Canadians on fire
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.
|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|
|16||NORWEGIAN STEAM||Eivind Astrup||3||22||19||14||12||70|
|18||EMOTIONAL HOOLIGAN||Marcus Blackmore||14||19||9||16||23||81|
|19||GONE TOO FARR||Dave Carrel||15||12||18||18||18||81|
|25||FLASH GORDON 4||Helmut Jahn||20||25||25||21||24||115|