Horn gamble pays off for England

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A wind drought caused the Teacher's Round Britain Challenge to grind to a halt yesterday, the first leg from Southend to Cardiff cut off at Land's End, writes Stuart Alexander.

The 10 yachts, two each representing England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France, then were allowed to motor up to Cardiff, where the second leg to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute starts on Sunday afternoon.

John Horn, who stepped in late for the injured Vivien Cherry, took a winning gamble in Spirit of Docklands by crossing nearly to the French coast in search of wind. With David Alan-Williams taking the second boat, Jackson's Landing, into seventh position, it put England in the lead, though Horn faces a protest from one of the French yachts, Belle Helene, over a start-line incident.