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The initial regatta of the Farr 40 Class Lake Michigan Championship series was sailed June 5/6 in Chicago. Sponsors were Boaters World and Team Mclube.
8 boats competed. Sailing her 1st major regatta Warren Levins Program took top honors by 1 place. In 2nd was Voodo owned by Richard Grunsten. Program's winning margin was 1 point. Program sailed consistently posting scores of: 1-7-2-1-5.
The top two boats also were an featured an in company battle for North Sails. Chalk one up for North's Midwest loft as Program with Perry Lewis and Jim Frisinger on board held off Chris Larson and Grant Spanke on Voodo.
3rd was Tom Neill's Nitemare. Nitemare was level
on points with Voodo but fell to 3rd on tiebreak. 4th was Iskara (Borys Jarymowycz),
5th was Hot Lips (Steve Mash) 6th was Bandit (Charles Tompkins) 6th was Pendragon (Brian
& Scott Jackman) and 8th was Sorcerer (Mark Landwer / Bill Dooley / Steve Sickler)
Newport Gold Regatta
This past weekend in Newport RI the 3 day Newport Gold regatta was sailed. 7 classes ranging from 8 to 16 boats raced. There were 4 offshore one design classes and 3 PHRF groupings.
The biggest of the one design classes was the Mumm 30. USA 48 sailed by Ed Collins used a final race victory to win the class. Downhill Express was tied with Collins going into the last race. However an 8th place caused Downhill Express to slide to 3rd place overall. USA 65 sailed by Michael Dressel used a final race 4th to secure 2nd place for the regatta.
The One Design 35 class had 14 boats on the starting line. The Gold Regatta is one of the regattas in the classes year long championship series. Going into the final race Pete DuPont's War Bride held a 2 point lead over Kip Meadow's Roxanne.
The final race was a tough one for War Bride and included 2 penalty turns. War Bride did comeback on the 22 mile race's final beat. However a few boat lengths put them into 3rd. This left both Roxanne and War Bride with 22 points.
The tiebreaker went to Roxanne by virtue of 3 firsts. These 3 firsts came in the regattas last 4 races.
3rd was Smiling Bulldog with 34 points including a race 2 victory.
11 Farr 40's sailed the Gold Regatta. Edgar Cato's Hissar scored victory by a comfortable 6 points. Second was Barking Mad and 3rd was Alliance.
Other Newport Gold Class winners (listed by skippers
last name) were:
For more see: http://sailing.org/newportgold/
Explorer challenges Atlantic Record
Bruno Peyron is after another sailing record. As usual, Peyron is sailing the legendary maxi catamaran Explorer. Peyron and a 6 person crew left New York Sunday afternoon. The departure was a bit surprising. However, Peyron saw a favorable weather pattern and decide to capitalize on it.
Explorer began with 25 knot Southerlies. This trend continued as after 20 hours at sea Explorer has averaged 20.3 knots. From onboard Bruno Peyron reports: "We're flying. We're constantly between 21 and 26 knots."
However, Explorer has had to sail extra distance to the south to avoid unfavorable tail winds of a low pressure system. So although Explorer sailed just 16 miles less than record hold Jet Services because of the distance south Explorer is actually 114 miles behind.
Explorer expects to sail in W/SW winds of 30 knots. Later they breeze will veer SW. This should help Explorer get back to the shorter northern route.
Explorer is actually chasing her own record. However, the boat carried the name Jet Services and the late Serge Madec was the skipper. Explorer was also 11 feet shorter. Bruno Peyron added 11 feet for his 1993 attempt on the Jules Verne trophy.