Canadians on fire

Terry McLaughlin's Defiant dominates Farr 40 Worlds in Paradise Island

Friday November 15th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
It was another good day for Terry McLaughlin's Canadian team aboard Defiant, but the evening could prove tough in the protest room.

Defiant won the first and third of three races on this second day of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships in Nassau. The team's two victories are threatened, however, by two protests involving incidents at the start.

In race three, the Race Committee has protested Flash Gordon, Helmut Jahn's Chicago entry, for fouling on the anchor line of its committee boat. A resulting chain of protests worked backward to Defiant, the alleged source of the problem. In race one, Crocodile Rock, owned by Californians Alex Geremia and Scott Harris, protested Defiant for barging at the start.

"The fleet is very aggressive," said Crocodile Rock's tactician Robbie Haines, an Olympic Gold medallist from San Diego, Calif. "Consistency and staying out of trouble is the key here." With finish positions of 12-10-2 today, Crocodile Rock rose from ninth to third overall in the ideal 20-25 knot breezes.

Also making huge gains today was Le Renard, skippered by Steve Phillips, when it posted finishes of 2-7-10 to move up from eighth to second place overall.

"As much as everyone wanted to win today, you just have to say that a second is fine," said tactician Mark Reynolds, explaining that Le Renard was winning today's first race up until the last quarter of the last downwind leg. It was then that Defiant caught them. "I've learned from experience that in this class you just need to be in the top ten every race." Under that premise, Reynolds, a Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and three-time Olympic medallist, is satisfied with Le Renard's two worse finishes for the day. "In both those races, we were much deeper at times and much better at other times."

Today's second race was won by Breeze, the Italian entry skippered by Vincenzo Onorato, who came straight to this championship after his team Mascalzone Latino was eliminated from the Louis Vuitton Challenger series. Breeze currently is in 13th.

Sailing through Saturday on the waters off Atlantis, Paradise Island are 25 teams representing eight nations.

Pos Boat Name Owner R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot
1 DEFIANT Terry McLaughlin 1 4 1 9 1 16
2 LE RENARD Steve Phillips 17 2 2 7 10 38
3 CROCODILE ROCK Alex Geremia / Scott Harris 11 9 12 10 2 44
4 SAMBA PA TI John Kilroy 12 5 8 8 13 46
5 NERONE Massimo Mezzaroma / Antonio Sodo Migliori 6 1 16 3 21 47
6 BARKING MAD Jim Richardson 13 3 3 13 15 47
7 BOTTADICULO Giovanni Arrivabene / Raffaele Mincione 2 10 7 4 26 dnf 49
8 GROOVEDERCI John / Deneen Demourkas 8 19 p20 17 2 4 50
9 MORNING GLORY Hasso Plattner 26 dsq 6 5 17 3 57
10 ASSEGAI Leo Christianakis / Chris Hunt 7 16 22 5 8 58
11 PEGASUS Philippe Kahn 19 8 20 6 6 59
12 BAMBAKOU John Coumantaros 10 17 6 15 11 59
13 BREEZE Vincenzo Onorato 5 11 23 1 20 60
14 JOSS Owen Kratz 9 20 15 12 5 61
15 KATANGA Robin Paterson 22 23 4 11 7 67
16 NORWEGIAN STEAM Eivind Astrup 3 22 19 14 12 70
17 VIRAGO Stuart Townsend 4 13 21 24 16 78
18 EMOTIONAL HOOLIGAN Marcus Blackmore 14 19 9 16 23 81
19 GONE TOO FARR Dave Carrel 15 12 18 18 18 81
20 KOKOMO Lang Walker 18 15 14 22 14 83
21 NITEMARE Tom Neill 21 7 13 23 22 86
22 SLED Takashi Okura 23 21 10 25 9 88
23 HONOUR Alek Krstajic 24 24 11 20 17 96
24 SOLUTION John Thomson 16 18 24 19 19 96
25 FLASH GORDON 4 Helmut Jahn 20 25 25 21 24 115

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