Sporting Digest: Sailing

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Andy Green has been invited by the America's Cup skipper John Kolius to join the afterguard of the Aloha tune-up boat in Hawaii next year. Green, one of Britain's brightest young match racing prospects, has also signed a two-year deal giving him and his crew - Jim Turner, Gerard Mitchell and Tim Powell - backing on the world circuit from the reinsurance group, Margent International.

Giovanni Soldini extended his lead to 129 miles over second-placed Marc Thiercelin on the second leg of the Around Alone Race from Cape Town to Auckland yesterday. With 2,600 miles to go and a New Year's Eve finish predicted, Mike Golding has moved Britain's Group 4 to within six miles of Thiercelin, while Isabelle Autissier slipped a further 200 miles behind.

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