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Duncan Leads SB20 Nationals in Belfast Lough

1st September 2012
Duncan Leads SB20 Nationals in Belfast Lough

#sb20– Heavy rain and bad visibility greeted the SB20 fleet yesterday in Belfast Lough for day 1 of the Class Nationals. Wind from the south coming off the Ballyholme shore made for gusty and shifty racing for the fleet. Strangford Lough based former Flying fifteen champion Darren Martin started the series with a very impressive first place in race 1 in this highly competitive fleet. Local heroes Andrew & Ross Vaughan also consistently in the top 5 with a 4,5,4 showing the advantage of local knowledge.

However it was Ben Duncan again who showed a master class in one design racing with a 6,1,1 leading overnight by 4 points to Mel Collins (8,2,2). These leading two boats as expected battling it out at the front for race leader, each boat gaining and losing the advantage several times. On the final race, Collins only losing it out to Duncan on the final sprint to the finish as each boat split for different sides of the gate.

More to come today on Belfast lough where inclusion in the top 10 in this class is a hard fought thing.

1st - NZL 3287 -Duncan

2nd - IRL 3198 - Collins

3rd - IRL 3501- Martin

4th - IRL3298 - Vaughan

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