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News 1999

Americas Cup News

Previous America's Cup Articles Reports from our own Robo.


Fremantle, Western Australia.

17 December 2000

Press release.


In a superb display of sailing New Zealander Gavin Brady, who is sailing for the Prada America's Cup Challenge, defeated Murray Jones 2 - 0 in the final of the Fremantle International Regatta.

Brady and his crew were masterful on the starting line, in the 20 knot winds, and rarely threatened thereafter, in sharp contrast to their form early in the regatta.

Though the Prada team got the better of the start in the first race of the final, and led at the first mark, Jones came back at them down wind, but a sharp luff by Brady was enough to retain control, before going on to take the gun.

The second race was all over on the starting line, with the Italian team forcing the Swiss to jump the gun, and getting them penalized in one move, after that the margin was never less than 50 seconds.

Brady and Jones both progressed to the final with 2 - 0 victories over Australians Sebastrien Destremau and Simon Sutherland respectively in the semi-finals.

Jones, who is with the Swiss America's Cup Challenge, admitted later, "I wasn't starting well today," but said the event had been invaluable practice.

Brady had scraped into the semi-finals on a count back with another ex-pat Kiwi, Chris Dickson, after only winning three races on the first day, then losing half a point for causing damage to another boat.

This was his first match racing event since March, having been concentrating on an Olympic campaign in the Start class, "I'm a bit rusty," he commented at the beginning of the regatta.

The battle for third place went all the way to the wire, with local skippers Sebastien Destremau and Simon Sutherland slugging it out through three races, before Destremau got the upper hand.

1. Gavin Brady, Italy, Prada Challenge
2. Murray Jones, Switzerland, Swiss Challenge
3. Sebastien Destremau, Australia
4. Simon Sutheland, Australia
5. Chris Dickson, U.S.A., Oracle Racing
6. Xavier Destremau, Denmark
7. Ben Dunstan, Australia
8. Luca Antonini, Italy


16 December 2000


Murray Jones of the Swiss America's Cup challenge will face Australian Simon Sutherland, in one semi-final of the Fremantle International Match Racing Regatta on Sunday morning.

The other will be contested between Sebastien Destremau of Australia, and Gavin Brady from Italy's Prada America's Cup challenge.

Jones won the right to select his opponent after finishing at the top of the scoreboard at the end of the elimination rounds, and decided Sutherland was the best bet.

Racing off Fremantle's famous and historic South Beach was curtailed today when the sea breeze augmented an already gutsey southerly, producing 35 to 40 knots of wind, and short steep seas in the shallow water close to shore.

The Swiss skipper had little trouble in despatching Italy's Luca Antonini to the "also rans" league in two straight races, the young Italian is sailing his first senior level international event.

The battle of the day was between Gavin Brady and Chris Dickson, the veteran Dickson taking the first encounter, when Brady accumulated three penalties, which carries the mandatory black flag disqualification.

Brady hit back, sailing two masterful races in near survival conditions, to first level the score, and then take the match.

With the wind rising, the decision was taken to reduce the other matches to one race, sudden death, contests, in which Sebastien Destremau and Simon Sutherland beat Ben Dunstan and Xavier Destremau respectively.


Murray Jones - Switzerland bt Luca Antonini - Italy: 2 - 0
Gavin Brady - Italy bt Chris Dickson - U.S.A: 2 - 1
Sebastien Destremau - Australia bt Ben Dunstan - Australia: 1 - 0
Simon Sutherland - Australia bt Xavier Destremau - Denmark:1 - 0


15 December 2000


Murray Jones of the Swiss America's Cup challenge claims the top rung of the ladder at the end of the first day of the Fremantle International Match Racing Regatta.

Jones ended the day with six wins from seven races in the round robin, his only defeat coming at the hands of fellow expatriot Kiwi Chris Dickson.

He claimed first place after a tie-break with Frenchman resident in Perth, Sebastien Destremau, who also only lost one race, that being to Murray Jones.

Local skipper Simon Sutherland had a good day, with five wins on the scoreboard, and claiming third place, ahead of international "rock stars" Chris Dickson and Gavin Brady.

The day started with a fickle easterly breeze, that even the best found hard to read at times, with Murray Jones describing it as "scary", particularly in the transition to the seabreeze.

The famous "Fremantle Doctor" seabreeze did establish itself late in the morning, and by mid afternoon was in the 12 to 15 knot range, which in the shallow water off South Beach, produced some steep waves.

For Gavin Brady, who is now on the Prada America's Cup team, this was a return to match racing after a break since the end of the last America's Cup in February.

As always, he was tactically aggressive, and possibly because he is a little rusty, he received the largest number of penalties for the day, including a half point deduction for causing damage to another boat.

The event progresses to a seeded round on Saturday, with Jones due to face Italy's eighth placed Luca Antonini, in a best of three series, while Sebastien Destremau meets local lad Ben Dunstan.

Third placed Simon Sutherland sails against Xavier Destremau, with the match of the day certainly fourth and fifth placed Chris Dickson against Gavin Brady.

1. Murray Jones Switzerland
2. Sebastien Destremau Australia
3. Simon Sutherland Australia
4. Chris Dickson U.S.A. 5. Gavin Brady Italy
6. Xavier Destremau Denmark
7. Ben Dunstan Australia
8. Luca Antonini Italy

14 December 2000


Three of the hottest challenges for the 2003 America's Cup, in Auckland, will be represented on the waters of the Indian Ocean off Fremantle over the next three days.

Chris Dickson from the Oracle Team, Gavin Brady of the Prada Challenge, and Murray Jones representing the Swiss Challenge are in a line up of eight skipper in the inaugural Fremantle Sailing Club International Match Racing Regatta.

Other overseas contestants are Italy's Luca Antonini, Xavier Destremau, a Frenchman resident in Denmark, and his brother Sebastien Destremau, who lives in Australia.

Two Australians are in the line up, local skippers Simon Sutherland, and Ben Dunstan.

Although only a grade 2 regatta, the impressive line up is an indication of the scramble by America's Cup teams to climb the ranking ladder before next year, and so gain invitations to the major events like the Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing Tour.

The three day event will be sailed in J 24's, off Fremantle's South Beach, which should provide boisterous conditions, in the legendary Fremantle Doctor.

Both Chris Dickson and Murray Jones sailed the last event of the 2000 Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing Tour, the Colorcraft Gold Cup in Bermuda, while Gavin Brady has been off the circuit for a while.

This will be Brady's first event representing Italy's Prada Challenge, who were the challengers at the last America's Cup, in Auckland, earlier this year.

The format of the regatta comprises an opening round robin, followed by a second round robin in which the skippers are seeded, before semi-finals and finals.

For further information contact:-
John Roberson
Phone: +61 407 476 462

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