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Main Cowes Week challenge 'is the weather'

Wed 4 Aug 2010

Main Cowes Week challenge 'is the weather'

A sailor currently on the Isle of Wight for Cowes Week has cited the weather as the most challenging factor affecting the event's races.

Ben Ainslie, the triple-Olympic gold medallist, is leading Sir Keith Mills' Team Origin and said the weather would affect the outcome of the events.

He is taking on BMW Oracle in the 1851 Cup this week on the Isle of Wight and told the Daily Telegraph that other factors affecting the outcome of the races could include strong tides.

"Knowing these waters well is an advantage but the BMW Oracle navigator Ian Moore lives on the Isle of Wight so he knows these waters as well as we do," he said.

The Australian skipper of America's Cup-winning team BMW Oracle James Spithill stated that the favourites for the 1851 are Team Origin, as they have more practice under their belts.

Earlier in the week, Mike Golding Yacht Racing won the Artemis Challenge, beating off competition from a team including Zara Phillips and Amy Williams.

Posted by Carla Winter ADNFCR-3083-ID-800012668-ADNFCR

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