5 8 6 19 19
7 IRL 3307 Peter O Leary Tim Goodbody Jerry Dowling Jimmy Dowling Blue 7 3 15 25 25
8 GBR 3027 Chris Darling Alistair Shaw Sian McCleave Alice Darling Blue 26 2 2 30 30
9 GBR 3509 Nico Honor Paul Bedell Ian Mills Duncan Adams Blue 16 16 5 37 37
10 GBR 3234 Nick Phillips Jim Eynon Sophie Hartley John Greenland Blue 19 11 9 39 39
11 IRL 3433 Gareth Flannigan Brian Spence Jeremy Tomalin Blue 8 23 11 42 42
12 IRL 3501 Emma McDonald Joe Turner Ross McDonald Blue 18 13 12 43 43
13 ITA 3543 Caresani Roberto Pietro Negri Nicola Maggi Blue 27 9 10 46 46
14 GBR 3060 Stewart Reed Mary Barrett Andrew Shaw Blue 10 21 18 49 49
15 FRA 3206 Jerome Aguesse Paul Fallon Enda O Driscoll Blue 15 19 20 54 54
16 GBR 3149 Mark Gillett Nick Jones Simon Lomas-Clarke Blue 25 15 17 57 57
17 GBR 3152 Guy Jackson Jorgen Stromquist James Moore Blue 35 10 14 59 59
18 IRL 3324 Kieran Dorgan Kieran Dorgan Gareth Dorgan David Horgan Blue 13 29 26 68 68
19 GBR 3039 Marshal King Matt Waite Steve McLean Blue 22 24 22 68 68
20 GBR 3388 Chris King Daren Fenn Andrew Hubbard Blue 31 22 19 72 72

SB3 - Orange Flight leading positions (69 racing)

1 GBR 3082 Mark Richards Craig Mitchell Chris Gould Orange 6 3 1 10 10
2 AUS 3469 Daniel Geoghegan Charles Cumbley Robert Taylor Orange 4 1 5 10 10
3 GBR 3042 Craig Burlton Adam Heeley AB (Stephen White) Orange 1 18.0 ZFP 2 21 21
4 GBR 3053 Geoff Carveth Roger Gilbert Sarah Allan Roz Allen Orange 3 2 16 21 21
5 IRL 3551 Ronan Collins Killian Collins Donal Hegarty Orange 5 13 7 25 25
6 GBR 3057 Martin Boatman John Outhwaite Carl Outhwaite Orange 12 5 15 32 32
7 GBR 3546 Richard Catchpole Adam Hoad-Reddick Alan Woosey Orange 13 12 9 34 34
8 GBR 3134 Jono Shelley Jon Modral Chris Blacburn Orange 8 16 14 38 38
9 GBR 3517 Colin Simonds Raymond Simonds Gavin Simonds Orange 14 17 8 39 39
10 GBR 3465 Jerry Hill Joe Llewellyn Mark Thomas Orange 2 6 35 43 43
11 NZL 3287 Ben Duncan Paul Adamson Audrey McGovern Orange 9 10 32 51 51
12 GBR 3021 Charlie Whelan Richard McAdam Keith Lyon Orange 27 8 25 60 60
13 GBR 3336 Adrian Peach Olivier Vidal Dan Pedwick Nicola Groves Orange 10 26 24 60 60
14 GBR 3302 Ian Sullivan Tom Mallindine tba Orange 25 30 6 61 61
15 POR 3506 Fernando Belo Jose Belo Rui Caldas Orange 24 24 13 61 61
16 IRL 3281 Sean Craig Laura Fitzpatrick Rachel MacManus Eavan Gannon Orange 34.0 ZFP 25.0 ZFP 3 62 62
17 GBR 3079 Ann Jackson Katie Haighton Simon Haighton James Ward Orange 15 9 41 65 65
18 IRL 3045 Trevor D'Arcy Simon Hutchinson Sinead Hutchinson Orange 32 35 11 78 78
19 IRL 3280 Michael Ennis William McKinney Alain McKinney Orange 30 32 17 79 79
20 GBR 3031 Christina Summerhayes Barbara Watson Sacha Oswald Catherine Wiliamson Orange 7 7 67.0 DNC 81 81

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