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Sailing

America's Cup Questionnaire: Topical or Tropical?

July 24, 1987|Rich Roberts

MATCH RACING--New Zealand's Chris Dickson, fired by his country's America's Cup syndicate after Fremantle, missed the 12-meter worlds but won the King Edward VII Gold Cup at Bermuda last week. Sailed in 33-foot International One-Design 33s, with crews of four plus the skipper, it's one of eight events on the World Cup circuit. Dickson defeated John Shadden of Long Beach, 2-0, in the finals, but more interesting was the performance of Yasuyuki Hakomori, who probably will be one of Japan's rookie America's Cup skippers in '91. In a field diluted by the concurrent 12-meter worlds, Hakomori reached the semifinals before losing two straight to Dickson. Shadden defeated Dave Perry in the semifinals, 2-0. In round-robin sailing, the scores were Dickson, 8-1; Perry and Shadden, 7-2; Dave Dellenbaugh and Hakomori, 5-4; Rich DuMoulin and Bermuda's Peter Bromby, 4-5; Mark Eagan, 3-6, and defending champion Gordon Lucas of Australia and Tim Patton, Bermuda, 2-7. Winds were 12-18 knots until the day of the semifinals when a storm blew through at 60, damaging several boats.

NOTEWORTHY--Major events within the next week include the J-24 North American championships at San Francisco, the Snipe nationals at Lawrence, Kan. and the Lido 14 nationals at Buckeye Lake, Ohio . . . The South Shore YC's 11th annual Crew of Two Around Catalina Race is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. 200 yards south of the Balboa Pier . . . Shoreline Village Marina in Long Beach has its American Boating Jubilee '87 starting today through Aug. 2. The show features more than 350 sail and power boats, 100 of which will be in the water. Free sailing demonstrations and lessons will be offered. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children, under 6 free. Free tickets valid next Monday through Thursday are available from boat dealers and marine hardwares that belong to the Southern California Marine Assn. . . . Rob Hallawell of the U.S. Naval Academy is the U.S. Yacht Racing Union's intercollegiate sailor of the year.

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