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31 August 2001, 04:33 pm
Competition Fierce on the First Day
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Knickerbocker Cup
Manhasset Bay

Peter Gilmour is leading after five flights at the Knickerbocker Cup Grade 1 Match Race event taking place on Manhasset Bay, in the USA.

The first day of racing at the 2001 International Knickerbocker Cup, a major world match race event that is hosted by the Knickerbocker YC on Manhasset Bay, due east from New York City on Long Island Sound, started with no wind in the morning, causing the RC to postpone racing until the first warning gun was sounded at 11:40 am. on Thursday, August 30, 2001. Thanks to a 12-14 knot southerly that filled in about 2:00 pm, five flights were completed before the end of the day.

Racing was very competitive; there was a 5-way tie for second place for the day, and a 6-way tie for third place. The first flight matched up last year's Knickerbocker winner Ed Baird, USA, with the 1998 winner Peter Gilmour, USA, producing a photo finish with Gilmour just edging out Baird by a few seconds. Gilmour, who is with OneWorld Challenge for the America's Cup, lead for the day with four points, followed by five teams with three points each: Ed Baird, USA; Jes Gram-Hansen, Denmark; Andy Horton, USA; Ken Read, USA; and Matthieu Richard, France. The third place tie, with one point each, included Cameron Appleton, New Zealand; Andrew Arbuzov, Russia; Morten Henriksen, Germany; Gustav Nilsson, Sweden; Lars Nordbjerg, Denmark; and James Spithill, USA.

Standings, after five flights:

1. Peter Gilmour 4 Points
2. Ed Baird 3 Points
3. Jes Gram-Hansen 3 Points
4. Andy Horton 3 Points
5. Ken Read 3 Points
6. Matthiew Richard 3 Points
7. Cameron Appleton 1 Point
8. Andrew Arbuzov 1 Point
9. Morten Henriksen 1 Point
10. Gustav Nilsson 1 Point
11. Lars Nordbjerg 1 Point
12. James Spithill 1 Point
Andrea Watson/News Editor
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