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Published Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

3 December 1999

Issue # 102

(C)update: News from Flight 2

For complete results see (C)update Daily

The first DNF of round 3 was scored by Fast 2000.  On the 3rd upwind leg of their match with Spain, their twin keeled boat was dismasted.  As Fast 2000 came to the event with only one mast this would seem to be the end.  After the incident skipper Marc Pajot commented: "But tonight I wonder if the right choice was not to have just one keel rather than two keels and one mast."

 The Spanish challenge has offered use of a mast.  However, it is not as simple as modifying the mast and heading back to the race course.  Whether the Swiss will return to the race course is an open question despite the Spanish generosity.

The Deed of Gift under which the Cup is sailed says that challengers boats must be " constructed in the country of the Club holding the Cup."  This would seem to preclude a Spanish mast on a Swiss boat.  Also Fast 2000 would need the unanimous consent of the challengers.  

In any case the first beneficiary of this will be Young America who will gain 9 needed points when Fast 2000 forfeits today's race.

Young America is in need of a victory as they have lost the first 2 races of round 3 and now sit 8th in the standings.  Young America has now lost 6 straight races.

Their most recent loss came against Nippon.  On the first upwind leg Young America was penalized for tacking too close.  At the 2nd leeward mark Young America sparred with Nippon in an attempt to put a penalty on Nippon.  If Nippon would have incurred a penalty Young America's earlier foul would have been negated.

In a series of close quarter maneuvers 5 protest flags were raised.  Only one was validated and it went against Young America.

In a battle of two boat America teams America One soundly beat Abracadabra.  At least for this race America One's old boat was much faster than Abracadabra's destroyer bowed USA 50.  America One gained at least 34 seconds on the upwind legs and also gained on every running leg.  This race knocked Abracadabra from 6th to 7th and put America One in 2nd.

America's one boat teams matched up with America True beating Team Dennis Conner by 30 seconds.  America True boss Dawn Riley said: "It was an even start, but we had great boat speed and covered Stars and Stripes the rest of the way."  America True gained on all but the 2nd run.

Prada continued to win although their race vs. France had some difficulty to it  They incurred a penalty at the first windward mark and later suffered a broken vang.  Still their formula of better speed and less mistakes produced another 9 point victory.

Flight 3 should see several compelling matches.  Team Dennis Conner will match up against Nippon, and Spain will sail against America True and attempt to hold onto 6th place.

 


Playstation= Code Yellow

The 105 foot catamaran Playstation is back to code yellow status.  Code Yellow status means that a departure in the next 4 to 7 days is possible.

Currently Playstation is considering a departure from 7 to 9 December.  One problem with this weather windows is that there may not be enough wind at the start of the Atlantic crossing.  However, if there is Playstation plans to take the chance.

Playstation has spent over a month waiting for suitable weather.  Sooner or later the worm should turn.