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Discard boosts Bertrand within sight of Etchells World title

Australian John Bertrand extended his lead on day 4 of the Etchells World Championship at Cowes.

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Although Berttrand finished sixth he received a push from dropping his 22 point discard, which gave him a 19 point overall lead.

The conditions were unexpected, 25 knots of solid breeze with bullets of pressure, sending the wind speed past 30 knots.

Argyle Campbell of the USA was the winner of race 6 on Thursday, but is too far down the leaderboard to effect the podium places.

Andy Beadsworth finished second with Skip Dieball of the USA in third.

Noel Drennan was the only one in the top group to get near Bertrand, a fifth place lifting him into second overall.

Ohter challengers, Steve Benjamin USA and Chris Hampton AUS struggled down in the twenties.

Britain's Seamus McHugh finished 11 and is fifth overall, while Lawrie Smith was ninth and moves to sixth overall.

In the Corinthian Class, The General, skippered by James Badenach, has taken charge.

His team from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club smoked the Corinthian fleet today, and dropped a big discard, to take the lead by 17 points.

2016 Etchells World Championship - Leaders after 6 races (76 entries)

1st   AUS 1383 John Bertrand 4 2 22 5 5 6 [22] 22 pts
2nd   SIN 1333 Noel Drennan 7 17 1 12 16 5 [17] 41 pts
3rd   USA 1262 Stephen Benjamin 14 5 5 1 17 20 [20] 42 pts
4th   AUS 874 Chris Hampton 1 8 28 13 3 24 [28] 49 pts
5th   SUI 1425 Seamus McHugh 21 14 2 3 26 11 [26] 51 pts
6th   GBR 1434 Lawrie Smith 40 6 3 6 27 9 [40] 51 pts
7th   GBR 1430 Andy Beadsworth 16 7 20 11 43 2 [43] 56 pts
8th   USA 1198 Scott Kaufman 59/UFD 11 6 24 1 15 [59] 57 pts
9th   GBR 1438 Ante Razmilovic 30 1 10 17 20 12 [30] 60 pts
10th   GBR 1431 David Franks 11 29 19 7 6 18 [29] 61 pts
11th   USA 1414 Jay Cross 25 27 8 2 35 4 [35] 66 pts
12th   USA 1396 Skip Dieball 59/OCS 10 13 35 8 3 [59] 69 pts
13th   HKG 1406 Mark Thornburrow 18 12 9 4 59/UFD 29 [59] 72 pts
14th   NZL 1348 Andrew Wills 31 3 38 8 11 21 [38] 74 pts
15th   USA 1397 Peter Duncan 2 21 31 38 4 19 [38] 77 pts
16th   USA 1415 Shannon Bush 5 23 14 16 21 37 [37] 79 pts
17th   GBR 1407 Andrew Cooper 19 9 15 29 44 7 [44] 79 pts
18th   USA 1000 Tom Carruthers 8 47 39 18 15 10 [47] 90 pts
19th   USA 1404 Jim Cunningham 26 31 29 31 2 8 [31] 96 pts
20th   GBR 1329 Rob Goddard 20 15 36 21 9 31 [36] 96 pts
21st   HKG 1285 James Badenach 6 41 17 20 59/UFD 13 [59] 97 pts
22nd  POR 1197 Pedro Andrade 3 24 35 42 30 17 [42] 109 pts
23rd   GBR 957 Thomas Brennan 23 4 26 25 50 36 [50] 114 pts
24th   GBR 1441 Peter Rogers 33 37 27 10 7 39 [39] 114 pts
25th   AUS 1165 Doug Flynn 39 20 12 32 38 14 [39] 116 pts
26th   AUS 1226 Martin Webster 9 18 16 15 59/UFD 59/RET [59] 117 pts
27th   HKG 1428 Marty Kaye 13 16 25 9 59/UFD 59/DNF [59] 122 pts
28th   GBR 1409 William McNeill 28 25 24 19 29 30 [30] 125 pts
29th   GBR 1439 Robert Elliott 22 28 23 33 39 27 [39] 133 pts
30th   USA 1375 Argyle Campbell 12 34 59/DSQ 56 31 1 [59] 134 pts

Full results here

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Gerald New - Sailweb
8 September 2016 17:03 GMT


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