3 Mar 2010

Chris Dickson starts with a loss and a win

1:11 pm on 3 March 2010

The veteran New Zealand skipper Chris Dickson has started the round robin phase of the Auckland Match Racing Regatta with a loss to a British Olympic champion and a win over a New Zealand world champion.

Dickson hasn't sailed at the top level since the America's Cup three years ago and lost his first race to Britain's Ben Ainslie before beating the world match racing champion, Adam Minoprio.

Another New Zealander, the America's Cup skipper, Dean Barker, started with a win over the Australian, Torvar MIrsky, but then lost to the Frenchman Bertrand Pace, who also won his first race.

After losing to Minoprio Sweden's Magnus Holmberg beat the Frenchman Sebastian Col while Mirsky beat Italy's Francesco Bruni, who beat Col in Flight One.

Pace began by beating Poland's Karol Jablonski, who then easily beat Ainslie, while Holmberg followed his loss to Minoprio by beating Col.

The four day regatta is being sailed on the Waitemata Harbour in identical Farr-designed MRX yachts.