Golden Gate Match Race Invitational
Cayard Downs Jones, 3-1, for Win
SAN FRANCISCO, California (May 4, 1997) AmericaOne skipper Paul Cayard won the $15,000 Golden Gate Match Race Invitational today, defeating Murray Jones of New Zealand, 3-1, in the best-of-five final. The Grade 1 professional event was hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club. (Click on the photos to see larger images.)
Cayard won the first race, but narrowly lost the second after Jones, who is being groomed as a back-up skipper to Russell Coutts for the 2000 America's Cup competition, took advantage of a pre-start penalty. Cayard led the race, but committed another penalty while performing his penalty turn and Jones crossed the line ahead of him. Races 3 and 4 went to Cayard, who finished the competition with a 16-3 record.
In the best-of-three semi-final round, Cayard put away fellow StFYC member Chris Perkins, 2-0. But not before Perkins gave him a scare in the first race. Perkins led most of the race, but on the final run Cayard forced Perkins toward the shore, established an overlap and jibed into the lead. In the second race, Cayard led from start to finish.
In the other semi-final match, it took Jones all three races to eliminate Morgan Larson, who finished second in last year's competition. They split the first two races, and Larson, of Capitola, Calif., led early in the deciding race. But Jones charged past him on the first run and went on to win.
In the consolation round for third place, Larson easily beat Perkins, 2-0.
This is Cayard's second win in his last three match-race competitions. Cayard, with AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki, won the Steinlager Line 7 regatta in Auckland, New Zealand, in November. He finished third in the Congressional Cup in March.
Sponsors of the Golden Gate Invitational included Lincoln Navigator, Cigna Insurance Co., XL Insurance Co. Ltd., Omega Watch, Continental Airlines, The Prescott Hotel, Sperry Top-Sider, Wedgwood, Tommy Hilfiger, Gosling's Rum and Crystal Geyser Spring Water.
AmericaOne Skipper Leads Semi-Finalists
SAN FRANCISCO, California (May 4, 1997) A controversial resail involved AmericaOne skipper Paul Cayard, but after it was all said and done, it didn't affect his position. Cayard, with a record of 12-2, leads the competition going into the semi-final round of the $15,000 Golden Gate Invitational on Sunday.
However, the rematch against Australia's Dave Clark shuffled the make-up of the semi-final pairings, leaving Clark a spectator rather than a competitor. He had beaten Cayard in an earlier race after forcing Cayard over the starting line early giving him a berth in the semis. Or so he thought. But the international jury of umpires ruled that an accidentally dropped signal flag was grounds for a resail, which Cayard won. This knocked Clark out by virtue of a tie-break situation with San Franciscan Chris Perkins.
Cayard will face Perkins in the semis. The other semi-final match is between American Morgan Larson and New Zealander Murray Jones, a member of the victorious Team New Zealand's afterguard during the 1995 America's Cup and who is being groomed as a back-up skipper to Russell Coutts for the 2000 competition. Larson finished the double round robin with an 11-3 record, Jones was 10-4.
Racing conditions Saturday were ideal, with 10 to 12 knots of wind and sparkling sunshine throughout the day.
Sunday’s racing will include the best-of-three semi-finals and best-of-five match final. The points from the two qualifying rounds no longer count. The races will be sailed in J-24 sloops in front of host St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay.
1. Paul Cayard, San Francisco, Calif. 12-2 2. Morgan Larson, Capitola, Calif. 11-3 3. Murray Jones, New Zealand 10-4 4. Chris Perkins, San Francisco, Calif. 6-8 5. David Clark, Australia 6-8 6. Don Jesberg, San Francisco, Calif. 6-8 7. Dave Ullman, Newport Beach, Calif. 4-10 8. Jean Marc Monnard, Switzerland 1-13
Cayard Undefeated in First Day's Racing
SAN FRANCISCO, California (May 1, 1997) AmericaOne skipper Paul Cayard topped the leader board with eight wins and no losses in the first day of racing in the Golden Gate Match Race Invitational at St. Francis Yacht Club.
Competing against a talented international field, Cayard and fellow Californian Morgan Larson had perfect 6-0 records until they met each other. The more experienced Cayard forced Larson into penalty situations and won both matches to take a two-race lead over the second-place Larson.
Sailing in steady westerly breezes ranging from 8 to 12 knots, New Zealand's Murray Jones scored five wins and is in third place. Americans Don Jesberg, of San Francisco, and Dave Ullman, of Newport Beach, are tied for fourth with four wins each.
The round-robin competition continues today until each competitor has sailed 14 races. The top four advance to the best-of-five semi-final round, and the two winners will advance to the final best-of-five match. The semi-finals and finals are scheduled for Sunday.
Don Jesberg replaced Melissa Purdy, who had a schedule conflict.
1. Paul Cayard, San Francisco, Calif. 8-0 2. Morgan Larson, Capitola, Calif. 6-2 3. Murray Jones, New Zealand 5-3 4. Don Jesberg, San Francisco, Calif. 4-4 4. Dave Ullman, Newport Beach, Calif. 4-4 6. David Clark, Australia 3-5 7. Chris Perkins, San Francisco, Calif. 2-6 8. Jean Marc Monnard, Switzerland 0-8
Cayard to Compete in San Francisco Match Race
SAN FRANCISCO, California (May 1, 1997) AmericaOne skipper Paul Cayard is competing in the Golden Gate Match Race Invitational at St. Francis Yacht Club tomorrow through Sunday. Today is devoted to practice sessions and a Pro/Am Charity Regatta.
The match-race invitational, formerly the Brut Cup of San Francisco, will feature some of the biggest names of match racing, including New Zealand's Murray Jones, who is being groomed as a back-up skipper to Russell Coutts for America's Cup 2000. Also competing in the three-day event are St.FYC member Morgan Larson, who finished second to Coutts in last year's match; Australian Dave Clark, an America's Cup veteran and winner of the 1996 Australian Match Race Championship; Jean Marc Monnard, a member of the Swiss America's Cup challenge; Chris Perkins, one of St.FYC's top sailors; Melissa Purdy, winner of the 1996 Santa Maria Cup and a member of the 1995 America³ crew; and Dave Ullman, reigning Yachtsman of the Year and world champion skipper.
The races will be sailed in J-24s. The format will be round-robin competition on Friday and Saturday, with semi-finals and finals on Sunday. The course is windward-leeward, twice around, with each race taking approximately 20 minutes. The races will be sailed just off the St.FYC clubhouse. Sponsors include Lincoln Navigation, Signa Insurance and Excel Insurance.
Cayard will be sailing with a different crew than at either the Congressional Cup or Steinlager Line 7 match race. "I'm looking forward to this as an opportunity to sail with the latest generation of talent that the Bay Area has produced," he says. "The regatta will also feature the new racing rules, which should make things interesting for all."
AmericaOne will host a beer party for all on Friday, May 2. So, if you're in the area, come on down, rub elbows with some of the world's best sailors and see some great racing right from the club.
If you can't make it, check back here at the website over the next few days for race results.
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