Hot start to Taser World Championship

Published on August 1st, 2017

Gamagori, Japan (August 1, 2017) – Hot and humid summer weather was the backdrop as racing got under way for day one of the Tasar World Championship. Three races were completed in 10 to 16 knot winds from the WSW. A veteran pair from Victoria, South Australia, Heather Macfarlane and Chris Payne posted a 2-5-3 to take the early lead in the 97-boat fleet.

Jonathan & Libby Johnson McKee (USA) did an excellent job winning race one and two, but a 10th in race three puts them two points off the lead in second overall. “It was bad start and we got penalty at the third mark,” explained Jonathan. “But we enjoy racing very much in Japan.”

Tied with the McKees is the current Tasar World Champion, Chris Dance and Jeremy Elmslie (AUS). They got 8-2-2. Former world champion, Robert & Nicole Douglass (AUS) collected a 4-7-6 for 17 points and 4th overall.

Racing for the 97 boats representing five countries (Australia, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, and USA) is scheduled from August 1 to 6.

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