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 13 January 2000

Issue # 125

Winter

Another winter day dawns.  Midwestern sailors are cold.  The ground is snowy.  Frustration grows.  They begin to react strangely.  They take out their frustration.  In this sailors case, he said, "OK Mr. Sparcraft this'll teach you to stay in column!"


Cape to Rio Report

Day 6 of the Cape To Rio Race shows Zephyrus IV in the lead.  After a 24 hour run of 314 miles the Reichel Pugh ULDB is north of the Tristan Da Cuhuha Islands.  The ILC Maxi Sagamore did not transmit a position report.  Sailing all out to catch the leaders Portugal Brasil 500 did 372 miles in 24 hours an average of 15.51 knots.  This bests Zephyrus's earlier run of 371.

Back in the fleet La Bamba a Vickers 41 racer/cruiser sank.  La Bamaba was sailed by a family crew.  The at sea rescue was perform by Island Fling, a catamaran.  The rescue occurred 300 miles out to sea around the 30th parallel of latitude.  Island Fling will return to Port Nolluth South Africa with the La Bamba crew.  Island Fling will receive a time allowance for this incident.  Remarkably the sailors on Island Fling are newcomers with about a year of experience.  For this family crew this South Atlantic crossing is the first step on a long voyage. 

With Sagamore's position reporting gear quiet it is difficult to fully gage the front of the fleet.  However, with 24 hour runs of over 200 miles throughout the fleet and Portugal Brasil's great day it is unlikely that Zephyrus will get far away.  There seems to be wind behind the fleet which should keep things tight.


Tornado Worlds

Day 3 of the Tornado Worlds saw races 5 & 6 sailed in boisterous 15-20 knot conditions.

Team of the day was the French duo of Revil and Guillemette who scored a pair of 2nds.  This put them up to 2nd overall.  Still leading the regatta is the British team of Styles and May.  3rd is another French team Pennec and Guichard.

There are four American teams in the Top 20.  Tops amongst them is Lovell and Ogletree in 14th.  They posted the only American top 10 finish of the day with a 5th.

For the America teams to move up they will have to become consistent top 10 finishers.