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Kenwood Cup Report

Maxis: Boomerang in Second-Place Tie, Sayonara Leads

By Paul Cayard

HONOLULU, Hawaii (August 7, 1996)—The first two days of the 1996 Kenwood Cup are complete. Four windward-leeward courses were sailed. The winds were 16-22 knots with moderate seas, which made the sailing excellent.

In the Maxi class, yachts of 80 feet in overall length, Larry Ellison's Sayonara, with New Zealand's Chris Dickson at the helm, has three firsts and one second place. The boat is very well sorted out, this being their second year, and they are getting about 97 percent of her potential out of her.

The new maxis Boomerang and Falcon 2000 and are tied for second. Boomerang is owned by New York shipping executive George Coumantaros, and I am the tactician. Falcon is owned by Don Smith of Oklahoma and the boat is crewed by the PACT2000 team, including Ed Baird, Smith's tactician. Rod Davis, skipper of oneAustralia in the 1995 America's Cup, is also on Falcon.

Both Coumantaros and Smith steer their boats at the start and for the first half of the races.

Morning Glory, owned by Hassau Platner of Germany, won the second race on Monday, showing excellent speed. In Tuesday's second race, however, Morning Glory was dismasted. The cause of the failure is not yet known. Their spare mast is in San Francisco, so it seems that the Kenwood Cup is over for her.

Exile, a 68-foot Australian boat, is winning in Class A on corrected time. Exile is the smallest yacht in Class A, and her handicap, a compensation allocated her for her size, is sufficient for her to win the races "on corrected time."

This is also a bit of a design competition with all five Maxis designed by different designers. Falcon 2000 was designed by AmericaOne designer Bruce Nelson, Boomerang by German Frers, Sayonara by Bruce Farr, Morning Glory by Reichel/Pugh, and Sagamore by Sparkman and Stevens.

The remaining races include:

     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 

Paul Cayard is the skipper for the AmericaOne Challenge for America's Cup XXX. Check in again for more of Paul's first-hand reports from the Kenwood Cup.

For additional information on the Kenwood Cup, visit the Official Kenwood Cup Home Page.


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