Early leaders

Rich Roberts reports from the first day of racing at Terra Nova Trading Key West Race Week

Tuesday January 20th 2004, Author: Rich Roberts, Location: United States
One day does not make a regatta, but opening day of Terra Nova Trading Key West 2004, presented by Nautica, left the dynamic international Farr 40 and Melges 24 fleets something to munch on besides conch fritters for the rest of the week.

Maspero Giovanni and his Joe Fly crew from Lecco, Italy, won the first Farr 40 race they ever sailed Monday and smoked that tough crowd with first- and fourth-place finishes, only later to be bumped down to tenth in the first race leaving George Andreadis' Atlanti (Robbie Haines) holding a narrow lead over Jim Richardson's Barking Mad (Terry Hutchinson).

Meanwhile Philippe Kahn and his 14-year-old world champion son Samuel (a.k.a. Shark) are first and third among 58 Melges 24s, separated by Britain's unheralded John Pollard in second.

Racing for 301 boats in 21 classes is scheduled to continue through Friday.

The Joe Fly guys also sail a mean Melges 24 (fourth here a year ago) and a Mumm 30 on the European circuit, but they hadn't seen their new Farr 40 until last week. They got in four days of practice, then went out Monday for real.

"The difference with the Farr 40 is that it's easy," said Giovanni, who was at the wheel in the owner-driver class, with Luca Santella matching tactical wits with a flock of superstars.

The Kahns claim they aren't team-racing the fleet but that it's every man and boy for himself. "We're always racing in-house," Philippe the father said.

Morgan Larson, a member of Philippe Kahn's crew, noted that "we gybed on [Shark's] wind a couple of times and passed him downwind to get second in the first race."

Shark the son was asked if he felt his rivals regarded him differently on the race course since he won the class Worlds convincingly at San Francisco last September. "Not really," he said. Well, does anybody yell at you? he was asked. "My dad," he said.

Philippe Kahn had a right to shout. His Pegasus 575, with a pair of seconds, won Nautica Day Boat of the Day honours.

Philippe Ligot's French entry, the P&P Sailing Team with Sebastian Col driving, won the first race but took an OCS hit in the second and is 28th overall. Dawn Riley's debut with an all-girl Detroit team struggled in 43rd place.

For sheer elegance, the Swan 45s stepped out in style for the first time with an eight-boat fleet and, appropriately, the Nautor's Swan brothers swapped wins as the elder Leonardo emerged atop the fleet on the day, while Massimo stood fourth.

San Francisco's Dee Smith, tactician for Craig Speck's second-place VIM liked the ride. "All the boats seem to go the same speed," he said, "although it's too early to tell after two races. They're great boats to race against other Swans."

Four boats, including both Corsair trimaran leaders, had perfect days. Bob Harkrider, sailed his Corsair 28R Bad Boys to a pair of firsts, as did Robert Remmers on Breaking Wind.

Mike Rose's J/133, Raincloud and Jim Hightower's Farr 37, Hot Ticket, also was unbeatable in PHRF 3 and 8, respectively.

Farr 40

Pos Name Skipper From R1 R2 Tot
1 Atalanti George Andreadis Athens, GRE 8 1 9
2 Barking Mad James Richardson Newport, RI 2 8 10
3 Crocodile Rock A Geremia/S Harris Santa Barbara, CA 9 2 11
4 Mean Machine Peter De Ridder Scheveningen, NED 6 7 13
5 Joe Fly Maspero Giovanni Lecco, ITA 10 p40 4 14
6 Samba Pa Ti John Kilroy Los Angeles, CA 3 13 16
7 Warpath Steve & Fred Howe San Diego, CA 10 6 16
8 Sotto Voce Arien van Vemde Willemstad, NED 5 14 19
9 Breeze Vincenzo Onorato Portoferraio, ITA 19 3 22
10 Bambakou John Coumantaros Newport, RI 12 11 23
11 Virago Stuart Townsend Chicago, IL 7 17 24
12 Nitemare Tom Neill Chicago, IL 4 21 25
13 Dynamo Eric Moog Toronto, CAN 20 5 25
14 Solution John Thomson, Jr. Sands Point, NY 14 15 29
15 Flash Gordon 4 Helmut Jahn Chicago, IL 21 9 30
16 Riot Marc Ewing Northeast Harbor, ME 18 12 30
17 Sled Takashi Okura Kansai YC, JPN 11 20 31
18 Kokomo Lang Walker Sydney, AUS 16 16 32
19 Twins 2 Erik Maris Porquerolles, FRA 15 18 33
20 Impetuous Paul Zabetakis MD Jamestown, RI 17 19 36
21 Le Renard Steve Phillips Annapolis, MD 22 19 p40 41
22 Pendragon V John MacLaurin Los Angeles, CA 22 avg1 22 44
23 Phish Food Alexis Michas Stonington, CT 23 23 46

