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Boomerang Comes From Behind in Triangle Race

By Paul Cayard
On Board Boomerang

HONOLULU, Hawa| (August 11, 1996)—Today the fleet headed out of Ala Wai Harbor for the Champaign Mumm Ocean Triangle, a race of 22.5 miles. The winds were the lightest yet, only building to 18 knots on the last windward leg.

Just at the start of the Maxi class, the wind rotated right 15 degrees, which made for a very one-sided first beat. Sayonara once again showed superior speed as the four 80-foot maxis were perfectly lined up for a 20-minute drag race on starboard tack. At the top mark, Sayonara rounded first, followed by Falcon, Boomerang and Sagamore.

Nothing changed on the two reaches (that's why we don't have reaches anymore). On the second windward leg, Falcon became quite preoccupied with Boomerang and through some extra maneuvering, Sagamore caught up and fit in between the two.

On the first run, the boats stayed in the same positions. But once again, up the third windward leg, Falcon became overly obsessed with match racing Boomerang so much so that Sagamore passed Falcon and moved into second place! Realizing that Ed Baird, helmsman on Falcon 2 million, was trying to practice for his role in the next America's Cup, George Coumantaros, owner of Boomerang turned the wheel over to me.

On the final run, Boomerang caught a nice shift and passed Falcon. Up the last windward leg Boomerang got her track shoes on and overhauled Sagamore, all the while giving Falcon a bit of her own medicine to keep her back in last.

Sayonara is in a class of her own speed wise, so this comeback was a little consolation to the crew of Boomerang.

Going into the final "long race," the Kaula Rock Race, on Tuesday, Sayonara leads the ILC Maxi Class with Boomerang second, Falcon 2 million third and Sagamore fourth.

Maxi Class scores following race No. 8:

1. Sayonara             49
2. Boomerang            35
3. Falcon 2000          30
4. Sagamore             18
5. Morning Glory        18
In IMS Class A, in which handicapping is used, the scores are:
1. Sayonara             64
2. Exile                56
3. Falcon 2000          52
4. Boomerang            42
5. Sagamore             26
6. Cassiopeia           21
7. Morning Glory        20

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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