District 20  Regatta Report

Sat Nov 10th, 2007 through Sun Nov 11th, 2007

Winners Peter Bromby and Lee White

Winners Peter Bromby and Lee White

2007 Schoonmaker Cup


Schoonmaker Cup - Biscayne Bay
By Lynn Fitzpatrick

If you can’t sail an Olympic qualifying regatta in your home waters, the next best thing would be to sail the regatta at your favorite venue away from home. Peter Bromby and Lee White proved this weekend that they are well on their way to qualifying Bermuda for the 2008 Olympics in the men’s keelboat discipline. They won the Schoonmaker Cup, the first Star regatta of the Miami winter sailing season. Peter has his sites set on steering a Star boat in the Olympics for the fifth time. If they grab one of the four as yet unclaimed Star berths by doing well at the 2008 Star World Championships in Miami in April 2008, it will be Lee’s fourth trip to the Olympics as Peter’s crew.

There are many similarities between the Miami’s Biscayne Bay and Bermuda’s Great Sound, especially on a crisp, sunny weekend when the winds were from the North early on Saturday and never went to the right of East all weekend on Biscayne Bay. Peter and Lee could look up the Bay and read the pressure and shifts and then pick their spot on the starting line. Having trained in winder conditions during Thursday and Friday when they demonstrated comfort with the Bay by winning all of the practice races, and determined to maintain their confidence level, they executed a nice pin end start during Sunday’s first race and the first race to be completed in the regatta. They were in the company of Prof O’Connell (IRL) sailing with former Star world champion crew, Steve Mitchell (GBR) and John Dane, III and Austin Sperry (USA). When the boats from the pin end of the line reached the weather mark, they were in 2, 3, 4 just behind Joe Zambella and Chris Lanza (USA); however O’Connell/Mitchell never made it to the offset mark, because their name was posted on the OCS board. Playing the oscillations for the remainder of the windward-leeward, twice around race, Peter and Lee constantly challenged for the lead, but finished about 25-yards behind Peter McChesney and Shane Zwingelberg (USA).

Peter and Lee moved their start further up the line during the second race and finished third behind O’Connell/Mitchell who had had the opportunity to study the conditions from the sidelines during the first race and Miamian Augie Diaz (who won the Snipe North American Championships on the Great Sound earlier this year) and Phil Trinter. McChesney/Zwingelberg were fifth in the second race so Peter and Lee went into the final race of the regatta with a one-point lead over McChesney/Zwingelberg. The Bermudians stepped it up on the line a little more, starting closer to the boat than in the previous two races and rounded the first weather mark in the top of the pack. With the big picture in mind, Peter and Lee protected their position against McChesney/Zwingelberg rather than challenge Eivind Melleby and Petter Moreland Pederson (NOR) for the bullet and settled for a second in the final race of the three-race regatta on their favorite home away from home sailing venue, Biscayne Bay.

The regatta results are indicative of the determination of the sailors from the countries that have not yet qualified for the Olympics to put in a long training season in Miami with the hope of qualifying. The Bermudians, Canadians, Finns, Norwegians, Danes and Irish have put in major efforts in Miami early this year and Europe during the summer. Aside from John Dane III and Austin Sperry (USA), who only completed one race, none of the other countries or Star teams that have qualified for the Olympics was represented.

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 Total
1 BER 8044   Bromby Peter   White Lee   BER 8044   Isol   2.0 3.0 2.0 7
2 USA 8264   McChesney Peter   Zwingelberg Shane   USA 8264   AN   1.0 5.0 3.0 9
3 CAN 8143   Cramer Brian   Bjorn Tyler   CAN 8143   WLOC   4.0 4.0 7.0 15
4 FIN 8094   MAKILA Jali   Heinonen Erkki   FIN 8094   FIN   5.0 7.0 4.0 16
5 NOR 8234   Melleby Eivind   Pederson Petter M   NOR 8234   Nor   12.0 6.0 1.0 19
6 USA 8045   Diaz Augie   Trinter Phil   USA 8045   BisB   7.0 2.0 10.0 19.0001
7 DEN 8232   Dannesboe Henrik   Lauritsen Claus   DEN 8232   Sem   8.0 11.0 8.0 27
8 ARG 8169   Zanetti Alberto   WarpburpGustavo   ARG 8169   OL   10.0 14.0 6.0 30
9 USA 8157   Anosov Arthur   Burgess Richard   USA 8157   SL   9.0 9.0 12.0 30.0001
10 IRL 8254   O'Connell Maurice   Mitchell Steve   IRL 8254   Isol   25.0 [OCS] 1.0 5.0 31
11 USA 8269   Kohlhas Jock   Scott Larry   USA 8269   BisB   11.0 12.0 9.0 32
12 USA 8063   Collins Bert   Avellon Guy   USA 8063   AN   13.0 10.0 13.0 36
13 USA 8245   Zambella Joe   Lanza Chris   USA 8245   BH   6.0 17.0 17.0 40
14 USA 8043   Ivey Andy   Krakower Reid   USA 8043   Sun   16.0 13.0 11.0 40.0001
15 USA 8087   McNeil Kevin   Hatfield Bruce   USA 8087   AN   15.0 16.0 14.0 45
16 USA 8132   De La Villehuchet Thierry   Gesing Witslel   USA 8132   Mid   14.0 8.0 25.0 [DNS] 47
17 USA 7970   Hopkins Sam   Brown Chris   USA 7970   AN   17.0 15.0 20.0 52
18 USA 7934   Von Schwarz Karl   Wharton Rich   USA 7934   AN   18.0 18.0 16.0 52.0001
19 USA 8230   Dane III John   Sperry Austin   USA 8230   MoB   3.0 25.0 [DNS] 25.0 [DNS] 53
20 USA 7964   Kohlermann IV Charles   Kohlermann III Charles   USA 7964   NCB   22.0 19.0 15.0 56
21 USA 8000   Rogers Chris   Hartman David   USA 8000   BisB   19.0 20.0 18.0 57
22 USA 7851   Phinney Mike   Balmert Brad   USA 7851   SLE   21.0 21.0 19.0 61
23 USA 7521   Tyson Jay   Dufeny Mark   USA 7521   TaB   20.0 25.0 [DNS] 25.0 [DNS] 70
24 USA 7999   Hausen Tiani   Sisino Cris   USA 7999   BisB   25.0 [DNS] 25.0 [DNS] 25.0 [DNS] 75

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