Photos: Marc Rouiller / Star Worlds 2013

MacCausland and Trinter get their name on the trophy

Qualcomm Star Worlds conclude in San Diego

Friday September 6th 2013, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States

John MacCausland and Phil Trinter are the Qualcomm 2013 Star World Champions and add their name to the 92 year old Star Class’ International Trophy. Andrew Campbell and John von Schwarz won their second race of the series today, and their second ever race at an International Star World Championship.

According to the local sailors, the trick to sailing in San Diego is to get a clear start, tack onto port as soon as possible and sail towards the right side of the course for about 30 minutes, then tack back onto starboard and head towards the windward mark. Today, that was not the case. In fact, it was exactly the opposite. Competitors were surprised to see some boats sail on the left side and round the windward mark in the front of the fleet. Today's conditions were very unusual and yielded some interesting results throughout the fleet.

Augie Diaz and crew Arnis Baltins were able to position themselves well on the line and got a good start with speed and clear air. Diaz and Baltins rounded both the first windward mark and leeward mark in first place with the rest of the fleet close behind. After the fleet rounded the first leeward mark, the breeze began to die and became very spotty causing some frustration among the sailors and several position changes, some more dramatic than others.

For the remainder of the second upwind leg, there was a lack of breeze in the middle of the course and once again the breeze favored the left side. Campbell and von Schwarz were the first to reach the second weather mark in the dying breeze, with a large gap between them and the second boat. The breeze began to increase on the second downwind, giving Campbell and von Schwarz the ability to easily maintain their lead all the way to the finish.

Over the course of the Qualcomm 2013 Star World Championship, the Star fleet experienced some of the best, most difficult, and even uncommon conditions San Diego has to offer. The Race Committee did a phenomenal job adjusting the courses to ensure fair races for the sailors and the competition increased with each day. Several types of teams attended, such as family crews, juniors, women sailors, Continental and Hemisphere Champions, World Champions, and Olympic Champions. Among the series awards, the International Star Class gives prizes to different types of members that compete in its championships to celebrate the diversity among its members.

John MacCausland commented: “Today’s race was difficult, it was emotional, it was up and down emotion-wise because of different things. Rohart rounds the first mark well ahead, and we’re back. We’re losing. We go around the second mark. Rohart and us go right and we get in a big hole. Now Rohart’s back and we’re back. No we’re winning, and we just had to let mother nature take care of it for us. And fortunately some of our good friends were able to stay ahead of Rohart and it was all good. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, but I was very thrilled with the whole thing. It’s really a satisfying accomplishment, a lifetime accomplishment.”

Did you ever think it was possible to win the Star Worlds? "I always believed this was possible. I knew given the right situation with the right people I could make it happen. I always had confidence in myself. It might not have looked like it from the outside, but I was always very confident. And the whole program with Phil came together late last year. We did Nassau, the Spring Championship where we were 3rd this year, and I was very confident we could make it happen.

"We had a good plan, a good plan on the water. We had a good idea what we wanted to do, and to be honest, we were pretty darn fast through the water. And so our boat speed enabled us to do some things. We liked the right side of the course, we set ourselves up after some of the starts to be there and it benefitted us greatly."

What kind of boat are you sailing? "Our boat was made by Mader, in Germany. I have worked with Mader since 1986 bringing boats into this country. I got this boat in the middle of July, so it’s a brand new boat, the newest boat in the fleet here. It’s a boat that I had a lot of input with, and did it the way I wanted to. I had a boat like this prior to this, but I wanted some changes and I’m very satisfied with how it turned out."

John is 52 years old and hails from Cherry Hill New Jersey. He sails out of the Cooper River YC in Collingswood. John has sailed Stars since he was a youngster winning his first Blue Star at age 14. He sails all over the World and has chased this prestigious trophy for years. John is the owner of Morehouse MacCausland Sailing a boat dealership, sail loft and boat repair facility in New Jersey.

