|District 20 Regatta Report|| |
Mon Jan 24th, 2011 through Fri Jan 28th, 2011
Podium at the Rolex MOCR. Photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster.
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Final Results of 10 races plus the medal race are below:
Reports by Barby MacGowan:
Day Two: On Tuesday morning for the second day of racing, flags ashore stood straight from their staffs as sailors enjoyed up to 18 knots of breezes on Biscayne Bay, where seven race courses are accommodating 716 sailors in 13 classes. After two races in the Star class, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) hold their lead from yesterday, with Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen (SWE) five points behind. Scheidt is a five-time Olympic medalist while Loof is an Olympic medalist and a two-time world champion. "There is still a long way to go, but we are happy," said Scheidt. "The event has grown a lot since I was last here in 2006. The only top players we are missing here are Iain Percy (GBR) and Mateus Kusznierewicz (POL). We are ranked #1 but Percy is the current world champion, so he is the man."
Day Three: Things started out slowly this morning at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR when all but one class was postponed ashore due to light wind that followed morning showers, but the entire fleet was back in action on Biscayne Bay by afternoon, with sunshine and fresh breezes to improve their day.
Andrew Campbell reported on the 3rd day's action: We had two lousy races to start both yesterday and today. Both days were slightly breezier in the first races and we put ourselves close to making a leap for the top 15 but caught bad breaks in both cases. Instead we settled for a 31, 20. Fortunately we were able to press the reset button and regroup for the second races of the days to put a 2, 1 on the scoreboard. If only we can put two races together tomorrow we’ll be right in the hunt! The last race yesterday we drag raced with Robert Schiedt and Andy Horton into the left side of the racecourse and were able to scrape past Andy, but in the fight for second let Robert and Bruno get away all by themselves. In the second race today, we were the boat all by ourselves. After a mid-line start we sailed the lifted tack for about 7 minutes and tacked on the first header of any significance. After another 8 minutes on port we had about a minute left on starboard and led around the first mark by 4 lengths. We extended on the run and never saw another boat after that. The race restored our faith that we’re doing the right things and need to continue to press on even if we have a shocker race. We’re quietly climbing up the leaderboard, currently standing in 10th.
Day Four report by Barby MacGowan: Brazil’s Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada turned in an 11-12 today in breezes that were as low as four knots. “Not great scores, but a lot of top guys did even worse,” said Scheidt. “I should say we survived the day...we sailed too conservatively today; you had to be confident and take one side or the other, and we missed those decisions.”
Fredrik Loof/Max Salminen (SWE) took a tumble today, dropping down to seventh from second yesterday. The team finished 47th in race one, and used it as a throw-out, then added a 36th to their score line in the second race. With only one throw-out allowed, the second double-digit finish was a devastating blow.
Xavier Rohart (FRA) has been enduring a slow recovery from a biking accident, but at this regatta, he has hit his stride and is in second place now after today’s two races. He is an Olympic medalist and two-time Star champion. His crew is Pierre Alexis Ponsot, a Finn sailor.
Day Five report by Andrew Campbell:
Medal Race Report by Barby MacGowan:
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