Official Halifax Race Committee Press Release

12:00 Noon, 07/15/99

Marblehead, MA, Thursday July 15, 1999 -- This biennial classic ocean race co-hosted by the Boston Yacht Club of Marblehead, Massachusetts and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron of Halifax, Nova Scotia, started off Marblehead Harbor on Sunday, July 11th, with clear blue skies and winds of 12 15 knots absolutely perfect conditions for racing sailors, with 112 boats entered in five different divisions. Winds moderated over the following 48 hours with most of the fleet making slow progress across the Gulf of Maine nearing Brazil Rock off the Southwest corner of Nova Scotia on Tuesday evening. A storm crossed through the area during Tuesday night with winds of 25 to 35 knots and 15 foot seas, causing some temporary concern among the racing sailors and a few broken parts on several boats but "no broken sailors". Moderate winds continued on Wednesday as the fleet began arriving in Halifax. Preliminary results include the following:

Division IV: -- Multihulls -- 8 boats

1st -- Triad, Newick 42 trimaran, Tom Cox, Gloucester, Massachusetts
2nd -- TMS, Farrier F-28R trimaran, Bert Kornyei, Wareham, Massachusetts
3rd -- Great American II, Irens 52 trimaran, Rich Wilson, Marblehead, Massachusetts

Division I:   International Measurement System (IMS) -- 21 boats

1st -- Froya, Custom 46 sloop, William Gunther, Guilford, Connecticut
2nd -- Appreciation, Baltic 50 sloop, Jeffrey Siegel, Newport, Rhode Island
3rd -- Harrier, S&S 47 sloop, Steve Munger, Newport, Rhode Island

Division II:   Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) Racing -- 74 boats

1st -- Dear Friend, CSY 50 sloop, Bill Kardash, Annapolis, Maryland
2nd -- Dreamer, J-40 sloop, Jim Flanagan, Marblehead, Massachusetts
3rd -- Incessant, Baltic 42 sloop, Paul Kaplan, Annapolis, Maryland

Division III:   PHRF Cruising (no spinnakers)-- 10 boats

1st -- Xapisma, Pearson 424 sloop, Robert Welsh, Jr., Waterford, Connecticut
2nd -- Wobegone Daze, Freedom 38 ketch, Blake Cady, Pocasset, Massachusetts
3rd -- Birds Nest, Catalina 42 sloop, Carl Cunningham, Boston, Massachusetts