June 9, 1990 |
The sailors who coped best with the wind and outwitted the race committee moved to the front of the fleets on Friday, the first day of the Long Beach Yacht Club's Ullman Sails-Washington Insurance Race Week. The first race was delayed an hour waiting for wind, which was 6-8 knots for the first races, then shifted 45 degrees eastward as it built to 12 knots after the the starts of the second races.
April 20, 1987 |
Race leader Phillipe Jeantot was in Recife, Brazil, during the weekend with rigging damage on his 60-foot cutter, Credit Agricole. Jeantot radioed his support staff in France that an intermediate shroud (a cable that provides lateral support to the mast) was in danger of parting. The forced stop could cost Jeantot his second win of the BOC Challenge solo around-the-world sailboat race.
October 24, 1986 |
A competitor in the solo around-the-world sailboat race has been charged by two competitors with using his engine to propel his boat. The charge was made against Richard Konkolski, 42, of Newport, by Hal Roth, 59, of Mount Desert, Me., and Jean Luc Van Den Heede, 41, of France.
May 4, 1987 |
Philippe Jeantot plans to organize a solo, non-stop sailboat race around the world with strict rules against outside assistance for the racers. Jeantot, overall leader in the last leg of the BOC Challenge solo around-the-world race, has told fellow racers that the new race would start and end in France in 1988. The rules would prohibit the use of sophisticated (and expensive) weather information radioed from meteorologists on shore.
March 14, 1985 |
What does the Congressional Cup sailing competition at Long Beach have to do with the America's Cup two years from now? Nothing, the skippers say. But the standings after the first day of the match racing series had strong overtones of Perth, Australia, in proportion to the prospects of the various campaigns. Dennis Conner and John Kolius, who head two of the United States' stronger America's Cup syndicates, shared first place with two wins and no losses.
May 10, 1992 |
Can't pin this one on Mother Nature. Typically, sailboat races are delayed because of wind conditions on the race course. The 20-minute delay on the first day of the 28th America's Cup Saturday off Point Loma had no such roots. This one was late because the 560-strong spectator fleet got in the way. "It was a combination of things," said John Hollis, Coast Guard representative.
July 14, 1989 |
Chip Werner, a 9-year-old former landlubber with a week of sailing lessons behind him, was about to take part in the first regatta of his life last Sunday afternoon. If he was nervous, it didn't show when he casually approached no less an authority figure than the rear commodore of the Westlake Yacht Club and inquired, "After the race, then are we allowed to just sail around?" To Werner, the elaborate ritual of racing regattas was standing in the way of further fun on the lake.
July 31, 1986 |
At two minutes before 6 p.m., the scene looks like some sort of above-water feeding frenzy. Back and forth, in and out, the boats wheel and dart, often barely missing each other, tacking madly, jockeying furiously, slicing through a sea of shouts and curses, bearing their crews off in a relentless weekly pursuit of nautical glory and cold beer. To the crews, the weekly Beercan Regattas are a fine madness.
March 13, 1992 |
A thousand sailors in Navy blazers can talk themselves blue about boat speed, but leave it to Mother Nature to get the last word in a yacht race. One-on-one with Il Moro di Venezia and Ville de Paris was touted as the match of the day in an otherwise yawn-a-minute field on the fifth day of racing Thursday in Round 3 of the Louis Vuitton Cup. But even the French and Italians, who can stir it up with the best of them, were unable to make something from nothing.
March 13, 1990 |
If all the world is a stage, the Whitbread 'Round-the-World sailboat race has finally switched the klieg lights on in Earth's last, great, remote wilderness. Yachts bearing the logos of beer brewers, cigarette makers, kitchen equipment manufacturers and ladies' shoemakers are streaking across wild seas these days, risking death and destruction in a quest for market share and corporate recognition. It presents an interesting ethical puzzle: high sport, but in the name of what?