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16 January 2004, 02:52 pm
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11-Metre World Championship
Palm Beach, Sydney

A win and a second place in yesterday's series of races have helped Sydney skipper Steve MCCONAGHY maintain the lead in the Corum Watches World 11 Metre Sailing Championship off Palm Beach.
It was a day of drama on the ocean off Palm Beach with the two leading protagonists both suffering poor results in one of the heats.

With three races remaining, and after 8 races, McConaghy maintains the lead in the title despite a regatta long duel with Swedish skipper Andreas EMMOTH aboard Imek.

McConaghy aboard Tempnet has led the series from the start on Monday battling with Emmoth on every day.

The leading skipper has sailed all week with the added pressure of knowing he may receive a phone call at any time from his wife who is due to give birth to their second child at any moment.

"Its been a nervous time out there knowing that I might have to abandon the boat and swap with a spare crewman at some stage between races," said Steve McConaghy.

"It will be a double bonus if we can win the Championship and have our baby arrive after the last race," he added.

McConaghy again traded places with Imek in yesterday races but the Australians recorded their worst result so far in the opening duel dropping from third at the start to finish eighth, along way behind the victorious Imek.

"We got a shocking start and we were forced underneath a lot of other boats and couldn¹t get any clear air early in the race which cost us dearly," said McConaghy.
Andrew MCPHAIL aboard Pacesetter grabbed second ahead of Hakuna Matata.

In race two yesterday the crew on Tempnet bounced back to take second place behind reigning World Champ Arne SJOBERG of Sweden on Citrix. Sojberg's regatta has so far been filled with problems and the Swede will have trouble defending his world title.

Heading into the final race of the day the nor easterly freshened and Tempnet took the upper hand battling with Simon JACKSON on Obsession down the final leg to take their third win of the regatta.

Pacesetter took third in the final race of the day while Imek finished a distant seventh after being forced to sail a 360 penalty due to a buoy infringement.

With three more races due on the final day of the regatta today Emmoth can still win the title if McConaghy fails to produce strong results.

Full results up to race 10 are now available on the event website at the address below.
Nicole Amos (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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