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 9 October 2000 Issue # 268

By Ike Stephenson

 Today's Sailing News 

Match Racing

Ed Baird sailing with a new crew won the 19th edition of the Knickerbocker Cup.  Conditions on the final day ranged from calm to 18 knots.

Bairds new match racing crew consisted of: Andrew Buttner and Andy Herlihy, from Boston Mass, and Mark Mendelblatt from St. Petersburg, FL.  They plan to sail together at the final event of the Swedish Match tour in Bermuda.

In the finals Baird, ranked 30th, defeated 14th ranked James Spithill 2-0.  In the semi finals Baird beat fellow American Ken Read.

The other semi final saw Spithill top 23rd ranked Andy Green 2-1.  Green overtook Peter Holmberg in the final round robin to make the semi finals.

Baird, Green (defending champion) and Spithill will race at the Colorcraft Gold Cup 22-29 October in Bermuda.


Columbus Day

Today is Columbus Day.  The second Monday in October was chosen as a public federal holiday in 1971 by President Nixon.  The actualy annicersary of Columbus landing in San Salvador is 12 October 1492.  Maybe because of this reason, Michigan celbrates it as 'Landing Day'.

There isn't a more controversial holiday, than this one.  Some say Columbus commited genocide while many ethnic groups try to claim Columbus as their own.

However, for sailors it is  a holiday for a fellow sailor.  Regardless of other claims, you can't deny that Columbus sailed to the New World.  

There are many other holidays, but no American ones I can think of that honor a sailor.

So, honor one of our own today.

With the Sailing Daily Forum back online, head there and answer the following question:  If you could have a holiday for a famous sailor- who would it be?


Head to the Sailing Daily Forum and discuss this topic: If you cold name a holiday for a famous sailor, who would it be?

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Team Philips: More Problems

The identical 135 foot masts of Team Philips have been inspected.  The port mast is the one in question.

After unstepping the masts engineers inspected and troubleshot the masts and the bearings they rest on.

The problems found are not as great as they could be.  Repair is expected to be relatively easy.

Also in England, Club Med paid a 2 day visit to London.  After barely passing under the Tower of London brige Club Med headed to sea.

Destination Vilamoura, Portugal her training base for the next 7 weeks.


Open 60 Trimaran Grand Prix

The final event of the season for the Open 60 trimarans, the Royan Grand Prix has concluded.  

Winning was Alan Gautier's Foncia (with Vendee Glob sailor Michel Desjoyeaux as navigator) with no finishes out of the top 3.  5 points back was Frank Cammas' Groupama (with match racer Bertrand Pacé on tactics) which won a single race.

Biscuits La Trinitaine (Fred Le Peutrec as helmsman) won all three races on the final day and ended up 3rd.

Also winning races were Belgacom (Olympic medalistThierry Péponnet as tactician) and Jean Le Cam's Bonduele (Vendee Sailor Roland Jourdain in the cockpit) in her debut regatta.

With a 2nd, Groupamma clinches the season title.





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