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South American Championships Results and Reports

South American Championship Results 1990 -  2001    (with 1991,  1993,  1995, and 1997 missing)

1990 South American Championship
Pos Sail # Skipper Crew Fleet R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 7285 Peter E. Siemsen Nelson Falcao Cop 2 2 1 4 1 DS 14
2 7333 Rainer Roellenbleg Joerg Fricke Sta 5 1 7 1 5 1 20
3 7375 Peter Moeckl Jan Erzberger ZuW 1 3 8 3 2 3 20.1
4 7316 Eduardo Farre Alberto Llorens SOL 3 5 2 5 6 6 40.4
5 6924 Guillermo Calegari Julian Lucca BA 6 6 5 2 4 4 40.7
6 7213 Juan Percossi Marino Lucca BA 4 7 4 9 12 2 47
7 7394 Pietro D'Ali Conrado Cristaldini Cap 8 4 6 8 3 5 49.4
8 Alberto Zanetti Carlos Gabutti OL 7 10 3 10 9 DS 65.7
9 7205 Carlos Rivero Hector Longarela Cap 9 8 9 7 7 8 69
10 6395 Ovido Lagos Ignacio Saenz OL 10 11 DS 6 8 7 71.7
11 7137 Alejandro Suescum Jorge Curutchet BA 11 9 10 11 13 10 81
12 5235 Luis Bustelo G. Degastaldi OL 12 14 DS 12 10 9 87
13 6924 Herman Llosa Ignacio Llosa BA 14 13 DS 14 11 11 93
14 6618 Carlos Dubini Guillermo Mariani OL DF 12 11 13 DF DF 100
15 6616 Max del Intento Enrique Bengochea SOL 13 DS DS DS DS DS 111


1992 South American Championship
Pos Sail # Skipper Crew Fleet R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 7609 Albertyo Zanetti Carlos Gabutti OL 1 1 1 4 3 1 5.7
2 7333 Rainer Rollenbleg Joerg Fricke STA 4 2 2 3 2 3 20.4
3 7577 Peter Moeckl Dieter Wuerdig ZuW 3 4 DSQ 5 1 2 26.7
4 6926 Guillermo Calegari Mauro Maiola BA 2 3 3 1 8 DNF 28.4
5 7213 Juan Jose Percossi Mariano Lucca BA 6 5 4 2 5 DNF 42.7
6 6241 Rudolfo Somaini Alberto Llorens OL 5 6 5 6 4 DNF 51.4
7 6526 J. Orella M. Orella BA 9 DNS 6 9 9 DNF 80.7
8 6618 Carlos Dubini Claudio Picazo OL 8 DNS DNF 8 7 DNF 89
9 6924 Ovido Lapos Pablo Villar OL 7 DNS DNF 7 DNS DNS 98
10 6395 Guillermo A. Calegari H. P. Barros BA DNF DNS DNS 10 6 DNF 99
11 5235 Luis Bustelo J. Insua OL 10 DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS 110
12 6616 Maximiliano Del IntentoEnrique BengocheaOL 11 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS 144
13 6454 Hernan Llosa Ignacio Llosa BA DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 144
14 7316 Eduardo Farre Pablo Homps OL DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 144
15 6525 Arturo Acevedo M. Bengochea OL DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 144
16 4582 Hector Moneta Alberto Meijide BA DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 144
17 5957 Alejandro Suescum Martin Curutchet BA DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 144


1994 South American Championship
Pos Sail # Skipper Crew Fleet R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 7730 Rainer Rollenbleg Mario Salani Sta 3 1 1 3 2 2 9
2 7534 Alberto Zanetti Carlos Gabutti/Pablo Homps OL 1 2 3 2 1 6 9
3 7736 Nicolo Saidelli Marcelo Ferreira FdiN 2 3 2 4 DSQ 4 15
4 6926 Guillermo Calegari Mauro Maiola BA 5 4 5 5 3 1 18
5 7213 Juan Jose Percossi Jean Pablo Engelhard BA 4 5 4 1 4 7 18
6 6241 Eduardo Farre Enrique Bengochea OL 6 11 6 7 5 3 27
7 6618 Maximiliano de Intento Ignacio Bengochea BA 8 7 7 6 7 5 32
8 6526 Alejandro Chometowski Artin Bussio OL 13 9 8 9 6 10 42
9 6616 Hector Moneta Mariano Landa BA 12 12 9 11 10 11 53
10 6525 Alberto Llorens Jorge Insua BA 11 10 DNS 10 9 DNC 59
11 7316 Luis Bustelo Sergio Bonelli OL 10 8 DNS 8 DNC DNC 64
12 5957 Martin Coruchet Michael Dietzel OL 14 DNS DNS DNS DNC 9 80
13 7106 Gerald Messer Rolando Lythgoe Sta 7 DNF DNS DNF DNC DNC 83
14 6416 Pablo Villar Diego Villar OL 15 DNF DNS 12 DNC DNF 84
15 5235 Eduardo Arona Roberto Taylor OL 16 DNS DNS DNF DNC DNC 92

