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25 July 2002, 12:28 pm
Hosts Bermuda Win Team Racing
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IODA North American Championship
Great Sound

Day 3 of the event was dedicated to the Team Racing championship with some highly competitive matches as the sailors showed off their boat handling and tactical knowledge.

In the mid to late afternoon we were down to the four finalists who were the first teams of Mexico, Argentina, USA and Bermuda. Since things had gone so well with a dependable wind, it was decided that we had time for a round robin resolution. In six highly charged races each team pitted their best against the others. In the end it came down to a three way tie as Mexico, USA and Bermuda had each won 2 races. The tie breaker was calculated by IODA measurer Luis Horta on points and the results were:

1. Bermuda
2. U.S.A.
3. Mexico
4. Argentina

The Bermuda team broke into cheers as the excitement of capturing Bermuda's first ever title in Team Racing overcame them. In the true spirit of the event most of the sailors were sitting around talking in the sail park well after the event ended.

This evening many of the sailors are on Front Street in downtown Hamilton for the weekly Wednesday evening Harbour Nights celebration. Tomorrow is a spare day so most are probably looking forward to a good nights sleep and a little sightseeing.
Robert Wilkes/News Editor
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