Sporting Digest: Sailing
Monday 26 October 1998
The Frenchman Marc Thiercelin has decided to dig south in a bid to maintain his lead on the first leg of the Around Alone Race from Charleston to Cape Town. It has put him neck-and-neck with another top French sailor, Isabelle Autissier. Behind them, in the two Class 1 60-foot British entries, Mike Golding was beginning to pull away from Josh Hall with 2,000 miles to go.
In the all-Kiwi final for the Bermuda Gold Cup yesterday, Murray Jones, the first unseeded competitor in the event's 50-year history, was trailing 1-2 to Russell Coutts, when a tanker halted play in Hamilton harbour. In the play-off for the minor places another Kiwi, Gavin Brady, was fifth, with Chris Law sixth, Germany's Markus Weiser seventh and John Cutler eighth.
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