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'PHOENIX' WINS BOAT OF THE DAY AND TAKES THE LEAD IN BOATS.COM FARR 40 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THE WORLD CUP

by AmericaOne Team
June 12, 2000

Storm clouds break open to yield beautiful yet shifty conditions and numerous place changes within the fleet.

Newport, RI -- With an impressive 4-2 performance today, Eduardo de Souza Ramos' Phoenix' has taken the lead in the boats.com Farr 40 World Championship for the World Cup. Ramos and his team from Sao Paulo, Brazil are holding on to a slim 1-point lead over Phillippe Kahn's 'Orion' from the US.

"I feel very lucky," Ramos modestly confessed, though a previous win in the SORC and a runner-up performance in Key West in the Mumm 30 class reveals a proven track record. "It was important today to get the first two shifts, and we were able to do this in both races. Also , the crew work and boat speed were excellent, so it was a good day." By posting the fleet's best score, Ramos earns the Boat of the Day award, provided courtesy of New England Boatworks.

The day started cold, blustery, and bleak, with the remnants of a strong Nor'easter forcing a two-hour postponement as a strong northerly breeze gusted to nearly 35 knots. Once the skies cleared, the breeze dropped, and Principal Race Officer Mike 'Grizz' Thompson led the fleet out to a course area in the Atlantic south of Beavertail Point. With the sun, however, came a fickle northwesterly, where the wind shifted over 30 degrees back and forth and the pressure varied from 10 to 20 knots.

In the day's first race, it was George Andreadis' 'Atalanti' from Greece that rounded the top mark first, followed by 'Orion', Eric Moog's 'Dynamo' from Canada, and Dick Scruggs' 'Gunsmoke' from the US. A huge left shift, however, left an opportunity for Tony DeMulder's 'Victric 5' from England to jump several places into the runner-up position by the bottom gate, and then eventually get by 'Atalanti' for the win. Also making big gains in this race was Vincenzo Onerato's 'Mascalzone Latino', who on the second beat moved up over a dozen places through the fleet to finish tenth. A protest over a mark rounding incident, however, between her and Helmut Jahn's 'Flash Gordon' from the US resulted in a disqualification for the Italians, moving them off the top of the leader board but still in the Top Ten.

In the second race, the breeze abated and shifted further left, prompting crews to shifting gears for the lighter breeze and race managers to rotate the course. A strengthening ebb current now also came into play, and when the fleet converged at the top of the first leg, several had trouble getting around. Avoiding the last-second tacks and confusion at the mark were the Brazilians on 'Phoenix' rounding first, followed by John Calvert-Jones' Australian team on 'Southern Star', 'Orion', John Thomson's 'Solution' from the US, and Massimo Mezzaroma's 'Invicta-Nerone' from Italy, who all sprung free of the pack. 'Southern Star' then took a bold move in gybing to the inside while the remainder of the fleet held their course towards the leeward gate. A huge shift towards the northeast then allowed the Australians to waltz into the lead, which they held tenaciously to the finish.

Points totals are precariously close in this hard-fought series, with only 14 points seperating the whole of the Top Ten. Racing resumes tomorrow in Day Three of the boats.com Farr 40 World Championship, with two races scheduled, and a mild southerly breeze forecast.

Shoreside activities for this event 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 through Friday, June 9.

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Updated daily releases, photos, and complete results can be viewed at the class website during the event at www.farr40.org. Individual race results will be reported from the race course and posted to this site as soon as they are available.

Top ten results, after Day Two:

1.
Phoenix Eduardo Ramos (BRA) 12 10 4 2 28
2.
Orion Phillippe Kahn (USA) 14* 5 6 4 29
3.
Samba Pa Ti John Kilroy (USA) 1 1 9 19 30
4.
Southern Star John Calvert-Jones (AUS) 15 8 8 1 33
5.
Solution John Thomson (USA) 4 17 5 9 35
6.
'Mascalzone Latino' Vincenzo Onerato (ITA) 2 3 28** 3 36
7.
Bit of a Coup Tony Buckingham (GBR) 9 6 16 7 38
8.
Atalanti George Andreadis (GRE) 10 20* 2 10 42
9.
Victric 5 Tony DeMulder (GBR) 17 7 1 18 43
10.
Barking Mad Jim Richardson (USA) 13 2 13 16 44
                     

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