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Less than a year after the start of the 1998-99 Around Alone American sailor Brad Van Liew is cranking up a campaign aimed at victory in the 2002-2003 Around Alone.
Van Liew plans to mount a 4 year program. He hopes to launch a brand new Open 60 monohull by December 31, 2000.
By July 2001 Van Liew hopes to be sailing Mission America in the Atlantic Challenge Sir Chay Blyth's crewed race for Open 60's. After that will come The Gold Race in January 2002. Another crewed race this race runs from New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn. After the almost 14,000 mile Gold Race will come the California Challenge race. This crewed Open Class will start from Marina del Rey and bring the globe trotting Open 60's to California for the first time. The ultimate goal of Van Liew's Mission America is Around Alone 2002-2003. Here Van Liew will look to improve on the 3rd place he gained in the previous Around Alone.
Mission America is currently looking for sponsorship for their ambitious campaign. Total budget is in the area of $ 4 million. Sealskinz a maker of waterproof socks and gloves recently signed on as a sponsor. As part of the sponsorship agreement Van Liew and his sailing team will serve as field testers and evaluators of Sealskinz products.
Those interested in the Mission America campaign can contact Meaghan Van Liew via e-mail.
USA Stars at Star Worlds
After 4 races US Sailors hold 4 of the top 10 positions at the Start World Championships. Site for the regatta is: Punta Ala Italy.
The 4th race was sailed in winds of 11 to 16 knots. Winning the race was the American team of Reynolds and Liljedhal. They now stand 2nd only 2 points behind the lead team of Doyle and Olson hailing from the USA. Doyle and Olson were 17th in race 4. 3rd is the British team of Walker and Covell with 41 points. A close 4th is the German team of Hoesch and Frendt with 44 points.
Other American teams in the Top 10 are: Brun/Meireles in 7th and Macausland and Iverson in 10th. Macausland and Iverson had their best race finishing 2nd in the 4th race.
Disqualification under the black flag starting rule affected approximately 20 boats including leaders such as Ross Macdonald and Torben Grael. They no longer have the luxury of a discard race.