Another good day for Percy and Mitchell

As the Star's Bacardi Cup concludes with Portugese winners

Saturday March 13th 2004, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States
Following their victories yesterday and the day before Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell finished the final race of the series in second place, to take sixth place overall. The overall winners with a race to spare were the Portugese duo Afonso Domingos and Bernardo Santos who didn't sail today. They are the first Europeans to win this sailing regatta since the race first run with ten boats in Havana in 1927.

Canadians Ross Macdonald and Mike Wolfs took second overall and Colin Beashel and David Giles of Australia took third. Americans Howie Shiebler and Will Stout followed in fourth with defending Bacardi Cup champion Peter Bromby and crew Lee White fifth in the final standings.

“Winds were shifty all week and we enjoy those conditions,” said Domingos. “This is the best Star Class regatta in the world and we’re honoured to have done so well against a fleet of this caliber,” he said.

Friday’s race was won by Americans John Maccausland and Brad Nichol with Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell second. There was a tie for third between Beashel and Giles and the French 2003 World champions Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau.

“Our next goal is to win the U.S. Olympic Trials and we’ve been working hard to finish really strong, “ said Maccausland. “The Bacardi Cup, which I’ve sailed every year since 1981, is a great event. When you ask sailors which is their favorite event, it’s the Bacardi Cup for sure,” he said.

Xavier Rohart admitted that “we finally woke up.” The French team did poorly in the first four races and placed third on the fifth day.

The sixth race was delayed more than an hour with unsteady 12-knot winds coming from the north to northeast. After two general recalls, 20 boats jumped the start and were disqualified including many of the Star Clas elite – Mark Reynolds (USA), Vince Brun (USA), Marc Pickel(GER), Flavio Marazzi (SUI), Jali Makila.(DEN).

“Today wasn’t very good, we went over the line early,” said Reynolds. “You always want to win,” said the former Olympian and Star Class World champion, “but we’re also out here gauging the strength of the competition going into the U.S. Olympic Trials.”

The German team of Michael Koch and Markus Koy found the races tough. “We’re not used to such difficult wind conditions. It’s very professional and high level amateur and I’m quite proud to sail against yellow stars,” he said.

Results

Pos Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot
1 Afonso Domingos & Bernardo Santos 7 7 1 2 7 (94\DNS) 24
2 Ross Macdonald & Mike Wolfs 3 13 5 5 11 -27 37
3 Colin Beashel & David Giles 15 10 16 3 -22 3.5\TIE 47.5
4 Howie Shiebler & Will Stout 26 5 4 8 6 -31 49
5 Peter Bromby & Lee White -18 1 13 17 16 5 52
6 Iain Percy & Steve Mitchell (94\BFD) 8 44 1 1 2 56
7 John Maccausland & Brad Nichol 14 -37 30 11 4 1 60
8 Xavier Rohart & Pascal Rambeau 21 14 -41 19 3 3.5\TIE 60.5
9 Hans Spitzauer & Andreas Hanakamp 8 -51 2 20 18 17 65
10 Flavio Marazzi & Enrico De Maria 9 4 24 22 8 (94\OCS) 67
11 George Szabo & Mark Staube (94\DNF) 15 3 33 20 8 79
12 Michael Koch & Markus Koy 11 19 35 7 (94\OCS) 14 86
13 Andy Macdonald & Austin Sperry 19 20 -28 10 23 16 88
14 Jali Makila & Erkki Heinonen 29 17 18 13 13 (94\DNF) 90
15 Mark Neeleman & Peter van Niekerk (94\BFD) 12 22 30 12 18 94
16 Riccardo Simoneschi & Marco Marenco -44 30 12 21 15 19 97
17 Rick Merriman & Bill Bennett 5 47 -52 9 28 10 99
18 Eric Doyle & Brian Sharp 22 23 -73 6 31\RDG 20 102
19 Marc Pickel & Ingo Borkowski 2 11 61 14 17 (94\OCS) 105
20 Karl Anderson & Ezra Culver 28 16 -63 15 30 25 114
21 Arthur Anosov & Dave Caesar -40 29 25 18 21 21 114
22 John Dane III & Henry Sprague 6 27 31 -42 19 34 117
23 Peter Wright & Dan Wright (94\BFD) 24 14 23 31 26 118
24 Augie Diaz & Hal Haenel 25 -56 17 44 26 13 125
25 Mark Reynolds & Steve Erickson 12 9 (94\OCS) 4 10 94\OCS 129
26 Alexander Hagen & Wolfram Jochen 13 46 50 (94\OCS) 9 12 130
27 Aaron Serinis & John Avis 35 -64 27 28 35 6 131
28 Erik Lidecis & Darrell Hiatt (94\DNF) 32 33 26 25 23 139
29 Peter Vessella & Brian Fatih 24 45 -48 35 27 9 140
30 Nicklas Holm & Claus Olesen 23 18 69 29 2 (94\OCS) 141
31 Bill Allen & Brad Lichter -55 21 9 38 38 39 145
32 Pat Londrigan & Christian Finnsgard (94\BFD) 22 11 45 59 11 148
33 Steven Kelly & William Holowesko 27 -57 10 51 32 42 162
34 Vince Brun & Mike Dorgan 17 2 46 (94\DNS) 5 94\OCS 164
35 Jock Kohlhas & Jon Rogers 41 43 -72 47 14 22 167
36 Maxwell Treacy & Anthony Shanks 16 (94\OCS) 94\OCS 25 29 7 171
37 Andrew Hurst & Ed Peel 54 (94\OCS) 15 39 36 30 174
38 Ben Cesare & Sergey Leonidor 52 34 -74 16 48 24 174
39 Andy Lovell & Magnus Liljedahl 10 42 8 24 (94\DNS) 94\DNS 178
40 Todd Gay & Jon Klenk -47 31 43 37 42 29 182
41 Marko Dahlberg & Ville Kurki 32 6 19 32 (94\OCS) 94\OCS 183
42 Argyle Campbell & Dmitry Yakovenk 45 -63 26 57 41 15 184
43 Tony Herrmann & Todd Raynor 46 35 36 41 -53 35 193
44 Jon Vander Molen & Steve Ticknor (94\BFD) 36 67 36 34 41 214
45 Brian Cramer & Eric Monroe 36 58 53.5\TIE -64 40 32 220
46 Joe Zambella & Jeremy Davidson 31 25 66 53 45 (94\DNS) 220
47 Daniel Wyss & Beat Stegmeier 50 -61 38 56 49 28 221
48 Nelson Stephenson & Carsten Witt -61 41 34 52 60 37 224
49 Michael Hicks & Patrick Hicks 20 69 20 (94\DSQ) 24 94\OCS 227
50 Rick Brethorst & Matt Pederson 58 -72 21 48 51 50 228

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