News and Articles for Regatta

1. Plattner, Coutts lead Morning Glory to Key West regatta win
Gainesville Sun – Jan 21 2:58 PM
erman software magnate Hasso Plattner, with three-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts coordinating tactics, won the Farr 40-class aboard Morning Glory at the Key West 2005 regatta on Friday.

2. Final results from the Key West 2005 sailing regatta
Herald Tribune – Jan 21 2:57 PM
Final class winners from the five-day, nine-race Key West 2005 sailing regatta that ended Friday. The listings include class, boat, owner and hometown.

3. Plattner, Coutts lead Morning Glory to Key West regatta win
Contra Costa Times – Jan 21 3:14 PM
KEY WEST, Fla. – German software magnate Hasso Plattner, with three-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts coordinating tactics, won the Farr 40-class aboard Morning Glory at the Key West 2005 regatta on Friday.

4. Plattner, Coutts lead Morning Glory to Key West regatta win
The Ledger – Jan 21 3:00 PM
KEY WEST, Fla. German software magnate Hasso Plattner, with three-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts coordinating tactics, won the Farr 40-class aboard Morning Glory at the Key West 2005 regatta on Friday.

5. Morning Glory holds slight regatta lead heading into final day
ABC Action News – Jan 21 5:52 AM
KEY WEST – Morning Glory, owned and skippered by German software magnate Hasso Plattner, has a precarious, one-point lead in the Farr 40 class entering the final day of racing Friday at the Key West 2005 regatta.

6. Sailing regatta not all Greek to Effie
Geelong Info – Jan 22 9:24 PM
HOW embarrassment! Greek beauty Effie, she of the big hair and the big . . . profile, will be lending her weight to champion yacht Team AAPT at this weekend’s Skandia Geelong Week.

7. Crews return to the water
BBC News – Jan 22 10:11 AM
Britain’s Paralympic sailors will compete in a top regatta in America this week.

8. A celebration of community across NSW
Sydney Morning Herald – 2 hours, 42 minutes ago
Armidale Dumaresq 10.30am to noon, Saumarez Homestead. Official ceremony, family fun day with entertainment, displays, SES and RFS demonstrations. Ashfield 9am-11am, Ashfield Civic Centre. Special breakfast presentation to local Australia Day Awards winners.

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