Sporting Digest: Sailing

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).A third place finish, following the 16th in the second race, put Britain's Ian Walker and Mark Covell into third overall at the halfway stage of the Star World Championships in Punta Ala, Italy, yesterday. They are behind the1992 bronze medallist Ross McDonald and Eric Doyle.

Emma Richards and Miranda Marron will be the only all-female crew in the Jacques Vabre transatlantic race starting 16 October from Le Havre.