Fleet of New Maxis, America's Cup Skippers To Compete in Hawa|'s Kenwood CupHONOLULU, Hawa| (July 29, 1996Five of the world's newest and largest offshore racers, as well as many of the best grand-prix sailboats in the Pacific, are gathering in HawaI next week for the 10th running of the biennial Kenwood Cup. Nine teams representing five Pacific nations are set to compete, with the defending champion United States fielding two three-boat teams.
The Kenwood Cup, which is held every other year, is set for August 5-16, and is being conducted jointly by the the Waikiki Yacht Club and the Royal HawaIan Ocean Racing Club. The nine-race series includes inshore windward/leeward and triangle courses, as well as overnight offshore events. Entries are expected from 50 yachts, ranging from 35 to 82 feet in size.
The regatta, sponsored by Kenwood Corp., promises to be the biggest and most competitive grand-prix regatta for offshore race boats of 1996, race officials say.
AmericaOne skipper Paul Cayard will steer George Coumantaros' new 80-foot German Frers-designed Boomerang, one of several new ILC Maxis racing in the seven-strong Class A for the biggest boats. It is shaping up as a test of sailboat design as well as sailing skill. Providing stiff competition for Cayard in a class dominated by America's Cup skippers and sailors will be:
In addition, Congressional Cup winner Terry Hutchinson and a number of other top names will be flying in to steer, trim and call on what is shaping up to be perhaps the best fleet to gather on a race course this year.
- New Zealander Chris Dickson steering Larry Ellison's Sydney-Hobart winning Farr 78 Sayonara;
- Russell Coutts, winning skipper of the 1995 America's Cup, driving Hasso Plattner's new Reichel/Pugh 80, Fancourt's Morning Glory; and
- Ed Baird at the helm of Donald Smith's new Nelson/Marek 78 Falcon 2000, with a crew drawn from the New York Yacht Club's PACT2000 racing syndicate.
The mid-size grand-prix fleet will feature the best Australasian, Japanese and U.S. grand prix racers. Hong Kong's Ellian Perch will be there in his ILC 40 Sealand Orion Express to race against the revitalized Ragamuffin owned by veteran Australian campaigner Syd Fischer.
Helmut Jahn is entering his new Farr 43, Flash Gordon 2, along with USA teammate John Thomson's Nelson/Marek 49, Infinity. From Auckland, New Zealand, Jim Farmer is bringing his new Farr 43, Georgia. Another veteran returning will be Royal HawaIan Ocean Racing Club Director Lou Abrahams in yet another new boatthe Bashford-Howison 41, Seaview Challenge Again.August 5 - 1100 - Race #1 - Windward/Leeward August 5 - 1315 - Race #2 - Windward/Leeward August 6 - 1100 - Race #3 - Windward/Leeward August 6 - 1315 - Race #4 - Windward/Leeward August 7 - 1800 - Race #5 - Molokai Race (150 miles) August 9 - 0900 - Plywood Cup August 10 - 1100 - Race #6 Corum - Windward/Leeward August 10 - 1315 - Race #7 Corum - Windward/Leeward August 11 - 1100 - Race #8 Champagne Mumm - Triangle August 13 - Noon - Race #9 Kaula Race (390 miles) August 16 - 1800 - Awards Banquet
For more information, visit the Official Kenwood Cup Home Page.
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