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SCUTTLEBUTT #365 - July 26, 1999

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COWES, ISLE OF WIGHT, JULY 23, 1999--A jubilant Netherlands team won the Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup, the world series of international offshore racing, today. The US Team defending the prestigious gold trophy finished the series in fifth place after points were totalled for the 364-mile Wolf Rock Race, the final event in the ten-day series.

Winners of the offshore classic series for the first time, the Dutch crews staged a noisy champagne-soaked celebration on the docks in Cowes as their last boat finished. The European team was second overall while the highly-regarded British team finished in third place, despite the fact that its Mumm 36 Barlo Plastics, campaigned by a youthful crew led by Tim Powell, was the top-scoring yacht of the series. Germany was fourth.

Idler, David George's Nelson/Marek 50 from Hartford, CT, led the fleet around the entire course on the Wolf Rock Race but dropped to third place after handicaps for the class were computed. Bob Towse's Sydney 40 Blue Yankee Pride, from Stamford, CT, finished fourth after holding second place for the first half of the race. Matt Whitaker's Ciao Baby, from Houston, TX fought her way back to fifth place in the long distance race after trailing in sixth for much of the race.

Blue Yankee Pride was first boat in the Sydney 40 Class in a smart spinnaker run out of the Solent but was overtaken by Europe's Merit Cup on the reach out to the mid-Channel buoy. She held second place on the long first night's beat into heavy winds and seas and rounded the half-way Helston Buoy still in second.

"After Helston it was a beam reach, with assymetrical spinnakers," said Peter Isler, tactician on Blue Yankee Pride. "We hadn't had a legimate test of these sails in this new class until this leg. The German boat MK Cafe was clearly superior in these conditions. She was smoking and blew past us from third place to first." "We needed more time in the boat," said sailmaker Steve Benjamin, from Norwalk, CT, the helmsman of Blue Yankee Pride. "We had great downwind speed, but we also had superb competition from the world's best crews. To cap it all, we found we were lacking in reaching conditions."

Aboard the big boat Idler, skipper and owner George David, from Hartford, CT, won the "Hiking on the Rail" award, according to his helmsman, Ken Read, from Newport, RI. "He only slept two hours in a race that lasted nearly two days. He's an iron man and perhaps the most competitive guy on the boat." Clearly disappointed by the outcome, Read promised: "We'll be back. The US waited 28 years for its last victory in the Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup. We're not going to wait 28 years for the next one."

Idler led the fleet out of The Solent despite the fact that her rudder quadrant had broken moments after the start and Read was unable to use the ship's wheel. "We got in some real quality time steering with the emergency tiller," said Read. "We got the quadrant fixed but it broke again on the beat to Wolf Rock and Bill Newkirk and Bob Wylie were the real heros of the race. They worked aft, under the deck, in awful conditions to get it repaired. It has been that way throughout the regatta. Bill has been keeping the boat afloat while we've been trying to break it."

Idler continued to lead but Read noted, "for the first half of the race we were holding on for dear life. We were struggling with upwind stuff all throughout the regatta and the crew sailed their best leg of the regatta on the long upwind leg to the Eddystone Light. We were clearly in defensive mode but with impressive crew work we held off the two boats who were trying to break through." Although spinnaker running was considered to be Idler's strongest point of sailing, Read said she began to work clear of her competition in lighter reaching conditions returning from Wolf Rock.

Chris Larson of Annapolis, helmsman of the US Mumm 36 Ciao Baby, said that the big gains his boat made in the closing stages of the Wolf Rock Race made scant inroads into her sixth placing at the Helston Buoy turning mark. Matt Whitaker's boat from Houston, TX, finished fifth, and just behind the fourth-placed Italian boat Breeze, after a boat-for-boat battle into the finishing line.

"We did well on the inshore racing for the series," Larson said, "but we struggled in the offshore events."

