PRESS RELEASE - STEINLAGER/LINE 7 CUP, EVENT ONE OF THE SWEDISH MATCH TOUR.
Auckland - 23/3/00
BARKER THE ONLY CONFIRMED SEMI-FINALIST.
Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker, is the only confirmed semi-finalist in the Steinlager/Line 7 Cup, the first event on the 2000 Swedish Match Tour.
It turned into a day of frustration afloat as the fickle wind made it nearly impossible to set a course in the afternoon session, followed by a long wait for a jury decision in the evening.
The morning races went smoothly, with Group B completing the second round robin, and Barker emerging as the clear leader, with twelve wins from fourteen races, to claim his semi-finals place.
Sharing second place, with a 10 win - 4 loss score, were Frenchman Bertrand Pace and Kiwi veteran Chris Dickson, and on initial reading of the tie-breaker process, it appeared that Pace would make the cut on a countback.
However the eloquent Dickson is not that easily discarded, and he argued that the wording of the clause was ambiguous.
The jury eventually agreed with Dickson, and ordered a one race sail off on Friday morning for the other semi-finals place from this group.
Dickson, the maestro, had won two races and lost two in the morning session, and summed up his situation, "really it wasn't a bad day, we had two things that went wrong out of a whole day, it's just they were both significant issues."
The afternoon proved incredibly frustrating for both the race organisers and the sailors, as the wind constantly shifted in direction and varied in strength.
Eventually the sun set with only six of the scheduled sixteen matches completed.
This leaves three skippers fighting for two semi-finals places, when sailing resumes on Friday, Team AmericaOne's Gavin Brady, Team New Zealand's Cameron Appleton, and Andy Green's Colorcraft team.
The complicated situation is that Appleton now has a 9 - 2 score, Green 8 - 3, and Brady 9 - 3, with Green and Appleton still to meet, so one of these two has to sustain a loss.
Talking about what he has to do on Friday, Andy Green commented, "ideally we've got to win all three, I'm pretty happy with our position, we've just got to make it stick for tomorrow.."
It will be a tough day for all of them on Friday.
Day 4: Steinlager/Line 7 Cup, first event on the Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing Tour 2000.
Flight 4:(round robin 2)
Bjorn Hansen bt Luc Pillot
Dean Barker bt Phil Douglas
Bertrand Pace bt Chris Dickson
Peter Holmberg bt Jes Gram-Hansen
Bertrand Pace bt Luc Pillot
Peter Holmberg bt Phil Douglas
Chris Dickson bt Bjorn Hansen
Dean Barker bt Jes Gram-Hansen
Phil Douglas bt Bjorn Hansen
Peter Holmberg bt Chris Dickson
Bertrand Pace bt Jes Gram-Hansen
Dean Barker bt Luc Pillot
Chris Dickson bt Phil Douglas
Jes Gram-Hamsen bt Luc Pillot
Dean Barker bt Bertrand Pace
Peter Holmberg bt Bjorn Hansen
Score (Round robins 1 & 2)
Dean Barker 12 2 Chris Dickson 10 4 Bertrand Pace 10 4 Peter Holmberg 8 6 Jes Gram-Hansen 6 8 Bjorn Hansen 5 9 Phil Douglas 3 11 Luc Pillot 2 12
Flight 4: (round robin 2)
Gavin Brady bt Peter Gilmour
Lars Nordbjerg bt Markus Wieser
Peter Gilmour bt Andy Green
James Spithill bt Lars Nordbjerg
Gavin Brady bt Cameron Appleton
Magnus Holmberg bt Markus Wieser
Score (round robin 1, plus six races of round robin 2)
Cameron Appleton 9 2 Andy Green 8 3 Gavin Brady 9 3 Magnus Holmberg 5 6 Marcus Weiser 4 8 Peter Gilmour 5 7 Lars Nordbjerg 3 9 James Spithill 3 8
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