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27 August 2003, 07:20 pm
Round Robin One Complete - Four Way Tie
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Coutts in Control© Guido Cantini

2003 ISAF Match Racing World Championship
Riva Del Garda

Radich, Coutts, Baird and Spithill top of the league.
It has been another spectacular and exciting day in Riva del Garda, where the ISAF Match Racing World Championship is underway.

The Race Committee was able to complete Round Robin One and the first flight of Round Robin Two.

At the end of Round Robin One, four skippers have even scores, with 8 victories and 3 losses: Russell COUTTS, Jesper RADICH, Ed BAIRD and James SPITHILL - three skippers who are currently third, fourth and fifth in the
world ranking list. With 7 wins and 4 losses, the French skipper Mathieu Richard follows the leaders.

The crews left the dock this morning at 8.30 am, with a nice warm sun and a northerly breeze of 7-10 knots known by the locals as 'ballino'.

The Committee managed to complete two flights (number 9 and 10) in these light conditions before the breeze died out completely, giving the competitors the chance to enjoy lunch and a short rest at Fraglia Vela Riva.

Coutts made the day for two young local sailors, who were sailing by the competitors' fleet. Russell jumped on one of the two Lasers, to the joy of the young helmsman, for a short match race session. At 1.00 pm the notorious
southerly breeze of Lake Garda, known as 'ora', kicked in and by 1.30 the Race Committee was able to resume racing in blustery 20 knots-plus conditions.

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The afternoon matches were particulary exciting in the strong breeze.

Two matches were decided right on the ending: the one between GRAM-HANSEN and Baird (flight 11 won by Gram Hansen), and the one between Coutts and Radich (flight 12 won by Radich), when Coutts had to complete a penalty turn.
A breakage on the tiller of Coutts' boat compromised his result in the match against Paolo CIAN (flight 13), who was therefore able to score his fourth victory of Round Robin One.

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At the end of Round One, the Race Commitee was able to complete flight one of Round Robin Two (results at end of page).

Racing will resume tomorrow with the remaining flights of Round Robin Two.

RESULTS AT THE END OF DAY TWO
Ed Baird, USA 9 wins, 3 losses
Russell Coutts, New Zealand 8 wins, 3 losses
Jesper Radich, Denmark 8 wins, 3 losses
James Spithill, Australia 8 wins, 4 losses
Mathieu Richard, France 8 wins, 4 losses
Karol Jablonski, Poland 7 wins, 5 losses
Jes Gram-Hansen, Denmark 6 wins, 6 losses
Bjorn Hansen, Sweden 6 wins, 6 losses
Paolo Cian, Italy 4 wins, 8 losses
Staffan Lindberg, Finland 3 wins, 9 losses
Ian Williams, UK 2 wins, 10 losses
Mikael Lindqvist, Sweden 2 wins, 10 losses

Results of flights sailed today.

Flight 9
Hansen def. Richard
Coutts def. Williams
Spithill def. Lindberg
Cian Lindqvist (match won by Cian but to be re-sailed due to protest)
Baird def. Jablonski
BYE Radich Gram-Hansen

Flight 10
Hansen def. Lindberg
Coutts def. Lindqvist
Cian def. Williams
Baird def. Radich
Jablonski def. Gram-Hansen
BYE Spithill - Richard

Flight 11
Lindqvist def. Williams
Gram-Hansen def. Baird
Richard def. Lindberg
Hansen def. Spithill
Jablonski def. Radich
BYE Cian - Coutts

Flight 12
Baird def. Spithill
Radich def. Coutts
Lindberg def. Cian
Jablonski def. Lindqvist
BYE Gram-Hansen - Hansen
BYE Richard - Williams

Flight 13
Lindberg def. Gram-Hansen
Richard def. Jablonski
Baird def. Lindqvist
Cian def. Coutts
Hansen def. Williams
BYE Radich - Spithill

Flight 14
Cian def. Lindqvist
Spithill def. Richard
Radich def. Gram-Hansen
BYE Williams - Baird
BYE Hansen - Coutts
BYE Jablonski - Lindberg

Results of Round Robin Two sailed today

Flight 1
Baird def. Hansen
Gram-Hansen def. Spithill
Lindberg def. Lindqvist
Richard def. Williams
Jablonski def. Cian
BYE Coutts - Radich

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Alessandra Ghezzi (As Amended by ISAF Secretariat)
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