This was the 22nd Admiral's Cup biennial regatta. The US was the defending nation, after winning in 1997. Eight three-yacht teams raced this year: Australia, Commonwealth, Europe, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, and the United States. The trophy goes to the nation whose team accumulates the lowest overall points total in the eight races, including two distance races, which make up the series. -- Keith Taylor

Final results (with team points per race and total low points): 1. Netherlands (5-15-14-12-30-11-9-28), 124; 2. Europe (15-13-15-8-15-18-18-31.5), 133.5; 3. Great Britain (7-10-14-9-20-16-20-45.5), 141.5; 4. Germany (16-10-13-10-42.5-8-9-36.5), 147; 5. USA (18-11-6.5-13-45-8-14-42), 155.5; 6. Italy (16-19-11.5-12-37.5-8-10-49), 163; 7. Australia (15-13-18-22-30-20-15-80.5), 213.5; 8. Commonwealth (18-19-16-24-60-25-23-73.5) 258.5;

Event website: http://mummadmiralscup.org/

END OF AN ERA
Two of sailing's great chose to bow out of grand prix level offshore racing: * Bob Towse, a committed and highly competitive owner who has represented the United States of America in no fewer than four Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cups revealed that this will be his last. Towse sailed aboard his BLUE YANKEE Pride as navigator in this series, and clearly enjoyed the experience - but enough is enough, he says. 'This was darn near a sprint' he said of the 380-mile slog all along the English south coast and back. 'I spent 27? hours on the rail before I got any sleep - that's the way it should be when you're doing your last Admiral's Cup'. While clearly disappointed that his beloved team had not been able successfully to defend the Cup they won two years ago, Towse was fulsome in his praise for the intensity and quality of the competition in this year's event. 'All my dreams came true except one. Going into this last race six teams had a legitimate shot at winning the Cup - that tells you a lot about the calibre of the competition through the series' he said.

Although this may be Bob Towse's last Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup, rumour has it this talented and committed owner/ sailor has his eyes cast on something a little larger - so it is likely that competitive sailing will hear from him again.

* Britain's Chris Law also announced his retirement from national representative sailing. 'This is the last time I shall represent Great Britain in international sailing' Law told an interviewer. Law had been brought into the team by Stephen Bailey, team captain and owner of the Sydney 40 Nautica Arbitrator. The boat - and the team - started well and led the series through its early stages, but by the Kenwood Cup races the wheels had begun to come off the Arbitrator - and thus the British - campaign. The Sydney 40 was 7th in the first race of the Kenwood Trophy, and last in the second having sailed through its spinnaker during a mark rounding. Law on the final race took Arbitrator off from the pack - in the final race of a series like this, either a good winning or a bad losing move. It was not a winner. Coming ashore, Law took full responsibility, and confirmed his decision to retire. 'I am hanging up my oilskins' he said. 'I am 47 years of age, and it is time to move over to let the next generation through.' -- Mumm Press Office

UNHAPPY BRITS
Few sportsmen attract the intensity of feeling that surrounds yachtsman Chris Law. The British skipper was firmly in the dock as the man who may have cost this country its first Admiral's Cup win in a decade. Law's yacht, Nautica Arbitrator, finished last out of her class in the final Wolf Rock offshore race. Fourth or better would have given the host country the unofficial world championship of offshore sailing.

"In my opinion Chris Law is incapable of leading a large sailing programme in a competitive situation," said a furious Harold Cudmore, manager of the British Admiral's Cup programme. "He can do an outstanding job until the pressure comes on, then he crumbles. This is a great sporting disaster. There is no excuse and he must not be allowed to hide on this one."

Far from hiding, Law threw his hands in the air the moment he docked and announced his effective retirement from competitive sailing. "I don't have the personal ambition any more to be out there every day trying to prove that Chris Law is a great helmsman," said Law, who is 46. "Not everything that went wrong in the final race was my fault but I was the skipper and I'll take responsibility for the result."

Why, then, as manager of a three-boat British team that was well funded by sponsors and favourite to win the Admiral's Cup, did Cudmore choose a skipper he had doubts about? "This has damaged me too and I know I have a share of the blame," said Cudmore. "I thought Chris would do one or two stupid things during the regatta but I didn't think he'd lose us the cup. Well, I was wrong."

One of the complexities of the Admiral's Cup was that while Cudmore was paid to manage the team effort, each boat has an individual owner who had hired and paid his crew. Stephen Bailey, a London lawyer, owns Arbitrator and stayed loyal to Law throughout some furious rows.

At one point Bailey and the rest of the crew asked Law to step aside for last weekend's short offshore race, after an afternoon in the Solent where some harsh words were said and tempers ran high. Law declined to step off the boat and a peace was brokered. "Chris is a friend and I hope he remains one," said Bailey, after an unpleasant debacle that has probably cost him personally in the order of L250,000. "He's coached my largely amateur crew to a level I would hardly have thought possible. However, Chris gets excitable about things. My boats work on the basis of trying to keep calm and help one another through problems, not having instantaneous inquests when things go wrong."

