Portugal slides ahead

Points tie for Percy and Simpson at the head of the Star's Bacardi Cup results after blustery final day

Saturday March 8th 2008, Author: Lynn Fitzpatrick, Location: United States
Speed, Black Flags, High Winds and Protests add up to Excitement during the final day of the Star class' Bacardi Cup.

No sooner had 30-year veteran French coach, Daniel Dahon, finished saying that he had never seen such a commanding lead in a Star race as Robert Scheidt’s and Bruno Prada’s (BRA) performance in the first race of the final day of the 81st Annual Bacardi Cup than he sounded an “Incroyable”. The 2007 World Champions finished the heavy air race over two minutes ahead of the second place boat. Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau (FRA) had pulled from fifth place at the first weather mark to second down the final run of the triangle, windward, leeward course in which the breeze peaked at about 20 knots from the SSE. Rohart/Rambeau did not cross the finish line, but rather, went to the left hand side of the line by mistake. By the time they recovered, Hans Spitzhauer and Christian Nehammer (AUT), Afonso Domingos and Bernardo Santos (POR), Mark Reynolds and Jamie Gael (USA), John Dane and Austin Sperry (USA) and Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) had screeched across the finish line.

The fleet set out for a 10:00 am start in a brisk sea breeze. Even before they went into the starting sequence, a rig was toppled; many more came down throughout the day. Determined to run two races, the committee hoisted the black flag for the first start of both races. Scheidt/Prada were just inside Italy’s leading Olympic candidates, Francesco Bruni and Gilberto Nobili at the weather mark with Spitzhauer/Nehammer trailing by a couple of boat lengths, but Bruni/Nobili’s cover disappeared as they sailed off the course because they were black flagged. Scheidt/ Prada extended their lead on every leg while their followers tried to pass one another. Scheidt/Prada’s straight line speed upwind, boat handling, including their gybes, were masterful.

After a rain cloud went by and the boats that had been lapped by the leaders finished, the fifth and final race was started. Competitors could throw out some deep scores once the fifth race was sailed. The leaderboard looked like many of the past season’s Grade 1 regattas, this time with Percy/Simpson at the top with only 10 points. Scheidt/Prada had pulled into second with their victory in the first race of the day. Domingos/Santos and Spitzhauer/Nehammer had 18 points apiece.

With Percy/Simpson rounding the weather mark just barely in the top ten, it looked as if it was up to them to pass some boats in order to win the regatta. However, it was Scheidt/Prada’s turn to peel away from the fleet before they got to the offset mark, because they black flagged the final race of the series. Robert Stanjek and Markus Koy claimed the lead and extended it to over 20 seconds by the time that the gun sounded for them. Former world champion, Alan Adler and Ronald Seifert (BRA) were second and Afonso Domingos and Bernardo Santos were third with Rohart/Rambeau, Pepper/Williams, Dane/Sperry, Bruni/Nobili, Kusnierewicz/Zycki and Negri/Viale beating out Percy/Simpson.

The boats returned to the dock, the regatta winner remained a mystery pending protests. When the scores were posted, Percy/Simpson found themselves in a tie with Domingos/Santos with 20 points apiece. Domingos/Santos, having beaten the Brits in the final race, won their second Bacardi Cup Regatta. There seems to be an Olympic quadrennium trend with the Portuguese. John Dane III and Austin Sperry, the 2006 Bacardi Cup winners, moved up to third with their stellar 3, 5 performance on the final day. Diego Negri and Luigi Viale (ITA) cemented their bid to represent their country at the Olympics this summer. Peter O’Leary and Stephen Milne (IRL), the youngest team at the regatta placed an impressive ninth, just 10 points out of fourth place for the regatta.

