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 18 May 2000

Issue # 198

By Ike Stephenson

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Star Worlds

The 2000 Star World passed the half way point.  Race 4 of 6 was sailed on the Chesapeake Bay in a shifty 8 knot southerly.

The depth of talent and accomplishment was clear.  5 of the top 10 boats were skippered by previous world champions.  5 of the top 9 were former Olympic medallists in the Star Class.

Winning Race 4 in wire to wire fashion was the Italian team of Benamati and Mafezzoli.  There are several Italian teams competing as this regatta is serving as their Olympic selection trials.  Despite this win Benamati and Mafezolli are not the leading Italian team.

2nd was the Canadian team of Mcdonald and Bjorn.  They were 11th at the first mark meaning they made significant gains to gain a podium spot.

Third was the new overall leaders of the regatta the USA's Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljerdahl.  They rounded mark 1 25th so also sailed well to gain a podium.

With 4 races sailed teams now discard their worst finish.  Reynolds and Liljerdahl count a 1st and 2 3rds for 7 points.  They are trailed by Mcdonald and Bjorn with 10 points.  3rd is the New Zealand team of Brady and Gale at 16 points.  The USA team of the brothers Schofiled is 4th with 28 points.  5th is the leading Italian team of D'ali and Colandinnoli with 29 points.

Boats in the top 10 discarded scores ranging from 16th to 78th.  Even for the top crews a bad race is a distinct possibility.

With two races left Reynolds and Macdonald look in good position to add another Gold star to their main which signifies winning the class world championship.  Reynolds won the World Championship in 1995 at Laredo, while the year before in San Diego Macdonald was the winner.

They'll have a pair of windward leeward courses to determine if one can win a second gold star.

Playstation Atlantic record report

This morning Playstation lies 1231 miles from where she started off New York.  1700 miles remains to the Lizard and a possible new sailing speed record for crossing the Atlantic.

For the first 82 hours Playstation averaged 15.0 knots about 20% slower than record speed.  Historically speaking this 15 knot pace closely matches the voyage of Royalle II in 1986.  Skippered by L. Caradec Royalle II set the Atlantic record with a speed of 15.39 knots and a time of 7 days 21 hours.  

While Playstation's pace was not of record caliber, it is currently fast enough to qualify for The Race.

Playstation is currently near Newfoundland.  This is an area heavy with icebergs and growlers.  Skipper Steve Fossett explains their routing call: "We could have gybed south the iceberg region, but the longer course would have given us no chance of breaking the TransAtlantic Record. Such is the decision countless TransAtlantic racers have made over the years."

The last 8 hours have seen Playstation show speeds between 12.8 and 17.4 knots.  Fast, but when the standard is the Atlantic sailing speed record not fast enough.

Worrell 1000

For the second leg running the Dutch team of Gerard Loos and Mischa Heemskerk were leg winners.  Yesterday's leg went from Wrightsville Beach to Atlantic Beach both in North Carolina.

The overall leader is still Randy Smyth and crew by half an hour.  Despite the Dutch teams two consecutive leg wins they trail by an hour and 30 minutes.

Today the fleet of Inter 20 catamarans will sail from Atlantic Beach to Cape Hatteras.  

 

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