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For the third time in round 2 America's Cup trial racing was canceled. Winds blew up to 40 knots. This is almost double the acceptable limit for racing.
Round 2 is scheduled to finish 26 November. At this point there is still enough time to complete the racing on a one per day basis. However, more cancellations may make two races per day necessary.
Farr 40 in the Admirals Cup
A recent announcement stated that the popular Farr 40 one design class is one of three boats to be sailed in the 2001 Admirals Cup. Traditionally this event has been a showcase for the world's professional sailors especially in the helmsman's role. With the Farr 40 having an owner/driver rule to encourage amateur helmsman it seemed as through class rules and tradition would conflict.
However, further investigation reveals that the Farr 40 class will treat the Admiral's Cup as any other event. Full class rules including owner aperture driver regs, limits on the number of professionals on crews and sail inventory limits will be in effect.
The 1999 Admiral's Cup was supposed to feature similar rules especially in relation to professional involvement. One wonders whether the Farr 40 class rules will hold as currently written until the event in 2001.
Playstation remains at dock
Playstation remains on standby in New York. The 105 foot catamaran and 11 man crew is awaiting a weather window for an attack on the Atlantic record.
Such a window is not expected for another week. Skipper Steve Fossett still believes a window will open this month. When it does Playsation will depart. To wait into December would add the issue of colliding with sea ice. To avoid this Playsatation will take advantage of the first acceptable set of conditions.
Even if Playstation can't bust the record a time of less than 8 days 4 hours 19 seconds and 25 minutes will officially qualify her for The Race.
While on standby Playsation has been conducting crew training and boat optimization. Among areas improved are: mainsail battens and a recutting of the sail inventory.
Among decisions made at the International Sailing Federation annual general meeting were calls concerning the 2004 Olympics and the eligibility code.
The 2004 Olympics will see several keelboat disciplines. Most prominently a women's match racing event will take place in a still to be determined 3 person boat. There will also be a fleet racing event for men. Finally there will be an open (no gender limitation) keelboat event that will combine fleet and match racing. Boats will be determined at a later date.
In the area of eligibility code an ISAF group will engage in voluntary testing of a new competitor eligibility code. As it is developed and accepted it is felt that this may replace the existing US code.
Competitors will be able to have their eligibility determined via the Internet.
The goal in is to recognize amateur sailors and their accomplishments and not exclude people from sailing in events.