Results:

Pos Sail no Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Tot
1 POR 8309   Domingos Afonso   Santos Bernardo   12 9 7 2 2 20
2 GBR 8345   Percy Iain   Simpson Andrew   3 14 3 5 9 20
3 USA 8230   DANE John   Sperry Austin   20 39 2 3 5 30
4 POL 8209   Kusznierewicz Mateusz   Zycki Dominik   11 8 45 6 7 32
5 AUT 8226   Spitzauer Hans   Nehammer Christian   5 55 10 4 14 33
6 BRA 8255   SCHEIDT ROBERT   PRADA BRUNO   4 12 21 1 119.0 [BFD]  38
7 ITA 8313   Barovier Alberto   Colaninno Nando   23 4 9 18 10 41
8 ITA 8266   Negri Diego   Viale Luigi   16 7 12 14 8 41
9 IRL 8261   O'Leary Peter   Milne Stephen   14 15 1 39 12 42
10 USA 8285   Diaz Augie   Trinter Phil   9 3 29 10 20 42
11 ITA 8281   Modena Luca   Lambertenghi Sergio   18 2 37 11 16 47
12 USA 8320   Reynolds Mark   Gale Jamie   10 16 76 7 15 48
13 USA 8312   Merriman Rick   Sharp Brian   17 47 11 9 11 48
14 BRA 8284   GRAEL LARS   JORDÁO MARCELO   7 1 16 28 26 50
15 FRA 8107   Rohart Xavier   Rambeau Pascal   119.0 [BFD]  26 14 8 3 51
16 NZL 8187   PEPPER Hamish   Peel Ed   19 13 18 16 4 51
17 CRO 8339   Lovrovic Jr Marin   Mikulicic Sinsa   119.0 [BFD]  10 6 24 13 53
18 ITA 8180   Bruni Francesco   NOBILI Gilberto   22 5 24 119.0 [BFD]  6 57
19 SUI 8296   Marazzi Flavio   De Maria Enrico   15 21 5 22 38 63
20 BER 8272   Bromby Peter   White Lee   6 20 34 23 18 67
21 NOR 8234   Melleby Eivind   Pedersen Petter   1 31 26 13 119.0 [DNF]  71
22 USA 8273   Szabo George   Peters Rick   24.0 [24.0, RDG]  49 4 19 25 72
23 AUS 8214   Murray Iain   Palfrey Andrew   13 23 39 17 27 80
24 GER 7971   Stanjek Robert   Koy Markus   119.0 [DSQ]  22 31 30 1 84
25 ESP 7581   Bermudez Roberto   Ferreira Marcelo   34 45 25 15 17 91
26 ITA 8290   Santoni Silvio   Natucci Dodo   38 11 42 20 23 92
27 USA 8176   Lidecis Erik   Marzahl Michael   25 75 15 37 19 96
28 USA 8136   Filter Henry   Wagner Will   21 24 36 119.0 [DNF]  30 111
29 USA 8195   Maccausland John   Murphy Kevin   40 18 38 38 22 116
30 USA 8306   Buckingham Jim   Monroe Eric   29 48 19 36 35 119
31 JPN 8144   SUZUKI Kunio   WadaDaichi   32 34 27 119.0 [BFD]  28 121
32 ARG 7   Rigoni Alejo   Gonzalez Gustavo   35 32 46 26 31 124
33 BAH 8265   Kelly Steven   Bill Holowesko   42 54 13 21 119.0 [DNF]  130
34 USA 8264   McChesney Peter   Zwingelberg Shane   46 51 41 29 24 140
35 RUS 8305   Shevtsov Sergey   Sadchikov Roman   39 27 119.0 [BFD]  35 40 141
36 SUI 7990   Stegmeier Daniel   Stegmeier Beat   50 46 28 25 43 142
37 BRA 8283   Brun Gastao   Kraiczyk Fabio   28 70 48 31 37 144
38 BRA 8337   Adler Alan   SEIFERT RONALD   2 19 8 119.0 [BFD]  119.0 [BFD]  148
39 HUN 8166   Tenke Tibor   Bendicsek Jozsef   36 71 72 12 29 148
40 ARG 8169   Zanetti Alberto   Warburg Gustavo   58 44 43 27 34 148
41 USA 7986   Labandeira Julio   Chernobilsky Nicolas   26 61 44 47 32 149
42 ITA 8332   Chieffi Enrico   Galli Massimo   33 30 68 119.0 [BFD]  21 152
43 CAN 8143   Cramer Brian   Bjorn Tyler   62 37 33 41 42 153
44 UKR 8205   Datsenko Kostyantin   Yevseyenko Oleksandr   65 25 47 46 39 157
45 CHI 8319   Zuazola Rodrigo   Riegel Robert   45 17 75 43 55 160
46 ARG 7907   MacGowan Fabian   ENGELHARD Federico   31 52 17 61 119.0 [DNF]  161
47 CRO 8280   Lovrovic Dan   Lovrovic Sr Marin   55 35 40 32 119.0 [BFD]  162
48 IRL 8254   O'Connell Maurice   Cooke Ben   8 6 35 119.0 [BFD]  119.0 [BFD]  168
