One Ton Cup - Corel 45 World Championship Preview

The new Admiral's Cup class begins its 2000 championship on Wednesday

Wednesday August 30th 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
Twelve boats have assembled in Marseille for the One Ton Cup, perhaps one of sailing's most famous trophies, and now awarded to the new Admiral's Cup big boat class, the Corel 45. The racing starts tomorrow and runs to the 2nd September. The format is 11 races, all on windward/leeward courses. Seven countries are represented; France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. The boats include last year's winner, Faster K-Yote II, owned by Ortwin Kandler and helmed by Frenchman Alain Fedensieu, with François Brenac calling tactics. Other international stars include Thierry Peponnet, Luc Gellusseau, Ken Read, Robbie Haines and Warwick Fleury.
The Brits have four boats; Graham Walker's Indulgence, with Ado Stead and some of his Tour France cohorts to try and win a trophy that Graham's been after for a long while. Babbalaas is owned by David McLean and helmed by Italian Tommaso Chieffi - who just won the Mumm 30 European Championship as tactician. With him will be multiple one-design world champion, Vasco Vascotto, also just back from the Mumm 30 Worlds. Former 505 World Champion, Jeremy Robinson, will be at the helm of Chris Little's Bounder, Andrew Cape is racing as tactician. The fourth is Yet Another Coup, owned by Peter Morton with Tony Buckingham at the helm. It's a strong team, and there's a good chance Britain might regain a trophy that we last won, with Jade, in the mid-eighties.

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