Wily Brazilians slip ahead

Champagne sailing for day two of the Stars' Bacardi Cup in Miami

Tuesday March 4th 2008, Author: Lynn Fitzpatrick, Location: United States
It was another beautiful day on Biscayne Bay. The sea breeze that greeted sailors in the morning while they were launching their boats held while the Bacardi Cup race committee attempted to get a start off at noon. Once, twice, three times you’re out and unlike yesterday, everyone heeded the black flag and got off cleanly on the third attempt to start the race.

Predictions were for the wind to veer right throughout the day, but the group that favored the right and protected the middle left found themselves looking pretty as a right shift came through. Mark Reynolds and Jamie Gale (USA) and Henry Filter and Will Wagner (USA) rounded 1, 2 ahead of Luca Modena and Sergio Lambertenghi (ITA). At least a third of the fleet over stood the port tack layline during their approach to the weather mark. You can imagine the bobbing and weaving that was done as the 109-fleet bore away on a run and the port tackers scrambled to reach the weather mark.

Reynolds/Gael held the lead down the run, but as the wind shifted so did positions. As Prof O’Connell (IRL), who rounded the weather mark well behind the leaders said: “We frantically tried to calculate the reciprocal of 135 and realised that the leaders were sailing high. We sailed a straight line down the middle.” They rounded the left gate in third behind Modena/Lambertenghi (ITA) and former European champion Diego Negri and Luigi Viale (ITA). In the meantime, Reynolds/Gael and Marin Lovrovic Jr and Sinsa Mikulicic (CRO) rounded the right gate. With most of the fleet rounding the left gate, there was lots of noise - mostly shouting, but some crunching.

Negri/Viale jumped out to a five boat length lead over Poland's Mateusz Kusnierewicz and Dominik Zycki on the next shifty beat and Reynolds/Gael held onto third. Portugese duo Afonso Domingos and Bernardo Santos pulled into fourth with a string of Italians fighting for the spot on the Olympic team right on their tail. O’Connell/Cooke were in pursuit also.

Positions continued to shift throughout the next two legs as the breeze hovered between 6 and ten knots and Modena/Lambertenghi were able to hold the lead around the final leeward gate. The team that had a slow and steady climb through the fleet, Brazilians Lars Grael and Marcelo Jordao moved from sixth place at the bottom of the final beat to first place by keeping an eye on local legend, Augie Diaz and Phil Trinter who favored the mid-left during the final beat. The Brazilians won the race with Modena/Lambertenghi finishing second and the best Latin dancer (Diaz) in the fleet and Trinter right behind. Italians Barovier/Colaninno, and Bruni/Nobili finished fourth and fifth, respectively. O’Connell/Cooke held on to sixth.

Grael/Jordao, who just finished second in the Brazilian Olympic Trials are sitting in the lead with eight points. Diaz/Trinter are in second and O’Connell/Cooke are in third for the regatta.

Results:

