Sporting Digest: Sailing

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THREE wins in a row for Grant Dalton in New Zealand Endeavour have put him well clear of his rivals, Pierre Fehlmann in Merit Cup and Daniel Malle in La Poste, after four of the six legs of the UAP Round Europe Race. Isabelle Autissier's new swing-keel Open 60 Ecureuil Poitou-Charentes won the stage from Rotterdam to Copenhagen. Dalton has signed Mike Quilter, the right-hand man to Peter Blake in Steinlager II when winning the 1989-90 Whitbread round the world race, to replace Murray Ross as his navigator for the 1993-94 race, which starts in September. In the Whitbread 60 class, Spain's Galicia Pescanova scored her second win to share the honours with the pan-European Intrum Justitia, with Italy's Brooksfield closer in third place and now taking on new sails.