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15 March 2002, 10:00 am
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Steinlager Line 7 Cup Feeder Series
Westhaven

The first day of racing in the feeder series for the Steinlager Line 7 Regatta was off to a slow start today, with only two rounds raced due to light winds.

Racing got underway on time this morning with a light southerly of 6-8 knots.

After two rounds, Cameron Appleton, Jesper Banks, Andy Green and Paolo Cian all had two wins while Chris Law and Ian Walker sat on one win a piece.

The wind then died away and racing was finally abandoned for the day at 4pm.

Racing will recommence off the end of Hobson Wharf at the American Express Viaduct Harbour at 10.00am tomorrow, Saturday.

The Steinlager Line 7 Regatta, run by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, will commence on Tuesday 19 March. The top four competitors from the feeder series will join a list of the world's top match racing sailors in the main regatta.

Great Britain's GBR Challenge has two teams entered in the feeder series. Andy Green, ranked 33rd in the ISAF world match race rankings will helm one of the entries and Ian Walker will lead the second. Walker's crew will include Andy Beadsworth, himself a regular competitor on the Swedish Match Tour.

Paolo Cian of Vincente Onorato's Mascalzone Latino Challenge also will compete. With the recent arrival of the Onorato Challenge to Auckland, Cian plans to become a regular on the Swedish Match Tour. Jesper Bank of the Victory Challenge will also field an entry. Bank's Victory Challenge teammate Magnus Holmberg is the top-seed in the Steinlager Line 7 Cup.

Rounding out the America's Cup team involvement in the feeder series is Team New Zealand's Cameron Appleton. Appleton has had much success at the Steinlager Line 7 Cup, finishing third in 2001 and as runner-up in 2000. Should Appleton advance to the Steinlager Line 7 Cup he will join Team New Zealand leader Dean Barker and give the America's Cup holders two entries in the regatta.

Among the remaining entries in the feeder series, two America's Cup veterans, American Ed Baird and Great Britain's Chris Law will be lining up for the chance to advance. Baird, most recently skipper of Young America at the 2000 Louis Vuitton Cup is following up on a third place finish at last October's Colorcraft Gold Cup in Bermuda. Law is a noted international sailor and former color analyst for TV New Zealand's coverage of the 1995 and 2000 America's Cup.

Also competing are Johnie Berntsson of Sweden, ranked 22nd in the world, Australian Pat Langley, ranked 52nd in the world, and native New Zealander John Kensington.
Steinlager Line 7 Cup Press/News Editor
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