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 15 May 2000

Issue # 196

By Ike Stephenson

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Worrell 1000

The Worell 1000 is now onto it's 7th leg.  The fleet of Inter 20 catamarans is now sailing the Atlantic off South Carolina.

Leg 7 is an 86.3 mile nite time sail to Myrtle Beach also in South Carolina.

Back in the lead are Randy Smyth and Matt Struble.  20 minutes and 32 seconds back are the Australian team of Dryland and Waterhouse. 

The Dutch team of Gerard Loos and Mischa Heemskerk who once led have dropped from the podium.

Smyth and Struble took the overall lead on Leg 5 which brought the one design cat fleet into Georgia. This leg was won by Dryland and Watershouse. Leg 6 featured nite sailing and once again Smyth and Struble were 1st.  

Leg 6 featured several teams miscalculating and running aground near Charleston harbors jetty.  The teams had not noticed this large stone structure that runs 1.5 miles offshore.

By Saturday the fleet will have put South Carolina, and North Carolina behind.  The race will finish in Virginia Beach with Smtyh and Struble looking strong for victory.

Star Worlds

Sunday was day 1 of racing for the ever competitive Star Class.  At stake is the class world title and a role as favorite at the Olympics.

Race 1 was a 5 leg 11 mile race windward/leeward in format.  

First all around the course was the USA's Olympic team Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljerdahl.  Ending up 2nd were Johanssen and Moller of Sweden.  3rd were Macacusland and Trinter of the USA.

Top 10 notables were Brady and Gale of New Zealand in 5th, Walker and Covell of Great Britain in 6th, and Brazil's Torben Grael in 8th.

Finishing farther back were the following skippers expected in Sydney: ITA D'ali 11th, SPA Van Der Ploeg 14th CAN Macdonald 16th GER Pickel 18th AUS Beashel 37th.

A total of 104 boats started meaning a crowded course.  Racing will continue through Friday with world class competitors battling for places.

Playstation V. The Atlantic

The 105 foot catamaran skippered by Steve Fossett is again off to cross the Atlantic.  From Ambrose Lite off New York to the Lizard off England Playstation hopes to break the current record of 6 days 13 hours 3 minutes and 32 seconds.  If a record crossing does not occur then Fossett and his 10 man crew hope to cross within 8 days 4 hour.  Anything under 8 days 4 hours will officially qualify them for The Race, making Playstation the second boat officially qualified.

Playstation took the gun at Ambrose Lite last nite at 1936 eastern time.  A record breaking passage would have to finish by 0800 Sunday the 21st.

 

 

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