Sporting Digest: Sailing

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The Independent Online
The American 50-footer Idler, withKenny Read in charge, and Italy's Breeze, skippered by Tommaso Chieffi, took the top two places in the Berthon Source Regatta at Lymington. But there was a morale-bosting third for Britain's Chernikeeff team in the Admiral's Cup, which begins on Wednesday, as Lawrie Smith saw improvements to Venture 99 begin to pay off.

Australia's Peter Gilmour, the Japanese team's America's Cup skipper, beat New York Yacht Club rival Ed Baird 3-1 to win the Swedish Match Cup for the fifth time in Marstrand.

Australian skipper Peter Gilmour, representing the Nippon America's Cup Challenge, won the Swedish Match Cup for the third successive time yesterday - his fifth victory in the event in six years. Gilmour was on devastating form, defeating Ed Baird of the New York Yacht Club Challenge by three races to one. Gilmour and his all-Japanese crew made their intentions clear in the first match, getting the best start and going on to win by nearly two minutes. Gilmour led every race for the first lap and only in the third confrontation did Baird find a way past on the second lap to take the gun

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