Age discrepancy

Winners range from 14 to 70 during day two of Key West Race Week PLUS photos by Rick Tomlinson

Tuesday January 20th 2004, Author: Rich Roberts, Location: United States
It must be the Florida water. Jack McKeon managed the Marlins to a World Series victory at age 73, and Tuesday's winners at Terra Nova Trading Key West 2004, presented by Nautica, ranged from 14 to 70.

John MacLaurin, a lifelong sailor from Los Angeles who just became a septuagenarian, celebrated his initiation into the international Farr 40 class by sailing his new Pendragon V to City of Key West Boat of the Day honours with first- and third-place finishes, and guess who took over first place from his father in the Melges 24s.

Samuel (Shark) Kahn went 4-1 and flew away from the rest of that 58-boat fleet with a 12-point lead after four of nine races. This is the same Shark who stunned the sport last October by winning the Melges 24 Worlds - the youngest sailor ever to win a major world championship, as far as anyone knows.

Despite MacLaurin's success, Steve and John Howe's Warpath, with John Cutler as tactician, and James Richardson's consistently sailed Barking Mad with Terry Hutchinson, slipped into a first-place tie among the 23 boats. Warpath won the second race in ideal conditions of 12-15 knots of breeze and relatively smooth seas.

“The key to winning (the regatta) is not necessarily to win any of the individual races,” Steve Howe said. “It’s consistently being among the top five or eight boats. The boats are so competitive and everyone is going the same speed, so it’s easy to finish 15th or worse.”

MacLaurin is fifth, 10.7 points off the lead, after gaining redress for restarting after a mistaken OCS call on Monday.

A few other sailors also tested the emerald waters, although not by choice. Bowman Ken Nevor went swimming off Tom Hill's R/P 75 Titan when a line tangled around his foot. The crew recovered Nevor after a minute of surfing alongside but lost their spinnaker in the process.

Three crew members on Stuart Townsend's Farr 40, Virago, were dumped during a Farr 40 start when a lifeline gave way. All were quickly recovered unharmed and joined MacLaurin and others in the reception tent afterward to enjoy the moment.

"These [Farr 40] guys are really good," MacLaurin said. "You have to work your butt off. But it feels so good when you get it right."

Fellow California Yacht Club member Bob Little and Whitbread/America's Cup veteran Kimo Worthington were his tacticians, and MacLaurin said he had little trouble conforming to the class's owner-driver rule that says the owner must drive for the start, finish and all mark roundings but can take relief at other times.

"I like to drive," MacLaurin said. "When I get locked in I don't want to change. Monday I [drove] both races the whole time and got too tired. Today I took a 15-minute break in each race."

On the other hand, the younger Kahn isn't nearly old enough to drive - a car, anyway. But he has an excellent handle on a Melges 24. He took over first place from his dad Philippe, who dropped to second with a 20th after three consecutive seconds.

Rival Kristian Nergaard of Norway, currently in fourth place, is among the rivals who realise that they'll have to lift their games to stop the Kahns from double-teaming their way into dominance of the class.

"[Shark] has a really good team and he's doing a good job," Nergaard said. "Having the right team is important." Shark's crew is the same he had for the Worlds: Richard Clarke, Brian Hutchinson, Mark Christensen and Brian Lee. Father Philippe has Morgan
Larson, Stu Bannatyne and Doogie Couvreux.

"And their coach is Mark Reynolds, who's won two gold and one silver Olympic medals," Nergaard said. "But the young man is doing a good job and he's working hard to get there. You can't take anything away from him."

Shark attends a private school in Santa Cruz but took leave to sail here.

His father said, "He does well in school, too, especially in maths and science. He studies every day. That's a condition. He wouldn't sail if he didn't."

Sailing itself can be an education. Other successful competitors talked about playing the shifts in tight fleets.

Leonardo Ferragamo, the Nautor's Swan boss competing in the new Swan 45 one-design class, said after a 1-3 day, "It was very shifty, but I find it's a lot of fun when the conditions are like that."

Richard Bergmann, whose Zuni Bear from San Diego was Boat of the Week last year, said after a 1-2 day that moved him into first place by one point, "It's easier with two of these Southern California kids that know the shifts on the boat." He referred to Sean Bennett and John Horsch. Bennett called it "college sailing -really shifty and tactical, rather than all-out racing." Horsch said, "We can chip away and work our way back up."

