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Boomerang Takes Over Second in Maxi Class

By Paul Cayard
On Board Boomerang

HONOLULU, Hawa| (August 9, 1996)—Wednesday night at 1800 local time, the fleet headed out for the 158-mile Molokai Race. The race starts off Diamond Head on Oahu and heads across the Molokai channel, along the northern shore of Molokai, over to a buoy near Lahina, Maui, and back along the same route.

This year the winds were mild, in the 15 to 20 knots range, which made for a pleasant race. In the Maxi class, the start was a little congested and Falcon 2000 got off to the early lead. After 10 minutes things began to sort themselves out and Sayonara took the lead, mostly on speed, followed by Falcon, and then Boomerang and Sagamore.

Half way across the Molokai channel, Boomerang found the groove and passed Falcon, but could not cut into Sayonara's lead. Then, approaching Ilio Point on Molokai, Boomerang tore her No. 2 genoa jib and had to go with the smaller No. 3 genoa for one and a half hours. During that time Sayonara stretched her lead and Falcon 2000 closed, but did not pass. We finally got the proper genoa up and stretched out to and eight-minute lead on Falcon by the turning mark at Maui, which we rounded at 2:45 a.m. Thursday.

During the night-time hours, the wind lightened and we went through the inventory, down to the medium No. 1 genoa.

The run back was rather uneventful, with Sayonara stretching her lead by three more minutes to win by 10, and Falcon gaining 1 minute on us to finish seven minutes behind. Sagamore finished fourth.

Fancourt's Morning Glory, which had been doing well the first two days, is out of the series after breaking the mast in Race 4.

The Maxi Class scores following Race 5, which had a weight of three, as opposed to one for the day races, were:

1. Sayonara          34
2. Boomerang         25
3. Falcon 2000       20
4. Morning Glory     18
5. Sagamore          11
In IMS Class A, in which handicapping is used, the scores are:
1.  Sayonara         45
2.  Exile            37
3.  Falcon 2000      37
4.  Boomerang        28
5.  Morning Glory    18
6.  Cassiopeia       15
7.  Sagamore         15

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.

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