#3: The S.W.S. Trophy (Wednesday 29 July, 20ºC, mostly
sunny): After a general recall, the fleet got off cleanly in about 6
of 145º wind. Ian and Anders (below) continued to look
rounding and remaining 1-2 throughout the race.
to shine as he moved from 13th to 8th on the final beat and scored his
3rd straight top-ten finish but no one’s last-leg heroics could match
Just who managed to pick his way through the minefield of shifts and
spots from 21st to 5th! Amazing!! Uncle Al looked to be doing better,
moved from 14th off beat #1 to 8th on beat #2 but the final beat was a
mystery to him as he fell to 18th, matching a drop accomplished on beat
2 by Søren who had fallen from 14th to 23rd before ending 26th.
After sailing two such fine race on the first day, Poul Ammentorp
thought he had hit rock bottom when he rounded 35th off beat 1, but he
managed to get the wrong parts of beat 2 as well and fell to 44th
recovering 5 boats prior to the finish.
Among the North Americans, George Blanchard sailed a consistent race to end 40th just ahead of Nick who was 50th after once around but gained 10 boats on the 2nd beat before settling for 41th and being cheered by the thought that he and his new knee (operated on), boat (Mixed Nuts), crew (Søren Gøtzsche) and sails (Mike Mac’s) were finally getting into the groove. Also showing distinct improvement were Geoff Edwards and George Waller who moved out of the 50’s with a 48th. Sadly, the Taylor brothers second Worlds came to a premature end after this race: after a mad scramble to get and make ready a fresh, blue borrowed boat, crew, Paul, re-developed sore arms (akin to tennis elbow) that he had experienced at the Ontarios a week and a half before. With poor Mark having to trim all the sheets, the Taylors had dropped to 45th before deciding to pack it in. Paul’s elbows had recovered sufficiently to allow him to add his magnificent guitar work to the Danish Wayfarer Stompers in concert Wednesday night before he and his brother decided to head for the excitement of Hamburg and Amsterdam before their flight home.
1998 Worlds results
Race 1 report
Race 2 report
Race 3 report
Race 4 report
Race 5 report
Race 6 report
Race 7 report
A U.K. View of the 98 Worlds
Uncle Al's 98 Worlds Diary