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28 August 2003, 11:58 pm
Spithill and Richard In The Lead
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2003 ISAF Match Racing World Championship

The atmosphere is heating up at the end of day three of the ISAF Match World Championship.
Only four skippers out of the competing twelve will qualify for the semifinals that will begin once round two is over.

Today the Race Committee was able to complete 7 flights out of the 14 of round two, again in great sailing conditions sunny with a southerly breeze of 20-plus knots, known locally as the 'ora'. The Committee also completed match one of flight 8, then the wind dropped and the competitors had to return to shore.

The four skippers currently best placed are: James SPITHILL (AUS) and Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) with 13 victories, followed by Ed BAIRD (USA) and Jesper RADICH (DEN) with 12 points.

French skipper Mathieu Richard had a great day, scoring 5 wins and defeating Russell COUTTS in the last match (flight 8). James Spithill, too, managed to beat 5 of his opponents, while Karol JABLONSKI (POL) and Radich scored 4 wins each.

At the end of his long day, Richard said, "I am very happy and satisfied with today's results, especially with the match against Coutts, the outcome of which was uncertain until the end. I was able to fully enjoy the victory only after crossing the line."

Ed Baird commented, "I am very happy to be in the leading group, the aim of our crew is to race at this level in every match."

Coutts and Baird gave the umpires a headache when they approached the bottom mark in flight 6, both incurring a penalty. With a spectacular mark rounding, Baird got the lead and was able to cash in another impressive victory.

Racing will resume tomorrow with the remaining flights of round robin two.

Results At End Of Race Day Three

James Spithill, Australia 13 wins, 4 losses
Mathieu Richard, France 13 wins, 5 losses (1 extra race sailed)
Ed Baird, USA 12 wins, 4 losses
Jesper Radich, Denmark 12 wins, 5 losses
Karol Jablonski, Poland 11 wins, 5 losses
Russell Coutts, New Zealand 11 wins, 7 losses (1 extra race sailed)
Bjorn Hansen, Sweden 8 wins, 9 losses
Jes Gram-Hansen, Denmark 7 wins, 10 losses
Paolo Cian, Italy 6 wins, 12 losses
Staffan Lindberg, Finland 5 wins, 12 losses
Mikael Lindqvist, Sweden 2 wins, 14 losses
Ian Williams, UK 2 wins, 15 losses

Results Of Each Flight Sailed Today Round Robin Two

S. Lindberg def. I. Williams
J. Radich def. P. Cian
B. Hansen def. J. Gram-Hansen
M. Richard def. M. Lindqvist
K. Jablonski def. R. Coutts
BYE J. Spithill - E. Baird

J. Radich def. M. Lindqvist
E. Baird def. M. Richard
K. Jablonski def. I. Williams
J. Spithill def. R. Coutts
P. Cian def. B. Hansen
BYE S. Lindberg - J. Gram-Hansen

J. Radich def. I. Williams
R. Coutts def. B. Hansen
S. Lindberg def. E. Baird
J. Spithill def. P. Cian
M. Richard def. J. Gram-Hansen
BYE M. Lindqvist - K. Jablonski

K. Jablonski def. S. Lindberg
E. Baird def. P. Cian
M. Richard def. J. Radich
R. Coutts def. J. Gram-Hansen
J. Spithill def. M. Lindqvist
BYE B. Hansen - I. Williams

P. Cian def. J. Gram-Hansen
B. Hansen def. M. Lindqvist
J. Spithill def. I. Williams
E. Baird def. R. Coutts
J. Radich def. S. Lindberg
BYE M. Richard - K. Jablonski

K. Jablonski def. B. Hansen
M. Richard def. P. Cian
J. Gram-Hansen def. I. Williams
R. Coutts def. S. Lindberg
J. Spithill def. J. Radich
BYE M. Lindqvist - E. Baird

M. Richard def. R. Coutts

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