Green gets gold

GBR Challenge helm takes out Alinghi afterguard to win Laureus Sports Award regatta and Merc convertible
Ousted GBR Challenge helmsman Andy Green scored a double whammy in Monte Carlo yesterday when he achieved not only a pride restoring victory over Alinghi afterguard Jochen Schuemann in a match race final, but also won both a £50,000 Mercedes convertible and a watch worth 15,000 Euros into the bargain. Green was one of eight skippers taking part in the Laureus Regatta attached to the glamorous Laureus World Sports Awards, a line-up that aside from he and the tall German serial Olympic medal winner included Paolo Cian, Peter and JJ Isler and Thierry Peponnet. Going into the final day Green and Cian were level pegging. Had the wind failed to materialise and no racing taken place then the Mascalzone Latino helm would have won first prize. However Green dispatched Cian in two races - both highly aggressive pieces of match racing. "It's always tough racing Paolo," commented Green afterwards. "Paolo has a similar style of match racing to mine and we are similar sailors. We were half asleep so we got a penalty at the start without entering which was pretty average - we thought we were the second start and actually we were the first. So then we had to try and start well. We knew we wanted the left in the pre-start and we won the left and we just managed to get ahead of him. And then we got lucky in the downwind leg and were able to do our penalty with about 10ft spare. "The second race was another tight race. Both crews were really good. There was lot of tacks up the beat and we just managed to cross him. And then we had no spinnakers, so it was all on downwind and Paolo was doing all the right things trying to take us down to