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Fleet of New Maxis, America's Cup Skippers To Compete in Hawa|'s Kenwood Cup

HONOLULU, Hawa| (July 29, 1996—Five 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.

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 boat—the 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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