Monday Morning Report for Week of 1 August

Cayard to skipper in Volvo Race, Marblehead NOOD, Swan American Regatta, and Snipe Worlds.

Cayard Skippering Disney Boat in Volvo Race (August 2, 2005) -- Paul Cayard is set to return to one of the toughest and most gruelling competition's in sailing, the Volvo Ocean Race. He will be skippering The Black Pearl, Pirates of the Carribbean, Dead Man's Chest. It's the Volvo Ocean Race, the round-the-world race which he won as the first US skipper in history in 1997-8. "It was the most exciting race of my life, one that has left an indelible mark on my professional career and provided me with the most on a human level. That's why I decided to do it again", says Cayard, on the verge of a great sea and shore adventure. The entry is part of a unique marketing alliance between The Walt Disney Company and Volvo Ocean Race supporting the July 2006 feature film release of Walt Disney Pictures'/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. "Disney's involvement in the project has been another determining factor," Cayard said. "It's an enormous opportunity to introduce the general public to sailing and to the Volvo Ocean Race. I simply couldn't say 'no' to a proposal of this scope." The 2005-6 Volvo Ocean Race will be novel and exciting. Vigo (Spain) is the starting point from which the seven boats racing will take off on November 12th, followed by stops in Cape Town (South Africa), Melbourne (Australia), Wellington (New Zealand), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Baltimore/Annapolis (US), New York (US), Portsmouth (UK), Rotterdam(The Netherlands) and Goteborg (Sweden). The arrival is scheduled for June 16th 2006, after a race of approximately 31,000 nautical miles. A warm-up will be held at Sanxenxo (Spain) on November 5th, where an in-port race of approximately 35 n.m. will take place just off-shore, representing another new element of the race; additional in-port races will take place in Cape Town, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro and Annapolis. The Black Pearl, the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest boat, is currently under construction by Farr Design at Green Marine (UK). The launch of the boat is scheduled for the end of August. 2005 Marblehead NOOD MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (July 31, 2005) - Bill Lynn won the overall prize at the 2005 Lands' End NOOD Regatta at Marblehead Race Week, winning the Sonar class. He takes home the Norman Cressy Trophy for winning the largest fleet at Marblehead Race Week and the Sunsail Overall Champion prize: a week's stay in a villa at Sunsail's Club Colonna in Antigua. The J/24 class is always one of the most competitive at the Marblehead NOOD and this year it boiled down to a two-boat battle between a pair of out-of-town teams, Brian Bissell's crew on Preppy J and Will Welles' team on USA 3145. Preppy J went on to win on the final day. For more, visit 2005 Hobie 16 North Americans VENTURA, Calif. (July 31, 2005) -- The husband and wife team of Enrique and Carla Figueroa were the winners of the Hobie 16 NAs. Coming in second were Juan Maegli and Cristina Guirola. Last year's winners, Armando Noriega and Rodrigo Achach placed third. The top American finishers were Bob Merrick and Liza Cleveland, who placed eighth. The top 17 finishers earned a place in the 2005 Hobie 16 Worlds, to be held in South Africa. For more, visit Snipe Worlds GAMAGORI, Japan (July 30, 2005) -- Augie Diaz repeated his title as Snipe World Champion, this time with crew Pam Kelly. Augie finished 19th in the final race held in 6 to 8 knots on Saturday, with a 9-point lead over second place finisher Matsuzaki of Japan. Pablo Defazio of Uruguay rounded out the top 3. This is the second time in its 75-year history that a woman has won the world title. Bob and Betty White of Newport Beach, Calif., last won in 1945. Final results: 1 - Diaz/Kelly-USA 41 pts 2 - Matsuzaki-JPN 50pts 3 - Defazio-URU 56pts 4 - Tabares - ESP 59pts 5 - Sugiyama - JPN 67pts 420 Worlds BREST, France (July 31, 2005) -- British sailors hold the top spots in the Open and Ladies fleets at the 2005 420 Worlds. Matt Burges and Chris Evans lead the fleet in the Open Championship qualifiers, and Jo Brigg and Mary Rook lead the women. Megan Magill and Briana Provancha are the top American women, in 11th place. Becca Dellenbaugh and Keisha Pearson are 20th; Adrienne Patterson and Marla Menninger are 32nd. Top Americans in the Open fleet are Adam Roberts and Nick Martin in 12th, Evan Aras and Graham Todd in 54th, and Justin Law and Morgan Gutenkunst in 55th. More information at Opti Nationals NORFOLK, Va. (July 31, 2005) -- Matt Wefer from New York won the United States Optimist National Championships. Lauren Turner, also from New York, was the top girl in sixth. Sam Hopkins from Gulfport YC won the green fleet National Championship. 