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18 March 2005, 10:08 am
BAIRD Makes Impressive Start
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Marseille International Match Race 2005
Marseille, France

With a third of the round robin gone the American star is the only competitor with a 100% record remaining. Other results so far have made it difficult to predict who will emerge to challenge the World Champion.
Sunshine, sunshine everywhere, but not a drop of wind. Five knots average, seven at the most dropping to three in the afternoon. Racing stopped around 1600 (local France time).

The first 15 matches of the round robin were raced between 1100 and 1600. There are twice as many remaining to finish this first stage of the competition.

Ed BAIRD (USA), winner of the last two ISAF Match Racing World Championships and understandably one of the favourites for the regatta, won both his matches today against Paolo CIAN (ITA) and Iain PERCY(GBR), who is taking part here in Marseille in place of his America's Cup teammate and last year's winner, Karol JABLONSKI (POL). Experienced New Zealander, Chris DICKSON, another of the favourites, won two out of three of his races going down to the inconsistent Ian WILLIAMS (GBR).

Sébastien COL (FRA) and ISAF World Match Race Ranking number four, Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) also had a successful day, winning three out of five and two out of three respectively.

Neither PERCY nor Dimitri DERUELLE (FRA) were as lucky - both being on the losing side in all of their matches.

With only a third of the matches in the first round robin behind them, the crews still have a long way to go to qualify for the next rounds. If weather conditions allow it, and nobody is betting on that, the next round will be another round robin with the first six boats from the first round. If not, the top four will go straight into quarter finals, semis and the final.

Yesterday's results do not really give a very clear indication of the current form of the competitors. Apart from BAIRD(100%) and DERUELLE and PERCY(0%), all the other boats have between 50 and 67% success rate.

Results

Nation Name Matches Raced Matches Won
USA Ed BAIRD 2 2
FRA Mathieu RICHARD 5 3
FRA Philippe PRESTI 2 1
GBR Ian WILLIAMS 4 2
ITA Paolo CIAN 2 1
FIN Staffan LINDBERG 4 2
FRA Sébastien COL 3 2
FRA Dimitri DERUELLE 3 0
NZL Chris DICKSON 3 2
GBR Iain PERCY 2 0
Emilie AUDOLY (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action From Yesterday's Round Robin:© Event Media
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