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5 June 2002, 11:15 am
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Omega Sea Master Cup

In the first day of the Omega Seamaster Cup, team New Zealand captained by Dean Barker won the first round of races by beating the British team of Andy Beadsworth by a two to one margin.

In the second round of races the French team La Delfi Areva of Philippe Presti beat the team Outlaw of Chris Law by two to zero.

On the first day of the regatta the lack of wind caused the races to be delayed until 2.30pm rather than the anticipated start of 11am. Prior to the start of the first race, after eight minutes of 'battle', Dean Barker pretended to leave the initiative to GBR Challenge to then go on to seep through to the starting line forcing them to start from a near standing position. Thanks to this manoeuvre the team of Dean Baker reached the first buoy with a five length margin leaving him nothing more than
pure administration to control his advantage. He went on to win the race with a 35 second gap.

The second race was very close, GBR Challenge after racing a fine regatta managed to overcome the New Zealanders by a 10 second gap. In the third and decisive race, (which took place at 4.10pm) team New Zealand, after managing to reach the best side and also due to impeccable sailing went on to win the regatta by a 42 second gap.

At around 5pm with just a five knot wind blowing the second round of races went ahead. The French team La Delfi Areva of Philippe Presti raced against the mixed crew of Outlaw of the charismatic Chris Law. The French had two easy starts in both of the regattas disputed, winning the
first with a two minute gap and the second with five.

Tomorrow the programme will go ahead with the matches that could not take place due to lack of wind between La Delfi and GBR challenge, and Outlaw between team New Zealand.

All of this meaning that the race all are waiting to see between team New Zealand and Alinghi of Rusesel Coutts will have to go ahead in the afternoon. This in fact is the first time that Russel Coutts winner of two editions of the America's Cup in New Zealand colours will confront his fellow countrymen this time in Swiss colours.
Silvia Berti/News Editor
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