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 4 December 2000 Issue # 298

By Ike Stephenson

 Today's Sailing News 

Match Racing: Women's World Championship

The regatta ended anticlimactically as lack of wind cancelled the finals.  By virtue of winning the quarterfinal round Dorte Jensen of Denmark defended her championship.

Jensen defeated Shirley Robertson 2-1 to make the never sailed final.  Sweden's Marie Bjorling beat Betsy Alison in the other semi 2-1.

The competitors waited all day for wind which never showed.  

The quarterfinal results were then used to award the winner. Jensen solidly won this round winning all 7 races.  

The Race:  27 days to the start

Team Philips left England Saturday morning.  The twin rigged cat has been sailing north and is now sailing past Orkney, Scotland.  Later today Team Philips should hit 40+ knot winds and 7 meter seas.

Despite the conditions Andy Hindley sends a positive report from onboard: "We wanted a stern test of Team Philips before setting off for the much more settled conditions of the Med, so we really have dived in with both feet by heading to 60 degrees North. It's wickedly windy and very rough, but we have grins from ear to ear."

On shore Team Adventure has signed it's first major sponsor,  Team Adventure's mainsail will carry the logo. 

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Farr 40 Admirals Cup Trials

Miami Florida was the scene of 5 more buoy races for a fleet of 26 Farr 40's.  This completed the inshore portion of the first half of the USA's trials for the Farr 40 Admirals cup team.

Chris Doscher's Twisted finished with a bullet to lock down 1st place for the inshore part of the regatta.

2nd was Barking Mad 4 points back.  3rd Pegasus just another point back.

The concluding race of the first part of the trials began at 1000 Sunday.  Only 5 of the 8 Admirals Cup eligible boats started the race.  Diana, Passage and Defiant did not start with Barking Mad, Raging Bull, Twisted, Pegasus and Total Eclipse did start.

Match Racing: New Zealand Championships

Over the weekend the home waters of the America's Cup saw an interesting match race regatta sailed.  Several America's Cup helmsman sailed.

Bertrand Pace now of Team New Zealand made it to the semi finals where he was beaten by Rod Davis of Prada.  Davis may move from coach to helmsman for the next Cup.

Oracle Racing's Chris Dickson beat Team New Zealand's Cameron Appleton 3-2 in the other semi.  Appleton made a major error in failing to cover and let Dickson off the hook.

Due to a dying breeze the final was sailed on a first to 2 wins basis.  Davis comfortably won the 1st race.  In the 2nd he caught Dickson, fouled him, got ahead and was able to finish his penalty turn at the finish line to win the regatta.






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