District 14  Regatta Report

Thu Jun 11th, 2015 through Sat Jun 13th, 2015

Locman Race Around Elba 2015


The 4th race of the Marciana Marina Portoferraio the 2015 Locman Race Around Elba has been completed. Ben Sternberg / Joshua Revkin USA won the 3rd stage and thus the overall. Dan Wyss / Urs Joss got silver and Martin Ingold / Mario Bischoff the bronze.

Cliffs alternate on the north side of Elba with wide bays on inland valleys. The increasing south wind of 20kts was a tricky thing because of possible gusts. The women team Jeannette Furlenmeier / Denise Wiedmaier decided not to start.

At 11.40 the start was in the bay in front of Portoferraio. The teams sailed about 5km to the east to a gate mark at the tip of Capo d'Enfola peninsula. The three boats leading in the overall ranking were in their ranking order immediately at the front of the field. With a "raumen" wind from the south the boats were at full speed (8-10 kt.) Shortly after the start the team Daniel Christian / Ulrik Schulze harbor went back in and gave up. 1500 meters before the first gate the 4th ranked team Dan Wyss / Urs Joss was in second place. Within 100 m and shortly before 12:00 the first 5 teams got to the Tor mark in Capo d'Enfola.

The course was then to the south and the boats were on starboard along the coast. Ben Sternberg / Joshua Revkin kept their boat level and drove a more direct course to the next mark. In their wake Dan Wyss / Urs Joos followed. Martin Ingold and the Gebr. Scheidegger lost about 300 m further outward. Midway to their destination, the teams were 100 - 200 m apart. The US team, meter by meter, left Dan Wyss and had a lead of 150 meters. The two outer teams Ingold and Scheidegger were 250 and 350 meters back of the leading boat. Before the port entrance there was still a second mark to pass. Tactically this left no great opportunities, as this was the shortest route to the destination.

After 55 minutes, the first to reach the mark Punta Falcone were Ben Sternberg / Joshua Revkin with Dan Wyss behind by 130 m. The team Ingold / Bischoff followed further 150 m back. The Gebr. Scheidegger dared an attack by turning toward land. Ingold passed through the gate mark 50 meters in front of Kurt Scheidegger. While Kurt Scheidegger rides on the bow in the bay, Martin Ingold pulled out yet further. In the meantime, the two leaders were already 500 meters to the finish. Ben Sternberg / Joshua Revkin had a lead of 250 meters to Dan Wyss / Urs Joos, which saw them safely to the finish.

After 1 hour and 7 minutes Ben Sternberg / Joshua had Revking crossed the finish line. With this 3rd stage win they are therefore the clear winner of the first Race Around Elba. In second place with a gap of 1:20 minutes followed Dan Wyss / Urs Joos. Rank 3 went to Martin Ingold / Dario Bischoff, who beat the team Kurt Scheidegger / Markus Scheidegger at the finish point and in 4h were are Robert Rauss / Rolf Eigenmann. Beat Sauter / Caius Schmid and Benjamin Staehlin / Marc Bloch completed the teams of the great event.

The teams circled in the 4 stages the whole island and laid back 96 km. (Straight line), the event was very interesting to track in the Live Tracking and you can very well imagine that even in addition to the sporting part was a lot going on. All those who were critical gegenü passed to the idea of Star Fleet Thun disabused. (Incl. The writer!)

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 Total
1 USA 8358   Ben Sternberg   Joshua Revkin   USA 8358   CLIS   3.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 3
2 SUI 8329   Dan Wyss   Urs Joss   SUI 8329   ZU   1.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 6
3 SUI 7912   Martin Ingold   Mario Bischoff   SUI 7912   TB   6.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 7
4 SUI 7969   Kurt Scheidegger   Markus Scheidegger   SUI 7969   TB   2.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 10
5 SUI 777   Robert Rauss   Rolf Eigenmann   SUI 777   BSL   4.0 6.0 5.0 5.0 14
6 SUI 8185   Beat Sauter   Caius Schmid   SUI 8185   BSL   5.0 8.0 8.0 6.0 19
7 SUI 7948   Daniel Christen   Ulrik Schulze   SUI 7948   TB   8.0 5.0 6.0 10.0 [DNS] 19.0001
8 SUI 7776   Benjamin Staehlin   Marc Bloch   SUI 7776   BSL   7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 21
9 SUI 1   Jeannette Furlenmeier   Denise Wiedmaier   SUI 1     9.0 9.0 9.0 10.0 [DNS] 27

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