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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 11, 1999

Today was not the best of days for Boomerang. The 16-20 knot winds with choppy seas suited Sayonara better than it suited Boomerang. Sayonara won the final race with us taking second.

John Coumantaros, steering Boomerang, won the start over Larry Ellison and forced him to tack to port even before the starting signal. We thought the left side would be good but when Sayonara went out to the right for two minutes and then tacked back to starboard they seemed to be pointing higher over the next few minutes. When we tacked to port and the two boats converged, Boomerang had to bear away and cross behind Sayonara.

Sayonara led at the first mark and never was threatened. On the second beat to windward, Boomerang tried several tacks but it seemed that Sayonara gained with that exchange.

Boomerang had the better score on the windward-leeward races but lost the series by two points due to worse scores on the coastal races.

Well done Sayonara. The points are as follows:

1. Sayonara - 14
2. Boomerang - 16
3. Alexia - 24
4. Sagamore - 27

For Jim Nicholas, Sean Clarkson, Curtis Blewett, and Greg Prussia on Sayonara and Justin Clougher, Matt Welling, Mark McTeague, and myself on Boomerang, next stop is Auckland, New Zealand on AmericaOne. Should be a very interesting regatta and we are looking forward to the opportunity to represent the USA and get the America's Cup back!!

For those of you in the San Francisco Bay area, we hope you will join us for the official AmericaOne team send-off on Saturday, September 18 on the Marina across from the St. Francis Yacht Club. This is a chance to wish members of the AmericaOne team a bon voyage before their departure for New Zealand.

Paul Cayard

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

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