Geronimo 1,500 Miles Ahead of Record

Kingfisher II is NW of the Canaries, slightly behind record

February 3, 2003

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Geronimo’s position at 3:00 GMT Monday was 50.20S, 83.12E and the crew had just nailed a 549-mile day, with an average speed of 22.9 knots. Geronimo is now approximately 1,500 miles ahead of record-holder Bruno Peyron’s pace of 64 days, but as the adage says, “there’s many a slip twixt cup and lip,” especially in the high latitudes where Geronimo is sailing. “The seas in this part of the Southern Ocean are fearsome and any hope of rescue is just a fantasy,” said de Kersauson in a recent e-mail. “This is a place of total isolation: an immense desert of savage waves of biblical proportions.”



With a full main and gennaker up, and squalls sending the windspeed from 5 knots to 25, the crew of Ellen MacArthur’s Kingfisher II are staying busy Monday. As of 1700 GMT, the giant catamaran was at 24 02N, 25 55S, or 509 miles northwest of the Canary Islands, and 9h:25m behind the record it set last year as Orange. “When you are only sailing at 10 knots, you know you are losing 7 miles an hour, that’s 70 miles in 10 hours,” wrote a frustrated MacArthur in an e-mail from the boat today. “It’s very hard to deal with.”



In cooperation with Volvo and SEB, the Royal Swedish YC will be running an event for Volvo 60s from June 21 through July 5, 2003. The Volvo Baltic Race, as the series has been dubbed, has been designed for maximum exposure and the 60s entered in it will either be taking part in, or be in port at the same time, as three of Northern Europe’s biggest events: Kiel Week, Germany, The Swedish Match Cup in Marstrand, Sweden, and the Gotland Runt. The 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race will most likely not be sailed in Volvo 60s. Full details of the next race will be unveiled in Auckland on February 10.

DISABLED SAILORS SET TO RACE IN SAN DIEGO NOOD **Sailing World Magazine’s National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in San Diego, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club, March 14-16, 2003, will for the first time feature the Martin 16 one-design sailboat, with many of the racers being sailors with disabilities. “This is truly a forward move by the NOOD organizing committee to advance the sport of sailing by including competitive sailors with disabilities,” said Urban Miyares, blinded Vietnam veteran and member of the AIMS/Challenged America Racing Team. “It’s the first time that I know of where sailors with disabilities have been part of a traditional, able-bodied regatta. An indication of how sailing has grown to become an all-inclusive sport for everyone and anyone, especially here in San Diego.” Urban Miyares and his race team members are sponsored by AIMS/Challenged America. Founded in 1990 by disabled Vietnam veterans desiring to further their own rehabilitation, this free learn-to-sail and race program is sponsored by the American Institute of Marine Studies (AIMS) and the Disabled Businesspersons Association “Challenged America” program, at San Diego State University – Interwork Institute.For additional information on NOOD Regattas, see, for the AIMS/Challenged America program, visit .



The Olympic Class Regatta ended Saturday, but not before a few upsets. Paul Foerster (and Kevin Burnham both Olympic medalists, won both races Sunday to win the class overall, beating Steve Hunt and Michael Miller, who had led the class from Day 1, by 1 point. “We forced them to the wrong side in the first race,” said Foerster. “In the second race, we were pretty even until they fell into a no-wind zone on the first downwind leg.”In the Laser class Mark Mendelblatt outsailed defending champion Paul Goodison, of England. Mendelblatt was 2 points behind Goodison going into the final day of racing but finished 6-1 to Goodison’s, the sixth posted after clawing back after rounding the first mark in 30th. “In the second race, Goodison was leading and I was second at the top mark, but I passed him on the second beat. I knew he’d have to be off the pace in one or both races for me get ahead,” said Mendelblatt. “I was just fortunate to have the comeback I did.” Mendelblatt was deemed the best U.S. sailor at this event and received the newly-created “Golden Torch” award. The award is an Olympic Torch from the boycotted 1980 Olympics presented by the Russian Olympic Committee to the chairman of US SAILING’s Olympic Sailing Committee.In the Star class Peter Bromby and Lee White, of Bermuda, who had ruled the class until slipping down the leaderboard on Saturday, came back and scored a 2-11 to re-take the top slot from American sailors Andy Lovell and Eric Oetgen.In the Europe dinghies, Lenka Smidova of Czechoslovakia and Meg Gaillard of Jamestown, R.I. battled it out, swapping firsts and seconds during the first half of the event. In the end, however, Smidova triumphed, winning the final six races.For complete results, see:


Pre-trials for a few of the classes will be held in southern Florida this week. Winners go to the pre-Olympic regatta in Athens.Europe and Finn: Fort Lauderdale Yacht Club49er and Yngling: Key Biscayne Yacht ClubTornado: Miami Yacht Club



In an Article posted yesterday on, Paul Cayard picked Alinghi as the winner of the America’s Cup, saying the top four syndicates in the competition bought the best 500 people in the cup business. “What it boils down to after that is leadership,” Cayard said. “Coutts has it, and you could see it from the get-go. You knew that if Coutts’ boat was gonna be even just a B’ boat, he was going to be very hard to get rid of. But the big surprise was that Coutts and Rolf Vrolijk, the designer, and Grant Simmer, the co-ordinator, came up with anA’ boat. That just ruined it for everybody. Now you have the best team with the best leader with maybe the best boat. Now you’re totally screwed.”

MILLENIUM CUP**Fifty sailing and motor yachts have confirmed their entry for the second running of the Millenium Cup regatta, inaugurated three years ago on the eve of the 2000 America’s Cup.Competition will open on Feb. 10, with two days of racing on short courses on the Hauraki Gulf. On the 12th, there will be a 30-nautical mile passage race to Kawau Island where the fleet will anchor for the night for an owner’s banquet. The final race, on Feb. 13, will be back to the Hauraki Gulf, where the America’s Cup will begin 2 days later.Cup notables, including Dennis Conner, Paul Cayard, Francesco de Angelis, Ian Walker, Gavin Brady, Robbie Naismith, Richard Dodson, Kevin Shoebridge, Bruce Farr, and Tom Whidden will be aboard some of the entrants, which include Canon Leopard, Alfa Romeo, and the ACC boat NZL-20, shipped from its homeport of San Francisco for the event. Grand Prix Sailor and Grand Prix Sailor–America’s Cup Edition are weekly newsletters compiled by the editors of Sailing World magazine. If you’d like to subscribe, see Contributing Editors: Tony Bessinger ([email protected]), Dave Reed (dave.[email protected]), Stuart Streuli ([email protected]), John Burnham ([email protected])


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