Croc takes a big bite
How rough was it Thursday? The grounds around the race jury tent looked like a Farr 40 class meeting afterward. The heaviest protest activity revolved around a three-way contretemps in which Jim Richardson's Barking Mad claimed it was bitten by a denizen of a nearby swamp - namely, the Scott Harris/Alexandra Geremia Crocodile Rock, which wound up crunched between Barking Mad and Vincenzo Onorato's Breeze.
The race jury disagreed and Barking Mad was disqualified for failing to give way to the Croc. Unlike the other three courses, there are no throwouts in Division 1, which also includes the 1D35s and Mumm 30s, so the jury's decision is not only final but sometimes fatal.
Before protests were resolved, Crocodile Rock, with two fourth places Thursday, was in first place by nine points over Barking Mad, which then fell to fourth as Croc walked away from the hearing with a near-insurmountable 20-point lead over John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti. George Andreadis' Atalanti XII, looking for its fourth consecutive title here, was a distant third and all but out of the hunt.
Barking Mad, Crocodile Rock and Breeze were near the second windward mark in Thursday's second race, with Breeze on starboard tack and the other two on port. Barking Mad, windward of Croc by less than an arm's length, bore away to duck Breeze at about the same time Croc started to tack. Moments later, all three boats were three abreast, stalled head to wind and slamming sides.
Back on shore, the mood of Richardson's tactician, Volvo and America's Cup veteran Gavin Brady, was appropriate to the boat's name.
"Quite simply, Crocodile Rock put us and then the Italian boat in a situation where there was no way to avoid a serious collision," Brady said. "We were one foot apart and we were just dipping to duck the Italians and [ Crocodile Rock] just spun up."
Crocodile Rock helmsman Scott Harris and tactician Vince Brun did not immediately comment, but two crew members and a sailor on another boat not involved in the incident said Crocodile Rock was forced to tack to avoid a collision with a second Italian boat, Bottadi Culo, which was following Breeze on the starboard tack layline.
A Croc crew member said his boat followed the rules because "we hailed Barking Mad for room to tack and then hailed them again. By then we didn't have any choice."
Nobody was seriously injured and the boats sustained superficial damage. Buddy Cribbs' 1D35, Victory, was not as lucky. Victory took what Cribbs called a "full-on T-bone" in the middle of its port side from Hugh O'Brien's Ripple. A gaping hole was patched over with a heavy application of duct tape.
Cribbs' sail trimmer, Jon Rogers, said, laughing, "I almost got killed today. When we were on the starboard tack layline. When they were 20 boat lengths away on port tack, I got a little nervous, and when they were six lengths away I yelled, 'Don't even think about it!' "
A chagrined O'Brien, who suffered a cut index finger, said, "We thought we had 'em [crossed]. We didn't have 'em. We withdrew. We had no leg to stand on."
David Kirk's Détente clinched the class with its fifth consecutive win, and Australian Richard Perini's Foreign Affair has a vise grip on defending the Mumm 30 title he won last year.
In the International Team Competition for the Key West Trophy, there are 10 teams but only two contenders. Going into the last day, Italy's Breeze (Farr 40), Printel-Wind (Mumm 30) and Joe Fly (Melges 24) has gone from one point behind Germany's Struntje light, Rainbow and Blu Moon, respectively, to one point ahead, 84-85.
Class leaders (after 7 of 9 races, except 6 of 9 in Div. 2):
FARR 40 (24 boats)---Crocodile Rock, Scott Harris/Alexandra Geremia, Santa Barbara, 2-2-4-17-5-4-4, 38 points.
1D35 (8)—Détente, David Kirk, Chicago, 2-2-1-1-1-1-1, 9.
MUMM 30 (15)—Foreign Affair, Richard Perini, Sydney, Australia, 2-3-4-1-4-1-3, 18.
MELGES 24 (57)---Blu Moon, Flavio Favini, Switzerland, 2-4-(12)-7-4-1-3, 21.
J/105 (29)---Wet Leopard, Jim Sorensen, Sag Harbor, N.Y., (12)-1-7-1-3-9-7, 28.
J/80 (22)---Warrior, Craig and Martha White, Fort Worth, Tex., 1-2-1(9)-1-3-4, 12.
