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Rolex Women's Regatta Day 1
Wednesday was day 1 of racing for the 28 teams of women's sailors in the Rolex Women's International Keelboat championship. The historic waters off Newport Rhode Island are the racing area.
Two races were completed in moderate northerly winds. Two teams got off to particularly strong starts. Pat Connerney's team from Middletown Rhode Island was the winner of both races. Another eastern team skippered by Elaine Parshall of Charleston Massachusetts posted a pair of runner up finishes. This put them 3 points ahead of another Massachusetts group skippered by Karen Lynch.
Laurie Poppen's team had 1st day scores of 17th and 16th. Their 33 points put them 18th of 28 boats.
The fleet continues racing today. At 0900 Newport had NW winds at 18 knots. Forecasts are for the breeze to elevate to around 20-25 knots from the NW.
Complete results have been posted here.
Sydney Harbor Olympic Sailing Update
Racing for the Tornado, Laser, Europe, Mistral and Solings continued. The other classes had a lay day as scheduled.
The Tornado catamaran's continue to be led by the Australian team of Bundock and Forbes. The American team of Lovell and Ogletree continue in 5th place. They posted consecutive 5th places and 5 points from a podium position.
Barbara Kendall of New Zealand holds the lead in the Mistral Women's sailboard fleet. American Lanee Butler is 10th.
Lars Kleppich of Australia is the Men's Mistral leader. Mike Gebhardt the USA's representative has moved up to 6th but remains far from a podium spot.
Another Australian sailor Michael Blackburn has taken over the Laser fleet lead. US sailor Mark Mendenblatt climbed the standings to 10th. He was aided by his 1st place in race 8.
Margiret Matthysse of the Netherlands's leads the Europe class. American Meg Galliard is 21st.
The Soling's began the match racing part of their regatta. Britain's team was tops with 5 wins against 0 losses.
Goss names crew and sponsor
British mariner Pete Goss' campaign for The Race made several positive announcements recently.
First Goss has signed the Dutch electronics firm Phillips as a principal sponsor. Goss' 120 foot catamaran will be named Team Phillips and painted blue. Phillips will add $ 2,000,000 to Goss' budget. This is 50% of the total required.
Second Goss has now named his entire crew. Due to some unique features of the 120 foot wave piercing hulled, aero rigged cat Goss will sail with six.
Joining Goss will be Andy Hindley as 1st mate, journalist Mike Calivin, Graham Goff a sailmaker, Alex Benner currently sailing the Mini Transat, and Paul Larsen. All are British with the exception of Larsen who is Australian.
Third Team Phillips is scheduled to be launched 12 January 2000. The Team Phillips training program will include two Atlantic crossings and a Jules Verne trophy attempt.
The TMI Bookstore features Pete Goss' autobiography Close to the Wind, which serves as an excellent introduction to Goss and The Race.