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4 June 2001, 11:01 pm
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Australian Team Racing Championship

Queensland teams dominate the top placings following the first round robin.
After 20 races in a light breeze (from 3 to 8 knots), the Queensland Team from the RQYS(Red) have finished the top of Pool A and the team representing NSW from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club have topped Pool B. RQYSÕs Team impressed today by showing their competitors a clean pair of heals, winning all of their races.

Another two Queensland teams, again from the RQYS (Blue & White), filled the next two placing finishing second in both pools. With 10 teams from all five states of Australia represented the regatta is a truly national event.

Showing that youth is no barrier to performance, the two teams with the lowest mean age are currently lying third in each pool. Tasmania's Team from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and WA's Team from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club both worked hard to each take two wins from their four races sailed. Several members of these teams will race in the Australian Secondary Schools Team Racing Championship that will be conducted in Tasmania next week.

In fourth place in each pool are the teams from Victoria, representing the Albert Park Yacht Club and NSW representing the Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC). The MHYC Team contains Olympic Gold and Bronze Medallists Belinda Stowell and Michael Blackburn, showing that this style of racing relies on the full teams performance and that the standard of racing in this regatta is at an impressive standard.

Lying in fifth place in each pool, with a bit of work to do if they want to improve their placings are the two NSW teams from Connells Point Sailing Club and the Bayview Yacht Racing Association.

With the format being used for the knockout and finals tomorrow, it is still possible for the lower placed Teams to come through to win the regatta ‹ admittedly they've got to win all their races ‹ but it keeps their hopes alive!
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