Bromby takes command
“Good things happened to us today,” said Bromby. “We had a good lead on most of the fleet from the start and at the windward mark we were pleasantly surprised to see two of our closest competitors on the board, ” he said. Both Mark Mendelblatt and Vince Brun, who were first and second place overall on day 3, were disqualified for false starts today.
Mendelblatt drops to second overall and Brun, who was in second, drops to seventh overall. “I felt it was pretty darn close, but I was called at the line. We had a good first beat, but then they told us about the OCS and we had to drop out, ” said Brun.
According to Shiebler who finished in the number two spot today, “we caught Peter on the run and got even halfway up the beat. I thought we had him at the end, but he had more pressure left of us. We tried to play the averages, but it didn’t work out, ” he explained. Shiebler moves up from 17 overall to third.
George Szabo and crew Christian Finnsgard finished in third place today holding onto their ninth place overall. John MacCausland and crew Brian Fatih came in fourth in today’s race and are in now fourth overall jumping up from 18th. Andy Macdonald and crew Austin Sperry took 5th today and are in 8th position overall.
Predicting what may happen on Day 6, Shiebler said it best "tomorrow will be refreshing; no one can afford a throw out and Peter and Mark will have the advantage."
Andy Beadsworth reports on his day:
We dropped our rig today to check it over and make sure all the setting were correct after yesterday's two race blow.
There was a bit of reluctance by the fleet to leave the dock today, after we all spent an hour reaching around preserving our sails yesterday. However just as we were going to leave the dock the wind started to moderate, we quickly changed back to our standard mainsail.
Arriving at the start with just enough time to check our set up and the line, the race officer got straight into it on time. Unfortunately for some they only just made it to the start.
The wind was again out of the NW, gusty and shift. The line was biased to the pin and the good guys were all down there. We set up away from the boat, maybe ten boats up. With 20 seconds to go we were close and couldn't defend and someone came in to leeward of us. 190 seconds to go and those tight on the line were trying to reach down it. Vince Brun went from just to windward of us to just to leeward of us in the last 10 seconds. An individual recall was signalled. We were okay but boats around us were not, although they are not pulled out till the windward mark.
We bounced around trying to get to some clear air and water without sailing on terrible shifts. Eventually we got out to the right of the fleet and sailed our own race taking small chunks back to the left when we could on good headings. It worked out well and we rounded the windward mark in tenth. Both Mark Mendelblatt, the regatta leader and Vince Brun, the overall second, were both pulled out for being premature at the start along with four others.
The wind started to die down the first run and by the time we came back upwind there were huge holes on the course and the wind flicked through 30 degrees. We found a hole and had to sail a bad header to get back into the breeze it cost us a lot and we were sucked back into the teens. We recovered back to 10th at the top of the beat with a small cushion on behind and two boats within striking distance ahead.
For a while we had less than five knots and the fleet was spread over the course. We spotted more pressure high but the majority of the fleet were low. We got some of it and gybed back into the middle to reduce the risk against the group of 20 or more boats on the other side of the run who looked to be making gains. However the boat that stayed up in the pressure not only passed us but five or six others too, we could hardly see him he was so far ahead of us. Damn frustrating. On the last beat we could only defend
our position unless someone made a big mistake.
We finished 11th.
Unfortunately all the boats near us overall all finished ahead of us leaving us in 12th overall with really only a small chance of making the top ten with a good result tomorrow. 3-10 are all within a few points but we are seven points behind 10th. Very disappointing.
We don't seem to have gotten the breaks this week. Especially on the the first beats. Maybe its just the big fleet and we have not adapted well. We have been fast and generally sailed well over the course of the race, overtaking 15 boats or more during the races. Just always had nearly double that in front of us at the first mark.
We will continue to keep trying to do our best tomorrow not worrying too much about the points overall. A top five tomorrow would make us feel an awful lot better.
Overall Bromby has moved into the lead with Mendelblat very tight behind. All the top 10 have had their discard so no one can afford a bad race tomorrow.
