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16 September 1999

Issue # 57

Mumm 30 Worlds Day 1

This year the Mumm 30 class is holding its world championship in Great Britain.  Royal Southern Yacht Club is the host.  Home waters for the 31 boat fleet is the central Solent near Hamble and Southampton.

10 countries are represented.  Not attending is defending champion Luca Bassani of Italy.

Racing began on Wednesday with a 3 race day.  3 races are also planned for Thursday and Friday.  The final day of racing on Saturday will consist of 2 races.

The championships first race saw light air of 6-7 knots.  In the light air the corners paid.  The 1st 3 were: Walter Geurts (NED), Ed Collins (USA) and Massimo Hezzaroma (ITA).

Race 2 saw more breeze around the 15 knot range.  Again Walter Geurts was the winner, leading right from the off.  Again 2nd was Ed Collins.  For the first time a host nation boat hit the podium in the form of Louis Browne's Asterix.

For the days final race the breeze was up with the Mumm 30's switching to heavy weather jibs.  After several general recalls the start was made.  The first run was strewn with wipe outs and for Ed Collins and team a shredded spinnaker.

With wind gusts up to 28 knots, one boat was dismasted.  The heavy air saw a win for Massimo Hezzaroma, 2nd for another UK boat this time Mark Heeley and 3rd for French sailor Jimmy Pahun.

With 8 races remaining the regatta is far from settled.  However, the first day saw 4 boats separate from the pack.  Walter Geurts is in 1st with 7 points and 2 day 1 bullets, home standing Mark Heeley is 2nd with 10 points.  Tied for 3rd are Massimo Hezzorama and Ed Collins of the USA.

With the scoring not allowing for discards consistent top 10 finishes will be required to win.