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July 22, 1985

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ American Harry Voss held the lead as skipper of Golden Feather going into the third day of 8-Meter sailboat racing in the class’ World Championships on Lake Ontario today.

Voss finished second in the 16 nautical mile Olympic triangular race Sunday, but maintained the lowest point score due to his win Saturday over 16 other sailboats.

Octavia, skippered by defending champion Elwin Cathcart of Canada, finished first Sunday and held third place overall. Sweden’s Pelle Petterson sailed Dolphin to third place, but maintained an overall ranking of second.

The 17-boat field includes yachts from the United States, Canada, Sweden and France.

Each boat is awarded points by place with the lowest total point scorer winning the championship.

Skippers are permitted to drop their worst finish from their total.

The boats, raced in North America only on Lake Ontario, range in size from 44 to 50 feet and are sailed by a crew of six.

The racing will be contested, weather permitting, through Wednesday with a planned day off Thursday and a final day of racing Friday. Thursday may be used as a race day if bad weather forces cancellation of another day’s racing. ---

VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) - Pat Fletcher, the only Canadian ever to win the Canadian Open, died Sunday at his home. He was 69.

Fletcher had been a caddy, a professional, a club manager, a club pro and a three-term president of the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association.

He was one of the great names in Canadian golf but is best remembered for one glorious moment in 1954. Before he turned the trick at Point Grey in 1954 in Vancouver, no Canadian had won the Canadian Open since 1914 and no one has since.

Fletcher began playing golf at Victoria Club as a youngster. He came to Victoria from Great Britian at the age of four with his widowed mother. He was working at Jasper Park Lodge when he read that the Alberta Open was coming up in Edmonton.

He sold shares in himself to finance his trip to Edmonton, where he finished second and earned enough money to pay back his supporters.

In addition to his Canadian Open title, Fletcher won the CPGA crown in 1952 and was twice low Canadian in the Open. ---

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Fast Lane, a dark-horse entry in the 61st Port Huron to Mackinac Island Yacht race, held the unofficial lead as the frontrunners moved well past the halfway point.

Fast Lane is 13 feet shorter and much lighter than last year’s winner, Sassy, which was reported four hours behind in second place as the leaders moved past the midpoint of the 298-mile race Sunday night.

Sassy overtook Fujimo, another Detroit Yacht Club entry. The first arrivals at Mackinac Island were expected early today. The 65-foot Fast Lane, an ultra-light craft out of the Detroit Yacht Club, is owned by Keith Turner of Union Lake and Larry Nichel and John Williamson, both of Birmingham.

Cove Island, in northeastern Lake Huron, is the halfway point at which the race changes direction. The 304 boats that left Port Huron on Saturday were to shift toward the northwest and the Straits of Mackinac as they round the Cove Island buoy.

A steady north-northeast wind of 15 knots during the first part of the race up the St. Clair River to Lake Huron provided added speed to some of the lighter craft.

Fast Lane had been a favorite in last week’s Chicago to Mackinac Island Yacht Race. However, an accident with the craft’s steering gear caused delays for the crew in that race.