1996 South American Championship, Buzios, Brazil January 3-6
The 1996 South American Championship was considered by all in attendance to have been exceptionally well done,
especially in sailing the 32 participating stars in very spirited conditions. General Chairman Peter Dirk Siemsen
and his band of workers in Buzios deserve every ounce of credit for an excellent regatta ad a wonderful social
program from the New Years’ eve festivities to the awards. In a strong field, the win by Torben Grael and
Marcelo Ferreira (GUA), Torben’s fifth Silver Star, was narrow over Ross Macdonald and Eric Jespersen (EB)
by just two points. The last race was key to winning, a first by Grael with a fifth place throw-out against
a DNF throw-out by Macdonald.

The first race started in building 12-16 knot winds with problem causeing swells and the right side eventually
becoming favored. Macdonald took first, Alan Adler and Rodrigo Meirelles (RdJ) placed second, and Grael took
third. In fourth was Pietro D’Ali and Ferdinando Colaninno (FdiN), always a threat. The second race was quite
similar in conditions to the first race, yet currents were opposite on the left side and to weather on the port
layline to cause difficulties for many boats. Grael took first, Macdonald second, Adler third, and Hans Wallen
and Bobby Lohse (Kat) fourth, as D’Ali spun to an eighth.

A very different set of conditions started the third race, west winds at 12 knots pushed the majority of
the fleet to the right corner, which a few held in a long starboard tack to the layline. A lift by current
and a building storm turned the run into a reach to benefit the early boats – a confused situation that was
won by Daniele and Beat Stegmeier (LUV) with Macdonald taking second, and Enrico Chieffi and Robert Sionibaldi (PdV)
finishing in third.

The fourth race began in 16-18 knot winds, larger seas than before and no currents. The breeze built to 20+ knots
and surfing on the runs became possible. The right side was favored and Grael moved well to secure first,
second went to Joe Londrigan and Phil Trinter (SDB), and third to John King and Guilherme de Almedia (CoP).

The final two races were in 18-22/24 knot winds and similar conditions, without currents. The winning group
of boats, going into the final race, were well bunched in possible win position, depending on Grael, Macdonald
and Adler. The first place finish in the final race brought the Silver Star to Torben and Marcelo, deservedly.

