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30 July 2003, 10:06 am
Day Four - Team Racing
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Optimist World Championship
Las Palmas - Gran Canaria

The first of a two-day break in the individual championship is the Optimist Team Racing Championship, which took place yesterday and involved the top teams in the championship on the first few days of the regatta.
The format used is direct elimination with repechage, familiar in several other sports. While the table may look complicated it is based on the simple principle that any team that loses two matches is eliminated.

Rounds one and two went mostly according to seeding, with the exceptions that three times winners PERU defeated BERMUDA while FRANCE, which has never shown any enthusiasm for this branch of the sport, went down to NEW ZEALAND and BRAZIL.

Following rounds led to semi-finals in which PERU defeated JAPAN and ARGENTINA beat GREAT BRITAIN. Teams relegated to the repechage (the left hand side of the table) battled it out to leave a petit finale between CROATIA and JAPAN which was won by the former.

The final was, as it has been for four of the previous six years, between the two South American specialists and was won for the fourth year in succession by ARGENTINA.

Today is a Lay-Day proper and racing for the individual championship continues tomorrow - Thursday.

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Robert Wilkes (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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