Australia's Calvert Jones keeps out of trouble to swing into the lead.
Accura SORC Farr 40s Enjoy Close Racing Australia's Calvert Jones keeps out of trouble to swing into the lead. When John Calvert-Jones came ashore, the grin on his face was broader than ever. He had the top score of the day and his Farr 40 Southern Star was the overall leader in the highly-competitive Farr 40 Class at the 60th anniversary regatta of the Acura Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC). The 64-year-old Australian who won the World Championship in June last year, gave an ample demonstration of how to tackle the difficult, close-quarter racing in the 29-boat Farr fleet. He kept his wind clear and steadfastly refused to be drawn into the day's close combat situations that resulted in 21 protest flags in the second of the day's races.
John Kilroy, the series leader after yesterday's two races took a second place in the first race of the day but was shut out at the first leeward mark in the second. Eighth at the first mark, he had nowhere to go at the traffic jam at the second mark. "We were shut out big time," said tactician John Kostecki. Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti was the 19th boat to finish that race and dropped to second place overall, six points behind the Australians
Racing was delayed for the 138 boats on the three courses off Miami Beach, as the race committee waited for the sea breeze to establish itself. Competition got under way in a 10 to 12-knot southerly that built to 12 to 16-knots by the second race in the afternoon.
The Farr 50 Esmeralda, campaigned by sailmaker Ken Read and owner Makoto Uematsu, dominated the seven-boat IMS Class for the second day, boosting their record to four bullets. "We've got a fast boat," said Read. "The boat is going great. We've made a couple of subtle changes to the boat, including a new mainsail, to scale it back for light conditions on the East Coast of the US. It is a pleasure to sail it. It makes us look smart."
In the 1D35 Class, Robert Hughes of Ada, MI, sailed his Heartbreaker, to a second and a first place, to lead the class overall after finishing second yesterday. Hughes, the 2000 Season Champion of the Class now leads by a commanding 11 points with two days of racing remaining.
In the Multihull Class, sailed on the Ocean Drive Magazine Circle, Robert Buzzelli, from Sarasota, FL, consistently sailed his custom 35-foot Wormwood-designed catamaran Merlin into two third places to take over the points lead from yesterday's leader Doug Harkrider. The latter, from Flowery Branch, GA, is campaigning his Corsair F31R Rocket Science.