|1||Bromby Peter||Peters Rick||3||19||2||6||1||12|
|2||Mendelblatt Mark||Strube Mark||2||5||1||4||71.0 [OCS]||12|
|3||Shiebler Howie||Stookey Anson||1||71.0 [OCS]||6||8||2||17|
|4||Maccausland John||Fatih Brian||6||71.0 [OCS]||7||5||4||22|
|5||Merriman Rick||Nichol Brad||9||3||5||14||6||23|
|6||Domingos Afonso||Santos Bernardo||5||23||10||2||7||24|
|7||Brun Vince||Brophy Doug||4||1||4||18||71.0 [OCS]||27|
|8||Macdonald Andy||Sperry Austin||10||27||12||1||5||28|
|9||Szabo George||Finnsgard Christian||12||18||3||11||3||29|
|10||Diaz Augie||Schofield Bob||7||2||21||10||16||35|
|11||Anosov Arthur||Caesar David||8||4||16||17||9||37|
|12||Beadsworth Andy||Carr David||11||14||8||21||11||44|
|13||Allen Bill||Lichter Brad||18||6||11||15||18||50|
|14||Kelly Steven||Holowesko Bill||20||38||9||9||15||53|
|15||Perce Hyde||Nielson Chris||22||10||17||13||13||53|
|16||Rotermund Philipp||Holweg Nils||13||11||15||16||71.0 [OCS]||55|
|17||Cramer Brian||Greensmith Iain||28||7||20||12||19||58|
|18||Serinis Aaron||Avis John||21||8||13||20||48||62|
|19||Lidecis Erik||Marzahl Michael||15||22||19||71.0 [DNS]||12||68|
|20||Anderson Karl||Hopple Peter||17||46||29||23||8||77|
|21||Londrigan Jr Tom||Wallner Chris||71.0 [BFD]||16||28||24||10||78|
|22||Bainton Joseph J||Sharp Roger J||14||17||26||34||46||91|
|23||Hicks Michael||Hicks Patrick||19||25||71.0 [DNS]||27||20||91|
|24||Campbell Argyle||Yakovenko Dmitry||16||42||40||19||17||92|
|25||Brown Steve||Monroe Eric||26||20||23||38||27||96|
|26||Herrmann Tony||Monroe Scott||40||9||24||42||24||97|
|27||Nehammer Christian||Mitterhauser Grunther||27||26||30||22||25||100|
|28||Gay Todd||Klerk Jon||38||36||18||26||21||101|
|29||Folsetter Doug||Scott Larry||71.0 [RAF]||37||25||7||34||103|
|30||Vanderhoff John||Parrish Andrew||23||13||41||37||37||110|
|31||Kohlhas Jock||Zirkle Richard||33||31||52||32||14||110|
|32||Vander Molen Jon||Ticknor Steve||29||32||31||36||22||114|
|33||Hendershot Will||Vranderick Alain||31||35||34||25||28||118|
|34||Teitge Bob||Burgess Rick||50||12||37||39||35||123|
|35||McNeil Kevin||Mininger Seth||47||71.0 [OCS]||22||28||33||130|
|36||Hampe Axel||Wagner Stefan||44||24||33||31||42||130|
|37||Bainton Jr Joseph||Rogers Chris||25||34||27||71.0 [DNS]||45||131|
|38||Lehnert Stefan||Menning Peter||30||29||42||45||30||131|
|39||Weissenberger Gunti||Brown Chris||55||15||38||33||47||133|
|40||Meyer Klaus||Boguhn Lutz||36||40||32||30||71.0 [DNS]||138|
|41||Vander Molen Tom||Jackson Dave||37||39||49||44||23||143|
|42||MacDonald Gary||Leonidov Sergey||32||45||44||29||39||144|
|43||Rickard Jack||Valasek Marek||48||41||36||35||32||144|
|44||Brethorst Rick||Pederson Matt||34||44||48||71.0 [OCS]||29||155|
|45||Tamburini Antonio||Ricci Renzo||43||33||39||41||71.0 [OCS]||156|
|46||Collins Bert||Avellon Guy||46||53||46||40||26||158|
|47||Vessella Peter||Trinter Phil||71.0 [DNC]||71.0 [OCS]||14||3||71.0 [OCS]||159|
|48||Swigart William||Heckmann Jeep||45||28||71.0 [DNS]||46||40||159|
|49||Mccarthy Gene||Mccarthy Glenn||49||30||55||43||44||166|
|50||Chiarella John||Carlson Bob||39||43||50||47||41||170|
|51||Haarstick Steve||Schumacher Todd||35||49||35||71.0 [DNS]||52.0 [ZFP]||171|
|52||Stephenson Nelson||Chard David||41||47||47||48||71.0 [DNF]||183|
|53||Babel Jim||Hawk Bill||52.0 [AVE]||21||45||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [OCS]||189|
|54||Lehner Marko||Langmaak Helge||60||54||43||49||49||195|
|55||Vander Molen Jim||Waldorf Mac||42||52||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||36||201|
|56||Bucher Hans||Dutton Todd||59||63||53||50||43||205|
|57||Rowse Sam||Bowers Robert||56||48||51||71.0 [DNS]||57.0 [RDG, 57.0]||212|
|58||Zambella Joe||Costa Peter||24||50||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||216|
|59||Bonanni Claude||Sinner Philip||58||62||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||31||222|
|60||Hopkins Sam||Kaplan Bart||63||58||54||71.0 [DNS]||51||226|
|61||Parks Bill||Anderson Clark||51||51||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [RAF]||244|
|62||Wilson Kris||Elsaesser Bud||62||64||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||50||247|
|63||Joyce William A||Berger Thomas||54||57||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||66.0 [ZFP]||248|
|64||Walker Harry||Warren Alan||52||56||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||250|
|65||Kohlermann IV Charles||Kohlermann III Charles||53||59||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||254|
|66||Fields Bill||Butler Chad||57||60||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||259|
|67||Von Schwarz Karl||Vosbery Barbara||61||61||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNF]||264|
|68||Thomsen Dierk||Thomsen Lars||71.0 [DNC]||55||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNF]||268|
|69||Voight Henning||Struve Dirk||71.0 [DNC]||71.0 [DNC]||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||284|
|69||Rubinkam Steve||Eggen Michael||71.0 [DNC]||71.0 [DNC]||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||71.0 [DNS]||284|