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 26 June 2000 Issue # 222

By Ike Stephenson

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Olympic Sailing:  USA Olympians at Kiel Week

Star:  Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljerdahl showed their recent world championship was no fluke.  They won the Star class by 16 points.  Their only win came in the last race, but they had an 8th as their lowest finish.  2nd was Brazilian Torben Grael with Walker and Covell of Great Britain 3rd.

470 Men:  The team of Foerester and Merrick was 2nd.  They were 10 points behind the winning team from Australia.  3rd was New Zealand.  The Americans won 4 of 15 races.

Tornado:  USA's Lovell and Ogletree ended up 5th only 5 points from a podium finish.  They finished in the top 3 in 4 of 9 races.  A race 2 score of DNC may have been the difference between 5th and 3rd.  

Mistral Women's:  Lanee Butler was 7th of 41.  A race 7 2nd place was her top finish.  

470 Women:  8th was the final placing for J.J. Isler and Pease Glaser.  4th was their best finish.

Mistral Men's:  Despite finishing with consecutive 2nd place finishes, Mike Gebhardt ended Kiel Week 12th.  

For the regatta Australia was tops in medals with 5.  They medalled in both 470 fleets, sailboards and two single handed fleets.  

France was 2nd with 4 medals, a pair of those in the sailboard fleets.

With entries in 6 of 11 classes the USA was one of 7 teams with 2 medals won.

The Race:  Going to windward on Playstation

The Race class catamaran Playstation is currently voyaging from Plymouth England to Newport Rhode Island.  Soon after arriving in the USA Playstation will be on stand by for another attempt at the west/east trans atlantic record.

While sailing east to west Playstation has spend considerable time on the wind.  According to crew David Scully:  "Upwind, she becomes the boat from Hell. 105 ft of the stiffest, lightest, material known to science starts to fly off the tops of waves at 20 mph, falling 2 stories to land on an uncompressible substance, water. Below, you feel like the human cannonball, on a bungee cord. On deck, the helmsmen battle to maintain enough speed to march the hulls up the mountainous wave faces, while trying to control the airtime as PlayStation launches herself from the top."

Such conditions have produced average speed readings of 2.7, 2.9, 3.3 and 3.5 knots during the current crossing.  Maybe's its the bigger they are, the harder they go to weather.

 

 

 

 

 

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SD Archives:  Kiel Week 1999

Weather:  June Trends in Muskegon

For the USA the spring months of March through May were the warmest ever.  They measured at .4 above the previous record 1910.

June is Muskegon is looking to put paid to this record warming trend.  Through 25 days (83%) of the month temperatures are -.4 below norm.

 

 

 

 

 

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