Last week's column in both papers featured a photo of John Thomson's Farro 40 named Solution. The first world championship was scheduled to be a six-day regatta at South Miami Beach beginning Nov. 9. Nineteen teams representing Australia, England, Greece and the US were expected. Among the favorites to win was Solution.
This week's papers carry a photo of skipper Pedro Lorson with his sister Mimi Berry, as crew. Here is the story.
During the third week of September they sailed in the Snipe North Americans on Lake Carlyle in Carlyle, IL. There were 34 sailors from three different countries. Lorson/Berry sailed a relatively consistent sixth race (with one thrown-out) series in a variety of wind conditions ranging from two-knot to 20-knot breezes. the first two spots in the regatta were solidified before the last race. Third through eighth place was separated by less than five points. The Lorson/Berry team pulled out a second in the last race to finish third for the regatta. This qualified the team as one of three to represent the US in the Snipe Worlds in Santiago de la Ribera, Spain next September.
Frostbiting - First race of 1998-1999 season. Wind: Northwest 5-12 knots.
Fifteen teams Top skippers: 1. Doug Clark, 2. Steve Moore, 3. Chris Danilek.