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Sayonara Sweeps Up;
Boomerang Finishes Second

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Sept. 23, 1996) — Larry Ellison and his 78-foot Sayonara were saying "see you later" to the maxi fleet throughout the St. Francis YC's annual Big Boat Series.

The Farr-designed maxi won all seven races to capture the prestigious St. Francis Perpetual Trophy, and clinch the revived International Class A Yacht Assn. (ICAYA) championship.

George Coumantaros' Boomerang, which had AmericaOne's Paul Cayard on board as tactician and alternate helmsman, finished second overall, after beating Falcon 2000 in the final race on Sunday by 21 seconds (corrected time).

Falcon, a Nelson/Mark 78 with AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki on board, was third overall, after Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory lost the upper section of her mast and did not compete in the final two races.

In the One-Design 48 Class, which had America's Cup hopefuls John Kolius and Dawn Riley competing, the De Vos family's Windquest took top honors, followed by Kolius and Abracadabra. Dawn Riley and San Francisco Challenge finished eighth, managing nothing better than a sixth-place finish in the five-race series.

Final Standings, Maxis:

  1. SAYONARA Larry Ellison 5.25
  2. BOOMERANG George Coumantaros 19.00
  3. FALCON 2000 Donald Smith 26.00
  4. MORNING GLORY Hasso Plattner 27.00
  5. CASSIOPEIA Charles Burnett 31.00
  6. SAGAMORE James Dolan 39.00

For complete results of the Big Boat Series, see the St. Francis Yacht Club web site.


No Glory for Morning Glory;
Sayonara Clinches Victory

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Sept. 22, 1996) — To paraphrase Jimmy Buffet, the weather was here. Winds in excess of 30 knots blew out sails and, in the case of the maxi fleet, blew one boat out of the regatta.

It was déjà vu for Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory. In a repeat of its misfortune at the Kenwood Cup, the 80-footer snapped her towering carbon-fiber spar and was knocked out of the competition.

Solidifying her hold on second place was Boomerang, which has AmericaOne's Paul Cayard as tactician and alternate helmsman.

Falcon 2000, which blew out a headsail, was pushed back to fourth overall. The Bruce Nelson-designed maxi should overtake third-place Morning Glory today, but will need a lot of luck to catch Boomerang, which is six points up.

Meanwhile, Sayonara, unbeaten in six starts, has clinched victory in the Maxi competition.

Standings after six races:

SAYONARA        Larry Ellison             4.50
BOOMERANG       George Coumantaros       16.00
MORNING GLORY   Hasso Plattner           20.00
FALCON 2000     Donald Smith             22.00
CASSIOPEIA      Charles Burnett          29.00
SAGAMORE        James Dolan              34.00


Sayonara Pads Overall Lead;
Boomerang Moves Into 2nd-Place Tie

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Sept. 21, 1996) — Sayonara remains invincible, winning both races Friday to build what may be an insurmountable eight-point lead over the rest of the Maxi fleet in the race for the St. Francis YC Perpetual Trophy.

The real race appears to be for second place. Boomerang, with AmericaOne's Paul Cayard as tactician and alternate helmsman, finished second in both of Friday's races to move into a second-place tie with Hasso Plattner's Fancourt's Morning Glory, at 11 points. That pushed Don Smith's Falcon 2000 back to fourth, at 14 points.

America's Cup winner Russell Coutts has been doing much of the driving aboard Morning Glory, but he's abandoning ship to compete in the World Match Racing Championship in Dubrovnik, Croatia. What effect this will have on the performance of the New Zealand-built maxi remains to be seen.

John Kolius and Abracadabra notched another win in Race 3 to pad their lead in the 1D-48 fleet. Dawn Riley and San Francisco Challenge continued to struggle at the back of the pack, though they edged Team Steinlager for a seventh-place finish in Race 3.


Maxi Dispute Resolved,
But Sayonara Still Dominates

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Sept. 20, 1996) — A dispute that resulted in a brief boycott delayed the start of the Maxi races in the Big Boat Series, but it did not change the end result. Larry Ellison's Sayonara continued to dominate the revived International Class A Yacht Assn. (ICAYA) racing.

The owners of four of the six Maxis refused to race until all owners, including Ellison, agreed to abide by the ICAYA rule that requires the owners to steer their boats at the start and during the first windward leg, and to be at the helm at least one third of the race.

However, even with Ellison taking his requisite turn at the wheel, Sayonara out-legged the opposition, continuing where she left off at the Kenwood Cup. The San Francisco-based boat won the first two races on Thursday, with Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory the runner-up.

Boomerang, with AmericaOne's Paul Cayard as tactician and part-time helsman, swapped third and fourth with Don Smith's Falcon 2000, which has AmericaOne's John Kostecki as tactician, leaving the two boats tied for third.

Sayonara and Morning Glory both have New Zealand America's Cup veterans as alternate drivers, Chris Dickson and Russell Coutts, respectively.

The One Design 48 class also sports a pair of America's Cup veterans (and potential AC XXX skippers). John Kolius (America |, 1986-87) is at the helm of Abracadabra and yesterday was named as the skipper for the still unofficial Waikiki YC America's Cup challenge; and Dawn Riley (America³, 1992, 1995) is the skipper of San Francisco Challenge. Abracadabra is leading the eight-boat fleet, and San Francisco Challenge is eighth.


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