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 30 October 2000 Issue # 279

By Ike Stephenson

 Today's Sailing News 

Match Racing: Bermuda Gold Cup

For the 6th time Russell Coutts has won the Bermuda Gold Cup match racing event.  He and his typical crew of Brad Butterworth, Warwick Fluery and Simon Daubney beat fellow New Zealander Chris Dickson in the final 3-0. The finals were sailed in testing 6-8 knot winds.  About the finals, Dickson said: "Across the board they were starting better, sailing better, sailing the boat quicker than anyone."
Coutts and team with the Gold Cup

In the semis Coutts and team now sailing for Ernesto Bertarelli's Swiss Challenge beat Ed Baird's team 3-1.  For the event Coutts' team went 12-2.

Dickson defeated Australian James Spithill in the semis.  Baird later defeated Spithill in a match for 3rd place.

Final standings and prize money are as follows:

 1. Russell Coutts (Switzerland) - $20,000 
2. Chris Dickson (U.S.A.) - $12,000 
3. Ed Baird (U.S.A.) - $7,000 
4. James Spithill (Australia) - $5,800 
5. Peter Gilmour (Australia) - $4,500 
6. Murray Jones (Switzerland) - $4,100 7= Magnus Holmberg (Sweden) - $3,475 
7= Peter Holmberg (U.S. Virgin Islands) - $3,475


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