Beneteau 40.7 Blue Agave

Beneteau 40.7 Blue Agave

Oracle gain the advantage

As America's Cup boats compete at day two of Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco

Saturday September 13th 2003, Author: Dana Paxton, Location: United States
On the second day of the Big Boat Series presented by Rolex, the 115 boats competing here for the legendary St. Francis Yacht Club Perpetual Trophies were met with the same trying conditions as yesterday: unseasonably hot weather combined with
moderate wind.

After a brief delay by the race committee to wait for the wind to build, the fleet took to the San Francisco Bay and was quickly tested by the tricky current. Two races were sailed in each of three Americap II and eight one-design classes, while one race was held in the America's Cup class.

In the America's Cup class the final race of the series was held between Oracle BMW Racing and the Alinghi Team, led by Jochen Schümann. Again Oracle BMW Racing bested the Swiss America's Cup winner in the fleet race held along the City Front. "The sailing on the Bay has been fantastic -- good winds and smooth seas," said Chris Dickson, skipper of Oracle BMW Racing. "It is exciting sailing in close to the waterfront. It just doesn't get any better."

In the Farr 40 class, where America's Cup sailors, world champions and Volvo Ocean race veterans regularly mix it up, the class leader is Samba Pa Ti, the past world champion owned by John Kilroy with a 3,2 today for a total of 15 points. Peter Stoneberg's Shadow, with 17 points, is in second place. One of the day's best performances came from Barking Mad, owned by Jim Richardson, the past Farr 40
world champion, who scored a 2,1 for the day to move up in the rankings to third place overall.

Richardson explained the significance of the Bay's challenging current on the tactical decisions for the fleet in the start of today's second race. "The current was flooding along the middle of the course and ebbing along the city front," he said.

"Everyone tried to get to the city front to get into the favorable current, because is works like an elevator effect for the start. We started at the committee boat and it was favored a considerable amount. As we were coming across the starting line, I could see the boats to leeward were starting to shoot forward because of the current.

" Warpath had that advantage and was ahead of everyone else, so they could tack and cross all the starboard tack boats. We kept going straight and got into the same current, so that we were able to reel them into a tacking duel."

From there Barking Mad, which includes in its crew America's Cup sailors Terry Hutchinson and Dave Scott and New Zealanders Morgan Trubovich and James Baxter, took the fleet lead and won the race.

Richardson predicted the next two days of racing will go well for his multi-national team provided the solid crew work onboard today continues.

The 1D35 fleet is small, but friendly and competitive and it shows in the fact that three boats are tied in first place with 12 points. John Wylie of San Diego and his Tabasco started the day off well with a fourth place and just like the wind, built his fortune, to a first in the second race. Chris and Kara Busch's Wild Thing took a 1,2 and Dick and Doug DeVos's Windquest scored a 3,3.

Handicap racing is being run under the Americap II system and the fleet is divided into three groups. In Class A, today's big winner was the Wylie 42.3 Scorpio owned by John Siegel. They are leading the class after four races, but are challenged by the Schock 40 Cita, named for her namesake Cita Litt and Paul Kent's Farr 395 Chance.

Preliminary Results: September 12, 2003

Day 2 (Two races) Top Three per Class

Boat name, Boat owner, Hometown, Race 1, Race 2, Race 3, Race 4, Total Points

Express 37 (9 boats)
1. Eclipse, Mark Dowdy, San Francisco, Calif., 3-1-1-3, 8 Points
2. Bullet, Brendan Busch, La Honda,Calif., 2-3-2-4, 11
3. Expeditious, Bartz Schneider, Crystal Bay, Calif., 1-2-8-2, 13

Farr 40 (15 boats)
1. Samba Pa Ti, John Kilroy, Los Angeles, Calif., 8-2-3-2, 15 points
2. Shadow, Peter Stoneberg, Orinda, Calif., 6-4-1-6, 17
3. Barking Mad, Jim Richardson, Boston, Mass., 12-6-2-1, 21

J/105 (35 boats) 3 races
1. Masquerade, Tom Coates, San Francisco, Calif., 1-1-1-13, 16 points
2. Aquavit, Tim Russell, Novato, Calif., 3-2-13-2, 20
3. Good Timin', Perkins/Wilson, San Francisco, Calif., 6-8-6-1, 21

J/120 (8 boats)
1. Desdemona, John Wimer, Half Moon Bay, Calif., 1-1-4-2, 8 points
2. Chance, Barry Lewis, Atherton, Calif., 2-3-1-3, 10
3. Oui B 5, John Sylvia, 9-2-3-1, 15

Beneteau 40.7 (6 boats)
1. Blue Agave, Thomas Sponholtz, Sausalito, Calif., 3-1-2-1, 7
1. White Fang, Mark Howe, Richmond, Calif., 1-2-6-2, 11
3. Shaddy Daddy, Joel Davis, Alameda, Calif, 4-3-1-3, 11

1D35 (11 boats)
1. Tabasco, John Wylie, San Diego, Calif., 6-1-4-1, 12 points
2. Wild Thing, Busch/Pape, 5-4-1-2, 12
3. Windquest, Dick & Doug DeVos, South Haven, Mich., 1-5-3-3, 12

ACC (2 boats)
1. ORACLE BMW Racing 1-1, 2 points
2. Alinghi 2-2, 4 points

Santa Cruz 52 (5 boats)
1. Winnetou, Martin Brauns, Los Altos Hills, Calif., 1-3-1-1, 6 points
2. Natazak, Steve Williams, La Selva Beach, Calif., 2-1-2-4, 9
3. Elyxir, Skip Ely, La Selva Beach, Calif., 3-2-3-2, 10

Americap II Class A (9 boats)
1. Rosebud, TP52, Roger Sturgeon, Santa Cruz, Calif., 1-1-5-3, 10 points
2. Alta Vita, TP52, Bill Turpin, 4-2, 6 Los Gatos, Calif., 4-2-2-6-, 14
3. Talisman, Farr 53, Marco Birch, New York, N.Y., 6-6-1-2, 15

Americap II Class B (8 boats) includes boat make
1. Scorpio, John Siegel, Wylie 42.23, San Francisco, Calif., 2-1-1-1, 5 points
2. Cita, Cita Litt, Schock 40, Newport Beach, Calif., 3-2-3-2, 10
3. Chance, Farr 395, Paul Kent, 4-3-2-3, 12

Americap II Class C (6 boats)
1. White Dove, Beneteau 40.7 Mike Garl, Sequoia, Calif., 1-1-1-1, 4 points
2. Just in Time, J. Feller, Beneteau 42.6, San Francisco, Calif., 2-2-3-3, 10
3. Mistral, Andrew Costello, Beneteau 36.7, 6-3-2-2, 13

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