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21 October 2005, 09:09 am
Windless In Hamilton
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King Edward VII Gold Cup 2005
Hamilton, Bermuda

Sails were set, the IOD's sloops were rigged and ready, but there was no dance in Hamilton, Bermuda yesterday. The forecasted light winds did not show and the first day of racing in the Investors Guaranty presentation of the ISAF Grade 1 King Edward VII Gold Cup had to be cancelled.
This delay has given Sally BARKOW (USA) and Betsy ALISON (USA), the two finalists from the Virtual Spectator ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship the chance to break in two new crewmembers - both men. Mark STRUBE (USA), the mainsheet trimmer from Elizebeth KRATZIG's (USA) team knocked out during the qualifying stages of the Gold Cup, has jumped onboard with ALISON to replace Nancy HABERLAND who has had to fly home. Jonathan FARRAR, whose father is a former IOD World Champion, has joined BARKOW's lightweight crew to bring this team up to the weight limit set for the event, as well as provide extra muscle power for when the winds return.

Gold Cup racing should resume today and continue through to Sunday afternoon. However, the forecast is not encouraging. Light variable winds are predicted for this morning and little more than eight to twelve knots on Saturday. Sunday looks more promising with winds up to 20 knots kicking in for the finals.

King Edward VII Gold Cup Entrants
(- ISAF World Match Race Ranking)

Ed BAIRD (USA) - 1
Russell COUTTS (NZL) - 3
Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) - 4
Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) - 6
James SPITHILL (AUS) - 8
Staffan LINDBERG (FIN) - 12
Eric MONNIN (SUI) - 22
Takumi NAKAMURA (JPN) - 34
Gavin BRADY (NZL) - 37
Chris DICKSON (NZL) - 44
Karol JABLONSKI (POL) - 45
Bill HARDESTY (USA) - 75
Cameron DUNN (NZL) - 149
Cameron APPLETON (NZL) - 195
Betsy ALISON (USA) - 429
Sally BARKOW (USA) - Not Ranked

For a complete list of all the news about the King Edward VII Gold Cup CLICK HERE.

Talbot Wilson (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© Bob Grieser/PPL
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