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PRESS RELEASE - STEINLAGER/LINE 7 CUP, EVENT ONE OF THE SWEDISH MATCH TOUR.

Auckland - 21/3/00

VETERAN CHRIS DICKSON HAS HIS DAY.

Veteran New Zealand skipper Chris Dickson heads the scoreboard at the end of the second day of the Steinlager/Line 7 Cup, the opening event on the Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing Tour.

Dickson, the oldest skipper in the event, had a "good day at the office", winning all four of his matches today, to put himself in a strong position for a place in the semi-finals.

"I enjoyed today because our whole crew did a fantastic job," he said at the end of the day, "the spinnaker sets - two of the four races could've gone the other way, but we had the best spinnaker sets, drops and jibes, we had a good day."

At the end of the first of two round robin qualifying rounds, he now has six wins from seven races, and is one point clear of the up-and-coming young Kiwi skipper Gavin Brady.

Still undefeated, but three races behind schedule in the round, is New Zealand's new sailing hero, Dean Barker of Team New Zealand, the successful defenders of the America's Cup.

With racing delayed for three hours due to lack of wind, Barker and the seven other skippers in group two, only got one race completed today, with the young hero defeating fellow Kiwi Phil Douglas.

French America's Cup skipper Bertrand Pace has kept his hopes of a semi-finals place alive, by winning two of his four races today, to give himself a 4 win, 3 loss ratio.

Still languishing well down the scoreboard, with a 3 - 4 ratio, is former world champion Peter Gilmour of Australia, who with his Pizza LA sailing team is representing Japan.

With good winds forecast for Wednesday the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, who are hosting the event, are hoping to put the regatta back on schedule, with the semi-finals due to be sailed on Friday, and the finals on Saturday.

RESULTS:

Day 2: Steinlager/Line 7 Cup, first event on the Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing Tour 2000.

Group 1 Flight 4:
Peter Gilmour (Japan) bt Gavin Brady (New Zealand)
Lars Nordbjerg (Denmark) bt Marcus Weiser (Germany)
Chris Dickson (New Zealand) bt Bertrand Pace (France)
Peter Holmberg (US Virgin Islands) bt Jes Gram-Hansen (Denmark)

Flight 5:
Bertrand Pace bt Peter Gilmour Peter
Holmberg bt Lars Nordbjerg
Chris Dickson bt Gavin Brady
Jes Gram-Hansen bt Marcus Weiser

Flight 6:
Gavin Brady bt Lars Nordbjerg
Chris Dickson bt Peter Holmberg
Jes Gram-Hansen bt Bertrand Pace
Marcus Weiser bt Peter Gilmour

Flight 7:
Chris Dickson bt Lars Nordbjerg
Peter Gilmour bt Jes Gram-Hansen
Bertrand Pace bt Marcus Weiser
Gavin Brady bt Peter Holmberg

Scores (after six flights)
   
wins
loss
Chris Dickson  
6
1
Gavin Brady  
5
2
Bertrand Pace  
4
3
Peter Holmberg  
3
4
Marcus Weiser  
3
4
Jes Gram-Hansen  
3
4
Peter Gilmour  
3
4
Lars Nordbjerg  
1
6


Group 2 Flight 4:
Bjorn Hansen (Sweden) bt Luc Pillot (France)
Dean Barker (New Zealand) bt Phil Douglas (New Zealand)
Cameron Appleton (New Zealand) bt Andy Green (Britain)
Magnus Holmberg (Sweden) bt James Spithill (Australia)

Scores (after four flights)

   
wins
losses
Dean Barker  
4
0
Andy Green  
3
1
Cameron Appleton  
3
1
Magnus Holmberg  
2
2
Bjorn Hansen  
2
2
Phil Douglas  
1
3
James Spithill  
1
3
Luc Pillot  
0
4

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