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25 March 2001, 09:17 pm
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Algarve Cup

Francois Brenac won the Algarve Cup in a day of heavy seas and strong winds.
The Round Robin finished with Brenac, Henriksen, Cian and Presti going through to the semi-finals. To reach the finals, Brenac beat Cian in two matches, while Henriksen needed three to overcome Presti.

In the final, Brenac, who likes heavy weather, had better speed and won the first match convincingly. In the second, Henriksen came out well at the start, and was in the lead until the second windward mark. However, Brenac gained up the beat. and finally with about a hundred metres to go and Brenac on the port lay line Henriksen misjudged his tack for the mark and there was contact. Henriksen was penalised and Brenac went through to win.

Once again the Algarve Cup has proved a popular and well organized event, coupled this year with the European Women's J24 Championship. A week of match racing the sun of the Algarve, while the rest of Europe shivered in rain and snow, seemed a great idea to all the competitors. There is talk of making CIMAV Match Racing Week a permanent fixture in the calendar.
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