49 USA 8269   Kohlhas Jock   Scott Larry   47 42 64 33 46 168
50 SUI 8009   Gautschi Christoph   Gouda Alex   44 84 49 40 52 185
51 GER 8256   Merkelbach Hubert   Bartel Gerrit   119.0 [DNS]  33 85 34 36 188
52 ITA 8341   Boggi Lucio   Laporta Manuel   119.0 [BFD]  50 32 57 57 196
53 GBR 7601   Hicks Michael   Hicks Patrick   48 57 58 44 49 198
54 FIN 8094   MAKILA Jali   Heinonen Erkki   24 29 30 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  202
55 BRA 8282   PASCOLATO ALESSANDRO   Boening Henry   49 63 53 119.0 [BFD]  44 209
56 USA 8303   Macdonald Andy   Fatih Brian   27 43 23 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  212
57 GER 8130   Voigt Henning   Dirk Steve   51 59 57 45 119.0 [DNF]  212
58 SUI 8085   Zimmerman Lorenz   Mutti Michael   53 56 59 52 119.0 [DNF]  220
59 SWE 7978   Krook Ingvar   Hasselgren Henrik   57 106 60 48 62 227
60 USA 8336   Fields Bill   Rogers Chris   79 41 61 58 119.0 [DNF]  239
61 UKR 8096   Avksentien   Kondratyuk   60 64 74 42 119.0 [DNF]  240
62 GER 7865   Lehnert Stefan   Menning Peter   71 60 95 56 54 241
63 ITA 8164   Chinca Valerio   Ciano Massimo   119.0 [DSQ]  58 79 62 45 244
64 GER 8311   Hampe Axel   Conrads Chris   67 96 71 49 59 246
65 ITA 8156   Irrera Renato   Corrado Cristaldini   64 85 89 55 47 251
66 USA 8159   Proctor Ched   Semler Matt   119.0 [DNS]  40 52 119.0 [DNF]  41 252
67 GER 7863   Meyer Klaus   Boguhn Lutz   93 102 50 60 50 253
68 ITA 8344   Tamburini Antonio   Ricci Renzo   56 108 94 51 53 254
69 USA 8317   Vandermolen Jon   Ticknor Steve   59 28 54 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  260
70 CAN 8045   Passmore Mark   Bunner Ivan   119.0 [DNF]  79 77 53 51 260
71 BRA 8300   FICKER PETER   Lopes Arthur   68 76 63 54 119.0 [BFD]  261
72 USA 8036   Rickard Jack   Farrier Tom   75 93 69 59 60 263
73 USA 8215   Allen Bill   Hatfield Bruce   52 38 56 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  265
74 USA 8218   Serinis Aaron   Schofield Bob   41 73 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [BFD]  33 266
75 CAN 7474   Hendershot Will   Vranderick Alain   76 66 62 64 119.0 [DNF]  268
76 GER 8016   Rauch Hubert   Kling Felix   81 91 93 50 48 270
77 USA 8077   Londrigan Tom Jr   Hall Stewart   67.7 [67.7, RDG]  62 22 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  270.7
78 USA 8245   Zambella Joe   Morey Ed   73 74 20 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  286
79 ITA 7562   Bettarini Stefano   Giachetti Alessandro   87 83 65 119.0 [DNF]  56 291
80 USA 8227   Gudat Patrick   Smith Mark   82 89 101 65 58 294
81 USA 8043   Manderson John   GOTSULYAK Roman   43 68 66 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [BFD]  296
82 GER 8213   Wilhelm Peer   Hollweg Nils   37 95 51 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  302
83 USA 8132   De La Villehuchet Thierry   Gesing   86 99 92 63 61 302
84 USA 8083   Chiarella John   Carlson Bob   85 98 100 67 64 314
85 CAN 7784   Li Hongquan   Wang He   63 72 67 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  321
86 USA 7786   Alt Karen   Perkins Rowan   92 104 98 70 63 323
87 GER 7750   Burmester Jens   Mehlen Markus   78 92 88 66 119.0 [DNF]  324
88 NED 8103   Bierman Guus   Skinner Duncan   74 80 55 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  328
