Portugal's Afonso Domingos and Bernardo Santos
 

Portugal's Afonso Domingos and Bernardo Santos

Portugal takes the lead

As more heroes tumble after day three of the Star's Bacardi Cup

Wednesday March 10th 2004, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States
A win and two seventh positions have given Portugese Star sailors Afonso Domingos and Bernardo Santos a six point lead at the end of day three of the Bacardi Cup in Miami. Following Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell's BFD on day one and Paul Cayard and Phil Trinter's OCS yesterday some of the top talent in the class have been taking a fall and today this fate befell yesterday's overall leader Freddie Loof and Anders Ekstrom who today scored a DNF.

With the 93-boat Bacardi Cup fleet searching for wind on Biscayne Bay in the
shifty light breeze, Portuguese were able to open out a large lead as most of yesterday’s leaders were caught in the back of the pack with no wind. Second place went to Austrians Hans Spitzauer and crew Andreas Hanakamp, followed by Americans George Szabo and crew Mark Staube in third place.

The Austrians were in ninth position after the first and second marks and as crew Hanakamp put it, “we were on a good tack after rounding the second mark and just kept going. We had more luck today.”

Aside from Loof and Ekstrom Bacardi Cup Champion Mark Reynolds who was among the four teams disqualified for an early start after waiting more than an hour to start the race. Irish favourites Maxwell Treacy and crew Anthony Shanks were also disqualified for an early start for the second day in a row, thus ending the race for them.

Highly rated by Iain Percy Americans Howie Shiebler and crew Will Stout finished in fourth place and move up to fourth place overall behind Bermudans Peter Bromby and crew Lee White who finished in 13th place and are now third overall. Shiebler and Stout are now top Americans, significant with US slot in this class still undecided.

Canadian Olympian Ross Macdonald and crew Mike Wolfs finished in fifth place today and move up to second overall. “It was a tough race today with incredibly shifty wind, so shifty that nothing was for certain. We were extremely conservative as anything could get thrown at you and holding to a fifth place through the race was the best part of the day,” said Macdonald.

Marc Pickel the skipper of the German team best expressed the day. “It was very shifty wind and basically we didn’t get it right. We went right up the middle and passed a few boats and then got stuck there,” he said. Pickel and crew Ingo Borkowski placed 61st today.

Pos Crew Nat R1 R2 R3 Tot
1 Afonso Domingos & Bernardo Santos POR 7 7 1 15
2 Ross Macdonald & Mike Wolfs CAN 3 13 5 21
3 Peter Bromby & Lee White BER 18 1 13 32
4 Howie Shiebler & Will Stout USA 26 5 4 35
5 Flavio Marazzi & Enrico De Maria SUI 9 4 24 37
6 Colin Beashel & David Giles AUS 15 10 16 41
7 Marko Dahlberg & Ville Kurki FIN 32 6 19 57
8 Andy Lovell & Magnus Liljedahl USA 10 42 8 60
9 Hans Spitzauer & Andreas Hanakamp AUT 8 51 2 61
10 John Dane III & Henry Sprague USA 6 27 31 64
11 Jali Makila & Erkki Heinonen FIN 29 17 18 64
12 Vince Brun & Mike Dorgan USA 17 2 46 65
13 Michael Koch & Markus Koy GER 11 19 35 65
14 Andy Macdonald & Austin Sperry USA 19 20 28 67
15 Marc Pickel & Ingo Borkowski GER 2 11 61 74
16 Xavier Rohart & Pascal Rambeau FRA 21 14 41 76
17 John Maccausland & Brad Nichol CAN 14 37 30 81
18 Bill Allen & Brad Lichter USA 55 21 9 85
19 Riccardo Simoneschi & Marco Marenco ITA 44 30 12 86
20 Steven Kelly & William Holowesko BAH 27 57 10 94
21 Arthur Anosov & Dave Caesar UKR 40 29 25 94
22 Augie Diaz & Hal Haenel USA 25 56 17 98
23 Fredrik Loof & Anders Ekstrom SWE 4 3 94\DNF 101
24 Rick Merriman & Bill Bennett USA 5 47 52 104
25 Karl Anderson & Ezra Culver USA 28 16 63 107
26 Alexander Hagen & Wolfram Jochen GER 13 46 50 109
27 Michael Hicks & Patrick Hicks GBR 20 69 20 109
28 Klaus Meyer & Lutz Bogun GER 60 26 23 109
29 Nicklas Holm & Claus Olesen DEN 23 18 69 110
30 George Szabo & Mark Staube USA 94\DNF 15 3 112
31 Mark Reynolds & Steve Erickson USA 12 9 94\OCS 115
32 Peter Vessella & Brian Fatih USA 24 45 48 117
33 Tony Herrmann & Todd Raynor USA 46 35 36 117
34 Eric Doyle & Brian Sharp USA 22 23 73 118
35 Todd Gay & Jon Klenk USA 47 31 43 121
36 Joe Zambella & Jeremy Davidson USA 31 25 66 122
37 Aaron Serinis & John Avis USA 35 64 27 126
38 Pat Londrigan & Christian Finnsgard USA 94\BFD 22 11 127
39 Mark Neeleman & Peter van Niekerk NED 94\BFD 12 22 128
40 Peter Wright & Dan Wright USA 94\BFD 24 14 132
41 Gary Mac Donald & Bill Batton USA 33 40 60 133
42 Argyle Campbell & Dmitry Yakovenk USA 45 63 26 134
43 Nelson Stephenson & Carsten Witt USA 61 41 34 136
44 Peter Wyss & Urs Joss SUI 94\BFD 44 6 144
45 Rob Emmet & Mike Voeltner USA 51 62 32 145
46 Stefan Lehnert & Peter Menning GER 37 59 49 145
47 Iain Percy & Steve Mitchell GBR 94\BFD 8 44 146
48 Brian Cramer & Eric Monroe CAN 36 58 53.5\TIE 148
49 Daniel Wyss & Beat Stegmeier SUI 50 61 38 149
50 Paul Cayard & Phil Trinter USA 1 94\OCS 55 150

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