S20 Champion Charlie Ogletree
in Little America's Cup
LITTLE AMERICA'S CUP
are confirmed challenges from four foreign teams three of whom hail
from the Adriatic resort of Rimini in northeastern Italy. Representing
Nautico Rimini will be Alberto Sonino with crew Edward Canepa, and
Saragoni with crew Teo Di Battista. Massimiliano Sirena, with crew Paolo
American teams have hopes of becoming the ultimate Defender at the
conclusion of the elimination series. John Lovell (New Orleans, La.)
crew Charlie Ogletree (Houston, Texas) representing Southern Yacht Club;
Lars Guck (Bristol, R.I.) with crew Jonathan Farrar (Miami, Fla.)
representing Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club; Mark Murray (Newport,
R.I./Pensacola, Fla.) and crew Charles Barmonde (Newport, R.I.)
representing Team 1/Sail Newport; and Barry Moore (Beverly, Mass.) with
crew Eric Anderson (Andover, Conn.) representing Sea Cliff Yacht Club. Last
sailed in 1996 when the U.S.A. was victorious over Australia, the
International Catamaran Challenge Trophy was donated in 1961 by the Sea
Cliff Yacht Club, located on the north shore of Long Island (N.Y.), to
promote catamaran match-racing between nations. Previously sailed in
Class catamarans, the revamped series will feature the F-18HT catamaran
the first time. New, fully equipped Bimare F-18HTs will be provided to
On September 28-30, the four foreign "challenger" teams and the four American "defender" teams will each sail an elimination round robin match-racing series. After a layday on Wednesday, October 1, the winners of the respective Defender and Challenger eliminations will compete head-to-head in a best four out of seven series for the Trophy on Thursday and Friday, October 2-3. - Media Pro Int'l
LITTLE AMERICA'S CUP
|NEWPORT, R.I. (October 2, 2003)
– While the temperatures dropped on Narragansett Bay, action on the
race course heated up as competition for the International Catamaran
Challenge Trophy (ICCT) resumed today after yesterday’s planned lay
day. The Challenger (Italy’s Daniele Saragoni and crew Teo Di
Battista, representing Club Nautico Rimini) and the Defender (John
Lovell of New Orleans, La., and crew Charlie Ogletree of Houston, Texas,
representing Southern Yacht Club) faced each other on a windward-leeward
course (three times around) for three matches in breeze upwards of 23
knots with temperatures hovering in the low 60s. It was “rugged
going,” according to ICCT Trustee John Dawson of Sea Cliff Yacht Club,
organizers of the event, “especially for those who went swimming.”
In race one Lovell and Ogletree were in the lead only to hook the windward mark, which allowed Saragoni and Di Battista to pass them and get on the scoreboard with the first win. In the second race, the Americans held the lead until the second downwind leg when, with the spinnaker out, they hit a wave and capsized, opening the door for the Italians to pass them on their way to the finish line.
In race three, Lovell and Ogletree capsized on the starting line and despite getting their cat back up quickly, the time elapsed was enough to give a half leg lead to the Italians who had sustained a pre-start penalty which they performed on the first leg. Showing plenty of determination, Lovell and Ogletree ran them down in the puffy and shifty conditions to win their first race of the day. The final two races of the day saw even starts with both boats jockeying upwind. The Americans were around each mark first, albeit with the Italians right on them. In both instances, Saragoni and Di Battista crossed the line only 10-15 seconds behind Lovell and Ogletree, who ended the day 3-2.
The winner of the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy will be determined tomorrow when the final two races are sailed in this best four-out-of-seven series between the Defender and Challenger.
|NEWPORT, R.I. (October 3, 2003) – The
sight of five 12-Metres sailing up Narragansett Bay would be impressive
any day of the week. Today, however, the 12s seemingly ushered in the
breeze that had kept competitors waiting under a postponement flag for
the concluding matches of the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy (ICCT).
For the first time since 1976, it would come down to the final match in
this best four-out-of-seven finals before the champagne was uncorked to
spray the winners and award "The Little America’s Cup" for
the 23rd time since the event was created in 1961.
Today’s action was again set off Goat Island providing a perfect view of the competition. In the first race, the Challengers (the Italian team of Daniele Saragoni and crew Teo Di Battista, representing Club Nautico Rimini) appeared to have control of the start as they took a slight lead off the line on the windward-leeward course. The Defender (John Lovell of New Orleans, La., and crew Charlie Ogletree of Houston, Texas, representing Southern Yacht Club) caught up by the first mark just as a 140’ motor yacht cruised onto the course requiring both cats to maneuver around the slow-moving vessel. By the end of two very tight laps around the course, the Italians were first to the finish line by 15 seconds over Lovell and Ogletree to tie the score at 3-3.
In race two, which would be sailed three times around the course, Lovell and Ogletree crossed the start line first and never looked back as they opened up a sizable lead on the Italians. Undaunted, Saragoni and Di Battista whittled down the distance and by the last leg had closed the minute and twenty gap to five seconds for a nail-biting finish close behind Lovell and Ogletree.
“I’m very excited by this win,” said Lovell after he had warmed up. “Saragoni definitely had an edge with the boat, as this is only my third time in an F-18HT, which is much narrower than a Tornado, making it harder to gybe downwind and less stable in general.” Comparing the differences between the F-18HTs used for the Little America’s Cup, and the Tornado that the two-time Olympians spend most of their time racing, Lovell also noted the difference in their teamwork required by match racing in catamarans. “The crew does most of the work, I mostly steer while Charlie drags me around the course. I learned a lot from this event”.