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Ed Baird 10-26-2000 08:00 PM

Downtime at the Colorcraft Gold Cup
<HTML><!-- eWebEditPro --><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=8></TD><TD vAlign=top align=left width=294><IMG height=234 src="" width=294><BR><DIV class=captionheader align=left><FONT color=#000000><B>Murray Jones, right, maintains control en route to eliminating Dennis Conner.</B></FONT></DIV></TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2 height=8></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><P>Typically, Thursday is a day for fun and good causes at the Colorcraft King Edward VII Gold Cup Match Race in Bermuda.&nbsp; As we awoke that morning, however, it looked like the day might be lost.&nbsp;A large low pressure area had <BR>camped over the island, leaving us running for cover while 40-knot winds and heavy rain pummeled the race area.<BR><BR>The scheduled Pro-Am event—a fleet race featuring sponsor crews and pro <BR>skippers—was canceled due to the heavy storms. But the charities that event was intended to benefit still won. Dennis Conner and the Tyco hosts of the Pro-Am race came up with a dice game we played on the floor of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club dining room. As the rain fell and the wind howled, we <BR>rolled the dice to determine the split of prizes to go to&nbsp;10 local charities.&nbsp;It was lots of laughs as eventual winner Dean Barker of New Zealand rolled his way to the top following an intense battle with Magnus Holmberg of Sweden.<BR><BR>Todays's weather looks just as bleak, but we're all hoping for the wind to drop off enough so that we can get the quarterfinals out of the way.&nbsp;The match-ups for&nbsp;that will be:</P><UL><LI>Chris Dickson vs. Murray Jones <LI>James Spithill vs. Peter Holmberg <LI>Peter Gilmour vs. Ed Baird <LI>Russell Coutts vs. Magnus Holmberg</LI></UL><P>As a lot of the folks in attendance have commented, this is the toughest field of any match race event.&nbsp;Any of the quarterfinal matches could easily pass as finals pairings at other events.&nbsp;Well, the fireworks will be flying tomorrow, as long as Mother Nature cooperates. Log on to SailNet on Saturday to&nbsp;learn the outcome.</P></HTML>

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