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America's Cup Round 1 Day 1
Day 1 of the America's Cup Trials has come and gone. Mostly the results went with the pre event perception. Three teams often mentioned as favorites won both of their Monday races. In alphabetical order Paul Cayard's America One beat Spain by 1:08, and America True by 3:45. Italy's Prada beat the Swiss Fast 2000 team by 4:20, and Nippon by 2:03. Young America beat America True by 37 seconds and Spain by 1:49.
Winning once race on day 1 were: France, Aloha Racing, Nippon and Team Dennis Conner. Winless were: Spain, America True, Fast 2000, and Young Australia.
9 of the 11 points were scored by boats from 2 boat programs. Scoring points for the one boat teams were: Team Dennis Conner and France.
Conditions were light and very shifty. There were several occasions where runs turned to beats.
Friday we mentioned how this day could be a telling one for America True. With a lot of on the water time in New Zealand a good start might be expected. On Day 1 racing against a pair of two boat teams they could not win. America True trailed through out their first race with Young America. They did manage to close downwind, but that was not enough. Race 2 got off to a bad start when America True was over the line early. Again America True seemed to have a downwind speed advantage and got as close as 14 seconds. John Cutler of America True said: "We seem to go okay downwind but at times we seem to struggle a bit upwind." Again, not enough and an end to 0-2 first day.
Tomorrow Sailing Daily will take a look at Fast 2000's radical boat. The Swiss team is sailing a radical boat with 2 appendages under the water line that rotate. Day 1 results saw them beat by as many as 10 minutes. We will see tomorrow if the boat is still as slow or perhaps they will learn and stay closer in races with America One in the morning and Young America in the afternoon.
Standings after 1 day of racing:
Complete Round Robin 1 Standings
Olympic Selection trials have finally begun racing in the wake of Hurricane Irene. A total of 5 Olympic slots are at stake: 49er, 470 men's and women's and Mistral Sailboard Men's and Women's.
Irene left a 15 knot westerly breeze. It was not consistent, making consistency for the 470 and 49er sailors tough.
The 49er fleet has an amazing 4 way tie after 4 races. Race 1 was won by Jay Renehan and Chris Lanzinger. Race 2 was taken by Morgan Larsen and Kevin Hall, while race 3 saw Jonathan and Charlie Mckee in 1st. The days final heat went to Andy Mack and Andrew Lowry. Each of these 4 boats also posted a 2nd, a 3rd, and a 4th so all are level with 10 points on an identical combination of scores.
Spring Lake sailors Chad Hough and David Fox lie 6th with 32 points. Best finish of the day was a race 3 6th.
The 470 fleets sailed 3 races. The men's fleet saw two boats separate. In 1st are Paul Foerester and Bob Merrick with scores of 1st,1st and 2nd for 4 points. 2nd are past Olympic representative Morgan Reeser sailing with Kevin Burnham. Their day 1 scores were 2,3,1 for 6 points.
The 7 boat women's 470 fleet has close scores at the top. Past Olympian Courtney Dey won 2 of the 3 races and has 5 points. J.J. Isler's team is next with a pair of 3rds and a race 2 1st for 7 points. 3rd is Whitney Connor's team with 8 points. Pre trial favorites Hayley and Van Voorhis are 4th with 10 points.
Complete results for these fleets are at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club site.
Results of the Mistral sailboard trails were not available.
Transat Jacques Vabre
This every other year Trans Atlantic race saw the monohulls start Saturday afternoon in lite downwind conditions. At the first turning mark the newly launched Still Enterprises led.
Sunday saw the start for the fleet of Open 60 multi hulls. The Bourgnon brother on Fonica led.
Then Sunday nite the 60 foot trimaran Broceliande capsized and was dismasted. After spending the nite in the hull the two man crew of Alain Gautier and Michel Desjoyeaux is safe and the boat is under tow.
After the start the Open 60 monohulls had some real good sailing. From Aquitaine-Kingfisher Ellen Macarthur reported:"Hi. We're hooning! Right now we're flying... It's a very drizzly grey day, as we slip under the outskirts of a depression. There has been wind though, I must have averaged a good 18 knots over a couple of hours this morning. Electric sailing!"
Along with the fast sailing a northern route has so far paid off for Whirlpool, Aquitaine-Kingfisher and Somewhere as they are the leaders. Whirlpool leads Somewhere by 34 miles and Aquitaine-Kingfisher by 41 miles.
The multihulls are led by Biscuits La Trinitare by 7 miles over Fujicolour II.
The fleet will soon have to deal with Hurricane Irene. The fleet will likely begin splitting as teams decide how to handle the associated depression.