Sailing: Jury takes time to reconsider

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THE international jury, which 24 hours earlier had given more than 21 hours of compensation time to Winston in the Whitbread Round the World Race, reconsidered its decision yesterday, writes Stuart Alexander from Fremantle.

Four syndicates said it was too much and made their own submissions to the five-man group headed by Marcel Leeman of Belgium.

Having said they were happy to accept the jury's first ruling, Chris Dickson's Tokio also joined the fray. 'We are not hiding behind our dignity,' Leeman said. 'We are ready to listen to everybody.'

Having been partly pushed into varying another controversial decision ahead of the start of the race in Southampton, when Dickson wanted to use an unusual kind of sail, the jury is used to conflict.

Any change in the time awarded to Winston, which lifted it from fifth to second overall in the Whitbread 60 class and implied it would have finished just 67 seconds slower than the record-breaking time set by Laurie Smith, will be announced today.

The British yacht Dolphin & Youth is expected to finish today, the last of the 14 yachts after Uruguay's Natural and the second Ukrainian yacht Odessa finished yesterday.