Pos Sail # Skipper Crew Fleet R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 7826 Torben Grael Marcelo Ferreira Gua 3 1 {5} 1 3 1 9
2 7835 Ross Mcdonald Eric Jespersen EB 1 2 2 4 2 {DNF} 11
3 7823 Alan Adler Rodrigo Meirelles RdJ 2 3 {25} 5 5 2 17
4 7602 Joe Londrigan Phil Trinter SDB 6 6 {7} 2 4 5 23
5 7563 Hans Wallen Bobby Lohse Kat 5 4 {19} 6 7 3 25
6 7763 Enrico Chieffi Robert Sinibaldi PdV 11 7 3 7 1 {DNF} 29
7 7590 John King Guilheme De Almeida Cop {9} 5 9 3 8 7 32
8 7849 Frank Butzmann Kai Falkenthal BF 8 11 {13} 8 6 4 37
9 7794 Pietro D'Ali Ferdinando Colaninno IC 4 8 8 {10} 10 9 39
10 7560 Daniel Stegmeier Beat Stegmeier LUV {16} 9 1 15 13 15 53
11 7796 Paolo Semeraro Marco Marenco BAR 14 10 {23} 9 12 8 53
12 7793 Riccardo Simoneschi Cristaldini Corrado FDiG 10 13 {DNF} 11 11 10 55
13 7700 Alessandro Pascolato Nelson Falco GuB 7 {21} 4 13 14 19 57
14 7834 Peter Bromby Lee White ISOL 12 19 {24} 12 9 6 58
15 7777 Peter Eduardo Siemsen Silvio De Luca BUZ 13 12 6 {20} 20 16 67
16 7812 Rainer Rollenbleg Jorg Fricke Sta 20 {29} 110 18 17 11 76
17 7218 Agusto Barrozo Paulo Fabriani Gua 21 16 16 14 {23} 13 80
18 7752 Christoph Gautschi Kurt Freuis Bod {22} 18 15 21 16 12 82
19 7437 Rainer Wilhelm Scott Zimmer SMA 15 20 11 {DNF} 18 20 84
20 7758 Richard Gronblom Ville Kurki DRU 17 22 {29} 17 15 14 85
21 7850 Philip Graves Kai Bjorn EB 19 15 18 19 {DNS} 17 88
22 7804 Rolf Beck Juergen Eiemann Ijs {27} 14 14 23 26 18 95
23 7770 Alberto La Tegola Giovanni DiCagno BAR 23 {28} 26 16 21 21 107
24 7760 Manuel Riccairdi Francisco DeMelo BDeL 18 17 {DNF} 25 19 DNS 112
25 7229 Renato Irrera Daniele Salodini PAL 25 24 {28} 24 22 22 117
26 7680 Antonio Tamburini Giambattista Giachetti PDV {DNF} 32 12 22 27 25 118
27 7678 Alfred Weber Harry Hoferer AU 28 25 17 28 {30} 23 121
28 7388 Davide Degennaro Carlo Carli BAR 24 23 22 29 25 {DNF} 123
29 7673 Dierk Thomsen Martin Lessmann KF 26 {30} 21 27 24 26 124
30 7285 Jorge Bhering Helio N. DeSouza Cop {30} 27 20 30 29 24 130
31 7821 Harald Wirth Gerhard Ensbrunner AU 29 26 {30} 26 28 27 136
32 7772 Peter Dirk Siemsen Stefano Schmidt BUZ {DNF} 31 27 DNS DNS DNS 157


1998 South American Championship, Buzios, Brazil January 2-7
For the fourth time Buzios was the venue for a Silver Star South American Championship. Sixteen participants from
five countries attended, inclusively we had Robert Scheidt, three times World Champion and Gold Medalist of the
Laser Class, sailing his first Silver Star event. This time, in contradiction with its tradition, Buzios offered
only light to medium wind and the second day of races even had to be postponed for lack of wind.

Amid the beautiful settings of Buzios the atmosphere of the event was light and friendly. The social events
started once again with a fantastic New Years Eve party, followed by a typical Brazilian Barbecue, finalizing
with the Prize Giving Ceremony consisting of a big pasta lunch with a lot of wine and beer.

Light wind specialists Daniel Wilcox and Silvio de Luca showed the way by winning four out of six races,
followed by three times South American Champion Alberto Zannetti with crew Jaun Pablo Engelahrdt from Argentina.
Third place was taken by the co-organizer of the event, Peter Eduardo Siemsen with Pedro Camargo crewing.
 
Pedro Paulo Petersen, as usual, was an excellent Race Committee Chairman. Veteran Star sailor and South
American Vice President Harry Adler chaired the protest committee. Erika Lessmann once more was the stronghold
support on land. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all for a terrific regatta!

Pos Sail # Skipper Crew Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Drop Final
1 7517 Daniel A. Wilcox Silvio de Luca BRA 6 1 1 1 1 17 27 17 10
2 7736 Alberto Zanetti Juan Pablo Engelhardt ARG 2 3 2 4 3 17 31 17 14
3 7777 Peter Eduardo Siemsen Pedro Camargo BRA 1 4 4 2 4 17 32 17 15
4 7774 Jorge Zarif Fabio Bodra BRA 5 2 3 10 5 5 30 10 20
5 7218 Agusto Barrozo Ricardo Ermel BRA 8 5 5 11 6 1 36 11 25
6 7899 Robert Scheidt Guilherme de Almeida BRA 3 6 17 3 2 11 42 17 25
7 7709 Markus Steinlein Thomas Auracher GER 4 10 10 6 10 2 42 10 32
8 7468 James A. Freeman Keith Gardner USA 9 9 6 5 8 4 41 9 32
9 7879 Cristaldini Corrado Vincenzo Graciotti ITA 11 7 8 12 17 3 58 17 41
10 7226 Manuel Bunge Marcelo Penteado JoradaoBRA 10 11 7 7 17 9 61 17 44
11 7700 Alessandro Pascolato Andre Lekszycki BRA 12 14 12 8 7 8 61 14 47
12 7457 Gerhard Meyer Ronald Seifert BRA 7 13 11 14 9 12 66 14 52
13 7680 Antonio Tamburini Sergio Lambertenchi ITA 13 12 14 9 17 6 71 17 54
14 777 Peter Dirk Siemsen Luiz Fernando Dancini BRA 14 15 9 15 11 7 71 15 56
15 774 Jorge Bhering Fabio Kraiczyk BRA 17 8 13 13 17 10 78 17 61
16 721 Adriano Bastos Fabio Martins BRA 15 16 15 17 17 17 97 17 80


