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The Star Western Hemisphere 2018 keeps getting better!!
A beautiful sunny day with winds blowing at 15 knots from East - South East welcomed the 37 teams at Biscayne Bay Yacht Club on this Saturday morning. By 10am they were all on the water, for an ‘on time’ start of race 5 at 11 o’clock. Augie Diaz / Bruno Prada (USA/BRA) got a good upwind and were the first one to round the mark, followed by the very consistent Lars Grael / Samuel Goncalves (BRA). At the gate the sailors have a Charlie flag because the wind shifted to the right at a 110°, the first three boats at the gate are still Diaz, Grael and Tomas Hornos / Phil Toth (USA). These teams will be the leader of race 5 until the end, where the American duo will take the final win over Diaz /Prada in second place, with the Danes Jørgen Schönherr / Jan Eli Gravad slipping in in third position and Grael / Goncalves finishing fourth - but still leading the overall ranking.
Before the starting procedures of race 6 the wind is back from south east and it's lighter at about 8-10 knots. Five boats are over early and have to come back, among them there is golden star Lars Grael / Samuel Goncalves, they will recover from the bad start but will only finish 10th. Tomas Hornos / Phil Toth are in great shape and round the windward mark in first place followed by Nicolaus Pro / Chad Easley (USA) and John Dane III / Tim Ray (USA). Paul Cayard / Arthur ‘Tutu’ Lopes have very good speed on the downwind leg and they are third at the gate, but will do even better in the second upwind to gain the lead at the windward mark to stay on top until the finish. Tomas Hornos / Phil Toth followed in second spot and Jack Jennings / Frithjof Kleen (USA/GER) in third.
Lars Grael / Samuel Goncalves are still leading the 2018 ISCYRA Western Hemisphere after 6 races, Paul Cayard /Arthur Lopes keep the second position cutting down margin from the leader to only 5 points, and, at a safe 10 points distance from the second, Augie Diaz / Bruno Prada are third after a very good day on the water.
The weather conditions for tomorrow might not be as bad as they were forecasted at the beginning of the week, but winds from the south at over 20 knots are expected, and they might affect the schedule of the last day of racing of the 2018 Western Hemisphere Championship.