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19 November 2001, 12:06 pm
Barking Mad Leads
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Lewmar Cup
Florida

Going into day 3, Farr 40 Barking Mad, skippered by Jim Richardson, held a convincing lead in the Farr 40 fleet.
With a full 10 points in hand over second place Nerone (Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori) all Richardson had to do was sail conservatively and keep his nose clean, and he would have the regatta won. Despite perfect crew work and judicious helming, Nerone was not able to break Barking Mad's grip on the top spot and by the end of the 7th race Richardson had the regatta all but locked up. He nearly underestimated the persistence of the Italian team who went on to win the final race while Barking Mad languished in 8th. The efforts of co-owners Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori were laudable, but late, and Nerone took second place overall. Third went to the consistently sailed Viraga (Stuart Townsend) with Samba Pa Ti (John Kilroy) finally finding their stride towards the end of the regatta ending up 4th.

The Mumm 30 fleet had no clear dominant leader, but with Steadfast's disqualification in race 6 after a protest hearing, Paydirt (Kent Plunkett) started the final day's racing with a decent 3 point lead over Off the Gauge (Jack Leforte). Paydirt finished the final race a disappointing 8th. Off the Gauge, on the other hand, had the wind gods on their side and slipped across the line in 3rd giving both boats an equal number of points for the series. Unfortunately for Paydirt, Off the Gauge had more first place finishes for the regatta and the overall top spot went to them. The real story of the week, however, was Steadfast. Their consistent performance throughout the 8 races should have been enough for an overall win, but a disqualification after a protest hearing for race 5 foiled their chances, and they had to settle for 3rd overall.
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