J/29 (10)---Hustler, John and Tony Esposito, City Island, N.Y., 1-2.2-1-(3)-3-2-3, 12.2.
TARTAN 10 (8)---Liquor Box, Robert and Bill Lehnert, Cutchogue, N.Y., 1-(2)-1-1-1-1-1, 6.
CORSAIR 28R (14)---Tie between Hot Flash, Robert Gleason, Wareham Mass., 1-3-1-6-6-3, and Bad Boys, Bob and Doug Harkrider, Belvedere, S.C., 7-1-7-2-2-1, 20.
IMS (4)---Idler (N/M 50), George David, New York, 1-1-2-1-1-1, 7.
PHRF 1 (5)---Rosebud (Transpac 52), Roger Sturgeon, San Francisco, 1-1-2-2-1-3, 10.
PHRF 2 (6)---Bandolier (1D48), Charles Burnett III, Seattle, 2-4-1-2-3-2, 14.
PHRF 3 (12)---Tsunami (Farr 395), Ostberg/Aras/Daily, Annapolis, 1-1-2-1-5-3, 13.
PHRF 4 (10)---New Wave (Henderson 30), Michael Carroll, Clearwater, Fla., 1-1-1-1-5-1, 10.
PHRF 5 (13)---Fitikoko (Tripp 38 ML), Andrew Wilson, Annapolis, 3-2-1-3-7-5, 21.
PHRF 6 (12)---Defiance (B-32), Scott Taylor, Long Beach, Calif., 1-4-(13)-2-1-1-3, 12.
PHRF 7 (10)---Invincible (N/M 30), Brian Lees/Jeff Gastrau, Annapolis, 1-1-1-1-(2)-1-1, 6.
PHRF 8 (9)---Hot Ticket (Farr 37), Jim Hightower, Houston, Tex., (5)-1-4-1-4-1-1, 12.
PHRH 9 (10)---Areopagus, Ed Tillinghast III, New York, (5)-5-1-1-3-1-2, 13.
PHRF 10 (12)---Rumblefisch (J/24), Peter Fischel, Savannah, Ga., 1-3-1-(4)-2-1-1, 9.
|Pos||Name||Entrant||Tactician||R 1||R 2||R 3||R 4||R 5||R 6||R 7||Total||Country|
|1||Crocodile Rock||A. Geremia/S. Harris||Vince Brun||2||2||4||17||5||4||4||38||USA|
|2||Samba Pa Ti||John Kilroy||Paul Cayard||4||7||3||23||7||12||2||58||USA|
|3||Atalanti XII||George Andreadis||Robbie Haines||11||3||1||2||15||13||17||62||GRE|
|4||Barking Mad||James B. Richardson||Gavin Brady||10||5||2||16||3||5||25 dsq||66||USA|
|5||Virago||Stuart Townsend||Steve Benjamin||20||6||11||7||6 p20||6||13||69||USA|
|6||Bambakou||John G. Coumantaros||Chris Larson||13||15||21||8||2||3||8||70||USA|
|7||Heartbreaker||Robert L. Hughes||Jeff Madragali||1||14||16||19||8||1||14||73||USA|
|8||LeRenard||Steve Phillips||Andy Horton||21||8||5||5||18||9||8 p20||74||USA|
|9||Breeze||Vincenzo Onerato||Adrian Stead||22||13||7||1||21||7||7||78||ITA|
|10||ISKRA||Borys B. Jarymowycz||Dave Curtis||7||12||6||10||4||23||18||80||USA|
|12||Warpath||Fred & Steve Howe||George Szabo||14||17||8||3||20||14||6||82||USA|
|13||SLED||Takashi Okura||Yutaka Takagi||6||20||17||4||13||15||10||85||JPN|
|14||Joss||Owen Kratz||Terry Hutchinson||5||18||25 p20||18||10||2||14 p20||92||USA|
|15||Groovederci||Deneen & John Demourkas||Jesper Bank||15||9||13||15||14||17||12||95||USA|
|16||Struntje light||Dr.Wolfgang Schaefer||Iain Percy||8||1||9||21||19||18||20||96||GER|
|17||Honour||Alek Krstajic||Tony Rey||9||16||24||9||9||25 p40||5||97||CAN|
|18||Mean Machine||Peter De Ridder||Stu Bannantyne||16||10||12||22||6||25 p40||11||102||NED|
|19||Kokomo||Lang Walker||Roger Hickman||18||22||22||11||22||10||1||106||AUS|
|20||Racing Bull||Jean Pierre Delmotte||Franck Cammas||12||21||15||13||16||8||23||108||FRA|
|21||Nitemare||Tom Neill||Pat Considine||23||11||10||12||25 dsq||19||16||116||USA|
|22||Flash Gordon 4||Helmut Jahn||24||24||19||14||11||11||22||125||USA|
|23||Gone Too Farr||David Carrel||Jason Rhodes||17||23||18||25 dsq||17||21||15||136||USA|
|24||Diana||S.A. Promendo||Afonso Domingos||19||19||23||20||23||20||21||145||POR|
Fi Brown reports on the Melges 24
Races six and seven were completed in near perfect conditions with the Melges 24 fleet enjoying some spectacular sailing. Flavio Favini, helming for Franco Rossini, continued his outstandingly consistent performance scoring a first and third to give him an eleven point lead over Brian Porter.