Pos Skipper/Crew Bow/Sail R1 R2 Tot
1 Grael, Lars/ Jordao, Marcelo 84/ BRA 8284 7 1 8
2 Diaz, Augie/ Trinter, Phil Y4/ USA 8285 9 3 12
3 O'Connell, Maurice/ Cooke, Ben X2/ IRL 8254 8 6 14
4 Scheidt, Robert/ Prada, Bruno 55/ BRA 8255 4 12 16
5 Percy, Iain/ Simpson, Andrew 45/ GER 8345 3 14 17
6 Kusznierewicz, Mateusz/ Zycki, Dominik X3/ POL 8209 11 8 19
7 Modena, Luca/ Lambertenghi, Sergio 48/ ITA 8281 18 2 20
8 Adler, Alan/ Seifert, Ronald 37/ BRA 8337 2 19 21
9 Domingos, Afonso/ Santos, Bernardo U1/ POR 8309 12 9 21
10 Negri, Diego/ Viale, Luigi 66/ ITA 8266 16 7 23
11 Bromby, Peter/ White, Lee 43/ BER 8272 6 20 26
12 Reynolds, Mark/ Gale, Jamie 20/ USA 8320 10 16 26
13 Barovier, Alberto/ Colaninno, Nando 44/ ITA 8313 23 4 27
14 Bruni, Francesco/ Nobili, Gilberto 82/ ITA 8180 22 5 27
15 O'Leary, Peter/ Milne, Stephen X4/ IRL 8261 14 15 29
16 Melleby, Eivind/ Pedersen, Petter 34/ NOR 8234 1 31 32
17 Pepper, Hamish/ Peel, Ed Y3/ NZL 8187 19 13 32
18 Murray, Iain/ Palfrey, Andrew 14/ AUS 8214 13 23 36
19 Marazzi, Flavio/ De Maria, Enrico 96/ SUI 8296 15 21 36
20 Filter, Henry/ Wagner, Will 36/ USA 8136 21 24 45
21 Santoni, Silvio/ Natucci, Dodo 91/ ITA 8290 38 11 49
22 Makila, Jali/ Heinonen, Erkki Y5/ FIN 8094 24 29 53
23 MacCausland, John/ Murphy, Kevin 95/ USA 8195 40 18 58
24 Dane, John/ Sperry, Austin 30/ USA 8230 20 39 59
25 Spitzauer, Hans/ Nehammer, Christian Y6/ AUT 8226 5 55 60
26 Zuazola, Rodrigo/ Riegel, Robert 19/ CHI 8319 45 17 62
27 Chieffi, Enrico/ Galli, Massimo 38/ ITA 8332 33 30 63
28 Merriman, Rick/ Sharp, Brian 12/ USA 8312 17 47 64
29 Shevtsov, Sergey/ Sadchikov, Roman 25/ RUS 8305 39 27 66
30 Suzuki, Kunio/ Wada,Daichi X1/ JPN 8144 32 34 66
31 Rigoni, Alejo/ Gonzalez, Gustavo 17/ ARG 7 35 32 67
32 Macdonald, Andy/ Fatih, Brian 24/ USA 8303 27 43 70
33 Buckingham, Jim/ Monroe, Eric 75/ USA 8306 29 48 77
34 Bermudez, Roberto/ Ferreira, Marcelo 18/ ESP 7581 34 45 79
35 MacGowan, Fabian/ Engelhard, Federico F7/ ARG 7907 31 52 83
36 Labandeira, Julio/ Chernobilsky, Nicolas 86/ USA 7986 26 61 87
37 VanderMolen, Jon/ Ticknor, Steve Y1/ USA 8317 59 28 87
38 Kohlhas, Jock/ Scott, Larry Y2/ USA 8269 47 42 89
39 Datsenko, Kostyantin,/ Yevseyenko, Oleksandr Y9/ UKR 8205 65 25 90
40 Lovrovic, Dan/ Lovrovic Sr., Marin 80/ CRO 8280 55 35 90
41 Allen, Bill/ Hatfield, Bruce 93/ USA 8215 52 38 90
42 Kelly, Steven/ Bill Holowesko 65/ BAH 8265 42 54 96
43 Stegmeier, Daniel/ Stegmeier, Beat 90/ SUI 7990 50 46 96
44 McChesney, Peter/ Zwingelberg, Shane 15/ USA 8264 46 51 97
45 Brun, Gastao/ Kraiczyk, Fabio 83/ BRA 8283 28 70 98
46 Szabo, George/ Peters, Rick 73/ USA 8273 49/AVG(1) 49 98
47 Cramer, Brian/ Bjorn, Tyler 87/ CAN 8143 62 37 99
48 Lidecis, Erik/ Marzahl, Michael 76/ USA 8176 25 75 100
49 Zanetti, Alberto/ Warburg, Gustavo 69/ ARG 8169 58 44 102
50 Hicks, Michael/ Hicks, Patrick 47/ GBR 7601 48 57 105
51 Tenke, Tibor/ Bendicsek, Jozsef 67/ HUN 8166 36 71 107
52 Zimmerman, Lorenz/ Mutti, Michael 85/ SUI 8085 53 56 109
53 Voigt, Henning/ Dirk, Steve 31/ GER 8130 51 59 110
54 Manderson, John/ Gotsulyak, Roman 26/ USA 8043 43 68 111
55 Pascolato, Alessandro/ Boening, Henry 28/ BRA 8282 49 63 112
56 Serinis, Aaron/ Schofield, Bob 72/ USA 8218 41 73 114
57 Fields, Bill/ Rogers, Chris F4/ USA 8336 80 41 121
58 Avksentiev/ Kondratyuk Y8/ UKR 8096 60 64 124
59 Londrigan, Tom Jr./ Hall, Stewart 77/ USA 8077 62/AVG(2) 62 124
60 Gautschi, Christoph/ Gouda, Alex 92/ SUI 8009 44 84 128
61 Lovrovic Jr., Marin/ Mikulicic, Sinsa 41/ CRO 8339 119/BFD 10 129
