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Barking Spider 3 Wins Salsa in 3-way Tiebreaker

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico—David Kory and Gil Maguire were like rival candidates sweating out razor-thin election returns. A day after finishing they watched anxiously Thursday as race administrator Peggy Redler ran the numbers for the Salsa Division in Del Rey Yacht Club’s 19th International Yacht Race to Puerto Vallarta, presented by Corum.

After three legs Kory’s Barking Spider 3, from Point Richmond, Calif., and Maguire’s Tenacity, Marina del Rey, had wound up tied for first place with Jim Puckett’s Amazing Grace, Pacific Palisades, Calif., on overall corrected time based on handicap ratings, engine use time and penalties, each with six points.

The tiebreaker: which boat won the last leg: The winner: Barking Spider 3.

Kory’s MacGregor 65, the fastest-rated boat, finished first on every leg but was always counting time in its wake because it owed its Spinnaker A class rivals so much time. Maguire’s J/133 won overall on Leg 1 to Turtle Bay and Puckett’s Farr 55 prevailed on Leg 2 to Point Lazaro before Barking Spider 3 corrected out against both on Leg 3 to Puerto Vallarta.

“We were within four hours of one another on corrected time for the whole race,” Kory said. “It was exciting and a well-sailed race for everyone.”

And it also was nice to be fast.

“The only boat that beat us here was Magnitude 80,” Kory said, noting that he had a one-week head start on the Andrews 80 that Doug Baker and his crew sailed to a race record elapsed time of 3 days 15 hours 51 minutes 39 seconds, obliterating Joss’s 22-year-old standard by about 31 hours.

Jim McCone’s Voice of Reason, an Ericson 32 from Lomita, Calif., won Spinnaker B class, while Patrick Hearne’s Far Niente, a Catalina 42 from Dana Point, Calif., won the non-spinnaker class.

Barking Spider 3 used its engine fewer hours (20) for less distance (163 nautical miles) than any other Salsa boat in the 1,125-nautical mile race. At the top end of those scales were Jean Rooryck’s Vision (102 hours) and Peter Hirsch’s Segue (586 miles).

“That means a lot to me, too,” Kory said, “because it is a sailboat race.”

Awards will be presented at separate banquets in Puerto Vallarta Friday and Saturday. Corum, the lead sponsor, will present the Admiral’s Cup Trophy 41 watch to the winner of each class within each division. The timepiece with a 41mm stainless steel case and nautical pennants instead of numerals to indicate the hours was introduced by Corum before the 2005 race.

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