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News / International Week underway in Pattaya, Thailand

Preworlds Day Three

The day belonged to Nathan Bachelor and Sam Pascoe who came away with two wins and now lead the championships.

The weather again was near perfect. The first race took place in a ten knot south wester which then built to around thirteen knots for the second allowing the pumping flag to be raised before the start.

 The left paid as it had the day before. Greg Allison and Blenkle had a great start and led at the top mark closely followed by Nathan and Sam then Christian and Sam.  Heather and Chris were stuck back in the pack but moved forward on the run to fourth.  Behind them Ben and Doug got caught up in a pile of boats rounding the bottom mark in a rather kaotic fashion.

On the second beat Nathan and Sam broke left to take the lead. Chris and Heather went to the right with Sam and Christian and Greg and Allan lost out in the middle.

Positions remained close but unchanged to the finish.

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With more breeze in the second race and the pumping flag up the fatter crews came back into the hunt.  Ben and Doug blasted off the pin and led to the first mark only to break a trap wire after setting their kite. As they tried to fix it Nathan and Sam took the lead,  followed by the usual suspects. Ben and Doug recovered to fifth before breaking a kite sheet showing it definitely wasn't their day.

Nathan and Sam go in to the final day in the hotseat.  They are proving to be the boat to beat and will be hot favourites for the worlds next week.

Royal Varuna Yacht Club continues to lay on the hospitality with sensational food, cold beer and a great atmosphere. Everyone is having a great time with many wishing they could stay forever. 

Top Ten after six races

1

GBR 15087

Nathan Batchelor, Sam Pascoe

6.0

1

(dns )

2

1

1

1

2

AUS 15048

Heather MacFarlane, Chris Payne

9.0

2

1

1

2

(3 )

3

3

AUS 15062

Ben Schulz, Doug Sheppard

20.0

(6 )

3

4

4

5

4

4

GBR 15092

Veronica Falat, Ben Falat

33.0

4

2

(11 )

6

10

11

5

CAN 15024

Joe Jospe, Tom Egli

33.0

(10 )

5

8

5

9

6

6

GBR 14887

Bryan Sargeant, William Sargeant

40.0

8

7

7

8

(11 )

10

7

AUS 14814

Steve Goacher, Peter Crossley

43.0

11

6

10

9

(12 )

7

8

AUS 15071

Thomas Gordon, Jack Fletcher

45.0

9

(dnf )

6

3

dnf

5

9

SUI 14859

Christina Haerdi-Landerer, Cedric Landerer

45.0

13

4

5

15

8

(ocs)

10

AUS 14510

Jim Hughes, Tom Hughes

46.0

(15 )

8

9

7

13

9

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