April 10, 1989
Former America's Cup semifinalist Tom Blackaller upset Salem ProSail 40 champion Randy Smyth of Huntington Beach to win the $100,000 Carolina Cup at Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Pete Melvin of Seal Beach took the Hobie 21 class by placing first and fourth in the final two races Sunday. Blackaller, of Sausalito, Calif., went into the final two races tied with Smyth. Sailing in light winds of six to eight knots, Blackaller sailed his U.S. Video-Pecco catamaran to two third-place finishes to win the event with 11.50 points.
June 5, 1987 |
The powers of sailing, in their wisdom, realized many years ago that there were many different kinds of boats, and they were not created equal. So they devised various handicap systems to equalize competition so the better sailors would not be penalized because they sailed slower boats. The boats would all start even, but the first to finish would not necessarily be the winner. Nobody would know who got the trophies until the clockings went into the calculators.
December 26, 1986 |
Eagle, a proud bird, is dead but may yet play a small part in the America's Cup. After placing 10th in the trial rounds with a record of 10 wins and 24 losses, the Newport Beach 12-meter has become a donor boat, offering its equipment and expertise to the surviving syndicates. Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes has borrowed a few sails, while New Zealand and USA may benefit from some of skipper Rod Davis' input in the challenger semifinals starting Sunday.
December 14, 1986 |
Every evening when America's Cup challenger USA comes back to its berth, a $10,000 Hewlett-Packard Vectra computer is just starting its workday. Data gathered by electronic sensors on the radical, two-ruddered San Francisco boat are offloaded into the computer and Andy Dovell, USA's performance analyst, goes to work in the dark, crunching numbers to find out what makes USA go. "Right now I'm doing a two-day study on tacking," said Dovell, turning from his screen.
November 10, 1986 |
The New York Yacht Club's America II beat wild weather, San Francisco's USA and a blockade of angry lobstermen Sunday to set up a second-round showdown with New Zealand today in the America's Cup challenger trials. America II's only loss in 19 races has been to New Zealand, which has lost only to Dennis Conner. America II skipper John Kolius trounced Tom Blackaller on USA by 1:18 in sail-shredding, 26- to 30-knot winds that sent two South Australian crewmen overboard.
November 3, 1986 |
Tom Blackaller, sailing his radical USA 12-meter, upset longtime adversary Dennis Conner by 39 seconds as the second round of the America's Cup challenger trials got underway Sunday. In another race, Eagle's modifications seemed to have improved the Newport Beach boat's performance, but it wasn't enough to avert a 1:49 loss to co-leader America II. The second-round pairings for the 12 remaining challengers were rearranged because of the withdrawal of Courageous IV.