Melges 24

Pos Name Skipper From R1 R2 Tot
1 Pegasus 575 Philippe Kahn Waikiki, HI 2 2 4
2 Xcellent John Pollard Torquay, UK 3 3 6
3 Pegasus 492 Samuel Kahn Waikiki, HI 4 5 9
4 Tickler Sheldon Ecklund West Palm Beach, FL 7 7 14
5 Blu Mun Franco Rossini Chiasso, SUI 16 1 17
6 OVL Martin Wedge Hayling Island, UK 5 18 23
7 Terra Nova Trd. Ian Cleaver Argyll, SCT 14 10 24
8 Monsoon Bruce Ayres Newport Harbor, CA 19 6 25
9 Baghdad Kristian Nergaard Oslo, NOR 22 4 26
10 Devotissimo Franco Mavia Rao Rome, ITA 10 16 26
11 Barbarians Stuart Simpson Torquay, UK 13 15 28
12 Wild Cats Simon Strauss Larchmont, NY 20 9 29
13 Star Jeff Ecklund Ft. Lauderdale, FL 17 12 29
14 Rhino Sean Scarborough Ocean City, NJ 8 23 31
15 Startack Nick Maxwell Madison, WI 9 26 35
16 Grinder Jeff Littfin San Francisco, CA 32 8 40
17 Shadow Peter Stoneberg San Francisco, CA 15 27 42
18 Cagey Karen Gottwald Chicago, IL 29 14 43
19 Maski Dietrich Scheder Hamburg, GER 18 25 43
20 Barracuda Bob Dockery Longboat Key, FL 23 20 43

Other class leaders (2 of 9 races)

Swan 45 (8 boats)---Cuordileone, Leonardo Ferragamo, Italy (3-1), 4 points.

Mumm 30 (13)---Turbo Duck, Bodo Von Der Wense, Annapolis (1-2), 3.

J/105 (29)---Max Power, Gerrit Schulze, Cape May, N.J. (5-2), 7.

J/80 (20)---Sooner Magic, Mac Kilpatrick, Ft. Worth, Tex. (5-2), 7.

Corsair 28R (10)---Bad Boys, Bob Harkrider, Augusta, Ga. (1-1), 2.

Corsair 24 (9)---Breaking Wind, Robert Remmers, Des Moines, Iowa (1-1), 2.

C&C 99 (11)---Lakota, David Roggenkamp, Rochester, N.Y. (3-1), 4.

T-10 (8)---Tie between Cygnet, Tim Rathbun, Chicago (2-1) and Liquor Box, Chuck Simon/Bill Buckles, Key West (1-2), 3.

PHRF 1 (9)---Aera (Ker 55), Nicholas Lykiardopulo, Cowes, UK 1-3), 4.

PHRF 2 /IMS (8)---Tie between Sjambok (1D48), Michael Brennan, Annapolis, Md. (2-1) and Storm (R/P 43), Les Crouch, San Diego (1-2), 3.

PHRF 3 (8)---Raincloud (J/133), Mike Rose, Kemah, Tex. (1-1), 2.

PHRF 4 (10)---Tazo (Farr 36), Markus Fiala, London, UK (3-1), 4.

PHRF 5 (12)---Euro Trash Girl (J/120), Nicole Weaver, Annapolis, Md. (5-1), 6.

PHRF 6 (14)---Le Cygne (Beneteau 1st 40.7), Don Chapman, Annapolis, Md. (3-1), 4.

PHRF 7 (12)---Patriot (Evelyn 32-2), Chip Crawford, Pensacola, Fla. (1-3), 4.

PHRF 8 (9)---Hot Ticket (Farr 37), Jim Hightower, Houston, Tex. (1-1), 2.

PHRF 9 (11)---Tie between Jazzy Jr. (Mariah 27 OB), Dan Romano, Farmington Hills, Mich. (1-4) and Invincible (N/M 30), Jeff Gastreau/Brian Lees, Annapolis. Md. (3-2).

PHRF 10 (7)---Ego Tripp (Tripp 26), Rich Harrison, Annapolis, Md. (2-1), 3.

PHRF 11 (12)---Outtasight (Wavelength 24), Lydia King-Rayner, Long Beach, Miss. (2-1), 3.

More photos on the following pages from Rick Tomlinson, Jack Hardway and Sue Bodycomb

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Nautica has upgraded its role to the Presenting Sponsor level. The winners of the multi-boat International Team Competition will receive the Nautica Trophy.

Mount Gay Rum, Lewmar, Samson Rope Technologies, Pearson Yachts, Raymarine and the Florida Keys and Key West Tourist Development Council round out the official line-up. The Historic Seaport is the Official Site for the event. The Performance Sailing Industry Partner Program, now in its third year, features 26 companies that have made a multi-year commitment to the event.

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