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July 22

Admirals Cup Offshore race continues

The Champagne Mumm Admirals Cup fleet has spent
the night beating along the shores of England.  As with
most modern offshore racing satellite technology allows
us to know where the boats are.

The Big Boat class is led by the USA's Idler followed
by Brava of the European team.  Unlike the other two
classes which are one design the big boats are racing
under IMS handicaps so just being the lead does not give
Idler victory.

14 miles behind Idler was the first of the Sydney 40's Merit
Cup of the European team.  Blue Yankee Pride of the USA
was 2nd.

30 miles back came the leading Mumm 36 Breeze 1 of
Italy followed by Germany's Jeantex and Great Britains
Barlo Plastics.

As things stand the Netherlands holds the lead.   Still there
is much challenging racing to come.  The big boats
have 70 miles left to Wolf Rock light, all of which should
be to weather.  After that they double back all the way
to Cowes, likely under spinnaker.  A rough estimate of
when they'll finish?  Mid day British time on Friday, 0700
eastern time. 

The Mumms and the Sydney 40's don't have to go all the
way to Wolf Rock.  They'll also head back to Cowes
under spinnaker.  They are expected to finish very
early tomorrow morning British time.

Both groups should expect good breeze.  British forecasters
predict north west winds starting at force 6 and later dropping
to force 4 or 5 still a good sailing breeze.

With so much racing left the Netherlands can't take its
victory for certain.  However, they must be considered
the favorites.