Click on the links to see other Key West reports from today on the Farr 40s and Melges 24s

More photos on the following pages

Results:

Pos
Name Skipper
From
Type
R1
R2
R3
R4
Tot
PHRF 1
1
Chippewa Clay Deutsch
Road Harbour, BVI
Swan 68
7
1
1
1
10
2
AERA N Lykiardopulo
Cowes, UK
Ker 55
1
3
9
2
15
3
Strabo Marty Fisher
Annapolis, MD
Swan 70
4
2
6
4
16
4
Rosebud Roger Sturgeon
San Francisco, CA
Transpac 52
3
7
5
3
18
5
Titan 12 Tom Hill
Newport, RI
R/P 75
5
4
4
5
18
6
Highland Fling Irvine Laidlaw
Douglas, Isle of Man
CM 60
6
5
2
6
19
7
Breakaway Mike Webb
Falmouth, UK
SantaCruz70
9
6
3
9
27
8
Equation Bill Alcott
Detroit, MI
Andrews 68
4 p20
8
7
8
27
9
Renegade K Meade/S Gagne
Palm Beach, FL
SantaCruz70
8
9
8
7
32
Swan 45s
1
VIM Craig Speck
Newport, RI
2
2 rdg
4
1
9
2
RUSH (Reloaded) Thomas L. Stark
Newport, RI
4
2
2
4
12
3
Bellicosa Massimo Ferragamo
CT
1
6
5
2
14
4
Cuordileone Leonardo Ferragamo
Punta Ala, ITA
3
9 dsq
1
3
16
5
Bandit Andrew Fisher
Newport, RI
6
1
3
7
17
6
Goombay Smash William Douglass
Newport, RI
5
4
8
5
22
7
Better ThanÉ Andrzej Rojek
Newport, RI
8
5
6
6
25
8
Devocean Stephen DeVoe
Jamestown, RI
7
7
7
9 dnf
30


Other class leaders (4 of 9 races)

Mumm 30 (13)---Turbo Duck, Bodo Von Der Wense, Annapolis (1-2-2-1), 6.

J/105 (29)---Zuni Bear, Richard Bergmann, San Diego (1-19-1-2), 23.

J/80 (20)---Sooner Magic, Mac Kilpatrick, Ft. Worth, Tex. (1-5-1-2), 9.

Corsair 28R (10)---Bad Boys, Bob Harkrider, Augusta, Ga. (1-1-3-2), 7.

Corsair 24 (9)--- I-Fly, Steve Marsh, Miami, Fla. (1-2-2-2), 7.

C&C 99 (11)---Tie between Trumpeter, Wally Hogan, Toronto (1-4-3-1) and Graffiti, Oat Huntley, Erie, Pa. (2-3-1-3), 9.

T-10 (8)---Liquor Box, Chuck Simon/Bill Buckles, Key West (1-2-3-1), 7.

PHRF 2 /IMS (8)---Storm (R/P 43), Les Crouch, San Diego (1-2-1-1), 5.

PHRF 3 (8)---Raincloud (J/133), Mike Rose, Kemah, Tex. (1-1-2-1), 5.

PHRF 4 (10)---Tiburon (Melges 30), Michael Gray, New Orleans (1-5-1-1), 8.

PHRF 5 (12)---K2 (J/120), Luis Gonzalez, Mallets Bay, Vt. (10-2-1-2), 15.

PHRF 6 (14)---Tie between Bounder (Sydney 36), David Hudgel, Detroit (1-5-1-2) and Le Cygne (Beneteau 1st 40.7), Don Chapman, Annapolis, Md.
(3-1-4-1), 9.

PHRF 7 (12)---Patriot (Evelyn 32-2), Chip Crawford, Pensacola, Fla. (1-3-2-3), 9.

PHRF 8 (9)---Hot Ticket (Farr 37), Jim Hightower, Houston, Tex. (1-1-3-1), 6.

PHRF 9 (11)---Invincible (N/M 30), Jeff Gastreau/Brian Lees, Annapolis. Md. (3-2-2-4), 11.

PHRF 10 (7)---Ego Tripp (Tripp 26), Rich Harrison, Annapolis, Md. (2-1-2-1), 6.

PHRF 11 (12)---Circus (J/30), Team Circus, Chicago (3-2-3-2), 10.

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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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