Bromby takes command

Disappointment for Beadsworth and Carr in race five of the Star's Bacardi Cup in Miami

Friday March 11th 2005, Author: Andy Beadworth, Location: United States
Olympian Peter Bromby and crew Rick Peters had a neck and neck race from the start to finish line with Howie Shiebler and crew Anson Stookey in race five of the Star class' Bacardi Cup. Two-time champion Bromby won it and is now in first place overall.

“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.

Results:

Pos Helm Crew  R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Tot
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

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