AmericaOne Report

AmericaOne Team Members Sail in Farr 40 Worlds

by AmericaOne Team
June 7, 2000

'SAMBA PA TI' SCORES DOUBLE BULLETS TO LEAD IN DAY ONE OF THE BOATS.COM FARR 40 WORLDS FOR THE WORLD CUP

Blustery conditions challenge competitors in exciting opener to nine-race series

Newport, RI -- Defending World Champion John Kilroy on 'Samba Pa Ti' posted two impressive wins in today's opening round of the boats.com Farr 40 World Championship for the World Cup. In a classic blustery Nor'easter, Kilroy and crew demonstrated flawless crew work and brilliant tactics to take the lead from Vincenzo Onerato's 'Mascalzone Latino' in Race 1, and led around the entire 8-mile course in Race 2.

"I grew up racing offshore, so I'm comfortable sailing in a lot of breeze," said Kilroy, who hails from San Francisco. "I saw the forecast yesterday, and I was really looking forward to today!" Kilroy won last year's Worlds in his home waters, and said of the competition this year "Just have a look at the afterguards here - this is going to be one tough series." Kilroy's afterguard includes AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki, who is among peers such as Paul Cayard, Brad Butterworth, Ed Adams, Terry Hutchinson, Peter Holmberg, and many other America's Cup, Olympic, and Whitbread talent. The class allows only amateur owners or charterers to drive, with a maximum of four professionals allowed on each crew.

Today's two races were held north of Gull Island in Narragansett Bay, with the four-leg windward-leeward courses stretched east-west across the Bay. Winds varied from 18-25 knots, with a few higher gusts rolling through the course accompanied by rain squalls. Small No. 4 jibs were set on nearly all the 27 competing boats, and despite the wind and rain, the competitive spirits were high, with two starts recalled before the first race started shortly before noon. Getting an early jump on the fleet with a strong start was Massimo Mezzaroma's 'Invicta-Nerone', who is being tactically guided this week by Paul Cayard. However, it was the other Italian team on 'Mascalzone Latino' that led around the top mark, followed closely by 'Samba Pa Ti' and John Thomson's 'Solution', who is being tactically guided by Tom Whidden.

By the bottom gate, however, the fleet order had shuffled, with those able to set and gybe their spinnakers without incident passing those who could not, and while 'Mascalzone' and 'Samba' rounded first and second, it was Oscar Strugstad's 'Dawn Raid' who slipped through into third place. 'Samba' then made her move into the lead by choosing the left side of the last beat, playing the tricky shifts and puffs at the top half of the leg, and then rounded ahead of 'Mascalzone', led tactically this week by winning America's Cup tactician Brad Butterworth.

In the second race, 'Samba' got off the line clean, leading the pack into the shifty zone at the head of the leg, and then managed to keep the boat under the spinnaker while a huge 30 knot puff rolled through the fleet, shredding spinnakers and causing spectacular spinouts throughout the pack. It was here that 1998 World Champion Jim Richardson and his mixed American and British team on 'Barking Mad' rolled through 'Mascalzone' to take the runner-up position.

A jammed mainsheet was at fault for causing 'Invicta-Nerone' to collide with Helmut Jahn's 'Flash Gordon' in a close cross, forcing both boats to retire from the race. Repairs are underway on 'Flash', and she is expected to be on the water again tomorrow.

After the long, cold, and wet day on the water, competitors, race officials, and spectators returned to the docks to bowls of Newport's famous clam chowder, courtesy of North Sails.

Competition continues tomorrow on Day Two of the boats.com Farr 40 World Championship for the World Cup, with three races scheduled. Weather conditions are forecast to abate, so more close one-design racing action is expected.

Shoreside activities will be centered at the Newport Hotel and Marina, with post-race awards, press conferences, and parties scheduled daily in the regatta tent. Press facility use and spectator boat opportunities will be coordinated at the event's Media Center, which will also be located at the Newport Hotel and Marina. Media Center hours are from 8:00 to 9:00 AM and 4:00 to 7:00 PM daily from Tuesday, June 6 through Friday, June 9.

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Contributing Sponsors include: Lewmar Marine, the sport's leading supplier of winches and deck hardware to the great ocean racing fleets of the world; Fleet Boston Financial, the eighth-largest financial holding company in the US, offering a comprehensive array of innovative financial solutions; B&G, which has set the standard of excellence in marine electronics; and Carroll Marine, US builders of the Farr 40 One Design. Supporting sponsors include North Sails, Edson International, Joule Yacht Transport, European Ocean Freight and New England Boatworks.

For more information on the boats.com Farr 40 World Championship for the World Cup, contact Renee Mehl of Farr International by phone on +1 410 703 9560 or Press Officer Dobbs Davis by phone on +1 443 306 3620. Media Center phone service will be on +1 401 849 6795.

Daniel Forster will be the official event photographer, and can be contacted on +1 401 847 4866 or forster@yachtphoto.com.

Updated daily releases and photos can be viewed at the class website during the event at www.farr40.org.

Top ten results, after Day One:

1.
Samba Pa Ti John Kilroy 1 1 2
2.
'Mascalzone Latino' Vincenzo Onerato 2 3   5
3.
Barking Mad Jim Richardson 12 2   14
4.
Bit of a Coup Tony Buckingham 9 6   15
5.
Corinthian Doors Richard Perini 7 9   16
6.
Orion Phillippe Kahn 14* 5   19
7.
Solution John Thomson 4 17   21
8.
Phoenix Eduardo Ramos 11 10   21
9.
Raging Bull Richard Marki 6 16   22
10.
Southern Star John Calvert-Jones 15 8   23

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