Downtime at the Colorcraft Gold Cup
<HTML><!-- eWebEditPro 126.96.36.199 --><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="http://www.sailnet.com/images/content/authors/baird/102700_EB_colorcup.jpg" 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. As we awoke that morning, however, it looked like the day might be lost. 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 eventa fleet race featuring sponsor crews and pro <BR>skipperswas 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 10 local charities. 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. The match-ups for 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. Any of the quarterfinal matches could easily pass as finals pairings at other events. Well, the fireworks will be flying tomorrow, as long as Mother Nature cooperates. Log on to SailNet on Saturday to learn the outcome.</P></HTML>
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