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 25 January 2001 Issue # 327

By Ike Stephenson

 Today's Sailing News 

The Race: Club Med Sails On


The blue catamaran Club Med with her international crew continues to eat up the miles in the Southern Ocean. The past 24 hours have seen Club Med sail 566 miles. They now lead by 722 miles over Innovation Explorer.

According to Club Med boss Grant Dalton, "35 knots that's all we want. Any more and we can't use it. In fact we end up going slower." These Race Class cats currently really don't sail these Southern Waters to their full potential. These waters are good for most boats as they produce winds of 30+ knots on a regular basis. These new generation
cats don't need gales of wind. At their current stage of development they
probably can't handle it either.

After a period where Southern Ocean sailing crept further south
it's now gone north with the Race Class cats. Last year single hander Phillipe Monnet based his route on going as far south as 60░ in latitude.

Its likely as the Race fleet sails to the Cook Straits they won't dip too far below 50░ south.

2nd place Innovation Explorer has again had to patch sails. Co- skipper Skip Novak reports, "│I can imagine our arrival in Marseilles with our boat looking more like Kevin Kostner╣s trimaran in Water World, with a sail consisting of more patches than entire pieces."

Warta Polpharma the fleet's baby is getting going once again. They have sailed 315 miles in 24 hours. 

Still the tail end boat is Team Legato with only 221 miles in 24 hours. Tony Bullimore comments: "It is amazing, we have been desperately unlucky with the weather and especially with the wind direction."

Team Adventure is still in Cape Town. Strong SE winds are making
for difficult upwind sailing conditions for the big cat. However, skipper
Cam Lewis is not overly worried saying, "If we don't leave until Friday morning it will be so much the better, because the polymerization of the carbon will be that much better, and our repairs more reliable."

Stay tuned as the repaired Team Adventure reenter the race track. How fast will she sail with only 10 crew?

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Olympic Sailing

With the most recent Olympic regatta having been held in September, Olympic sailing is starting a new 4 year cycle. With the next chance at gold years away, teams are beginning their plans to have that chance.

The Miami Regatta for Olympic classes is the USA's only top level
Olympic class regatta. Accordingly it is one of great importance for  US Olympic class sailors. Those hoping to gain a berth on the US Sailing Team and the 
benefits that go with it have to sail well at this regatta.

For the 470 classes 2 of the 5 women's berths and 3 of the 5 men's berths will be
based on results from this regatta. For the Star and Finn classes this event is 1/3rd of the selection process for the US team.

All Olympic classes are sailing with the exception of the Yngling, the new women's keelboat class.

Wednesday was Day 1 with classes sailing either 2 or 3 races.

The 470 fleet sees men and women's team sailing together. A Canadian team
leads with Mark Ivey and Howard Crowell the top USA Men's team.  Coutenay Becker Dey a two time Olympian in the Europe class has her team 3rd.

The 49er skiff fleet is led by the American brother team of Doogieand Brenden Couvrex. They won 2 of 3 races sailed.

Meg Gaillard won 2 of 3 races in the Europe class. She was a top contender for the Europe berth in the past Olympics.

America Mo Hart had a pair of 3rd's in 3 races to take the Day 1 lead in the Finn class.

The Laser fleet is the largest with 40 entries. A pair of British sailors are at the top. Bret Davis is the top American in 3rd, with a win
in the days 2nd of 3 races.

The Mistral wind surfer fleet also has men and women on the same  course. A Mexican sailor leads with the USA's Peter Wells in 2nd. Top
American women is Laura Chambers in 5th.

The only Olympic multi hull class is the Tornado. There's a tie for the lead between a Canadian team the American duo of Robbie Daniel
and Eric Jacobsen.

The Star class now the only Olympic keelboat choice for men has the USA's Gold Medal team of Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljerdahl competing.
They had an off key 1st day with finishes of 8th and 9th, which puts them in 9th.

Terry Hutchinson who competed against Reynolds at the recent Key
West Race week is sailing with Andrew Scott. This team is 5th after finishes of 2nd and 11th in the 21 boat fleet.

The leaders are John Macausland and Peter Brombey who won both races
sailed.

Racing will continue today with winds in the northerly quadrant at 15-20 knots.

More results and information in Friday's Sailing Daily.

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