Young America Sails To Win


Young America took advantage of the Swiss syndicate's mast problems while four other races were decided by under a minute each in Saturday's third round-robin races in the America's Cup challenger series.

Young America sailed the course on its own to win when the Fast 2000 syndicate did not start after snapping a mast during Friday's race. The Americans picked up nine points for the win to move into seventh place in the 11-team competition.

In other racing Saturday, Nippon beat Stars and Stripes by 45 seconds, Le Defi Francais did the same in 46 seconds over Abracadabra, AmericaOne downed Young Australia by 56 seconds and the Spanish Challenge defeated America True by 22 seconds.

Prada, which had a bye Saturday, leads the competition with 64 points, one better than AmericaOne, with Nippon at 56.5 and America True on 47. Dennis Conner's Stars and Stripes is in fifth with 45.5 and the Spanish Challenge sixth 35, two better than Young America.

Young America crew member Jim Brady predicted the syndicate's fortunes will improve the rest of the series.

All eyes have been on the New York Yacht Club after its problems in the second round, with one boat nearly sinking and the second boat being damaged in the testing seas.

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