Change of afterguards fails to help America3 AMERICA'S CUP

January 18, 1995|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer

SAN DIEGO -- America3 changed afterguards for its second race of the Citizen Cup defender elimination races against PACT '95 yesterday, but the women's team lost again.

America3, the first all-women's team to sail in America's Cup competition, has not won a race since Friday when it defeated Team Dennis Conner to open the regatta.

In winds around 5 knots from the northwest yesterday, America3 won the start by five seconds, but PACT '95 started in better position, sailing Young America to windward of the women and off the quarter.

By the first mark on the 18.55 mile windward leeward course, Young America had built a lead of 3 minutes, 11 seconds. By the second windward mark, the lead was 12 minutes, 3 seconds.

On the last two legs, America3 was able to make up ground, but was behind by 3 minutes, 32 seconds at the finish.

Conner races today

America3, after four straight races, gets today off. Team Dennis Conner, which has not raced since Saturday, will be matched against PACT '95.

OneAustralia wins

In two of the three challenger races yesterday, oneAustralia (1-1) defeated Sydney '95 (2-1), and Nippon Challenge (2-1) defeated France (0-3).

OneAustralia, skippered by 1983 America's Cup winner John Bertrand, won the start against Sydney '95 by 10 seconds and easily won by 3 minutes, 42 seconds.

"It feels good to win," said Bertrand, "but the thing you have to remember is that this is a marathon competition, and you have to look at it day-to-day and race-to-race."

OneAustralia, which won the International America's Cup Class world championships here last fall, is 1-1. It lost its first race of the regatta to Nippon Challenge.

Sydney '95, a sportsman's challenge by Australian financier Syd Fischer, was 2-0 entering yesterday's races, but had beaten only France and Spain.

France's race against Nippon included some furious upwind and downwind tacking duels, but Nippon was 22 seconds ahead at the start and Defi '95 (0-3) never came closer than 39 seconds afterward.

Makota Namba, skipper of Nippon Challenge, said that none among the syndicate personnel had family members injured in the Japan earthquake.

Spain (0-2) had the day off.

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