Sailing : Broken mast slows Turner

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Britain's Mark Turner, with crew Fred Leclere, was last night attempting to complete the Mini Fastnet race after his yacht, Carphone Warehouse, was dismasted off south-west Ireland, writes Stuart Alexander.

Turner, who was lying fifth out of 20 boats, rounded the Fastnet Rock, when his mast broke, forcing him to erect a jury rig. The race is a qualifier for the Mini Transat in September for which the other British pair in the Mini Fastnet - Ellen MacArthur and Keith Willis in Le Poisson - are also hoping to qualify.

Chris Law has left himself an uphill task to qualify for the semi-finals in the Swedish Match Racing World Championships in Marstrand, Sweden.

Law was lying eighth out of 10 at the end of the first round robin. The American Ed Baird leads with a score of 7-2, followed by Sweden's Magnus Holmberg and Australia's Peter Gilmour on 6-3.

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