Club Racer Winning on Water

Matt Whitaker is a member of the Houston Region SCCA who just recently started road racing. He nationally competes in SCCA in his SSB Miata. He also fields a two-car team of 99 Miata's in the Motorola Cup. Whitaker has successfully raced ...

Matt Whitaker is a member of the Houston Region SCCA who just recently started road racing. He nationally competes in SCCA in his SSB Miata. He also fields a two-car team of 99 Miata's in the Motorola Cup.

Whitaker has successfully raced boats for many years. His team won the last Admiral's Cup and they are heavy favorites for this year's event. Below is an E-press release about this year's progress.

July 11, 1999

US TEAM WINS TUNE-UP SERIES FOR CHAMPAGNE MUMM ADMIRAL'S CUP - Strong Performances By Idler, Blue Yankee Pride, and Ciao Baby

COWES, ISLE OF WIGHT, JULY 11, 1999--The United States team preparing to defend the Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup was on winning form this weekend as its boats finished first in two of three classes in the Berthon Source Lymington Regatta.

Most of the boats from the nine international teams contesting the Admiral's Cup raced in the event as a warm-up for the 13-day Cup series which starts next Wednesday, July 14.

George David's 50-foot Nelson/Marek sloop Idler from Hartford, CT, won the big boat class, as did Matt Whitaker's Mumm 36 Ciao Baby, from Houston, TX, racing in the small boat class. Bob Towse's Sydney 40 Blue Yankee Pride, from Stamford, CT, finished sixth in the middle-sized boat class after steadily improving all weekend.

Using Admiral's Cup scoring, the US team had 60 points, the European team was second with 81 points and the Italian team was third with 82 points, making the US a clear winner on the low-point scoring system.

This is the 22nd Admiral's Cup biennial regatta. The US is the defending nation, after winning in 1997. There are nine confirmed teams this year: Australia, Commwealth, Europe, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, United States. The trophy is awarded to the nation whose three-yacht team accumulates the lowest overall points total in the eight races, including two distance races, which make up the series.

The three-day Berthon regatta was sailed in light to moderate northeasterly breezes. In today's racing Idler finished first and second in two races while Ciao Baby was second and third in her class. Blue Yankee Pride, which has been working through a testing and research program, posted a third and a fourth in the newly-established Sydney 40 one-design class, her best performance since she arrived in Cowes.

The big unknown today was the radical French 50-footer Krazy K-Yote Two which sailed in company with the 50-foot fleet but which deliberately failed to provide a rating certificate and was thus not scored.

Krazy K-Yote Two has an unstayed mast, a carbon fiber I-Beam with fore and aft fairings that make it look like a narrow wing. The lack of shrouds (stays) is expected to provide advantages in weight and windage and the French boat might be the surprise performer of the regatta. However her two smaller team-mates Bloo and Blan both performed poorly in the Berthon regatta and cast doubt on French hopes of repeating its 1991 Cup victory.

The US Team for the Admiral's Cup is sponsored by Sea-Land Service, Inc. Henri-Lloyd is the team's preferred brand for sailing gear. Official suppliers include Range Rover, Sebago and American Airlines.

Regular updates about the regatta can be found on the RORC web site at http://mummadmiralscup.org or the US SAILING web site at http://ussailing.org

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Series General , SCCA
Drivers David George