ISCYRA  Regatta Report

Sat Apr 9th, 2016 through Sun Apr 17th, 2016

World Champions Augie Diaz and Bruno Prada. Photo by Marco Oquendo

World Champions Augie Diaz and Bruno Prada. Photo by Marco Oquendo

2016 Star Worlds Championship

 

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Sailed at Miami, Forida, USA. Results for six races on April 10-16.

Race One Report:
72 teams from 13 nations, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Ukraine and United States, faced tough conditions and high competition on the first day of the Star Worlds 2016.

The race course offered spectacular conditions on Biscayne Bay with winds of 15 knots and gusts of 18 knots at the top of the course from 80° and very choppy. The Race Committee set the Course "0" with 2.2 miles long legs and fired the first signal on time at 11.30 hrs with 3 attempts.

The third start was done under Black Flag. Finally, the third trial to start this first race was valid but unfortunately, some Star Sailors flew off the pin getting over. They were: Paul Cayard / Brian Fatih, James Babel / Scott Benson, Torben Schmidt Grael / Guilherme de Almeida, Allan Cullen / Dave Martin and Robert Stanjek / Frithjof Kleen.

Competitors had to fight for a good position on the first upwind leg. At the first part, the majority of the fleet sailed to the left side of the course to the windward and then most of them moved to the right. At first, looked like the right was the favored side but at the top of the windward, the tricky and typical lefty of Biscayne Bay gave an advantage to the fleet that was coming from the left, making the sailors reached the first mark without much separation.

The disqualified sailors abandoned the race and the fleet saw several position changes as Paul Cayard was coming first as many of others BFD Sailors that were at the top. Through the reach, the last Star World Champion, Lars Grael, made a great recovery next to the Team Croatia and Team Argentina.

The wind shifted on the last second upwind making the Race Committee reset the marks. This time the wind shift right at the top of the mark and some sailors got over the lay line making big changes on the positions of the sailors: The second upwind was rounded by John MacCausland / Dave Caesar, followed by Brian Ledbetter / Joshua Revkin.

The fleet completed the downwind and by the third upwind the definition of this first race finally came: George Szabo / Steve Mitchell led the fleet and the second place was held by Luke Lawrence / Ian Coleman who had a tight finish against Augie Diaz / Bruno Prada who finished in the third place.

Tomorrow the regatta schedule continues with the second race of the Star World Championship 2016. Everything can happen as three Top Star Sailors of the Class got BFD:Paul Cayard, Torben Grael and the team Robert Stanjek & Frithjof Kleen giving the fleet a little advantage.

Race Two Report:
The race course offered typical conditions of Biscayne Bay with the wind at 15– 18 knots from the 90 degrees and 2 foot waves. The Race Committee set a Course 3 with 2.2 mile long legs and fired the first signal on time at 11.35 hrs.

The start line was clear. Torben Schmidt Grael & Guilherme de Almeida enjoyed a perfect beginning at the pin with pretty good speed. Although the start was a key factor, the upwind leg is very long and Robert Stanjek & Frithjof Kleen took a big advantage before the first mark and kept it until the end. He executed a perfect race reading the shifts better than anyone else, he was able to secure the first place crossing the line for at least, 10 boat lengths of distance with the second.

Torben Grael worked hard during the whole race to finally clench the second place finish ahead team of Diego Negri with a tight finish making a boat-to-boat combat right before the finish line.

Although Team Germany, Stanjek & Kleen and the Team Brasil, Grael & de Almeida had a good race, they were disqualified yesterday so there is still big battle to fight for them.

The most consistently sailor that humbly had a great race was Augie Diaz who is leading the Overall Results after obtaining a 3th and 4th position through the two first races. He said that he was fortunate to get fourth and that the crew is very important.

Race Three Report:
At 10.15am the Race Committee got teams off on race day 3 at the Star Worlds 2016 to complete the third race of the schedule. Plenty of sunshine and very light conditions.

The race got underway after a postponement due to light winds around 4 and 6 knots depending in which place of the course you were measuring it. The Race Committee waited for the wind to establish and 12.35 pm the first Warning Signal was shot with a Course 3 (five legs) at 2 miles a leg, 5 knots of wind speed and a pretty flat water with a beautiful blue sky.

They had to go through three attempts before having a clear start: The first was postponed to adjust the starting line so they avoided a general recall. The second one, the RC was forced to order a general recall when the majority of the fleet was over at the pin before the gun. And finally the third one was completely clear.