The wind had swung overnight into the South West and was up to 12-14 knots with a slowly building chop. With a strong current against them the boats had problems making the line and the fleet got away cleanly at the first attempt with the centre right seeming favoured. Favini made the best of the beat to lead round the weather mark ahead of Luca Santella, one of Italy's top sailors and a new face in the Melges class helming for Maspero Giovanni. Porter followed in third with Argyle Campbell fourth and Jeff Jones fifth. Going into the weather mark Art Brereton had looked set for the fourth slot but a slightly misjudged approach resulted in a last minute tack during which he fouled Campbell and by the time he'd done his turns he was back in thirteenth.
Down the run Favini opened up his lead while Santella held off Porter and Jones overtook Campbell. At the top of the second beat Porter was just able to sneak through Santella while Jones held fourth. Campbell had dropped back to eighth behind Alec Cutler, helming for John Sherlock, Kristian Nergaard and Jamie Lea, helming for Richard Thompson.
On the final run Favini just kept on extending his lead to the finish ahead of Porter and Santella. Behind them the pack was fighting for fourth with Cutler eventually coming out on top ahead of Jones, Nergaard and Lea.
By the start of race seven the wind was up to 16-18 knots with a commensurate increase in the chop. Again the current was holding the boats back making it difficult to cross the line. Several boats, including Cutler, Nergaard and Favini, found themselves so well buried that the only solution was to tack, take some transoms and come out on port at the right hand end. "Everyone just had such a hard time getting to the line. We started in the middle but to weather of the centre line boat and Santella started with us right there and the two of us were really pushing one another right up to the line." commented John Porter, crewing for brother Brian, "No one was close to the line, I think we were closest and we were like a boat length and a half off."
Santella rounded the weather mark first ahead of Jones, Larson, Porter and Lea. Down the first run Larson managed to get past Santella and Jones to take the lead while Porter and Lea held fourth and fifth. The strengthening breeze and increasing chop gave the crews plenty to get their teeth into up the second beat and at the second weather mark it was Santella back in the lead with Porter second, Larson third, Lea fourth and Favini fifth. Down the second run the lead pair held their places but behind them Lea managed to squeeze past Larson and Doug Clark, helming for Paula Zubrzycki, snuck into fifth ahead of Favini, Jones and Nergaard.
Although the lead pair were fairly secure up the final beat third place was by no means a dead cert and the tacks were fast and furious as the pack scrabbled for an advantage. Favini showed that he sure has the ability to turn it on when necessary by coming from sixth to third up the last leg ahead of Clark, Larson, Lea, Jones and Nergaard.
