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28 July 2000 Issue # 233
Today's Sailing News
Lake Huron and Lake Michigan Host Regattas
The past two weekends have each seen a race to Mackinac, first on Lake Huron and then on Lake Michigan. Appropriately many of the Mackinac racers will be racing on both Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
The annual 'You Gotta Regatta' will be held on Little Traverse Bay with Harbor Springs the host city. The fleet will be a mixed bag of offshore racers and offshore one designs. Scoring will be PHRF and One Design.
Cheboygan Michigan will host a Level 35 event. Cheboygan is not a venue often raced. The Level 35 fleet of J 35's and T 35's will race between the mainland lower peninsula of Michigan and Bois Blanc Island. To one side of the area is 14 foot shoal and on the other is Poe Reef. Should be challenging for the race committee and the sailors.
The regatta venues sit on opposite side of Michigan's Lower Peninsula and should offer similar weather. A low pressure system with pressure around 29.9 inches will predominate this weekend. This system may produce occasional rain or thunderstorms.
Winds in both venues are forecast in the 10-15 knot range out of the NE. On the Great Lakes north east is often a direction from which storms blow. However, if the barometric pressure stays at the projected level boats should be able to keep their # 3's bagged.
See Sailing Daily Monday for results and details on these events.
Tour Voile 2000
For the Mumm 30's contesting this month long race series, Imperia Italy was a tough venue. A 4 mile inshore race in drifting conditions saw 6 boats miss the race time limit. They were scored DNF's. One of the DNF's was Region Ile De France. This poor finish couples with the British Easy Oars team finishing 2nd changed the overall standings. Easy Oars is now 3rd, Region Ile De France 4th. Leader Barlo Plastics was 3rd, with 2nd place Marseille 2000 17th.
The wind picked up a bit for the second inshore race. Overall leader Barlo Plastics won this race gaining 55 points. This put them 83 points ahead of Marseille 2000, which finished 6th and gained 47 points. 3rd place Easy Oars scored 44 points for 9th place, with Region Ile de France 13th/40 points.
Today's program will include an offshore race of either 87 or 120 miles depending on weather. Finish will be in Calvi Italy.
Quebec St Malo Transat
With the first 'transat' of the season ending last month, it's time for some of the same boats to race back across the Atlantic. The Europe 1 Transat finished in Newport Rhode Island. Many of the Europe 1 boats, especially the 60 foot trimarans, have headed north to Quebec Canada. From Quebec they will start the 2897 mile west to east transat to St Malo Quebec.
In addition to the different direction this is a crewed event, not single handed like the previous transat.
Crossing the Atlantic from west to east puts you with the prevailing winds, making for a normally easier passage. The race record was set in 1996 by Loick Peyron and crew. Peyron's time was 7 days 20 hours 24 minutes an average of 15.3 knots. This record achieved a sailing record score of 1002, close to the 1078 given to Serge Medec's 10 year old record from Ambrose Lite to the Lizard. Look for a new record from one of the 60 foot trimarans and an even better sailing record score.
Originally scheduled to honor the 450th anniversary of explorer Jacques Cartier's arrival in the New World, this transat has some distinguished winners. The 1984 winner Loic Caradec held the west to east transatlantic record from 1986 to 1987. 1988 winner Serge Madec still holds the west to east transat record. 1992 winner Laurent Bourgnon set the 24 hour single handed record in 1994. 1996 winner Loick Peyron is the record holder of this race and the Fastnet. As no previous winners are entered, this years winner will join a group of outstanding sailors as winners of this transat.
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Data Courtesy Detroit District Corps of Engineers