Mumm 30 World Championships - Day 1
After a general recall, the 40-boat fleet got away second time, with Mumm 30 newcomer Tom Ritter from Michigan the first boat to the weather mark, followed by Gladchun, also from Michigan. They were followed by North American Class Champion Phil Garland in Trouble, and Mike Dressell from Shelbourne, Vermont in USA 65. The leaders covered the rest of the fleet on the run with no change in results at the bottom mark.
Maximumm Dread moved into the lead by the second leeward mark of the five-leg course, followed by Garland's team on Trouble, while Ritter dropped to fourth. It was a battle on the last half of the final upwind leg between Garland, Dressell and Ritter. Maximumm Dread got the finish gun, followed by Garland, with a photo finish between Ritter in third place and Dressell in fourth.
The Italian team of Alberto Signorini on Seven and Jimmy Pahun from France sailing Region Ile de France were both called over the line early in the first race, but both sailed hard to work into a seventh and ninth place respectively.
Both made huge gains in the breezier second run of the race as they worked through the fleet. Signorini is well practised from winning the 2000 European Championship and the Italian circuit. Pahun sailed for a month in the Tour Voile 2000, where he claimed a fourth overall with tactician Terry Hutchinson.
Six boats were called over early by the race committee on the next start. The leaders were conservative, with USA 65's tactician opting for a mid-line start with their 'nose back' away from the line. The course was set at 125 degrees, with four legs at two miles each.
Maximumm Dread was at the very crowded pin end of line, but managed to get a clear lane. The breeze shifted to the left 10 degrees on the beat, and the race committee called for a course change at the top mark. Gladchun gained on the left side of the course to reach the top mark in first place, followed by Signorini, then Pahun and the 1999 world champions, Ed Collins and Barry Allardice on USA 48 in fourth.
The wind continued to shift to the left, resulting in another ten degree change of course at the top mark after the third leg. Mark roundings were spectacular, with groups of boats fighting for the same piece of water as they rounded the marks, often resulting in loud discussions of the racing rules amongst competitors.
USA 65 worked their way up through the fleet to move into fourth place for the second race. USA 48 and Seven battled it out for second and third, trading places right up to the downwind finish, where USA 48 caught a wave and surfed over the line inches ahead of Seven.
Maximumm Dread sailed a perfectly consistent day to take their second bullet in this very competitive fleet. Jeff Gladchun attributed their stellar day to good teamwork and a good attitude onboard their boat with a young crew of friends from collegiate sailing.
Gladchun recently completed an Olympic campaign, where he finished sixth in the San Francisco trials. He met his tactician, Andy Horton, on the Soling circuit, where both were competing. The team have been competing together for just over a year, and credit their speed with an aggressive sail development programme.
Results (provisional, after 2 races)
Maximumm Dread 1, 1 - 2 pts
USA 65 4, 4 - 8 pts
Seven 7, 3 - 10 pts
USA 48 10, 2 - 12 pts
Region Ile de FRA 9, 5 - 14 pts
Ca Nova 8, 6 - 14 pts
Pegasus 6, 8 - 14 pts
Trouble 2, 13 - 15 pts
Van uden Logic 5, 10 - 15 pts
Tramp 3, 14 - 17 pts