With each day the competition the Star fleet grew more intense. Torben Grael had a great start but it was not enough to reach the top: He went to the left with some of the top sailors that were expecting for a lefty but the middle-right side of the course was finally favor and those ones that went to left couldn’t cross the fleet despite to a wonderful start.

Augie Diaz and Bruno Prada got the first mark in second place behind Brian Ledbetter who was leading the fleet. Diego Negri also was very close at the third place.

On the downwind leg, engaged in a one-on-one battle for the best position, Augie gain the advantage of a good speed being the first boat to round the downwind mark.

Diego Negri, who was coming behind Augie also took the opportunity of this battle and got second place maintaining almost all the race when at the end Brian Ledbetter stole his position and Negri finished at 4th place behind Robert Cullen who made a great recovery along the race.

After the first downwind, Augie took the controlling position over the fleet rounding all the marks first positioning solidly in the top in today's race and now he leads the table for 6 points forward of Diego Negri.

Tomorrow the teams will have a Lay Day where they will enjoy a Sailor’s BBQ at the historic Stiltsville - a group of wood stilt houses located one mile south of Cape Florida on sand banks on the edge of Biscayne Bay. Thus event is sponsored by Boston Beer and Coral Reef Yacht Club.

Race Four Report
The Star sailors kicked off race 4 with the signal given at 11.55am . It was generally a clear start with only a single individual recall for the 72 teams competing in the fourth race of the 2016 Star World Championship. The single recalled team was San Francisco's Andrew Macdonald & Brad Nichol. The race was comprised of a Course 3 (five legs) at 2 miles a leg, 7 knots in 140 of wind direction.

The fleet was divided in two as they crossed the line. Playing the middle-right in the first leg was more favored but speed was also a big factor for this light wind day. As the day progressed, the wind turned slightly to the right and climbed to 10 knots.

Brian Ledbetter rounded the first mark at the top of the fleet and maintained his position until the last mark rounding. On the last leg, Diego Negri took a lefty in the last crossings before the finish line overtaking the Silver Olympic Medallist, Brian Ledbetter for the win.

Augie Diaz & Bruno Prada posted a third place and keep their lead in the overall results. Diego Negri continues in 2nd place overall just 4 points behind Augie.

Brian Ledbetter climbed to 3rd overall after his last two strong finishes.

Race Five Report
The conditions were gorgeous. The 7 Knots had built up to 10 knots at 185 of wind. It took four attempts for the 72 teams to begin the fifth race in the 2016 Star World Championship. The fleet was aggressive on the starting line and with the majority of the boats over early, the Race Officer ordered a general recall. Following the general recall, Race Committee squared the starting line pushing the pin forward for the next start. Shortly after the second starting sequence began and the fleet was once again over so they went into a third one. Only three teams were over: Lars Ahlstrom & Lars Edwall: Bert Collins & Jacob Doyle and James Babel & Scott Benson. Throughout the rest of the race, the Race Committee continued to monitor the unstable wind and made every necessary adjustment to ensure the sailors had a fair race.

The race was intense and the leaders changed at every mark. It was a stressful one, watching the sailors fight in a boat-to-boat combat for the lead. At the first mark, Peter Vesella took the lead with a tight fleet rounding. Paul Cayard came from the left side of the course and tacked behind Peter consolidating the second place. The downwind was a speed battle where Luke Lawrence took a big advantage rounding the second mark in first position. He was ahead of the fleet till the last downwind where Diego Negri took the lead and made a solid race to the finish line. With five of six scheduled races completed and with the worst score discarded there are still 3 teams on the bubble hoping to sail well enough to keep their hopes alive for the gold.

Race Six Report:
The final race of the Star Worlds 2016 was crucial as there were five contenders in the running and only one point between the first place, Diego Negri & Sergio Lambertenghi and second place, Augie Diaz & Bruno Prada.

Light winds on Biscayne Bay delayed the start of the last day of races, but at 12.30pm, the wind climbed to 7 knots and the Race Committee completed the sixth race, as scheduled.

After four attempts the Race Officer ordered a black flag and the start was good except for ten star sailors that were over. The battle began at the starting sequence when Augie Diaz and Diego Negro chased each other fighting for the control of the start line.

A pack of boats arrived at the windward mark with Paul Cayard leading. Brian Ledbetter was winning the regatta with a mid-fleet position because Augie and Diego where far behind in the sixties.

The day was a shifty one so concentration and patience were required for the entire race. The Race Committee had to call for a change course for several of the legs during the afternoon as the wind oscillated first to right and then to left in this position changing game.

