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GOVERNOR'S CUP:Aussies not down under

SAILING: Cruising Yacht Club from Australia makes the most of its stay in Newport Beach and is in second after three days.

July 20, 2007|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

East or West, who cares where the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is because it is well, cruising.

Jon English still has no clue where he is. That's the least of his concerns, because the weather, 75 degrees, this time of the year is paradise for the three-man crew and its coach.

Back home it's winter and the last couple of days in Sydney have been blistering cold.

So after wrapping up another day of regatta racing at the 41st annual Governor's Cup, Australia stays under the sun longer than the rest of the competition at the Balboa Yacht Club.

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For English, he's working on his tan. The other two, William Ryan and Jay Griffin, as Ryan put it, are here for sailing.

Of course he's kidding. It's that dry sense of humor. But as odd as the perfect weather felt so was the fact that Australia is the lone team from a foreign country at the U.S. International Junior Match Racing Championship.

Australia is making up for the lack of international flavor.

With three days completed, Australia has a strong hold of second place with 16 wins, trailing Newport Harbor Yacht Club by one as the second round of round-robin action concludes today.

Both Australia and Newport Harbor went 6-0 Thursday, standing out in the oldest youth match racing event in the country.

Another dazzling showing for Australia in the 12-keelboat competition, which beside the top two, King Harbor Yacht Club of Redondo Beach (13 victories), St. Thomas Yacht Club of the Virgin Islands (13), Annapolis Yacht Club of Maryland (11), Balboa Yacht Club (11) of Newport Beach, and Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans (10) still have a shot at claiming first place.

For Australia, it was more interested in finding out if its latest feat meant another reward back at its sponsor's home.

The day before, something warm and special waited.

"Doris is busy at home making some pie at the moment, and we're looking forward to it," Coach Jenni Bonnitcha said. "We're staying with the best house family anyone can ever ask for. We're staying with Doris and Don, and they're just gold.

"They like Australians. We were the only ones and they got stuck with us."

Being stuck with the Aussies is like being at a comedy club every night.

Be ready to laugh because after creating havoc in the water for the rest of the 11 competitors during the day, they're entertainers at night.

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