Owen doubles up

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STUART ALEXANDER

Perfect conditions accompanied the opening of a rejuvenated International Six-Metre Class regatta at Cowes, attracting 12 boats, both modern and classic, from five countries.

Peter Bateman, skippering Bill Whitehouse-Vaux's Thisbe, put in a strong finish to win the first of yesterday's two races by just five seconds from Graham Bailey, in Bagheera, over a course off Hillhead laid by race officer Tony Lovell.

But he could not hold on to the lead in the second race, in which he went from first to fourth as Bruce Owen, third in the first race in Scoundrel, drove through to take the honours again from Bailey, with Tom Richardson, in Georgia, third.

Owen, who also owns Bagheera, therefore has a share in both first overall, with 3.75 points, and second, where Bailey has four points, while Bateman is third on 4.75 points.

There was a close finish to the inaugural ILC 40 World Championship in Denmark, though not for first place, Pasquale Landolfi's Brava Q8, with Francesco de Angelis at helm and Paul Cayard calling tactics, winning comfortably. They also put down a strong marker for the Admiral's Cup later this month, as they will be sailing in the same boat for Italy.

But there was just 0.18 of a point separating second-placed Anemos from third-placed Omen. Anemos had dropped a race, confirming her superiority over Omen, but Brava continues to set the pace she showed at the Keil regatta last month.

Back in the Ultra 30s frame is Lawrie Smith after winning the third regatta of four in the series at Queen Mary reservoir in west London. Lack of wind prevented any racing on Saturday.

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