Monday Morning Digest

207 Entries for Bermuda Race, a Con Cup preview, and other stuff you need to know

The 2002 edition of the US SAILING Appeals and ISAF Cases 2001-2004 is now available. Member price for the book is $20. Nonmembers may purchase it for $40.

All appeals have been reviewed and conformed to the current racing rules. The book includes a list of the deleted appeals since 1997, with an explanation of why each was deleted.

Future changes in the book, including new appeals and notices of deletions, will appear on the US SAILING website,


The Congressional Cup, now a part of the Swedish Match Tour Championship begins today at Long Beach YC, Long Beach, Calif. The total purse is $25,000.

Peter Holmberg, who is currently the top-ranked match racing sailor in the world, will again be racing against some of the best in the game, many of whom are using the Swedish Match Tour as a tune-up for this fall’s Louis Vuitton Cup.

Entrants for the 2002 Congressional Cup:


Peter Holmberg, USVI, sailing for Oracle Challenge and ranked 1st. Won Congressional Cup in 1998, 1999, and 2001.

Rod Davis, Italy, sailing with Prada, ranked 23rd. 4-time winner Con Cup winner.

Luc Pillot, France, sailing with Le Défi, ranked 7th.


Jes Gram-Hansen, Denmark, sailing with Victory Challenge, ranked 3rd.

Ken Read, USA, sailing with Stars & Stripes, ranked 38th.

Dean Barker, New Zealand, sailing with Team New Zealand, ranked 18th.


Gavin Brady, Italy, sailing with Prada Challenge, ranked 31st.

Andy Green, Great Britain, sailing with GBR Challenge, ranked 31st.

Ed Baird, USA, sailing for St. Petersburg YC, ranked 19th.

Scott Dickson, USA, sailing as Long Beach YC representative, not ranked.

Grundig, the heavily modified Open 60 owned by Australian Sean Langman may not have set any course records this year but has set records of a different type. On March 26, in a slow Sydney to Mooloolaba race, Grundig took line honors and the overall IRC handicap trophy. On March 30, Grundig and crew sailed the Brisbane-Gladstone race in 30h:36m:6s, not fast enough to match her record-setting pace of 21h:44m:39s in 2001, but fast enough to again claim line honors and a corrected time win in class. See the complete story in an article by Ian Grant on

Detroit NOOD regatta information is now available for download. Go to You’ll find the Notice of Race, sailing Instructions and a list of class coordinators should you have any questions.

The Sailing World Detroit NOOD regatta will be held at Bayview YC in Detroit May 31 through June 2.

There are now 207 boats registered for the Newport Bermuda Race. 146 IMS Cruiser/Racers, 15 IMS Racing, 33 Americap Cruising, 3 Americap Classic, and 10 Doublehanded Spinnaker.

The IMS Racing class is sporting everything from Cotton Picker, a Schock 35 to Hasso Platner’s maxi Morning Glory. Thanks to a recent rule change that allows faster-rating boats than in previous years, the maxis will be gunning for Boomerang‘s race record of 57h:31m:30s. _ Boomerang_ won’t take the challenge lying down, she’s currently being optimized for the rule change at New England Boatworks. East Coast sailors will also be introduced to a West Coast phenomenon, the latest-generation sled. Roy Disney’s 75-foot Pyewacket, which dueled with rival Pegasus all the way to the finish line at last year’s TransPac.

Racers sailing in the Bermuda Race (called the Newport race by Bermudians) may also be treated to a sight not many see, Open Class 50s and 60s whizzing by them on the open ocean. It may be too hard for some of the entrants in the Around Alone, scheduled for a ceremonial start in Newport on September 14th, to sit and watch as the fleet leaves in mid-June for the 635-mile thrash to Bermuda. Stay tuned for further developments.

Nick Moloney and the crew of Orange are headed for Cape Horn and a return to the Atlantic Ocean. He files daily reports to his website.

“Yesterday brought upwind conditions. Throughout the day the strength built into the 20s and 30s by night fall. As crewmate Herve Jan said: ’I cant believe we are hard on the wind in the bloody 50s’ Throughout the evening and into this morning the wind direrction has moved through the North into the NW and conditions swung from wet to wetter. Wetter but faster and are currently doing 25+ towards Cape Horn. News from my sister, Mum’s a bit stressed.

“Sky is gray, horizon is only a few miles away due to mist and waves. Our world is pretty small, but active, as horizontal hurricanes are streaming off our bows again.

“Last night a few lads were moving the jib lead and through the illumination of their red shaded headlamps, I could see that we were travelling along as a ball of liquid smoke. There was thin spray continually fizzing through the tramp. Heard a dodgy sound last night as we were crashing along but after inspection, found nothing.

“Am awaiting next weather grib to see what lies ahead for the next few days. Not too stressed about the wet as progress is great. We are all hoping that the wind holds. Under 2,700 miles to the corner now. Then we turn (left) and just get warmer every day.

“Have been stuffing my wet thermals in the bottom of my sleeping bag to dry them with my body heat as I sleep. Emptied it out today and found one stray sock and a toasty warm hat…..what a bonus!”