Overall Favini now leads with 21 points from Porter (32), Nergaard and Campbell are tied on 41 with Cutler fifth on 48.
|Pos||Name||Skipper||R 1||R 2||R 3||R 4||R 5||R 6||R 7||Total||Country|
|1||Blu Moon||Franco Rossini||2||4||-12||7||4||1||3||21||SUI|
|2||Full Throttle||Brian D. Porter||11||5||-17||6||6||2||2||32||USA|
|4||Rock N' Roll||Argyle Campbell||12||12||2||4||3||8||-15||41||USA|
|5||Frequent Flyer||John Sherlock||1||2||22||9||10||4||-24||48||CAN|
|6||Joe Fly||Maspero Giovanni||-35||17||11||3||16||3||1||51||ITA|
|7||USA 399||Morgan Larson||13||11||13||1||-20||9||5||52||USA|
|10||Gorgeous Worgeous||Quentin Strauss||-20||16||7||5||5||14||13||60||GBR|
|11||First Crush||Paula M. Zubrzycki||-40||9||10||14||23||12||4||72||USA|
|12||Black Seal||Richard Thompson||6||30||4||-45||22||7||6||75||GBR|
|13||Liberty 3||Paul Lovejoy||9||24||8||18||9||10||-28||78||GBR|
|15||Wicked Feet||Art Brereton||5||-26||23||12||24||11||11||86||USA|
|16||Flying Toaster||Mike Dow||15||18||20||-29||8||13||14||88||USA|
|17||Panty Raid||Sean & Todd Scarborough||19||6||19||13||-35||18||17||92||USA|
|19||WKD Silver||Joe Woods||17||7||21||-48||13||22||23||103||GBR|
|20||Xcellent||John Pollard||10||- 58 ocs||16||11||38||20||9||104||GBR|
|21||No Manners||D Clark/ T Wetherell||8||21||-28||16||12||28||20||105||GBR|
|22||Pegasus||Samuel "Shark" Kahn||22||13||25||28||-32||29||10||127||USA|
|23||Mad Hatter||Nick Halmos||26||22||14||10||30||27||-37||129||USA|
|24||Spider Cookie||Steve Suddath||21||14||-31||26||28||23||19||131||USA|
|29||My Dixie Wrecked||Brian J. Harrison||23||10||-35||30||34||21||35||153||USA|
|30||Sofa King Fast||Bret Gripenstraw||18||-37||24||32||36||31||27||168||USA|
|32||AF GAAT LIGGEN||Carlo Vroon||28||35||29||37||-47||24||29||182||NED|
|33||booby trap||Terry Gibson||-44||32||34||35||11||38||36||186||CAN|
|34||Mach Schnell||Kent Haeger||25||31||15||50||14||- 58 dnc||58 dnc||193||USA|
|36||Panic Pending||Lainie Pardey||-46||29||46||23||31||35||32||196||USA|
|37||Foursquare Spiced Rum||Ron Weed||47||20||44||41||15||30||-48||197||USA|
|38||Star Tack||Nicholas Maxwell||37||43||41||42||1||34||-45||198||USA|
|39||No Tourism||John Raymont||31||38||30||38||19||44||-49||200||USA|
|41||Bling Bling||Evan Jahn||34||41||27||-51||46||39||30||217||USA|
|43||Highland Heritage||Ian Cleaver||41||40||43||25||- 58 ocs||37||41||227||SCT|
|47||Express Lane||Frank A. Davenport||-51||39||47||43||48||36||44||257||USA|
|48||USA 525||Tim Fay||43||-50||49||33||41||47||47||260||USA|
|49||Mellow Yellow||Vladimir Butenko||-50||46||50||39||49||50||46||280||RUS|
|50||Flyer 02||Chuck Holzman||52||48||53||46||29||- 58 dns||58 dns||286||USA|
|51||Nobody's Girl||Scott A. Baker||49||51||48||-53||53||48||38||287||USA|
|52||Forerunner||John L. Mathis||-54||53||51||54||52||46||40||296||USA|
|53||Elektra||Dan van Heeckeren||48||42||- 58 dsq||49||58 ocs||49||51||297||USA|
|54||CPB||Tom & Deanna Hager||53||47||52||- 58 dnc||51||52||50||305||USA|
|55||Mayhem||Colin Cassady||- 58 dnf||54||55||52||50||53||58 raf||322||USA|
|56||Maiden Heaven||E. Middleton/K. Maguire||-55||55||54||55||54||54||52||324||GBR|
|57||TBA||John Muir||- 58 dnc||58 dnc||58 dnc||58 dnc||58 dnc||58 dnc||58 dnc||348|