Farr 40 World Championship 1999 - San Francisco
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. In San Francisco, John Kostecki and Morgan Trubovich from AmericaOne are sailing aboard John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti at the Farr 40 World Championships.
Farr 40 Worlds - Morgan Trubovich reports from Samba Pa Ti in San Francisco - Daily Update, September 12, 1999For more in this series of reports, look at AmericaOne's Grand Prix Sailing News page.
Today's weather forecast called for the lightest winds to date. However, we already had 12 knots by the start of race one and sailed three races in the strongest breezes of the two regattas so far. In the pre-race briefing, our Category 4 sailor John Kostecki made the point that by the end of today's three races we would be more than halfway through the nine-race championship. This was meant as a reminder that we had a lot of racing today and that we needed to come away with good results.
Our start in race one was spoiled by the team on Bandit, who pinched us off after two minutes. We took the stern of two or three boats and sailed the beat up the middle. The boat was going well and we were able to gain places on most legs to finish second behind the Italian team. Good for our overall standings was that Barking Mad finished 8th, giving us the lead after three races.
Barking Mad turned it around in the last two races of the day however, winning both in stronger breezes. Aboard Samba Pa Ti we weren't so fortunate. A lot of breaks went against us and we just weren't sailing cohesively to make use of the few opportunities that were presented to us. A fifth and a sixth were all we could muster. The Italians had a second and third to finish as best boat of the day.
We all know where we made mistakes and we are determined to go out there tomorrow and put together a better performance. It was a tough battle but we did well to make it through the day still in contention for the title.
Results (all races count) - After five races:
1. Barking Mad, Jim Richardson (USA), 1-2-8-1-1, 13 points
2. Mascalzone Latino, Vincenzo Onorato (ITA). 5-6-1-2-3, 17
2. Samba Pa Ti, John Kilroy (USA), 3-1-2-6-5, 17
4. Southern Star, John Calvert-Jones (AUS), 7-5-3-8-2 25
5. Blue Chip, Walter Logan, 6-4-7-4-6, 27
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