Nitin Mongia has now taken a firm overall lead with three straight wins
As the competitors arrived at the Cidade De Goa Beach Resort this morning for the third race of the OK world championship the wind appeared to set into its pattern earlier than usual at about 1200 and by the time the competitors went afloat there was about 8-10 knots of breeze at the start building up to around 12 – 14 knots by the end of the race.
Nitin Mongia took a conservative start about six boats down from the Committee Boat. Nick Craig got off the line well from the middle and Paul Rhodes and Greg Wilcox were out on the pin end of the line.
Nitin squeezed out a narrow lead and rounded the windward mark first followed by Greg Wilcox and Nick Craig. Nitin the powered down the reaches and rounded the leeward mark first followed by Nick and Greg. The leading group split after rounding the mark with Nick chancing his luck on the left while Greg went to the right side and Nitin anxiously held on to the middle. Greg Wilcox took advantage of as good swing from the right to force Nitin to undertack him as they approached the mark but Nitin managed to slip out from under him and lead once again at the Windward Mark. Greg rounded a close second followed by Ben Morrison in third and Nick Craig who was sunk by the left hand side. Nitin was not troubled after that and sailed on to win comfortably from Greg Wilcox with Nick sailing a good final beat to finish third followed by Ben Morrison.
Greg Wilcox and Nick Craig filed protests against Nitin Mongia. The Jury after deliberating for long periods dismissed both protests. Two races are scheduled for today.
Results (after race three)
1st Nitin Mongia 1, 1, 1, 3.0 pts
2 nd Nick Craig 2, 2, 3, 7.0 pts
3rd Ben Morrison 3, 4, 4, 11.0 pts
4th Joe Porebski 5, 3, 6, 14.0 pts
5th Greg Willcox 7, 6, 2, 15.0 pts
6th James MacAlistair 8, 5, 9, 22.0 pts
7th Hans Elkjer 9, 8, 7, 24.0 pts
8th Rudiger Prinz 4, 12, 10, 26.0 pts
9th Rob Coutts 6, 7, 13, 26.0 pts
10th Peter Scheuerl 11, 10, 8, 29.0 pts