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Race week ends today

By DORAN CUSHING

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 19, 2001


KEY WEST -- Day 4 of Yachting Key West Race Week brought another day of difficult sailing conditions with major wind shifts and predominantly light breezes as the five-day international regatta heads for a conclusion.

Gordon Schiff's Mumm 36 The Wall came back from a seventh-place finish in the day's first race to win the closing race Thursday and maintain its lead in PHRF Division 4.

Michael Carroll's Clearwater-based Henderson 30 New Wave lost Thursday's first race by one second, finished third in the second race and was in second place in PHRF Division 3, trailing by 11 points.

In the 37-boat Farr 40 Class, the Greek-based Atalanti XI, with St. Petersburg sailmaker Ethan Bixby onboard as a trimmer, led the 37-boat class by a point after being in 22nd place after the first race. The five-day event, which attracted 327 boats from 15 countries, concludes today with one race and 16 of 17 divisions up for grabs.

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