Ironically, Law turned down a considerable sum of money to go to Auckland as tune-up skipper for Paul Cayard's AmericaOne challenge for the America's Cup. Bailey was willing to release him from his contract; Law decided that loyalty came before pounds. -- Keith Wheatley, The Sunday Times, UK

For the full story: http://www.sunday-times.co.uk

PORT HURON MAC
The 1999 Port Huron Mac began with a forecast of Force 3&4 southwesterly. However, observed winds did not support this. Still, the fleet did get a bit of heavy weather at the end of the starting sequence. While the earlier starts had southwest winds, the middle group of starts went off in almost calm conditions. The in a pattern indicative of frontal passage the wind came hard from the north, putting the fleet on the wind.

It was during this sequence that the Santa Cruz 70 Cynosure lost its mast. The mast snapped of at deck level. After the thunderstorm the Cove Island fleet set spinnakers. Eventually the wind headed them and up went white sails. First to Cove Island was the catamaran Stars and Stripes rounding at 0457 Sunday. Several hours later Stars and Stripes was dismasted and out of the race.

By 0535 Monday Earth Voyager a multi hull finally reached the finish line. First monohull was Trader, which overtook both RX-Sight and Pied Pier after Cove Island. By 1130 the fleets big boats were in. Then the wind shut off. During the wait for more finishers it became apparent that John Nedeau's Windancer VI had won the IMS/GL 70's class. Windancer VI scored a remarkable 42-minute victory on corrected time. 2nd was Chicago Mac winner Pied Piper.

It was a 7 to 8 hour wait for more boats to finish. Folks awaiting the boats on Mackinac Island ran out of ways to say the wind is calm. Although a shorter distance, boats on the Shore Course took even longer to finish.

We do know section winners for the Cove Island course. They are as follows: PHRF A & Overall: Trader- Andrews 70; PHRF B Oracle Farr 44; PHRF C Big Kahuna J-120; PHRF D Eclipse C&C 41; PHRF E Vagary Peterson 43; PHRF F Major Detail J-35; PHRF G Pendragon Contessa 43; PHRF H Tigress Standfast 40; PHRF I Dandelion Heritage 1 Ton; PHRF J Phoenix Ranger 37; IMS/GL70 Windancer VI Nelson Marek 68.

Courtesy of the Torresen Sailing Site: http://www.torresen.com


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PAN AM GAMES PREVIEW
GIMLI, MANITOBA, CANADA (July 25, 1999)--A 30-knot southerly breeze, with gusts reaching 40 knots, delayed racing today at Lake Winnipeg, site of the sailing competition for the 1999 Pan Am Games. Sailors-111 of them from North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean Islands--arrived at Gimli Yacht Club this morning, prepared for an 11:00 start. Instead, they got a long-lasting blast of fresh air. A postponement flag was lowered at 12:30 and sailors zipped out to the race course, utilizing the tail end of the passing front. After shifting west, the wind moderated to a shifty 15-20 knots for the rest of the afternoon and showcased solid performances from Team USA. The Americans posted medal worthy top-three finishes in six of ten classes, all of which completed two races on this opening day of sailing competition. -- Barby MacGowan

The Pan Am Games, which host 37 sports and 5,000 athletes, are held every four years. More information on the Pan Am Games can be found at www.olympic-usa.org.

