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AmericaOne's Chris Perkins Wins StFYC's 1999 Golden Gate Invitational Match Race Competition

Stiff Winds Dominate 11 Meter Match Racing Competition on SF Bay

Report by Morgan Larson

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - May 28, 1999 - AmericaOne CFO Chris Perkins and team rallied to win the 1999 St. Francis Yacht Club Golden Gate Match Race Invitational. Perkins rolled through the round robin series losing only to Carisa Harris and America One's Morgan Larson.

Saturday brought the 6 teams plenty of wind making it a wild day on San Francisco Bay. Sailing the 34’ 11 meter one-design yachts, all the teams worked hard to keep their boats upright as the mean westerly wind roared under the Golden Gate Bridge.

After going undefeated through the elimination round, Morgan Larson and his Red Bull sailing team, were matched against local favorite Chris Perkins and his Shaman Software Sailing Team. In the first of a best of three round, both teams were off to a good start.

The racing was neck in neck as the boats tacked their way along the city front. Larson's jib fell to the deck as the halyard had broken while Perkins broke his outhaul but still held on and team sailed on to Victory. Now Larson had to win two straight to move on to the finals.

Perkins was by no means going to roll over. As the boats went off the starting line Larson had a slight edge. However, Perkins kept it together to round the windward mark within feet of Larson's stern.

With 20 knots of wind at their backs, both boats zoomed downwind under spinnaker. Perkins and team worked their boat hard and managed to grab the inside at the leeward mark. Larson began tacking but Perkins kept a tight cover. After 10 tacks, Larson grabbed the lead and rounded the last mark a few seconds ahead, desperate for the win. Again, Perkins was able to take off down wind, slipping past Larson to win the race and go on into the final round.

In the other semifinal match, Carisa Harris defeated Patrick Witmarsh in two straight races to go onto the final match against Chris Perkins.

Perkins and team kept to their winning ways by starting ahead and not looking back. Congratulations to new Golden Gate Match Race Champions: Chris Perkins, Steve Marsh, Tom Atwood,Greg Felton And Jay Lambiotte.

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