News Briefs for October 9, 2006

The latest racing news

Dave Perry Wins U.S. Match Racing ChampionshipDave Perry won a final-day showdown to claim the U.S. Match Racing Championship in Fort Worth, Texas. Boat Club. In the final series, Perry's Pequot Yacht Club team faced off against defending champion Brian Angel (King Harbor Yacht Club). The best of five series went to 2-2, and in the deciding race, Perry came out ahead of Angel to take home the title. This victory marks Perry's second U.S. Match Racing Championship title. He won in 1982 while representing Yale Corinthian Yacht Club.For more about the U.S. Match Racing Championship, click here.Spaniard Steals Silver in St. TropezThe French classic yacht regatta, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, concluded on Saturday with first place awards going to So Fong (Classic Division) and Altair (Epoque Gaff Class). Bruno Entrecanales, owner of So Fong, an 85-foot Sparkman & Stephens schooner, attributed his victory to, "the great Spanish crew." Nearly 300 boats competed in the event.For complete regatta results, click here.Z-flag Penalty Stifles Horton's Starry HopesNew Zealand's Hamish Pepper won the Wells Fargo World Star Championship in San Francisco, Calif., topping a 66-boat fleet that included 20 past world champions and 10 Olympic medalists.The United States' Olympic hopeful Andy Horton, who led the regatta after three races, received a Z-flag penalty in Race 4 and ended up fourth overall.For complete results from the Star Worlds, click here.