America's Cup: End of 1 Round Robin
The America's Cup challengers fleet has now reached the end of round robin, with the exception of one race*. The second round robin will be sailed in the same order as the first.
With 50% of the data in, is it possible to have a better idea who the two finalists will be? The simplest way to do so is to say that America One is in 1st, Stars and Stripes 2nd and the will advance.
This simplistic method would not be enough. Both Prada and Nippon have shown sufficient performance to advance. On the other hand, America True and France have shown enough holes to make advancement a long shot.
This makes it a four boat field. Here's a look at their chances.
America One is the leader. Their lone loss was due to a breakdown. Their new boat USA 61 has shown good speed, and possibly extremely good speed in lite air. At this stage best shot to go to the finals.
Stars and Stripes was the fastest starter, but suffered a resounding loss to America One. Consensus is that if lite air prevails Stars and Stripes is in trouble. Third choice among the four.
Prada has suffered two losses, one via dismasting and one via sailing. Prada has looked fast, and would seem to be 2nd choice to America One at this point.
Nippon has not been able to beat any of the other contenders. Due to this they are fourth choice among contenders.
Before this round my prediction was America One and Nippon to advance. Halfway through I like half of my prediction. With new empirical data I will amend my prediction and say we'll see a challengers final of America One and Prada.
*= Race between Stars and Stripes and America True will be sailed at the end of round/after 11 January. Circumstances will determine how important this race is.
Team Philips News
Pete Goss has recently made additions to his Team Philips personnel and added details of the 120 foot una rigged cat's sailing program.
New to Team Philips is Lee Bruce a New Hampshire based weather router. Bruce's company Tactical Weather specializes in global adventure meteorology. Bruce trained in the Air Force and later worked with noted router Bob Rice.
Goss has also announced Team Philips 2000 Sailing Program. The launching is still scheduled for 29 February. First big event on the sailing schedule is a Jules Verne attempt scheduled for March 15th. The summer will see Team Philips making port calls in Europe. Countries on the list are: Denmark, Germany, France and the UK.
By late September Team Philips will get a refit. She will arrive in Monaco 17 November. From Monaco Team Phillips will sail to Barcelona where she will start The Race on 31 December 2000.
Olympic Class Sailing: Tornado News
Final results for the Tornado Australian Championships show 3 different countries on the podium and good results for three USA teams.
Winning the regatta was the Netherlands team of Booth and Dercksen with 28 points and 3 1sts. 2nd was the Australian team of Bundock and Forbes with 31 points and 3 1sts. Third was the Argentinean team of Lange and Parada. They lost a tied break for 2nd.
Top USA team was Daniel and Bernier in 6th, with a best finish of 2nd. In 8th were the USA team of Lovell and Ogletree with a top place of 3rd. 9th were Guck and Schaffer with a 9th as their best placing. This run of US teams was split by Dickson and Stephenson of New Zealand in 7th.
Next up for these multi hullers is a shot at a podium spot in the Tornado worlds also in Australia.