On the third leg, Augie Diaz & Bruno Prada did a great job reading the shifts recovering from a 60th to a 7th by the second windward mark. From there, it was all about tactic as Diego was close behind them. The US Team pushed Diego and Sergio to the wrong side resulting in Diego finishing 7th and Augie finishing 5th. The points were just enough for Augie and Bruno to be crowned Star World Champions.

Luke Lawrence & Ian Coleman won the last race of the Worlds with Paul Cayard close behind them.

Angie summed up the last race: An incredible feeling!!! Not sure if I deserve it, but I take it. We did a great job the last race. Bruno did an outstanding job of coming back, time after time, after we have gain big advantages. In fact, in the middle of the last windward leg I thought that Diego was winning the worlds, because we had a big right shift and we went a very far right and he was right behind us and we won, he got second, so he would win the worlds. I just feel very fortunate, its a group of elite sailors that I really dont know if I belong to but I am very very happy and I have to thank God, I have to thank Bruno Prada, my father for helping me so much for my sailing career and its a great feeling to be a World Champion. And he affirms that Bruno Prada is a Gold Medal Maker.

For Bruno Prada this is the fourth World Championship Title after sailing with the Olympic Medallist, Robert Scheidt. He has been sailing with Augie for seven years and he feels that a dream came true: "One of my big achievements was winning a Worlds with Augie Diaz. To win a Star World Championship you have to be in a special week and definitely we were in this special week. We started doing good races, getting confident and for a reason that I cannot explain, some energy, everything that we do worked well. Its a little bit of plan it but sometimes you plan it and it doesnt work."