62 Chinca, Valerio/ Ciano, Massimo 64/ ITA 8164 71 58 129
63 Wilhelm, Peer/ Hollweg, Nils 13/ GER 8213 37 95 132
64 Brethorst, Rick/ Anderson, Scott 53/ USA 8253 54 78 132
65 Lehnert, Stefan/ Menning, Peter 52/ GER 7865 72 60 132
66 Li, Hongquan/ Wang, He F5/ CAN 7784 63 72 135
67 Pendola, Martin/ Engelhard, Jaun Pablo 39/ ARG 8239 61 77 138
68 Gardner, Ed/ Gardner, Kip 22/ USA 8222 69 69 138
69 Stanjek, Robert/ Koy, Markus 32/ GER 7971 119/DSQ 22 141
70 Hendershot, Will/ Vranderick, Alain 74/ CAN 7474 77 66 143
71 Ficker, Peter/ Lopes, Arthur 10/ BRA 8300 68 76 144
72 Rohart, Xavier/ Rambeau, Pascal F9/ FRA 8107 119/BFD 26 145
73 Zambella, Joe/ Morey, Ed 49/ USA 8245 74 74 148
74 Gureyev, Vasyl/ Korotkov, Volodymyr 89/ UKR 8314 30 119/DNS 149
75 Irrera, Renato/ Corrado, Cristaldini 58/ ITA 8156 64 85 149
76 Merkelbach, Hubert/ Bartel, Gerrit 56/ GER 8256 119/DNS 33 152
77 Bonanni, Claude/ Burgess, Rick X9/ USA 8270 70 82 152
78 Emmet, Rob/ Amlong, Paul 70/ USA 7370 89 65 154
79 Jennings, Jack/ Rehe, Mike F6/ USA 8061 119/DNS 36 155
80 Bierman, Guus/ Skinner, Duncan F1/ NED 8103 75 80 155
81 Proctor, Ched/ Semler, Matt 59/ USA 8159 119/DNS 40 159
82 Krook, Ingvar/ Hasselgren, Henrik 54/ SWE 7978 57 106 163
83 Mc Neil, Kevin/ Baltins, Arnis Y7/ USA 8087 66 97 163
84 Hampe, Axel/ Conrads, Chris 11/ GER 8311 67 96 163
85 Fransen, Ben/ Coleman, Ian 78/ USA 7713 73 90 163
86 Tamburini, Antonio/ Ricci, Renzo 60/ ITA 8344 56 108 164
87 Thomsen, Dierk/ Jensen, Darin 68/ GER 7866 84 81 165
88 Boggi, Lucio/ Laporta, Manuel F3/ ITA 8341 119/BFD 50 169
89 Rickard, Jack/ Farrier, Tom 94/ USA 8036 76 93 169
90 Burmester, Jens/ Mehlen, Markus 50/ GER 7750 79 92 171
91 Bettarini, Stefano/ Giachetti, Alessandro 62/ ITA 7562 88 83 171
92 Tomasini-Grinover, Roberto/ Bahr, Gunnar 16/ AUT 8216 119/DNF 53 172
93 Gudat, Patrick/ Smith, Mark 27/ USA 8227 83 89 172
94 Rauch, Hubert/ Kling, Felix 99/ GER 8016 82 91 173
95 Wyss, Daniel/ Joss, Urs 29/ SUI 8329 78 100 178
96 Collins, Bert/ Wilson, Kris X8/ USA 8063 90 88 178
97 Chiarella, John/ Carlson, Bob 88/ USA 8083 86 98 184
98 von Schwarz, Karl/ Beigel-Vosbury, Barbara 40/ USA 7934 97 87 184
99 Gunther, Stephen/ Day, Tom F2/ USA 7902 99 86 185
100 Girr, Fritz/ Hasche, Marko 98/ GER 7816 119/DNF 67 186
101 Donald, Keith/ Hardin, Chris 42/ USA 7814 81 105 186
102 Gagnon, Andre/ Despres, Daniel 79/ CAN 7520 85 101 186
103 de La Villehuchet, Thierry/ Gesing 21/ USA 8132 87 99 186
104 Wirth, Harald/ Pickering, Jim X5/ AUT 8021 95 94 189
105 Meyer, Klaus/ Boguhn, Lutz 63/ GER 7863 94 102 196
106 Alt, Karen/ Perkins, Rowan X6/ USA 7786 93 104 197
107 Passmore, Mark/ Bunner, Ivan 23/ CAN 8045 119/DNF 79 198
108 Rusowsky, Fernando/ Gimeno, Vincente Pablo 81/ CHI 8181 96 103 199
109 Weiler, Hermann/ Schmid, Thomas 46/ GER 7946 92 111 203
110 Hopkins, Sam/ Kaplan, Bart X7/ USA 7970 98 110 208
111 Pro, Joseph/ Pro, Nicolaus F8/ USA 7828 101 107 208
112 Phinney, Mike/ Balmert, Brad 51/ USA 7851 100 109 209
113 Sperry, Brooks/ Contaras, Robert 71/ USA 8207 91 119/DNS 210
114T Londrigan, Patrick/ Burgandy, Ron 33/ USA 7602 119/DNS 119/DNS 238T
114T Lord, Rohan/ Addy, Miles 61/ NZL 8061 119/DNS 119/DNS 238T
114T Anosov, Arthur/ Dolan, Mark 57/ USA 8157 119/DNF 119/DNS 238T
114T Whipple, Larry/ Bjorn, Kai 35/ USA 8235 119/DNS 119/DNS 238T
114T van der Ploeg, Jose Maria/ Rivero,Fernandez Rodriguez 97/ ESP 8297 119/DNS 119/DNS 238T

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