Pan Am Sailing Results Day 1 July 5, 1999: EUROPE (5 boats); 1. Serena Amato, ARG, 2-1; 3; 2. Fernanda Pinto, BRA, 1-3; 4; 3. Tania Elias Calles, MEX, 3-2; 5; 4(t).Lynn Olinger, Westminster/San Francisco, Calif., USA, 5-4; 9; 4(t).Victoria Crowder, CAN, 4-5; 9. FINN (6 boats); 1. Russ Silvestri, Tiburon, Calif., USA, 2-2; 4.; 2. Bruno Prada, BRA, 5-1; 6.; 3. J.A. Urbay Torna, CUB, 3-3; 6.; 4. Richard Clarke, CAN, 1-7 (DNF); 8.; 5. Brett Wright, BER, 4-4; 8. HOBIE 16 (8 boats) 1. Enrique Figueroa, Carla Malatrasi, PUR, 1-1; 2. 1. David Sweeney, Kevin Smith, CAN, 2-3; 5; 2. Claudio Cardoso, Patricia Kirschner, BRA, 4-2; 6; 3. J.I. Maegli Aguero, J. Maegli Novella, GUA, 3-5; 8; 4. Wally Myers, Marmora, N.J., Mark Santorelli, Barnegat, N.J., 5-4; 9. LASER (15 boats) ; 1. Robert Scheidt, BRA, 1-1; 2; 2(t).Mark Mendelblatt, St. Petersburg, Fla., USA, 6-2; 2(t).O. Padron Delgado, CUB, 2-6; 8; 4(t).Diego Romero, ARG, 5-3; 8; 4(t).Louis Echenique, CHI, 3-5; 8; ; LASER RADIAL (9 boats) 1. Kelly Hand, CAN, 1-1; 2; 2(t).Isabela Maracucci, BRA, 3-2; 5; 2(t).Sara Wright, BER, 2-3; 5; 4. Jane Codman, Boston, Mass., USA, 4-4; 8; 5. M. Sanchez Duarte, CUB, 5-5; 10; LIGHTNING (8 boats) 1. Andrew Horton, Shelburne, Vt., Bill Fastiggi, Burlington, Vt., Heather; Rowe, Peru, N.Y., USA, 1-2; 3.; 2. G. Schacht Verdugo, A. Gonzalez Mas, Rodrigo Zuazola, CHI, 4-2; 5; 3. Claudio Biekarck, Marcelo Silva, Gunnar Ficker, BRA, 2-4; 6; 4. Hector Longarela, Gabriel Berberian, Hugo Longarela, ARG, 3-3; 6; 5. Gaston Vedani, Rafael Lecaro, Juan Santos, ECU, 5-6; 11. MISTRAL MEN'S (9 boats) 1. Alain Bolduc, CAN, 3-1; 4; 2. Ricardos Santos, BRA, 2-3; 5; 3. Marcos Galvan, ARG, 1-5; 6; 4. Mike Gebhardt, Ft. Pierce/Fort Walton Bch., Fla., USA, 4-2; 6; 5. Ariel Cruz Garcia, CUB, 7-4; 11; ; Mistral Women's (5 boats) 1(t).Lanee Butler, Dana Point, Calif., USA, 1-2; 3; 1(t).Caroll-Ann Alie, CAN, 2-1; 3; 3. Christina Forte, BRA, 3-3; 6; 4. G. Da Silva Rubio, VEN, 5-4; 9; 5. Aragon Perez, CUB, 4-5; 9. SNIPE (8 boats) 1. Nelido Monzo Lopez, CUB, 1-1; 2; 2(t).Henry Filter, Lorie Stout, Annapolis, Md., USA, 4-2; 6; 2(t).Luis Soubie, Cecilia Granucci, ARG, 2-4; 6; 4. Ignacio Saralegui, Ricardo Fabini, URU, 5-3; 8; 5. Alexandre Paradeda, Flavio Fernandes, BRA, 3-5; 8. SUNFISH (9 boats) 1(t).Oskar Johansson, CAN, 3-1; 4; 1(t).Malcolm Smith, BER, 1-3; 4; 3. David Van Cleef, Newport, R.I., USA, 4-2; 6; 4. C. Van Aanholt, AHO, 2-5; 7; 5. J. Higuera Caldas COL, 6-4; 10.

More information: http://www.olympic-usa.org

LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250 words max) or to exclude personal attacks.

-- From Rich Hazelton, 48 North -- I have no complaint to a sailor trying to defray costs with sponsors. It takes a lot of money to be competitive nowadays. But I disagree with Tucker Thompson's statement, "Just going sailing will generate exposure. It does not matter where you finish, or even if you are racing." Maybe I'm missing his point, but all companies want to be associated with a winner. You don't hear many companies chanting "We're number two!" Okay, maybe Avis.

