Sailors in western Long Island Sound were introduced to the brand-spanking new Swan 45 _ Rush_ during the American YC Spring Series held over the weekends of April 26-7, and May, 4-5. _ Rush_ is owned by Tom Stark of New Jersey. Stark, who successfully campaigned a Corel 45 by the same name before taking delivery of the Swan, was aided by tactician Andy Horton and topped the IMS class by four points over closest competitor, Idler, a Nelson-Marek 50 owned by George David of Connecticut. Also sailing in IMS A, scoring one win apiece, and finishing third and fourth, respectively, were two Farr 49s, Larry Bulman’s Javelin, and Doug Croker’s Canvasback, visiting from their home bases in Annapolis as part of the newly-formed U.S. IMS 50 circuit.
Helping to prove that IMS isn’t anywhere near dead yet, at least on the East Coast, was the 9-boat IMS 40 fleet, which enjoyed some very close racing. Tops in the class after the two weekends was Sirena, a Tripp 43 owned by Steve Loeb, who held off a strong challenge from Montana, Bill Felton’s Tripp 41. In third place was More War Stories, Bob Bayer’s Tripp ILC 40. For full results, see http://www.americanyc.org
Those of you who live near Monte Carlo will be treated to quite a regatta over the weekend of May 13-14 as top America’s Cup and match-racing sailors from around the globe converge to take part in the Laureus Regatta. Created in 2000, the Laureus World Sports Awards pay homage to the annual achievements of the largest names in the sporting world.
Alongside the two other sporting events proposed for this occasion (the Laureus Golf Challenge and the Laureus Tennis Trophy), the Laureus Regatta is organised into the form of match-racing, under the guide of I.S.A.F. (International Sailing Federation) and with the collaboration of the Yacht Club de Monaco.
This years match-racing event, held in Swans of various sizes, will be held in tribute to Sir Peter Blake, who was shot and killed by bandits while on his exploration vessel in the Amazon River last year.
Skippers will race in different yachts in Nautor Swan’s lineup, leading up to a final that will see the top two racing the in Swan 80s. Last year’s winner was San Diego’s J.J. Isler, who triumphed over Britain’s gold medal winner Ben Ainslie. They’ll both be back this year as will, Tommaso Chieffi, who is currently with Larry Ellison’s Oracle Challenge, fellow Italian Francesco Bruni, a member of the Prada Challenge, Dawn Riley and Thierry Peponnet from the French K-Challenge team, and GBR skipper Ian Walker. The winner will receive a new Mercedes-Benz CLK 240.
The Worrell 1000 is underway with considerably less carnage than last year, at least so far. Light breezes were the hallmark of the first leg, from Miami Beach to Ft. Lauderdale. Last year’s overall winners, Brian Lambert, and Jamie Livingston, sailing the Inter 20 cat _ Alexander’s on the Bay_ were off to a good, albeit slow, start in Leg 1, beating second place boat, Tybee Island, sailed by Steve Lohmayer and Kenny Pierce, by only 15 seconds. Leg 2, from Ft. Lauderdale to Jensen Beach, was won by Lohmayer and Pierce by a wider margin and so they lead by just under three minutes going into today’s leg.
Nineteen teams are entered in this years Worrell 100, which takes sailors from Miami Beach, Fla., to Virginia Beach, Va. over a period of 13 days. Last years race saw a large part of the fleet devastated by high winds and a wicked beach break as they attempted to leave Jensen Beach, Fla. Todays leg will take the beach cats from Jensen Beach to Cocoa Beach, Fla., a distance of 79 miles. http://www.worrell1000.com/