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27 September 2002, 03:00 pm
Grey Skies Greet Sailors On The Second Day Of The Mumm 30 World Championship
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© Walter Cooper

Mumm 30 World Championship
Annapolis, Maryland

Competitors in the Champagne Mumm 2002 Mumm 30 One Design World Championship awoke to rain and clouds on the second day of racing in the regatta hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club, Farr International and the Mumm 30 Class Association.
Spirits were not dampened, however, as plenty of wind accompanied the weather change and the mood on the dock before departure was optimistic.

The race course was set nearer the western side of the Chesapeake Bay off the mouth of the Severn River, which provided for a different set of tide and current conditions than experienced by the racers on day one. Rain, choppy waters and northeast breeze of 10 - 15 knots gave the sailors what they were looking for in terms of challenging conditions for the three windward-leeward races with One and a quarter mile legs.

With an ebbing tide and boats overcompensating for the conditions, the first race of the day saw the Annapolis Yacht Club Race Committee issue a general recall with the majority of the fleet crowded at the favoured boat end of the line. For the second start of the fourth race of the regatta, still there were boats looking to maximize their position, and although most of the fleet started cleanly, several boats were called over early at the start line and had to turn back and restart. Heading upwind for the Champagne Mumm mark, most of the fleet went on the favourable left side of the course towards the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Jack LeFort's Off the Gauge suffered a broken headstay and retired from racing for the regatta. Tom Ritter's Tramp, from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, was first to round the mark and maintained their lead throughout the race with Fred Sherratt's Steadfast (CAN), Chicago's Illusion, Bold2 driven by Nelson Stephenson, Mumm 30 Class President, and Richard Perini's Foreign Affair (AUS) following close behind and finishing second through fifth, in that order. The pressure increased markedly at the finish with Lindsay Clarkson's Dirtballs from New Jersey almost broaching at the finish and having to avoid releasing the spinnaker halyard in order not to hit the finish mark with their spinnaker.

Prior to the start of the second race of the day, fifth of the series, the wind moderated and a few boats chose to change to larger headsails. Despite the general recall of the day's first race, still several boats crossed over the start line before the gun and had to go back while the rest of the fleet was off cleanly. The pressure increased prior to the first windward mark and significant carnage was evident at the offset mark set by the race committee after the first rounding. In a port-starboard and windward-leeward situation, Philippe Kahn's Pegasus (USA) sustained considerable damage to the forward quarter of the starboard side near the chain plates, in addition to a broken spinnaker pole and a trashed masthead wand. The boat withdrew from the day's racing and headed into port for repairs. Unicredito Italiano (ITA) fixed several holes in their bow with sail repair tape and managed to stay on the course for the following races. Steadfast, Foreign Affair, 2001 World Champion Alina (ITA) and USA 65, helmed by Oxford, Maryland's David Pyles led Michigan's Asylum, campaigned by the Wynsma/Petty syndicate, across the finish line for the top five honours in the fifth race.

The sixth and final race of the day featured even more blowing rain and reduced visibility. The sky, the water, and the sails all blended into a misty-grey fog. Those boats fortunate enough to pay attention to shift in the swing of the anchored Port of Baltimore-bound cargo ships realized that the previously favored left side of the course had changed and that now the right side held gains for those utilizing the changing tides and breeze. Nelson Stephenson's Bold2 started in a clear lane and managed to get up and over other boats on the course, finishing first ahead of Steadfast, Phil Factor's Furry Creature from Illinois, Alina, and John Podmajersky's Illusion, also from Illinois, with former Etchells' World Champion Judd Smith onboard.

After the racing, Scott Collinson, boat captain for Fred Sherratt's Steadfast, said, "It was important that we were patient for opportunities -the perfect start was hard to come by - but we tried to be patient and look for clear lanes. We knew that later in the day there would be attrition in the fleet and we just concentrated on going fast through the waves." Sherratt also added "With the changing current and tides, going fast to weather was critical in the lumpy conditions." Winner of race six, Nelson Stephenson said, "Our downwind tactics and sailing was key with our crew work really outstanding - not enough credit goes to the crew in racing. We just had tremendous boat speed."

Top 10 Overall (After 6 Races)
Position Boat Skipper Nation Race1 Race2 Race3 Race4 Race5 Race6 Total
1 PRINTEL WIND Paolo Cristofori ITALY 1 1 2 8 8 9 29
2 ALINA Guiseppe Abba ITALY 10 2 4 7 3 4 30
3 STEADFAST Fred Sherratt CANADA 2 4 20 2 1 2 31
4 ILLUSION John Podmajersky USA 9 6 10 3 16 5 49
5 FOREIGN AFFAIR Richard Perini AUSTRALIA 5 24 5 5 2 13 54
6 TURBO DUCK Bodo/Nick vd Wense USA 13 9 1 10 21 6 60
7 FUZZY LOGIC Thomas Papanek USA 6 5 7 18 14 19 69
8 TRAMP Tom Ritter USA 12 27/20% 16 1 10 8 74
9 ENIGMA Stewart Lewis AUSTRALIA 17 7 11 15 9 15 74
10 PAYDIRT Kent Plunkett USA 11 25 6 9 7 17/20% 75

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