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
1 USA 8465   Augie Diaz   Bruno Prada   USA 8465   BisB   3.0 4.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 5.0 14
2 Stellore   Diego Negri   Sergio Lambertenghi   ITA 8497   VE   7.0 3.0 4.0 1.0 1.0 7.0 16
3 Akimbo   Brian Ledbetter   Joshua Revkin   USA 8203   PS   5.0 20.0 2.0 2.0 7.0 9.0 25
4 Renata   Lars Schmidt Grael   Samuel Gonalves   BRA 8474   Par   9.0 12.0 5.0 4.0 8.0 12.0 38
5 USA 1888   Luke Lawrence   Ian Coleman   USA 8498   BisB   2.0 6.0 29.0 26.0 4.0 1.0 39
6 Axel   Paul Cayard   Brian Fatih   USA 8506   WSFB   73.0 [BFD] 14.0 7.0 18.0 2.0 4.0 45
7 Rachel   Andrew Macdonald   Brad Nichol   USA 8250   NH   11.0 5.0 8.0 11.0 14.0 73.0 [DNF] 49
8 Pawseidon   Peter Vessella   Phil Trinter   USA 8496   BisB   4.0 25.0 11.0 5.0 5.0 73.0 [DNF] 50
9 USA 8320   George Szabo   Steve Mitchell   USA 8320   SDB   1.0 9.0 19.0 16.0 15.0 18.0 59
10 GER 8340   Robert Stanjek   Frithjof Kleen   GER 8340   BF   73.0 [BFD] 1.0 23.0 22.0 12.0 3.0 61
11 Lara   Hubert Merkelbach   Markus Koy   GER 8450   UB   10.0 17.0 18.0 8.0 11.0 35.0 64
12 Vida Bandida   Torben Schmidt Grael   Guilherme De Almeida   BRA 8510   Gua   73.0 [BFD] 2.0 16.0 6.0 6.0 36.0 66
13 USA 8323   Eric Doyle   Payson Infelise   USA 8323   NH   8.0 8.0 25.0 15.0 10.0 73.0 [BFD] 66.0001
14 Stella   John Maccausland   Dave Caesar   USA 8490   CR   6.0 18.0 24.0 10.0 13.0 40.0 71
15 Uragano   Tom Londrigan Jr   TC Belco   USA 8505   LS   25.0 7.0 10.0 14.0 20.0 23.0 74
16 SUI 7829   Jean-Pascal Chatagny   Serge Pulfer   SUI 7829   G   24.0 16.0 15.0 19.0 53.0 6.0 80
17 USA 8440   Jim Buckingham   Craig Moss   USA 8440   NH   19.0 13.0 22.0 35.0 16.0 11.0 81
18 MIISCA   Alessandro Pascolato   Henry Boening   BRA 8494   GuB   26.0 11.0 12.0 13.0 73.0 [DSQ] 20.0 82
19 ARG 8239   Julio Labandeira   Santiago G Otharan   ARG 8239   OL   16.0 24.0 26.0 34.0 19.0 2.0 87
20 Croatel Two   Marin Misura   Tonko Barac   CRO 8360   Dal   23.0 26.0 17.0 45.0 22.0 8.0 96
21 UNVRNO   Torkel Borgstrom   Juan Pablo Engelhard   ARG 8502   BA   12.0 36.0 20.0 9.0 26.0 73.0 [BFD] 103
22 AUT 8423   Christian Nehammer   Florian Urban   AUT 8423   Att   33.0 43.0 6.0 23.0 31.0 13.0 106
23 ARG 7909   Hector Longarela   Hugo Longarela   ARG 7909   OL   18.0 38.0 9.0 31.0 18.0 31.0 107
24 Best Wind   Roberto Benamati   Alberto Ambrosini   ITA 7488   Gar   20.0 10.0 13.0 43.0 21.0 73.0 [BFD] 107
25 Arctur   Vasyl Gureyev   Oleg Tsypko   UKR 8493   Ukr   13.0 15.0 50.0 36.0 28.0 15.0 107
26 SWE 8446   Tom Lofstedt   Jesper Sundman   SWE 8446   RS   17.0 19.0 41.0 7.0 39.0 28.0 110
27 CAN 8247   Robert Cullen   James Hynes   CAN 8247   EB   34.0 32.0 3.0 25.0 25.0 46.0 119
28 USA 8000   Arthur Anosov   Edward Morey   USA 8000   SL   31.0 31.0 27.0 28.0 9.0 24.0 119
29 Remarc   Brian Cramer   Rick Burgess   CAN 8445   WLOC   15.0 21.0 32.0 38.0 40.0 22.0 128
30 Econ Industries   Reinhard Schmidt   Magnus Liljedahl   GER 8427   ZuW   22.0 30.0 40.0 73.0 [DNF] 17.0 19.0 128
31 Pied Piper   Jack Jennings   Brendan Larabee   USA 8464   LS   27.0 35.0 21.0 20.0 27.0 73.0 [BFD] 130
32 Barbarella IV   Tibor Tenke   Miklos Bezereti   HUN 8386   Ore   35.0 22.0 42.0 12.0 24.0 73.0 [BFD] 135
33 SUI 8351   Henrik Dannesboe   Jan Bonhoeffer   SUI 8351   Sem   44.0 27.0 34.0 24.0 29.0 27.0 141
34 Pichon Pichoni   Erich Mones Ruiz   Gerardo Della Torre   ARG 8285   BisB   47.0 42.0 35.0 21.0 38.0 21.0 157
35 Voodoo   Stefan Lehnert   Dietmar Hobbie   GER 8361   Brm   30.0 28.0 73.0 [DSQ] 27.0 43.0 37.0 165
36 Maricota   Admar Gonzaga   Alex Figueiredo De Freitas   BRA 8477   Par   28.0 39.0 38.0 30.0 36.0 73.0 [BFD] 171
