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Kenwood Cup Fleet Faces a Long Evening Beat,
and Early Morning Sleigh Ride

HONOLULU, HI — AUGUST 5, 1998 — The 1998 Kenwood Cup fleet started the first offshore race - the 148-mile Molokai Race (official distance) - of the 10-race Hawa| International Offshore Series this evening. A 6:00 p.m. start saw the fleet leave from Diamond Head, Honolulu , they will head across the Molokai Channel, past the north coast of Molokai to Hawea Point on the island of Maui then back by the reverse route to finish under Diamond Head.

For the first 25 miles, the yachts beat against the prevailing north-east Trade Winds, butting into head seas in the often very rough channel until they fetch Ilio Point at the north-western corner of Molokai. Then they close-fetch or beat in darkness along the island's north coast, turning south towards Hawea Point on Maui and the race's only turning mark - at the exact half-way stage.

The wind is currently a steady 25 knots with 12-ft seas, but later tonight the breeze is expected to soften. No yacht is expected to beat the course record of 14 hours 52 minutes 31 seconds, set in 1990 by Alan Bond's Drumbeat. Casseiopeia (Davidson 72, Charles Burnett |I, USA White Team), is the biggest boat this year, and 2 years ago completed the course in 17 hours and 33 minutes.

There is much disappointment this evening in the Infinity (Nelson Marek 50, Vic Bishop, Can) camp. After suffering damage to a spreader just prior to the start of the first race on Monday, they had worked through the night, manufacturing a replacement part, only to go out for racing on Tuesday and have it break again before they got to the line. "I've come here to race, and I'm going to do it somehow" announced Vic as they set about more repairs. It was looking good as they headed to the start line this evening, but the winds of fortune were against them - immediately after the start they suffered a broken boom. It's back to the yard to make Races 6 & 7 on Saturday.

In the team event for the Kenwood Cup itself Australia goes into the offshore with 129 points, a narrow four-point lead from New Zealand who are piling on the pressure. The Molokai Race sees the base points in the High Point Scoring system multiplied by a factor of 3. The USA Red team are third with 112 points, Japan 59 and USA Red 52.

Unlike the rest of the fleet the 1D48s head off into the night knowing that they don't have to do it again - their series ends on Sunday after the Champagne Mumm triangle and windward/leeward races. They will not compete in the final race here - the taxing 377-mile Kahu-Wili Race.

First boats home are expected around late Thursday morning. Weather for the general Hawa| area can be directly viewed at http://www.nws.fsu.edu/buoy/hi.html (a link to the National Weather Services' three weather stations surrounding the Hawa|an Isles.)

Kenwood Cup 1D48 Preliminary Race Results:*
Team
Race 1 Points
Race 2 Points
Race 3 Points Race 4 Points Total Points
G-Shock
4
6
5
5
20
illbruck-PINTA
1
1
6
6
14
Abracadabra
4
4
3
2
13
Starlight Express
1
3
4
4
12
Windquest
3
5
1
1
10
America True
2
2
2
3
9

*Includes on-course penalty points for race 1: G-Shock accepted a 20% penalty for violating rule 29.1 and Starlight accepted a 50% penalty for violating rule 29.1. PINTA withdrew from races 1 and 2 due to a broken rudder and America True withdrew from Race 2 also apparently due to equipment failure.

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