Appleton on form at German match race

Swedish Match Tour's sixth event kicks off

Friday May 17th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected
Match Race Germany organisers of the Swedish Match Tour's sixth event on Lake Constance in Germany, started the first round robin series of their competition to take advantage yesterday afternoon's breeze on Thursday and to provide a possible cushion in racing for later in the series.

For a short period of time this proved a good idea as the first round of group A-1 was completed. However, the light breeze quickly dissipated to little more than sporadic puffs and the second round of the day was abandoned.

Undefeated after two races was the young sailor Cameron Appleton of Team New Zealand. This is Appleton's first appearance on the Swedish Match Tour in more than a year and also his first experience sailing on a lake.

"You need a bit of luck and then you have to create your own luck," said Appleton. "Jeremy (Lomas) has been here before and is working the bow and calling tactics so he’s going to be very helpful for us this week trying to figure out the breeze and finding the good puffs to create some speed."

Completing Appleton's Team New Zealand crew here is Adam Beashel. Lomas and Beashel are also part of Appleton's core match racing team back in Auckland.

The Diamont 2000 racing yachts used for this event are quite different from the America's Cup Class boats that Appleton drives and take some getting used to. "The boats here are a handful and made for agile people. They are small and we have three man crews so there’s a lot happening at once and everyone is active and important to the success of a match," commented Appleton.

The event is currently not looking too good for the British participants. GBR Challenge skipper Ian Walker lost the one match he sailed again Polish skipper Karol Jablonski, while Chris Law lost two matches one to Morten Henriksen and the other to Jes Gram-Hansen.

See page two for results...

Cameron Appleton

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