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 10 November 2000 Issue # 286

By Ike Stephenson

 Today's Sailing News 

Mumm 30 Worlds

The 4th annual world championships are being hosed by Storm Trysail Club.  Sailing Venue is the Atlantic Ocean off Miami Beach.

The second day of racing saw three races sailed.  All races were sailed in shifty conditions that often shook up the fleet.

Chicago's Fuzzy Logic led early in race 1.  Conditions were winds of 8-10 knots with lumpy seas and frequent shifts.  After the first mark Mirage worked out a big lead, followed at the finish by USA 48 and Maximum Dread.

The next race saw more wind 12-16 knots.  Several boats led until North American champion Trouble took the lead at Mark 4 and held it.  Again 2nd was USA 48 with MASCALZONE LATINO 3rd.

The final race was sailed in a dying breeze.  1st was MASCALZONE LATINO, 2nd was Mirage and 3rd Hard Drive.

The three shifty races put defending champion USA 48 in 1st.  USA 65 trails by 6 points.  3rd is MASCALZONE LATINO and 4th is Day 1 leader Maximum Dread which finished 22nd and 16th in the days final races.

Times Clipper Update

Leader: Portsmouth Clipper by 11 miles.

Location: 23 North, 44 west, heading west to Cuba.

Best 24 hour run: Bristol Clipper 176 miles

Current Conditions: Light and Variable

Forecast: East winds


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Today's Vendee Globe Report:  Problems for Sill and Team Group 4

Weekly Water Level Update

Reference Point Inches
Chart Datum -5
October 10 2000 -4
November 10 1999 -7
Long Term Avg. -21
Record High -58
Record Low +10
Forecast for December 10 2000 -2

Data Courtesy Detroit District Corps of Engineers


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Olympic Sailing: 2004 Classes chosen

At the ISAF conference in Edinburgh chose the events and equipment for the 2004 Olympic Sailing Regatta.

The 1st step in the process was to chose how many of each type of event (Dinghy, keelboat etc.) would be sailed.  Originally the ISAF aimed for 3 keelboat events and 5 dinghy classes.

With this situation, it was felt that the 49er skiff would have to be dropped.

This convinced the ISAF council to reconsider and switch to 2 keelboat and 6 dinghy events.

The keelboat events were then approved as fleet racing events.  For a sport to be included in the Olympics it must be practiced in 35 countries.  Its doubtful that it can be proved that women's match racing is sailed in 35 countries, so the women's match racing was dropped.

With the categories set members voted on the actual boats to be used.

The Mistral sailboard was retained over Formula windsurfing for both Men's and Women's events.  Also retained were: Finn as men's single handed dinghy, 470 as 2 man dinghy and Star as the men's keel boat event.

The Europe was retained as the women's single handed dingy with the 470 as the 2 woman dinghy.

The open classes will be the Tornado Sport a Tornado catamaran with double trapeze and spinnaker, the 49er skiff and the Laser.

Out as an Olympic class is the Soling.  In the vote for men's keelboat the Star received 20 votes to the Soling's 17.

Still to be determined is the boat that will be sailed in the women's fleet racing event.

BT Challenge Update

Leader: LG Flatron by 101 miles.

Location: 50 Miles NE of Cabo Frio 

Best 24 hour run: Olympic Group 251 miles

Current Conditions: East Force 6

Forecast: East/NE Force 5/6



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