Greeks lead F18 World Championship

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After light winds on Monday, for the opener of the F18 World Championship, there was an earlier start today with the 78-boat fleet completing three races on Sarasota Bay.

Mitch Booth, 1992 Australian Yachtsman of the Year and 1996 Olympic Silver Medalist, and crew Rueben Booth won the first race of the day, dethroning day one leaders Brett Burvill and Max Puttnam (AUS).

The top ten contenders shuffled the leaderboard throughout the day, but ultimately the Greek team of Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis prevailed, taking first the following two races of the day and establishing a several minute lead in the final race of the day.

“I think this venue is tricky, from the outside it look easy but on the course it is really hard work,” notes Trigonis. “We were looking and got a puff at the top of the course and it took us all the way down to the finish.”

“This event was our target regatta this year, we won the European Championship, so we came well prepared,” remarked Paschalidis. “We are trying to be consistent, reading the wind on the course and the water. There are a number of boats that could win at this point, so it’s still a long way to the finish.”

Racing is planned from October 15 to 19.

Day Two Results (Top 10 of 68; 4 races)
1. 20 / GRE 7, Iordanis Paschalidis/Konstantinos Trigonis, NOTH, 2-5-1-1- ; 9
2. 72 / AUS 526, Brett Burvill/Max Puttman, JBSC, 1-2-5-6- ; 14
3. 9 / USA 11, Michael Easton/Tripp Burd, MITNA / Eastern Yacht Club, 10-9-3-2- ; 24
4. 63 / NED 77, Hans Van Dam/Marius Van Dam, Royal Maas Yacht Club, 3-3-15-4- ; 25
5. 41 / ESP 1, Mitch Booth/Ruben Booth, Club Vela Palamós, 8-1-6-13- ; 28
6. 85 / FRA 901, Emmanuel Boulogne/MARFAING MATTHIEU, CLUB DE VOILE DU TOUQUET, 14-6-1/RDG-10/RDG- ; 31
7. 25 / ARG 7, Pablo Völker/Sergio Mehl, CNSI/Aguila, 9-4-18-11- ; 42T
8. 74 / USA 17, Pete Melvin/Ferdinand Van West, WSV, 7-12-13-10- ; 42T
9. 55 / USA 850, Taylor Reiss/Matthew Whitehead, St. Andrew’s Bay Yacht Club, 25-8-2-8- ; 43
10. 10 / USA 1899, Charles Tomeo/Dalton Tebo, SSS, 15-21-12-5- ; 53T