-- From Scott Truesdell -- I see no evidence supporting Phil Lever's opinion that the ruling on K K-Yote's rating was because of perceived performance increases. Increased mast size has been awarded rating "credits" for a long time in an effort to produce seaworthy mast sections and prod the fleet away from Star-like noodles. Just like in the late '70's when Farr, Whiting, and Davidson forever changed yacht design by using tortured hull sections to exploit a characteristic of the IOR that over-penalized fair, high prismatic coefficient hull shapes, KKYote's designers chose to take the mast section to an extreme. We have all witnessed IMS mast sections grow in the last several years; this simply approaches an extreme conclusion to that trend. "Rate Low and Go Slow" is a carry over from the worst days of the IOR, before it matured into a relatively stable system. The fact that KKYote's extreme mast section provided enough girder stiffness to dispense with shrouds was a "freebie".

The decision to apply an arbitrary correction to the rating is not an admission of failure of the IMS rule; it is an admission that the part of the rule measuring mast sections needs to be reexamined as mast sections approach historically large proportions.

I believe both parties (the measurers and the boat) performed in bad faith in this matter. But IMS should have let them "run with what they brung", let the dice fall where they may, then formally make adjustments to the rule as evidence dictates.

-- From Chris Welsh -- With all due respect to all involved (Transpac PFD & radio issues), if we really want to save lives in boating, we should identify where they are being lost and react accordingly. That a boat is unreported is not acceptable - backup radios (a lowly vhf & handheld vhf) should be aboard and would keep every Transpac boat in touch, at least with the fleet. The chance of equipment breakdowns, medical emergency, etc, is large compared to the chance of falling overboard (the mandatory PFD), and the need to be able to communicate is very real. Offshore, I wear a small waterproof and bagged handheld vhf and small rocket flares - and I will lay odds that the two combined will do much more to get the boat that I may have fallen off of back to me than a PFD. I'll grant if I am knocked out cold, the radio will not help, but nor will an inflatable PFD. Real progress would be mandatory personal epirbs.

We currently require every kid in sabots to wear a PFD. Why? In 30 years of sailing, I can not recall a single summer program accident where a PFD would have made a difference. In comparison, mandatory sunblock and hats would have headed off countless melanomas, yet we mandate PFD's and not hats. The PFD requirements strike me more as emotionally satisfying than really addressing the dangers faced.

-- From Roy E. Disney -- I've heard comments by some people that the mandatory aspect of PFDs somehow infringes on their "personal freedom of choice." Personally, I find that one of the more specious arguments of our modern age. I wonder if these same people would feel "infringed upon" after somebody went overboard - off their boat or someone else's - and a whole racing fleet had to be diverted for a search for someone without a vest or a light.

On Pyewacket, we also carried another item, Hawaiian-invented and made, called "SEE/RESCUE." These come in several sizes, from six inches to eighteen inches wide. They are 35-foot-long ribbons of international distress red plastic which will float on the surface with a man overboard. It is visible for enormous distances, both from the air and from a boat. It's light enough to follow the contour of the waves and thus be visible even when the man isn't.

Each of our crew had one of the six inch size (rolled up they're the size of a small flashlight and have a belt loop) permanently attached. They are designed to replace the dye marker, but are visible and don't disperse over time.

As Robbie Haines said, the safety gear was easy to wear, never in the way, and definitely confidence-inspiring. It should be part of everyone's gear whenever they're offshore at night. On Pyewacket, we did so happily and on more than one occasion talked about why it hadn't been a rule forever.

AMERICA'S CUP
* Plans were announced by the Executive Producer of the top-running series, Baywatch, and Abracadabra 2000, the Hawaii America's Cup Team, to film an Abracadabra 2000 Baywatch episode, to be aired in the 1999 - 2000 season. Abracadabra 2000 Skipper John Kolius considers the exposure potential of the Abracadabra 2000 Baywatch episode to be impactful. "That hundreds of millions of Baywatch viewers will see Abracadabra 2000 sailing on our home waters in Hawaii is an unprecedented media opportunity for both our team and for our sponsors. It is an excellent example of the value an America's Cup team can provide to its sponsors, and of the excitement we can generate among consumer audiences worldwide." The production schedule for the Abracadabra 2000 Baywatch episode calls for a late July to early August shoot. -- DJ Cathcart