1999 South American Championship
Pos Sail # Skipper Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 7213 Farre, Eduardo Maiola, Mauro 3 10 1 1 3 2 10
2 7732 Mitchell, Ben Haenel, Hal 1 5 2 DHS 2 1 11
3 7907 Zanetti, Alberto Engelhardt, Juan Palo 2 4 3 2 1 DNC 12
4 7730 Percossi, Juan Jose Meyer, Gabriel 4 2 4 5 8 8 23
5 7884 Pascolato, Alessandro Seifert, Ronald 6 3 7 8 6 3 25
6 6926 Calegari, Guillermo A. Calegari, Gederico 10 1 6 3 10 9 29
7 7226 Bunge, Manuel Tollara, Marco 9 DNC 5 11 5 7 37
8 7876 Monster, Rod Bjorn, Kai PMS 14 40 6 4 5 39
9 7743 Irrera, Renato Calderella, Alessandro 11 17 9 4 11 6 41
10 7285 Bhering, Jorge Kraiczk, Fabio 12 7 11 7 7 10 42
11 7909 Roellenbleg, Rainer Cristaldini, Corrado 7 12 12 PMS 9 4 44
12 7106 Lagos, Ovidio Caviglia, Jorge 5 9 DNC 10 13 DNC 57
13 7824 Freeman, James Burgess, Richard 8 8 8 15 DNC DNC 60
14 7780 Dubini, Carlos Moneta, Hector DNC 6 13 9 13 DHP 62
15 621 Sanguinetti, Eduardo Cruz, Alberto 14 11 16 13 15 11 64
16 6618 Perez, Jorge Rivas, Alejandro 13 13 15 12 14 DNC 67
17 6924 Calegari, Guillermo J. Soraide, Eduardo PMS 16 14 14 DNC 12 77
18 6454 Curutchet, Martin Suescun, Alejandro DNC 15 DNF 16 DNC DNC 94
19 7590 King, John Schliemann, Uwe DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 105
20 7777 Siemsen, Peter Eduardo Camargo, Pedro DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 105

2000 South American Championship - January 18-23, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
By Jorge Bhering

We feel very fortunate to have had some excellent Sailors from abroad join us for the 2000 South American
Championship. A total of 20 entries took part in this friendly and beautiful event. We were reminded that
the benchmark of our Class remains, above all, camaraderie. Teams from Italy, Austria and the United States
flew into Rio de Janeiro to share splendid days on the water with us. We sailed under smooth sea conditions
and winds around 15 knots. These ideal conditions created a level playing field, and there was not much
disparity among the participants in terms of speed or any other factors, with the exception of the crew.

Upon the conclusion of each race, the Iate Clube provided sailors with cold beer and refreshments, along
with exquisite little sandwiches for all, served at the facilities just beside the berthing area. As one
of the fortunate sailors and the District Secretary, on behalf of Harry Adler and myself, I would like to
thank those of you who joined for the Championship. You have helped us to make this Continental event
a huge success!

I would like to offer special congratulations to our newest Silver Star Champion Augusto Barros
and his crew, Ricardo Ermel. It is especially gratifying to see Augusto win because he has been a
supportive Class ember, who has consistently sailed at all events held here.

Congratulations Augusto and Ricardo! You deserve this award not only for being the excellent sailors
that you are, but also for your gentlemanly conduct and regard for the best interest of the Star Class.
You are always there to help attract new sailors, as well as offering a helping hand to novices trying
to improve their skills.

