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Maxi World Championships 1999 - Sardinia

With AmericaOne training and testing in San Pedro now complete, the team has scattered briefly to their homes, other sailing venues, and some members are already in New Zealand. There's a strong AmericaOne contingent at the World Maxi Championships in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

Maxi Worlds - Paul Cayard Reports From Boomerang in Sardinia - Daily Update, September 8, 1999

I am in Sardinia sailing in the Maxi World Championship with George Coumantaros's yacht, Boomerang. Matt Welling, Justin Clouger and Mark McTeague of AmericaOne are all onboard with me. There are three other Maxis here -- Alexia, Jim Dolan's Sagamore, and Larry Ellison's Sayonara. All three raced in England last month with Boomerang winning that series by one point over Sayonara. Additionally, AmericaOne sailing team members Curtis Blewett, Sean Clarkson, Greg Prussia and Jim Nicholas are racing aboard Sayonara.

Monday was a day of perfect racing conditions here with a breeze of 15-20 knots. The courses for both of the days races were double windward-leewards, the first of eight miles and the second of 12 miles. In the first race, Boomerang won the left hand side of the start and never looked back to take the gun. Sayonara was second, Alexia third and Sagamore fourth.

The second race saw a long drag race to the right side of the course that Sayonara won. Alexia was second around the first mark followed by Boomerang and then Sagamore. Up the second windward leg Boomerang passed Alexia to finish second behind Sayonara with Sagamore finishing fourth.

The first race today was a "Coastal Race" which meant sailing up inside the Islands just north of Porto Cervo. It is beautiful scenery, but tricky sailing. Near the top end of this journey, Sayonara was leading with Boomerang second when both fell an area with no wind. Sayonara made a smarter move to get out of the hole and Boomerang stayed there long enough for Alexia and Sagamore to pass. This race ended with Sayonara first and Sagamore second after sailing very well downwind to pass Alexia and Boomerang fourth.

For the second race the wind piped up to 12 knots and the course was a double windward-leeward just like Monday's races. Boomerang won the start and never looked back, except to make life on Sayonara difficult by tacking on them up the second windward leg. This moved Sayonara back into third for the race with Sagamore finishing fourth.

So after two days racing the points are: Sayonara-7, Boomerang-8, Alexia-11, Sagamore-14.

Tomorrow is the "long race" which could be either 45 miles or 90 miles. The forecast is for light breezes to hopefully the 45 miler will do.

Paul Cayard

For more in this series of reports, look at AmericaOne's Grand Prix Sailing News page.

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