* AmericaOne is in full America's Cup mode. The day starts at 5:45 AM with our workout. Bill Bates leads the troops through a grueling routine of cardio, free weights, and runs. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we spend in the local Bally's gym while Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday we go to the beach for one of the most difficult days of exercise that I have ever experienced. We run about a mile through the sand with intermittent sets of sprints, sit-ups, and push-during the run to help keep your heart rate going near max. Normally, at this stage my heart is somewhere in my throat and my only focus is to attempt to keep up with the team. Fortunately, I do not make my living as a runner because it is quite difficult to keep up! After about 15 minutes of running we are off to the grassy knoll for various exercises for the next half hour. While I have really never experienced this type of intense training, I can say that it is the best that I think I have ever done. I look forward to the day that I am in half the shape of Bill Bates! Granted all of this is written with ice packs on each knee as I look forward to tomorrow's workout. -- Terry Hutchinson

INTERNATIONAL FJ NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Steve Klotz, of San Francisco, CA, with crew Becki Kerro of Ohio, won the 1999 Nationals, held at Pymatuning Lake, PA, July 17-18. This was Klotz1 7th National Championship and his second in a row (he won in 1998 at Sandusky Bay, OH). This year, the CJ Class was again invited to the USA FJ Nationals, and three CJs formed the core of the Silver Division. The two Fleets started and sailed together, but were scored separately. Winds were light- peaking out at about 10 kt. in one race on Saturday, but were 0-6 kt. most of the regatta. -- Mike Wyatt

International FJ- Gold Div. 1. Steve Klotz, San Carlos, CA / Becki Kerro, Painesville, OH 5.00 points; 2. Duncan Schaefer, Chardon, OH / Graham Schaefer, Chardon, OH 8.75; 3. Paul Hemker, New Paris, OH / Barrett Rhoads, Nashville, Indiana 14.75; 4. Dick Steinfirst, Orange, OH / Chris Schneider, Solon, OH 18.00; 5. Mike Wyatt, Painesville, OH / Tom Wyatt, Painesville, OH 21.00; 6. Cloyd Beasley, Oak Ridge, TN / Alexander Stein, Oak Ridge, TN 27.00; 7. Jeff Weiler, Beachwood, OH / Linda Green, Cleveland, OH 30.00.

SNIPE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mission Bay YC -- Women's Nationals after three of five races (22 boats): 1. Carol Cronin / Sherry Eldridge (3.5 points) 2. Aine McLean / Lynn Sinks (14.75) 3. Jerelyn Biehl / De Ann Reynolds (16) 4. Pam Kelly / Michele Bustamante (17) 5. Carolyn Brown / Laurel O'Neill (17) 6. Stacey Szabo / Joanne O'Dea (19) 7. Julie Redler / Carol Merriman (20)

Junior Nationals (16 boats) 1. Brain Lake / Jennifer Warnock (7.5 points) 2. Brian Haines / Lauren Maxam (9) 3. Matt Melga / Jonathan Boyd (12.75) 4. Chris Wrright / Ian Schinder (13) 5. Dustin Kays / Sean Adams (16).

Regatta website: http://www.snipe.org/

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GOVERNOR'S CUP
Balboa YC - Corona del Mar, California. -- Colin Campbell and crew Brian Angel and Scott DeCurtis representing King Harbor Yacht Club won the 33rd edition of the junior match racing Governor's Cup Regatta at This was Campbell's third appearance in the invitational race. In 1997 he placed third. 1998 he was in the last match of the last flight and was tied with and defeated by Newport Harbor and came out second. This year he sailed to a convincing 11-0 record to lock up first place by leading at every mark of every race.

There was a three-way tie for second with the tie breaker determining that second place went to the team from St. Francis Yacht Club and third place went to Annapolis Yacht Club. The highly coveted Chet Purcell Sportsmanship Award, as well as fourth place, went to the team from Royal Thames Yacht Club, London England. -- Mike Wathen

Final Results: 1. King Harbor - 11; 2. St. Francis - 8; 3. Annapolis - 8; 4. Royal Thames - 8; 5. Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - 6; 6. Newport Harbor - 5; 7. California - 5; 8. Mission Bay - 4; 9. San Francisco - 4; 10. Balboa - 3; 11. Long Beach - 2; 12. Richmond - 2;

NYYC CRUISE
Largest NYYC Cruise since WWII. Some 160 boats racing or cuising in company. Guess the USA economy is good??. Wednesday night Boston Harbor for the first time since the late 1800's in recognition of the cleanup efforts there. NYYC Cruise, like the St. Francis Stag Cruise, a great reminder of what the sport is really all about. -- Tom Ehman

Complete results: http://www.nyyc.org/Images/html/Results_Cruise_1999.html

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