89 USA 8253   Brethorst Rick   Anderson Scott   54 78 78 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  329
90 CHI 8181   Rusowsky Fernando   Gimeno Vincente Pablo   95 103 105 68 67 333
91 USA 7970   Hopkins Sam   Kaplan Bart   97 110 97 72 68 334
92 USA 7851   Phinney Mike   Balmert Brad   99 109 102 71 66 338
93 USA 7828   Pro Joseph   Pro Nicolaus   100 107 106 69 65 340
94 USA 8061   Jennings Jack   Rehe Mike   119.0 [DNS]  36 70 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  344
95 USA 7713   Fransen Ben   Coleman Ian   72 90 73 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  354
96 USA 7370   Emmet Rob   Amlong Paul   88 65 83 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNF]  355
97 USA 8279   Bonanni Claude   Burgess Rick   70 82 86 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  357
98 USA 8222   Gardner Ed   Gardner Kip   69 69 104 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  361
99 GER 7866   Thomsen Dierk   Jensen Darin   83 81 87 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  370
100 AUT 8216   Tomasini-Grinover Roberto   Bahr Gunnar   119.0 [DNF]  53 84 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  375
101 ARG 8239   Pendola Martin   Engelhard Juan Pablo   61 77 119.0 [BFD]  119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  376
102 SUI 8329   Wyss Daniel   Joss Urs   77 100 81 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  377
103 USA 8063   Collins Bert   Wilson Kris   89 88 82 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  378
104 USA 7934   Von Schwarz Karl   Beigel-vosbury Barbara   96 87 80 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  382
105 UKR 8314   GUREYEV Vasyl   KOROTKOV Volodymyr   30 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  387
106 GER 7816   Girr Fritz   HASCHE Marko   119.0 [DNF]  67 90 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  395
107 CAN 7520   Gagnon Andre   Despres Daniel   84 101 91 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  395
108 USA 7814   Donald Keith   Hardin Chris   80 105 96 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  400
109 USA 8087   McNeil Kevin   Baltins Arnis   66 97 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  401
110 AUT 8021   Wirth Harald   Pickering Jim   94 94 103 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  410
111 USA 7902   Gunther Stephen   Day Tom   98 86 108 119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNF]  411
112 USA 8207   Sperry Brooks   Contaras Robert   90 119.0 [DNS]  99 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  427
113 GER 7946   Weiler Hermann   Schmid Thomas   91 111 107 119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  428
114 USA 8157   Anosov Arthur   Dolan Mark   119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNS]  476
114 ESP 8297   Van Der Ploeg Jose Maria   RiveroFernandez Rodriguez   119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  476
114 USA 7602   Londrigan Patrick   Burgandy Ron   119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  476
114 NZL 8061   Lord Rohan   Addy Miles   119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  476
114 USA 8235   Whipple Larry   Bjorn Kai   119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNS]  119.0 [DNF]  119.0 [DNS]  476

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