To all sailors in the South American Championship, come back again! We look forward to seeing you and
many others sailing with us next year.

Pos Boat# Skipper Crew Pts R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1 7218 Agusto Luiz de C. BarrozoRicardo Nunes Ermel 13 2 2 2 4 3 5
2 7770 Luiz Carlos F. L. Simao Andre Lekszycki 15 1 7 3 3 5 3
3 7777 Manuel Bunge Marco Lagoa 22 3 5 4 6 OCS 4
4 7517 Daniel Wilcox Silvio de Luca 24 DNS 1 1 1 2 DNC
5 7975 Alessandro Pascolato Ronald Seifert 26 5 3 7 5 OCS 6
6 7595 Carlo Loos Chromecek Thomas 27 DNC 4 5 7 4 7
7 7640 Antonio Tamburini Rento Ricci 32 4 11 DNF 9 6 2
8 796 Giulio Gatti Cicio Canali 33 DSQ 10 DNF 2 1 1
9 7457 Gerard Meyer Marcos Tollara 40 7 12 6 8 9 10
10 7200 Carlos Dohnert Jeferson Vasconcellos 46.25 9 9 RDG 10 OCS 9
1 7285 Jorge Bhering Fabio Kraiczyk 53 11 8 DNF DNF 7 8
12 7875 Lillia Stefann Marcelo Ferreira 58 6 6 DNF DNC 8 DNC
13 7229 Adriano Bastos Anderson Bastos 61 10 DNF DNF 11 10 11
14 7033 Renato Motta Mauro J. R. Silva 64 8 14 DNF DNC 11 12
15 7070 Paulo Cyrillo Fernando Giobbi 72 DSQ 13 8 13 DNF DNF
16 7072 Jon Rogers Greg Gahlinger 81 DNF DNF DNF 12 12 DNF
17 6487 Bruno L. Marques Joao Negrao De Lima 95 DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC
18 7284 Guilherme Negraes Ricardo Gaudie de Almedia 95 DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC


2001 South American Championship - January 16-21, 2001
Report by Manuel Bunge

January 16, 2001
We have been sailing for three days, with sunny skies and winds that are always above 15 knots. However,
two days ago the wind increased to 28 knots and under these conditions the River Plate creates a very short
chop. Unfortunately, we buried our bow into a wave and our mast decided to keep going, with out the boat
underneath. Several other masts suffered the same fate.

Novelties for this years South American Championship included the sister ship of Torben Grael and Marcelo
Ferreira’s Olympic boat and Rainer Roellenbleg’s Folli (7732) fitted with two (yes, two) spreaders. The mast
has three runners on each backstay, one runs all the way to the tip of the mast. I had the opportunity to
steer the boat with Rainer’s crew, who is the father of the project. Upwind? It still needs some work. Downwind?
She’s a rocket ship!! We put over two hundred yards on the other two boats in less than 10 minutes. The
third runner prevents wind from spilling off the top of the sail.

To date, we have 19 entries, with four countries represented: Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and Italy. A brand
new Folli (8008) was christened and we drank champagne all morning!! Defending Champions Barroso/ Ermel are
training hard on their newly acquired Lillia (7966). In my opinion, I believe the favorites are the Argentinean
Olympian Farre and/or Guillermo Parada, the hot new Star sailor. Parada has heavy ocean racing experience and
could take the Championship. Both Farre and Parada are just way too fast! As for us? We are using Quantum/Brazil
sails, and it seems they’re fast enough to be in a Championship this size.

January 18, 2001
The Tune-up Race was held in an ebb tide with very light winds from the North. Everybody warns against winning
 the Tune-up Race, “if you win the Tune-up race then you’ll never win the Championship.” Well, we won anyway.
So, we will get a little trophy at the end of the prize giving ceremony. My crew nearly hit me with the wiskerpole!!
Today, we sailed the first race. NE winds up to 7 knots, water with out funning until 3PM. We had some troubles
with our main sail 20 minutes before the start. But thanks to the organization, we managed to run to shore and
get another one. This is not the best way to start the first race. Barroso and Parada hit the left side of the
course after leaving a very “square” starting line. We went loft for just a while and then crossed the field.
Pascolatto went right all the way and crossed to the left in the middle of the leg. At the buoy, it was Parada
first, Barroso second, and Pascolatto third. We rounded in 11th. After the first leg, the wind died a bit which
left some crews frustrated. The Brazilian teams did manage to finish 2-4-6, leaving them with hopes.

