Sporting Digest: Sailing

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The Independent Online
LAWRIE SMITH'S lead on the fourth leg of the Whitbread Round the World Race has been reduced to 12 miles by Chris Dickson in Tokio. Smith, who is the overall race leader in Intrum Justitia, was still sailing on a course further to the south than his rivals. Ross Field's Yamaha reported being stopped after hitting a shark.

WHITBREAD ROUND THE WORLD RACE Fourth Leg (Auckland to Punta del Este) Positions (with miles to the finish): Maxi class: 1 New Zealand Endeavour 4,622; 2 Merit Cup 4,637; 3 La Poste 4,645; 4 Uruguay Natural 4,881. Whitbread 60s: 1 Intrum Justitia 4,561; 2 Tokio 4,573; 3 Galicia '93 Pescanova 4,587; 4 Yamaha 4,598; 5 Winston 4,617; 6 Brooksfield 4,661; 7 Dolphin & Youth 4,677; 8 Heineken 4,727; 9 Hetman Sahaidachny 4,881; 10 Odessa, 4,907. BT Results Service

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