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Results

Pos Nat Sail# / Skipper Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot
1 USA 8490 John MacCausland Phil Trinter 2 11 2 2 2 - 67 ret 19
2 USA 8209 Andrew Campbell John von Schwarz 3 19 -22 4 1 1 28
3 USA 8129 Mark Reynolds Hal Haenel 8 7 -61 3 3 8 29
4 FRA 8237 Xavier Rohart Serge Pulfer 6 -16 1 1 7 16 31
5 USA 8203 Brian Ledbetter Gregg Morton 9 1 3 6 20 - 67 ret 39
6 USA 8465 Augie Diaz Arnis Baltins 13 3 -33 8 8 15 47
7 USA 8320 George Szabo Craig Moss 7 6 4 5 26 -33 48
8 USA 8448 Carl Buchan Jamie Buchan 12 -22 9 18 6 5 50
9 USA 8362 Vincent Brun Brian Terhaar 4 5 -41 12 5 29 55
10 CAN 8028 Steven Fleckenstein Rob Mulder 15 -25 7 25 9 7 63
11 GER 8331 Hubert Merkelbach Gerrit Bartel 20 4 -25 13 12 17 66
12 BRA 8390 Alessandro Pascolato Henry Raul Boening 16 10 -40 26 13 3 68
13 USA 8440 Jim Buckingham Austin Sperry 5 - 67 ocs 11 7 15 34 72
14 USA 8323 Eric Doyle Payson Infelise 10 15 19 21 -34 12 77
15 CAN 8143 Brian Cramer Cam Lymburner 22 8 15 -38 24 9 78
16 SUI 8479 Jean-Pascal Chatagny Patrick Ducommun 18 2 20 -51 14 25 79
17 BRA 8474 Lars Schmidt Grael Samuel F. Goncalves 1 20 36 -37 28 2 87
18 USA 8072 Doug Smith Myles H. A. Prichard 14 21 -52 17 19 18 89
19 USA 7620 Derek De Couteau Jamie Stewart 27 27 6 -43 10 24 94
20 USA 8229 Tomas Hornos Josh Revkin 29 17 13 22 - 67 bfd 13 94
21 USA 8291 William G. Swigart Brian Fatih 24 18 18 20 -31 14 94
22 USA 8000 Arthur Anosov David Caesar 30 -37 24 14 23 4 95
23 USA 8082 Ben Mitchell Julian Busch 19 33 29 -34 4 11 96
24 USA 8336 Steve Brown Erick Lange -36 35 10 9 11 35 100
25 USA 7741 Benjamin Sternberg Valentin Veytsman 33 13 17 27 22 -39 112
26 BRA 8459 Admar Gonzaga Neto Andre Serpa 34 32 16 10 -45 21 113
27 USA 7209 Mark Butler John Rudderham 25 -36 30 16 35 10 116
28 SUI 7929 Michel Niklaus Tyler Bjorn 28 43 14 28 - 67 bfd 6 119
29 UKR 8247 Vasyl Gureyev Vitalii Kushnir 35 14 -45 24 29 27 129
30 USA 8015 Donny Massey Isao Toyama 23 29 -51 23 21 40 136
31 USA 8361 Tom Londrigan, Jr. Rick Peters - 67 ocs 12 39 19 23 rdg 44 137
32 SUI 8409 Christoph Gautschi Dominik Schenk 39 26 23 32 -53 20 140
33 ARG 8268 Alejandro Bugacov Eugenio Cingolani 17 40 42 30 25 -53 154
34 USA 8023 Mike Dorgan Matt Dorgan 11 9 43 - 67 dnf 44 51 158
35 USA 8088 Stephen G Gould Greg Sieck 40 23 54 11 33 -55 161
36 USA 8162 Chuck Driscoll Jim Oberg -59 48 8 47 18 42 163
37 SWE 7978 Ingvar J-son Krook Benjamin Pettersen 37 30 49 15 -51 32 163
38 USA 8410 Mike Phinney Rick Burgess -48 28 32 44 39 23 166
39 CAN 8466 Stuart Hebb Mike Wolfs - 67 dsq 31 12 31 27 67 ret 168
40 USA 8260 Bill Buchan Erik Bentzen - 67 ocs 24 44 35 17 52 172
41 CAN 8271 Allan Cullen Dave Martin 21 -53 37 48 38 30 174
42 USA 8087 Keith Donald Kevin Elterman 52 52 5 -58 41 41 191
43 USA 8163 Jon Pelliconi Henry Brawner 49 41 34 36 32 -56 192
44 BRA 8403 Frederico H. V. de Lima Renato Moura 51 60 26 41 16 - 67 ret 194
45 USA 8306 Thomas E. Springer David Wood - 67 ocs 46 31 40 47 38 202
46 CAN 8389 Jerry Wendt Bryan Milne 32 54 47 33 -55 37 203
47 USA 7621 Peter F. Costa Jessica Costa 41 57 27 39 40 - 67 dnf 204
48 USA 6840 Chris Wright Kyle Henehan 38 -59 55 49 37 26 205
49 CAN 8235 Mark Passmore Chris Rogers 31 39 58 53 30 - 67 ret 211
50 USA 8379 Bill Allen Eric Beckwith 43 42 -50 29 49 49 212
51 USA 7844 Foss Miller Malcolm Macneil 53 47 28 - 67 dnf 67 bfd 19 214
52 GER 8416 Hubert Rauch Kilian Weise 60 51 - 67 dsq 42 42 22 217
53 USA 8187 Robert A Teitge Sam Eadie 54 -63 21 52 48 47 222
54 FRA 7663 Guillaume Rasse Nina Aviles 42 56 -60 57 36 31 222
55 USA 7294 Charles Beek Chas Beek - 67 ocs 50 46 61 52 36 245
56 USA 8065 Doug Steele Andy Dippel 50 49 56 46 -57 45 246
57 USA 8189 Robbie Haines Chris Barnard 44 34 35 - 67 dnc 67 dnc 67 dnc 247
58 USA 7425 Laura Beigel Read Beigel 47 -58 38 56 50 58 249
59 USA 8269 Jock Kohlhas John Wulff 56 44 -64 45 58 46 249
60 USA 8267 Stephen Gunther Ed Morey 58 45 -62 50 46 50 249
61 CAN 8017 Bruce Long Paul Cobban 45 - 67 dnf 48 54 54 48 249
62 USA 7531 William Gerard Bill Gerard 57 -61 59 59 56 28 259
63 USA 8484 Larry Whipple Mark Strube 26 38 - 67 dnc 67 dnc 67 dnc 67 dnc 265
64 USA 8215 John Chiarella Bob Carlson 46 55 57 -60 59 54 271
65 VIE 8176 Huy Nguyen Andro Korlaet 55 64 53 - 67 dns 43 57 272
66 USA 7977 Paul Kresge Jon Kidder 61 62 63 55 - 67 bfd 43 284
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