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22 March 2001, 12:37 pm
Peter Gilmour Takes Charge
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Sun Microsystems Australia Cup

Peter Gilmour, is the sole occupant of the top spot on the leaderboard, at the end of the second day of the Sun Microsystems Australia Cup
Gilmour, who heads the OneWorld America's Cup challenge out of Seattle, and is still sailing with his Pizza La Team, is undefeated at the halfway stage of the double round robin elimination series. He heaped praise on his crew, "the boys were doing a fabulous job, we were sailing quite fast, and could really stratergize each start to decide where we wanted to start from, and take the benefit from there." Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie was given a lot of credit, "he's the shining star in the team right now, at his young age, he just has an enthusiastic sense of what is going on."

Sweden's Magnus Holmberg, and his Enso Stora Team, who had shared the top of the leaderboard with Gilmour overnight, started the day well, chalking up a string of wins. However his day went wrong, when the veteran Chris Dickson and the Oracle Sailing Team, inflicted the first defeat of the regatta on the Swede. After that the Swedish America's Cup skipper came up against Peter Gilmour, and suffered his second defeat of the day, in a race that Gilmour controlled from start to finish.

Gilmour has now demonstrated his all round ability, winning races in yesterday's light winds, and today's 25 knots of breeze. Luc Pillot of France has climbed into third place after a consistant but unspectacular day on the water. American Ken Read, who had such a good first day, has struggled a bit in today's stronger breezes. Gavin Brady of Italy's Prada America's Cup team, climbed the scoreboard after a bad first day, and is now in fifth place.

It was a slow start to the day, with the teams waiting on the lawns of the Royal Perth Yacht Club until mid-morning, for the wind to ruffle a glassey Swan River. However when the legendary Fremantle Doctor seabreeze did arrive, it did so with some gusto, building rapidly to 20 knots at lunchtime, then 25 knots by the middle of the afternoon.

Results after round robin one

Peter Gilmour USA 11 - 0
Magnus Holmberg SWE 9 - 2
Luc Pillot FRA 7 - 4
Gavin Brady ITA 7 - 4
Ken Read USA 6 - 4
Neville Wittey AUS 5 - 6
Andy Beadsworth GBR 5 - 6
Chris Dickson USA 4 - 7
Jes-Gram Hansen DEN 3 - 8
James Spithill USA 3 - 8
Nicola Celon ITA 3 - 8
Jesper Radich DEN 2 - 8
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