1. Matthew Wefer 18 2. Hermann Tomasgaard 24 3. Max Lopez 35 4. Matias Rengifo 35 5. George Kutschenreuter 43 2005 Optimist Worlds ENAGEN, Switz. (July 31, 2005) -- The winds which had produced three superb days of racing so far provided a frustrating day for the start of the Team Racing Championship. The light and fickle wind may have contributed to some startling upsets. New Zealand beat reigning champions Poland and both the 14th and 15th seeds overcame more favored opponents. The team racing will continue tomorrow, the scheduled reserve day. Individual racing is suspended in favor of the IODA World Team Racing Championship, but the current leaders are: 1. Tina Lutz 2. Matthew Scott 3. Jiana Wu 4. Sean Bouchard 5. Jorge Martinez Doreste 2005 Rolex Swan American Regatta. NEWPORT, R.I., (July 29, 2005) -- The Rolex Swan American Regatta concluded Friday after a week of racing. Thirty-nine Swan yachts competed in the biennial regatta, which began July 25th. In Class A, Frank Savage and his Swan 56 Lolita had been bullish about repeating his success at this regatta four years ago, but he struggled while the new Swan 601 design Moneypenny, owned by Jim Swartz, sailed to a comfortable victory winning every race but 3. There was a very close three-way battle for second place in Class A, with Filip Balcaen (BEL) and his Swan 56 Aqua Equinox doing just enough to edge out Lolita. Lolita finished in third tied on points with the Swan 68 Chippewa, owned by Clay Deutsch. Victory in Class B remained in the balance until the final race, with Swan 44s Vixen and Crescendo dueling to the very end. Crescendo won on the last race. Joe Huber dominated the non-spinnaker division, Class D, from start to finish. His Swan 44 Reef Points scored seven first places and discarded a fourth to win by 19 points over second-place Roland Bathory and his Swan 53 Amanda. Class A 1. Moneypenny, Swan 601, Jim Swartz, Edgartown, Mass., 11 points 2. Aqua Equinox, Filip Balcaen, BEL, 19 3. Lolita, Frank Savage, Stamford, Conn., 20 Class B 1. Crescendo, Swan 44, Leon Christianakis/ Martin Jacobson, Greenwich, Conn., 10 points 2. Vixen, Swan 44, John Wayt, Jamestown, R.I., 11 3. Xenophon, Jeffrey Rabuffo, Middletown, R.I., 20 Class C - Swan 45 One-Design 1. Goombay Smash, William Douglass, Stamford, Conn., 22 points 2. Bellicosa, Massimo Ferragamo, New York, N.Y., 27 3. Plenty, Alexander Roepers, New York, N.Y., 33 Class D- (non-spinnaker) 1. Reef Points, Swan 44, Joseph Huber, Wynnewood, Pa., 7 points 2. Amanda, Swan 53, Roland Bathory, Weston, Mass., 26 3. Clover III, Neal Finnegan, Cohassett, Mass., 29.5 ICSA Team wins British-America Trophy Match WEST KIRBY, England (July 27, 2005) -- The ICSA Team claimed a hard-earned victory on the marine lake at West Kirby Thursday afternoon. The British-America Trophy was a co-helm, 3-on-3 team race sailed in Fireflys. Conditions for the match were 18 to 22 knots so the race committee decided to use the small, cut-down mains. After a see-saw battle that saw both sides trade wins the US team clinched the best-of-nine series on the last beat of the ninth race. The USA 'East' side (Ben Gent, Jeff Bonanni, Charlie Enright) dominated their rival helms 3-1, while the USA 'West' side ( Andrew Campbell, Harrison Turner, Justin Law) recovered from some starting problems their first three matches to win their last two, including the deciding ninth race. Only one other trophy match has been contested thus far in the tour - the Lord King Trophy. This was a 2-on-2 match held in Sonars at Cowes, Isle of Wight, July 6. The ICSA team lost this match 4-1 in a series that was much closer than the final scoreline would indicate. All the matches were decided on the last beat of the 'box' course. In addition to the unfamiliar format and boats , the US team had to overcome some surprising calls from the umpire team. Two races were changed from US victories by calls right at the finish line. In the end, the US Team had 6 red flags against while the British Team had none. The ICSA Team for this event was Charlie Enright/ Justin Law/ Jeff Bonanni ( helm/ middle /bow); Andrew Campbell/ Harrison Turner/ Ben Gent). The next event will be a singlehanded 3 on 3 team race sailed in Lasers at Oxford. The ICSA- BUSA Tour is a biannual exchange between the US and British College Sailing. -Bill Ward