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24 September 1999

Issue # 62

Rolex Women's Keelboat Regatta

Day 2 of the regatta saw two more races completed.  Again the same boat won both races.  The difference from day 1 being that Elaine Parshall's team won the 2 races.  This combined with a pair of day 1 2nds gives them the first place position.

Day 1 double winner Pat Connerney and team posted a 4th and a 5th and are 2nd.  In 3rd is Karen Lynch's team.

Christine Briand's French team finished 3rd and 2nd on Day 2.  This moved them up 11 places.

Laurie Poppen's team sailing Ken had finishes of 15th and 9th.  That helped them improve three spots in the standings to 15th.  Two days of competition remain.


Sydney Harbour Regatta

Day 6 of this Olympic test event saw competition in 7 classes.  Several classes took a scheduled layday.

The 470 continues to be a good class for the USA.  The women's team of Tracy Hayley and Louise Van Voorhis lies 2nd.  The men's 470 duo of Paul Foerster and Bob Merrick is 5th.  They are a scant 3 points from the podium.  Race 8 saw them post their 2nd bullet of the event.

Sailing in the 49er skiff class Jonathan and Charlie Mckee are 6th.  Back in the lead is the Danish team.

In the Europe dinghy singlehanded class Meg Galliard has moved up to 16th.  Margiret Matthyse has clinched victory in this class.

Mark Mendenblatt continues to progress in the Laser fleet.  He is now 8th only 5 points from 4th.  4 consecutive top 10 placings have caused his rise in the standings.

The American Star boat team of Mark Reynolds and Phil Trinter had an excellent day with 2 1sts.  They now lie 2nd behind the Australian team by 5 points.

The USA's Soling team will begin match racing on Friday.


 Sailing Record News

Steve Fosset's Playstation is en route to the United States.  The 105 foot catamaran is due to arrive in Philadelphia on 28 September.

After unloading the rig will be stepped and Playstation will head to New York.  Once there she will go on stand by for a west to east transatlantic record attempt.  

Conjecture is that Playstation can make the crossing in under 6 days.  It is also thought that early in the crossing Playstation could top her 24 hour distance record of 580 miles.  

 Noted around the world sailor Frenchman Jean Luc Van Den Heede is onto a new project.  Beginning 2 October Van Den Heede will attempt a new singlehanded around the world record.  The hook is that he will sail from east to west, or against the prevailing winds.  

He will sail his Open 60 Algimouss.  Van Den Heede has circumnavigated this boat 3 times.  Each trip has ended with a podium finish.  In order the finishes were: 3rd in the 89-90 Vendee Globe, 2nd in the 92-93 Vendee Globe and 3rd in the 94-95 BOC.

The east to west record is held by Mike Golding in a time of 161 days.  The record was originally set by another British sailor Chay Blyth.  Blyth's voyage took 292 days in 1970.

At age 53 Van Den Heede says this will be his last trip.  Setting a record against the prevailing winds would be a fine finish.