Sailing: Barrett lays foundations

A top-four spot after the opening three races left Tim Barrett's Bradamante in a strong position in the Mumm 36 World Championships here yesterday.

But for a penalty for a collision in the first race, which dropped the British boat down to 14th place, Barrett would have finished higher at the end of a day which brought rain and a shifty, 12 knot breeze.

Brazil's Torben Grael is leading, with Tomas Friese's I Punkt giving Germany second spot and Vasco Vascotto's Osama the best of the home boats.