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Int. Canoe Worlds 2002

American sailor Steve Clark is the new IC World Champion. Held every three years, the championship took place at Bristol YC, Rhode Island, USA on August 25-30. The seven race series sailed on Olympic courses took place in winds ranging between Force 2-4 and saw very close competition with much place changing and the final result in doubt until the final race. The 50 entries included visitors from Canada, Germany, Australia, Sweden and a 17-strong team from Great Britain. British sailors have won the last three world championships, so hopes were high. But it was the heavier American and Swedish teams that dominated, taking the top five places between them, with the top British sailor, Mark Goodchild finishing sixth.

Race 1 sailed in a Force 3 sea breeze gave an indication of things to come. Won by Steve Clark (USA) from Anders Peterson (Sweden), with top Brit John Ellis third. Race 2 immediately followed in an increasing breeze and was won by Chris Converse (USA) followed by Clark and Ola Barthelson (Sweden).

The second day saw a similar breeze, but this time off the land. Mark Goodchild (GBR) picked his way through the shifts to take the gun followed by Phil Robin (GBR) just ahead of Clark. The second race was won by Peterson, followed by Erich Chase (USA) and Bill Beaver (USA). At eighth, Clark recorded his worst result of the week.

Only one race was scheduled for day 3 and saw a Force 3 shifty gradient breeze off the land. Clark fought his way through to take the gun followed by Peterson and Graham Herbert (Canada). Goodchild's hopes were worsened after capsizing and having to retire after his sail was split in two by another boat � a fully extended sliding seat makes an effective cutting implement at IC speeds!

The final two races sailed on day 4 were held in a solid Force 4 gradient breeze. Clark took the first race followed by Chase and - Goodchild, with Petersson's challenge starting to slip. In the last race Petersson had to finish eight places ahead of Clark to take the championship; he got the bit between his teeth and took the lead, but was powerless to control Clarke, who climbed through the fleet to finish second and with it take the championship for the second time.

For the first time at a Worlds, racing was also organised on a separate windward-leeward course for Asymmetric Canoes with eight competitors from Britain joining recent convert from Texas, David Gilliand. The seven race series saw plenty of thrills and spills and demonstrated to other competitors that the monster 22sqm spinnakers are controllable even in a Force 4. Paul Patrick comfortably won the series with a race to spare, but did not have it all his own way with Welshman Steve Bowen winning two races and boatbuilder Rob Michael never out of the top three.

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Place Sail No Helm Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Points
1 USA171 Steve Clark 1 2 3 8 1 1 2 10
2 SWE105 Anders Petersson 2 4 9 1 2 5 1 15
3 USA210 Erich Chase 19 5 5 2 7 2 5 26
4 SWE106 Ola Barthelson 4 3 5 7 8 6 4 28
5 USA219 Bill Beaver 6 23 7 3 6 4 6 32
6 GBR265 Mark Goodchild 5 6 1 6 42\DNF 3 12 33
7 GBR292 John Ellis 3 9 6 5 5 10 8 36
8 USA201 John Kells 12 8 8 4 4 12 7 43
9 USA206 Chris Converse 9 1 13 9 42\DNC 8 13 53
10 GBR254 Phil Robin 11 10 2 12 12 9 9 53
11 CAN29 Graham Herbert 10 21 10 15 4 13 3 54
12 SWE95 Sve-Olod Ahlenius 7 14 12 14 16 7 15 69
13 USA213 Ted Van Dusen 8 15 25 13 11 16 11 74
14 SWE93 Olle Bergqvist 15 7 14 20 9 11 19 75
15 USA214 Johan Baecksin 14 17 11 10 10 14 17 76
16 GBR278 Simon Allen 13 11 15 18 13 15 14 81
17 GBR243 Gareth Caldwell 16 16 18 11 18 19 10 89
18 SWE101 Harald Merseburg 17 12 22 26 23 20 18 112
19 USA220 George Saunders 21 18 19 24 14 24 20 116
20 GBR282 Richard Oswald 18 20 16 17 24 23 25 118
21 GBR274 Alan Powell 23 25 20 25 22 17 16 123
22 USA230 Del Olsen 27 24 17 22 17 21 23 124
23 GBR250 Partick Marshall 22 19 23 16 21 26 24 125
24 SWE99 Peter Lundquist 24 27 24 21 19 18 21 127
25 GER56 Peter Ullman 20 22 21 27 26 22 26 137
26 CAN36 Bor Lewis 25 28 26 23 25 27 29 154
27 USA199 Ted Bowman 26 23 29 28 27 30 22 155
28 GBR291 Colin Brown 42\DNF 42\DNF 28 19 15 25 32 161
29 USA202 Oliver Moore 29 32 27 29 20 34 30 176
30 USA216 Karl Wittnebel 28 26 32 32 32 42\DNF 28 178
31 GER74 Eckhardt Pagel 33 31 31 31 31 28 27 179
32 GBR231 Peter McLaren 30 30 30 33 29 29 33 181
33 USA205 Fran DeFaymoreau 31 33 33 30 28 31 31 184
34 GER68 Killian Wucherpfenng 34 35 36 35 33 33 34 204
35 USA221 Hkevin Rea 32 29 42\DNF 42\DNF 30 32 42\DNF 207
36 USA190 Tony Delima 35 42\DNF 34 34 34 35 42\DNF 214
37 USA186 Tom Richardson 36 36 37 36 42\DNF 36 35 216
38 USA169 Jared Hourihan 37 34 42\DNF 42\DNF 42\DNF 42\DNF 42\DNC 239
39 USA217 Phillip DeCausemaker 42\DNF 42\DNC 35 42\DNF 42\DNC 42\DNC 42\DNC 245
40 USA172 Ben Fuller 42\DNC 42\DNC 42\DNC 42\DNC 42\DNC 42\DNC 42\DNC 252
41 AUS1 Eric Dunbar 42\DNC 42\DNC 42\DNC 42\DNC 42\DNC 42\DNC 42\DNC 252

AC

1st Paul Patrick GBR289;
2nd Rob Michael GBR284
3rd Steve Bowen GBR290
4th Phil Allen GBR260

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