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WeymouthD3SmallPRESS RELEASE – Wednesday 25 August 2010

The 11th Dart 18 Catamaran World Championships is taking place at the 2012 Olympic Sailing venue, Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy until Friday 27 August 2010. 131 boats from the UK, France, Belgium, South Africa, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands and Portugal are at the prestigious venue to experience some of the best catamaran racing in the world. Due to light wind conditions the Practice Race was abandoned on Sunday.

Monday saw 130 teams heading to the start line outside of Portland Harbour. With the wind strengthening and conditions deteriorating, sailors began to struggle in the testing conditions so the Race Officer had no alternative but to abandon the race when the young British team of Tom Phipps and Richard Glover were in the lead and whose hard work was to no avail. Phipps and Glover, no strangers to disappointment, had been Olympic contenders in their Tornado catamaran, who suffered a huge set back to their sailing career, when the catamaran class was withdrawn from the Olympics.

On Tuesday teams had to sit it out ashore as the strong wind conditions prevented any racing taking place.

On day 3 with no races to count so far, the Race Officer was under pressure to get some races sailed and scheduled 3 races back to back. The day started with light, shifting conditions, held inside Portland Harbour due to the strong wind forecast. This made for close racing within the confines of the harbour and conditions became testing as the wind increased.

The first race of the day saw two false starts and with the Black Flag flying for the third starting sequence, saw the demise of the current World Champions, French team Emmanuel Dode and Fred Moreau who were over the line and were disqualified. They had to sit it out on the side lines as the rest of the fleet experienced some excellent racing in the light, shifting conditions. With the current World Champions out of contention, the door was left open for the British team of David and Louise Roberts (1st), Thierry and Christine Wibaux from France (2nd) and British team, former World Champions, Dan Norman and Mel Rogers (3rd).

Race 2 – Wednesday 25 August 2010 With the wind strength increasing French team, Emanuel Dode and Fred Moreau were back in action, showing their world championship winning form to take 1st place. The young British Team of Tom Phipps and Richard Glover showed determination and fought back from their disappointment on Monday to take 2nd place. David Lloyd and Joanna Jones-Pierce stormed in to 3rd place. Lloyd, who has sailed at every World Championships – 11 in total including this one, is surely due for a win and will be a serious contender for the title.

Race 3 – Wednesday 25 August 2010 Tom Phipps and Richard Glover showed their consistency in strong winds and their determination to succeed by taking 1st place just ahead of the French team of Emmanuel Dode and Fred Moreau (2nd) and British team, Dan Norman and Mel Rogers (3rd) As the wind steadily increased and with deteriorating visibility, conditions proved difficult for the fleet with many boats retiring. Overall Results after 3 races 1st David Lloyd and Joanna Jones-Pierce 2nd Dan Norman and Mel Rogers 3rd David and Louise Robert