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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 9, 1999

On Wednesday, the fleet raced the "long race", a total of 50 miles. The course took us from Porto Cervo, up to the Straits of Bonnifacio which is between Sardinia and Corsica, then back down through the islands which are along the north eastern coast of Sardinia. This is a very scenic route. The winds was blowing 14 knots from the north east which made for reaching the entire way except for a short two-mile beat to windward off of the start.

John Coumantaros, at the helm of Boomerang, got a very good start and got us to the first mark in second place just behind Alexia. We proceeded to reach over Alexia on our way to the Straits of Bonnifacio while Sayonara closed in on us. We rounded the turning mark in the straits Torre di Lavezzi in first place with Sayonara nipping at our heels. As we entered the channels through all the islands we had to constantly avoid rocks and other hazards at the same time as defending ourselves from Sayonara. Finally, the wind picked up and as the lead boat we were able to stretch out ahead of Sayonara to win by three minutes.

The points are now:
1. Boomerang - 1,2,4,1,1 = 9
2. Sayonara - 2,1,1,3,2 = 9
3. Alexia - 3,3,3,3,3 = 15
4. Sagamore - 4,4,2,4,4 = 18

Friday we will have two windward-leeward races and on Saturday we will have one. Obviously it is shaping up to be a match between Boomerang and Sayonara for the title but the other two boats will no doubt play a role in the outcome.

Paul Cayard

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


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