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27 November 2000 Issue # 294
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Match Racing: Women's World Championship
The regatta got underway off St. Petersburg Florida after there was no racing on Monday. Currently the 16 unseeded skippers are split into groups of 8. The top 4 in each group advance to race against seeded skippers.
Group A is led by Hannah Swett and her American crew. Swett was dominant winning all 4 matches, 3 by over a minute. Tied for 2nd are Catharina Gyling and Cristiana Monina with 3 winds.
Group B is led by Marie Bjorling with 5 points. Bjorling won all her matches by over a minute except for a 16 second win over Australian Katie Spithill. Along with Spithill, Carolijn Brouwer and Amy Waring are tied for 2nd.
Waring gained a point by inducing Marie Klok of Denmark to commit a foul. Interestingly Waring was behind still sailing upwind, while Klok was downwind. When Klok misjudged the penalty Waring slipped ahead.
Brouwer is a former world sailor of the Year with little match racing experience.
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Special Photo Series: A bell buoys winter vacation
The photo below shows buoys that have been pulled for the winter by the US Coast Guard. The photo was taken along the Muskegon Channel with the USS Silversides in the background.
The Race: Team Adventure
Team Adventure skipper Cam Lewis rates his new maxi maran. 3 days of sea trials have been completed. Top speed, so far 39.9 knots.
Next on the agenda working with the water ballast system. One part of the water ballast system adds ballast to the weather hull increasing sail carrying capacity. Another adds extra weight to the stern sections of the boat, helping to keep the bows from burying in big seas and make the boat generally heavier and more stable in heavy seas.
The team expects to trial for 3 or 4 days before beginning their qualifying voyage.