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7 June 2001, 11:39 am
Australians Looking Good with Four Races to go
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18 foot Skiff International Championships

Former world champions John Winning (AUS) on 'Yandoo' and Trevor Barnabas (AUS) on 'Omega Smeg' head the leaderboard after six of the ten scheduled races for the new international trophy, being contested in the Bay of Quiberon, Brittany, France
'US Challenge', sailed by last year's winner Howie Hamlin from Southern California, is still in contention, and the British 'RMW Marine' team skippered by Rob Greenhalgh have not given up hope of a late charge from fourth place.

With four light weather races already sailed, followed by two in moderate breezes, many of the sailors are now hoping for stronger winds for the remaining races.

The best lay day story was of boatbuilder Graham Eeles, who specialises in repairs. Having invested heavily in a one year old boat which arrived here last week from Australia, Graham and his mates Andy and Simon have been very pleased with the performance of 'Sunday Telegraph', and they are currently in sixth position overall. On the second beat of Race 5, they sailed in close to the shore to pick up a wind bend, and collided very heavily with a substantial rock.

With the lay day to follow, Graham took the badly damaged board to the club bosun's shed, and asked in his best Franglais if he could leave it overnight, with the intention of repairing it when it had dried out. When he went to collect it, he was amazed to find the board had already been repaired, and he is now shuddering at the thought of a substantial bill.

Overall after 6 races, with discard:

1. 'Yandoo' (AUS), 16.7 points,
2. 'Omega Smeg' (AUS), 21.7 points,
3. 'US Challenge' (USA), 27.7 points,
4. 'RMW Marine' (GBR), 32.4 points,
5. 'White Stuff' (GBR), 57.4 points,
6. 'Sunday Telegraph' (GBR) 58.7 points.

Peter Danby/ISAF Secretariat
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