37 USA 8264   Douglas Schofield   Robert Schofield   USA 8264   ES   73.0 [DNC] 23.0 45.0 17.0 73.0 [BFD] 14.0 172
38 Diecidecimi   Giovanni Coppo   MASSIMO CANALI   ITA 8219   Man   36.0 47.0 33.0 59.0 33.0 25.0 174
39 Fram   Christoph Gautschi   Jurg Koenig   SUI 8499   Bod   21.0 59.0 47.0 40.0 23.0 44.0 175
40 Yster   Erik Dahlen   Lars Kangasniemi   SWE 8108   SwB   38.0 48.0 28.0 32.0 41.0 42.0 181
41 Southern Star   Jerry Wendt   Ezra Culver   CAN 8272   WLOC   43.0 40.0 43.0 44.0 54.0 16.0 186
42 ARG 8279   Fabian Mac Gowan   Ariel Simonet   ARG 8279   OL   32.0 37.0 30.0 56.0 37.0 73.0 [BFD] 192
43 Los Ballos   Haico De Boer   Tim Ray   NED 8473   Hol   45.0 29.0 49.0 29.0 45.0 73.0 [BFD] 197
44 Asterope   Raffaello Astorri   Alessandro Vongher   ITA 8402   Viar   37.0 33.0 59.0 33.0 47.0 47.0 197
45 Treachery   Jack Rickard   Sam Eadie   USA 8036   WH   41.0 44.0 36.0 53.0 42.0 34.0 197
46 CAN 7887   John Hokanson   Alar Volmer   CAN 7887   BisB   53.0 73.0 [DNC] 31.0 49.0 48.0 17.0 198
47 ITA 8444   Nicolo Saidelli   Marcelo Ferreira   ITA 8444   Lec   14.0 46.0 65.0 57.0 58.0 29.0 204
48 SUI 8232   Wil Wargnier   Sebastien Guidoux   SUI 8232   G   46.0 51.0 39.0 60.0 46.0 30.0 212
49 SWE 7978   Ingvar Krook   Christoffer Lundgren   SWE 7978   Ar   54.0 55.0 37.0 41.0 30.0 73.0 [DNF] 217
50 CAN 8271   Allan Cullen   Dave Martin   CAN 8271   EB   73.0 [BFD] 41.0 48.0 42.0 57.0 33.0 221
51 Vivi   Frederico Viegas   Renato Moura   BRA 8403   Par   51.0 64.0 51.0 46.0 65.0 10.0 222
52 Logistikstar   Henning Voigt   Dirk Struve   GER 8130   Aac   42.0 45.0 61.0 47.0 50.0 38.0 222
53 Big Jim   Mike Hecky   Guy Avellon   USA 8395   CR   63.0 28.0 [28.0, RDG] 63.0 58.0 35.0 43.0 227
54 Bliss IV   Staffan Thunell   Peter Soderblom   SWE 8275   SwB   40.0 50.0 60.0 51.0 34.0 73.0 [BFD] 235
55 Oelvente   Arnd Glunde   Marcel Beltz   GER 7982   Neu   39.0 49.0 68.0 52.0 32.0 73.0 [BFD] 240
56 USA 8083   Derek Decouteau   Bob Rinker   USA 8083   BI   62.0 52.0 58.0 37.0 44.0 49.0 240
57 SWE 7608   Lars Ahlstrom   Lars Edwall   SWE 7608   Katt   55.0 34.0 44.0 73.0 [OCS] 73.0 [BFD] 41.0 247
58 High Octane   Lothar Geilen   Horst Geilen   GER 8396   BisB   48.0 57.0 53.0 39.0 51.0 73.0 [BFD] 248
59 Dodie   Carroll McCallum   Jock Kohlhas   USA 8420   CLIS   52.0 73.0 [DNF] 52.0 66.0 56.0 26.0 252
60 USA 8059   Robert Lippincott   Michael Zuschnitt   USA 8059   ES   49.0 60.0 46.0 50.0 62.0 50.0 255
61 GER 8416   Hubert Rauch   Killian Weise   GER 8416   And   73.0 [DNC] 73.0 [DNF] 54.0 55.0 55.0 32.0 269
62 GER 8179   Klaus Meyer   Jurg Mueller   GER 8179   Brm   50.0 54.0 57.0 68.0 49.0 73.0 [BFD] 278
63 Atair   Walter Soellner   Xaver Soellner   GER 8407   CBM   59.0 73.0 [DNC] 64.0 54.0 64.0 45.0 286
64 GER 7499   John Helmsing   Marko Hasche   GER 7499   HF   58.0 58.0 70.0 63.0 59.0 48.0 286
65 Grinch   Bert Collins   Jacob Doyle   USA 8063   AN   29.0 73.0 [DNF] 66.0 48.0 73.0 [BFD] 73.0 [DNF] 289
66 USA 8507   James Revkin   Roger Sharp   USA 8507   Mid   56.0 65.0 69.0 67.0 63.0 39.0 290
67 Sonya   John Chiarella   Robert Carlson   USA 8215   Sun   61.0 63.0 56.0 62.0 67.0 51.0 293
68 Fast Pony   James Babel   Scott Benson   USA 8175   GL   73.0 [BFD] 56.0 55.0 65.0 52.0 73.0 [BFD] 301
69 USA 8267   Stephen Gunther   Kyle McVane   USA 8267   CarL   57.0 62.0 62.0 64.0 60.0 73.0 [BFD] 305
70 Baraka Blue   Larry Whipple   Austin Sperry   USA 8484   BisB   73.0 [DNC] 73.0 [DNC] 14.0 73.0 [DNC] 73.0 [DNC] 73.0 [DNC] 306
71 Puffin   David Branch   Kate Schalk   USA 8184   BI   60.0 61.0 67.0 61.0 61.0 73.0 [DNF] 310
72 Elusive   Hans Bucher   Paul Kresge   USA 8100   CD   64.0 73.0 [DNC] 71.0 69.0 66.0 73.0 [DNC] 343

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