AmericaOne Report

RUSSELL COUTTS WINS THE NATIONS CUP AT TRIESTE

Trieste, 29th June 2000- Russell Coutts, Murray Jones, Warwich Fleury, Simon Daubney, Robbie Naismith, Mathew Mason, Dean Phipps and Francesco Rapetti of the team New Zealand today won the first edition of the Nations Cup at Trieste, by beating America True of David Barnes two zero.

The two regattas as in the Americas' cup were disputed on a downwind course just under a mile long in each direction two times. During the first regatta with a 15 knot wind blowing which the locals call 'borino' the New Zealanders won by a 1 minute and 15 second gap, due to a series of errors by the team captained by David Barnes. At the first hoist of the gennaker, the team misjudged the hoist of the sail. During the run of the next course whilst trying the same manoeuvre the sail wrapped around itself and on the last course the gennaker actually broke.

The second regatta disputed with a slightly inferior wind to the first, the American team lost by a margin of 4 minutes and 15 seconds. So, the first edition of the Nations cup has now finished with the 14 partners of Tuttatriste! Who thought and realised the event, promised to repeat the regattas again next year

 

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