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 29 January 2001 Issue # 329

By Ike Stephenson

 Today's Sailing News 

The Race: Record for Club Med

Leader Club Med is now sailing in the Great Australian Bight at
speeds in the high 20's. This is a continuation of the consistent speed Club Med has shown.

That consistency has netted Club Med the record for crossing the Indian Ocean. This passage has as its start and end points 2 of the Great Capes of a circumnavigation.
From the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of Africa to Cape Leuwin at the SW edge of Australia it took Club Med 7 days and 14 hours. Previous
record holder was Sport Elec. The French trimaran currently holds the  Jules Verne Trophy having circumnavigated in 71 days.
Club Med's Indian Ocean crossing was approximately 18% faster than Sport Elec's time. Carrying this 18% increase onto a circumnavigation time
it equals out to 58 days. Club Med then is sailing the pace expected of  The Race class catamarans.

2nd place Innovation Explorer now trails by 841 miles. They are considering a 48 hour stop in Wellington New Zealand to pick up a new reacher. According to Loick Peyron, "We are counting on a new sail being made by Incidences. We'd all prefer not to stop but we'd be so frustrated if we don't have a new foresail."

Warta Polpharma holds 3rd place. However, Team Adventure has  gained 164 miles in 24 hours. At this rate Warta's 3rd place will be short lived.

Team Adventure has finally hit good sailing conditions. The 10 man crew has immediately taken to them posting a fleet high 561 miles in 24 hours. According to Team Adventure watch captain Jacques Vincent, "What's best for us, is to be running in a flow of 30 knots, top whack. The worst sort of conditions for this sort of boat would be go too far down south before the low arrives as we would then find ourselves with a strong head wind and a big sea."

This is yet another showing of the prodigious  speed that Team Adventure has shown. With this speed in mind they have something specific in mind says Jacques Vincent, "We've got a 24-hour distance record in mind. "

With all the talk of high speeds and records, we'll conclude with some balanced reporting. From Friday to Saturday Team Legato was literally
stuck to the Atlantic Ocean. She made only 33 miles in 24 hours or, 1.4 knots average. Just a reminder that all these records are brought to us by a combination of wind, boat and crew.

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Olympic Sailing: Miami Regatta Concludes

This regatta saw all Olympic classes are sailing with the exception  of the Yngling,the new women's keelboat class.

It is an important regatta for American sailors as it can help them gain a berth on the US Sailing Team and the funding and coaching that goes with it.

The 470 class came down to the last race. The team of Hunt and Miller led by a single point. The team that trailed Kevin Teborek and Tal Ingram capped their regatta with a 2nd place. Hunter and Miller came 4th and so finished 1 point back. Top women's team is skippered by Courteny Dey finishing 3rd.

The experienced 49er skiff team of lead has been taken by the  Andy Mack and Adam Lowry finished 1st 4 points ahead of the Couvreux brother team that led after day 1.

Meg Gaillard dominated the Europe class with 8 wins in 9 races. 2nd was Krysia Pohl.

Canadian Larry Lemiuex came out on top in the Finn Class. Going into the final race he was tied with American Eric Oetgen. Lemeiuex finished 6th, Oetgen 8th deciding the class.

Paul Goodison of Great Britain took 1st in the Laser Class.  Top American was Brett Davis in 3rd. 
Peter Wells won the Mistral sailboard class by 1 point over a Mexican sailor. 

Winning the only multi hull class in the Olympic Lineup was the team of Sean Mccann and John Curtis of Canada. Robbie Daniel and Eric Jacobsen of the USA were 2nd.

The Star class' 9 race series ended with John Macausland and Peter Bromby in 1st 1 point ahead of Gold Medallists Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljerdahl. Macausland and Bromby won the final race turning a 2nd place into a 1st place.

After one of the first regattas of the 2004 Olympic Sailing Cycle its clear that the USA's primary weakness is in single handed classes as the Laser and Finn Class were won by foreign skippers.

A class where the USA won two medals, the 470 looks to have several promising teams. 

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