Yachting...and in Britain the fourth race of the World Tornado Class Championships has been won?
Yachting...and in Britain the fourth race of the World Tornado Class Championships has been won by an Englishman. Olympic gold medallist Reg White and his crew Steve Olle scored the first British win in the series but the sole Soviet competitor, Victor Potapov, still led overall on points.
SYNOPSIS: The championships are being held in Weymouth Bay, off England's southern coast. Conditions for the fourth race were perfect, making up for the bad weather which caused cancellation of racing on the series' second day. The 78 Tornados, from 20 countries, made an excellent start but White soon took the lead.
The competitors included four from the United States, one from Japan, two from Argentina, six from Australasia and a large number of European yachtsmen.
White and Olle led by about 30 seconds at the first mark but were briefly overtaken during the second beat by the Danish crew of Peter Due and Per Kjaergaard. However, the British team soon regained the lead.
The winner of the third race, Brian Lewis of Australia in KA-160, and his compatriot Peter Blaxland in KA-141 chased strongly but did not catch the leaders.
Soviet competitor Potapov - after two earlier wins and a second - has to settle for tenth place, watched by his coach.
White and Olle in K-289 crossed the finishing line 40 seconds ahead of their countrymen David Campbell-James and Richard Aylard. The Austrian team of Robert jessenig and bernard Becker was third. The results left White and Olle just 10 Points behind the overall leader Potapov, with three races left in the series.