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Boomerang Loses Wind Instruments, But Remains Second in Class

By Paul Cayard
On Board Boomerang

HONOLULU, Hawa| (August 10, 1996)—Two windward/leeward courses were raced today, the same as the first two days of racing last Monday and Tuesday. The conditions were quite mild, with winds from 14 to 16 knots and the seas quite flat.

In the Maxi fleet, Sayonara, owned by Larry Ellison and helped by Chris Dickson, jumped out to the early lead and won by an impressive margin. After being second the whole race, Boomerang missed a shift on the last run and let Don Smith's Falcon 2000 get past to finish second. Boomerang was third and Sagamore fourth.

We lost our masthead wind gear on the second beat, so that left us a little in the dark as to the true wind direction and strength.

Between races we sent someone in to get a replacement "wand" (the staff that supports the wind vane and impeller on top of the mast). Unfortunately, the race committee started the second race promptly and our man could not make the nine-mile trip in the rigid-bottom inflatable to the container ashore in time. So, we also sailed the second race without wind instruments. Naturally, today was the lightest and shiftiest day of the series.

After having an excellent start, Boomerang led three-quarters of the way up the first windward leg and was going out to the right-hand side of the course with Sayonara when Falcon crossed one minute behind heading left. Falcon got up on our hip, and then the wind shifted 12 degrees left and freshened. When we came back together, Falcon had closed our lead to just one boat length, and then passed us right at the mark, as we were on port tack and had to give way.

Down the first run the wind was very shifty and both Sayonara and Boomerang passed Falcon, with Sayonara just breaking the overlap with Boomerang to round first. The shiftiness continued and Falcon passed Boomerang back on the second windward leg, again with a big left shift. Sayonara, however, gained on both boats from the right. At the finish it was Sayonara, Falcon, Boomerang and then Sagamore.

It was generally a frustrating day for us on Boomerang. I felt that tactically I missed too many shifts. We should have done better. However, the speed of Sayonara puts her in a class of her own. We will have to make some adjustments in order to be competitive in the Big Boat Series in San Francisco, September 18-22.

Maxi Class scores following race No. 7:

1. Sayonara          44
2. Boomerang         31
3. Falcon 2000       28
4. Morning Glory     18
5. Sagamore          15
In IMS Class A, in which handicapping is used, the scores are:
1. Sayonara             58
2. Exile                49
3. Falcon 2000          48
4. Boomerang            36
5. Sagamore             21
6. Morning Glory        20
7. Cassiopeia           19

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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