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 17 January 2000

Issue # 127

Key West Race Week Day 1 Outlook

Today will be the first day of competions for the 263 boat fleet at the annual Key West Race Week.  Boats from ULDB 70's to S2 7.9's will begin racing around the buoys today.

As is typical of today's racing scene the offshore one design classes are large and are expected to be fiercly competitive.  28 Farr 40's, 21 One Design 35's, 45 Melgest 24's and 26 Mumm 30's will battle on a one for one basis.

The IMS fleet will feature last years boat of the week Highland Fling a CM 60 which will match off against Rima another CM 60.

The top end of the PHRF fleet will have a pair of Santa Cruz 70's.  Equation hails from Detroit MI, while Chessier Racing is a Chessapeake Bay boat.

Conditions should be quite nice as one would expect.  As of 0900 Key West had a temperature of 68 with NE winds at 13 knots.

Forecasts call for north to north east winds at 15-20 knots.  Seas are expected to be 5-6 feet.  This should get the fleet off to a 2 race day with good winds to help crews get into racing mode straight away.


Cape to Rio Report

Day 10 of the Cape to Rio race shows the competition for line honours is still all on.  Whether line honours will equate to a race records is an open question.  Fleet leaders Zephyrus and Sagamore are postioned close together to the north and east of Trindade Island.

Zephryus leads by 58 miles.  In the last 24 hours Zephyrys squeezed out 12 more miles than Sagamore. 

Conditions have lightened to 10 to 11 knots from behind the leaders.  This has brought the breaking of the race record up to questionable status.  Performance in this light air will determine both line honours and the possibility of a new record.


Olympic Sailing: Tornado Worlds

By a margin of a single point the German team of Gaebler and Schwall won the Tornado World Championships in Sydney Australia.  For both team mebers this is their 3rd world title.  Gaebler was a world champion in: 1996, 1997 and now 2000.  Schwall was tops in Tornados in 1993, 1997 and 1999.

Finishing 2nd was the Austrian team of Hagara and Steinacher.  Their final race place of 5th couldn't beat the German teams 1st place.

8 points back of 2nd was the final podium team the French Mouniac duo. 

The USA placed 3 teams in the first 20.  Team Hall Spars sailed by Lars Guck and P.J. Schaffer was 14th.  They scored 3 top 10 finishes.  16th was the team of Lovell and Ogletree with 2 top 10's including a 2nd in the final race.  19th was the team of Ingham and Goethert with a single top 10.

The close finished of the USA teams means the class Olympic selection trials could be quite competitive.  Perhaps this close competition will allow the teams to move up to medal contetnion by the Olympic regatta which begins 17 September.