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Hamlin Leads as I-14 Big Guns Jump the Start

LONG BEACH, Calif.—Some of the world’s best International 14 class sailors will be sailing on eggshells the rest of the week.

As the host Alamitos Bay Yacht Club’s own Howard Hamlin and crew Euan McNicol of Australia won the first race of the I-14 World Championship Regatta Sunday, followed by Katie Nurton and Nigel Ash of Great Britain, other big names took a big hit for crossing the starting line early in the two-lap, 12-nautical mile race.

The 10 guilty boats among 71 entries included past champions Robert Greenhalgh and Roddy Bridge of Great Britain and Grant Geddes of Australia, along with U.S. Nationals runners-up Tina and Trevor Baylis of Santa Cruz, Calif. and Archie Massey, captain of Britain’s World Team Racing championship team last Friday.

All will discard the 72 points they received for their indiscretions on Thursday following the fifth of seven races, but that’s the only throwout allowed.

Massey said,

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