Sailing: Smith looks to Geake

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The British yacht Silk Cut has rung the changes in its crew again by appointing the Whitbread Round the World Race veteran Vincent Geake as its new navigator.

The 35-year-old Geake will replace Steve Hayles from the start of the fifth leg of the race, which leaves Auckland on 1 February. Geake sailed with the Silk Cut skipper, Lawrie Smith, in the 1989-90 race on Rothmans.

Geake had been commentating on the race for television before yesterday's call-up from Smith, who said: "It was time for a change, fresh ideas and a fresh approach. Vincent has sailed with me on several other events and I know he'll fit in very well."

Silk Cut, which is now in seventh place, also drafted in Gerard Mitchell in place of Neil Graham on Thursday.