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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 10, 1999

Two races today - one coastal and one windward-leeward, twice around.

The course for the coastal race was two miles to windward, followed by a six mile run up through some islands to the west, then back upwind for seven miles around the isle of Monacci. From there it was a seven mile spinnaker reach followed by a four mile leg on starboard tack to the finish at Porto Cervo. On Boomerang we got off to a poor start and got behind the group in the first short windward leg. Sayonara did a nice job and got control of the race and held it throughout. We managed to pass Alexia on one of the reaches to finish third.

For the second race, the course was a double windward-leeward course with two mile legs. We won the start at the committee boat end. When Sayonara tacked to come out we got control of them and held on to it. Furthest to leeward, Alexia got the best of the windward leg with a small left hand shift and clear sailing to lead around the first mark. On the run Sayonara tried to match our gybes and take our wind but failed. Despite a few extra meters covered by Sayonara and ourselves throughout our match racing we managed to stay in second place for the race, with Sayonara third and Sagamore fourth.

So going in to tomorrow, the points are as follows:

1. Sayonara - 13
2. Boomerang - 14
3. Alexia - 20
4. Sagamore - 24

This makes it a "who beats who" race for tomorrow between Sayonara and Boomerang. Should be a good one!!

Paul Cayard

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

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