January 19, 2001
Today we enjoyed a full day of sailing! The wind was all over the place, never settling down, coming with
pressure on the headers, lulls on the lifts. Nobody really knew which way the wind would go. However, the
teams of Parada and Farre seemed to know where to go while the Brazilians still wrestled with the difficult
conditions. At the first mark, the Brazilians were : 15, 16, and 17! The downwind leg included a course change.
The Race Committee (“RC”) posted the compass heading to the next buoy. However, after half the leg was already
sailed, the RC anchored the new mark 30 degrees off course. We “hoisted” the red flag, seeking redress. We
managed to climb to 13th. Barroso did a masterful job, jumping to 6th at the finish line. At the start of the
second race, we protested the RC because the RC did not fly the “Follow me” flag. The Race Instructions were clear.
So, we were granted redress on the first race. The second protest was dismissed because a second race was never
started. I can say that we are getting kind of famous amongst the competition; nobody goes twice against the RC in
one day and keeps his act clean! For tomorrow, the winds appear steadier. A good friend told me to remain
cautious at the starting line or I should at least hide my bow number. The RC will be watching us. The sun
would be shining again. The Thermals might develop and the racing could get more exciting.

January 20, 2001
Today, we had SSE winds with gusts of 18 true. It got quite rough: don’t forget that the water depth is only
around 5/6 feet. The shallowness makes the waves very short and very steep. So short and steep, that a star
boat doesn’t fit between one wave and the next one. It’s perfect for Sinpes or 470’s. The downwind legs must
be sailed a bit higher or much lower so the hull fits in the waves. The water is also very murky. So, when
the bow buries into a wave the whole deck disappears and it feels like you are sinking. It is not much fun
for the newcomers. Just before the start, our chronometer decided to take a break. So we started in the
third row. It’s extraordinary how the Parada team (4 firsts and a second) always got the first shift, tacked
and were gone. Today, they got the gun twice. Both races they were wel ahead of the second place boat.
The Brazilian team did come alive again. Barroso and Pascolatto both earned a second a piece, and a 5th
and a 3rd. We got a third and a sixth. That leaves two ARG in the lead and three BRA following. Tomorrow
is the last race. Barroso and Pascolatto still have a chance at second, and we must try hard for fourth.

January 21, 2001
The last race was anticlimactic. The Brazilian representation performed as desired. It was a tough day,
we sailed in light winds form the N and NE. There were lots of holes all over the course and boats were
sailing the same course upwind but on different tacks… we have all “been there.” The right side of the
course was slightly favored. Whoever went right, stayed right, but those who found decent wind to cross
to the left, made huge gains. It was difficult for weekend warriors like us. Pascolatto and Barroso needed
to keep Percossi at hand and beat him to get a chance for runner-up. Percossi displayed good upwind speed
and slipped through their fingers to get second at the finish line. Farre won the race by quite a margin.
We did hive our moment of glory. We rounded second at the first mark. A late gybe and a hole put
us back at the end of the fleet. Parada /Maiola did a fantastic job during the whole regatta. Parada
is a IMS skipper, in a 40’ and a 80’. He has several championships under his belt and now wants to come
back to the Olympics classes (his school was the 470). In the short time he has sailed in the Star Class
(six/eight months), he has shown to be a very though competitor. He is paired with a long-time Star crew,
 Mauro Maiola, they seem an unbeatable team. Their five points margin over the second place team shows
their strength. Farre/ Labandeira were also a strong team. The skipper was the 1999 South American Champion
and the Argentinean representative in Sydney. He has won the XVIIIth District championships and the
Argentinean Championships several times. He knows his way around a Star boat. Labandeira is one of the
“living legends” of the Snipe Class in the last 15 years. He is the Sobstad/ Quantum representative in the
 country, and a close friend of Mark Reynolds. He is also an ocean racer.

Well, it wasn’t too good for us Brazilians: the Argentineans were faster than any of us in these River
Platte conditions and they know their way around the course. True, they sail every single weekend:
the club house is right in the middle of town, 15 minutes by car at the most. And they sail Wednesday
Night Races. The whole fleet is very good.

Argentina applied for the 2004 World Championship, and in view of that, the City Council already gave
$10,000 USD to the organization for preparation of the festivities and activities. We must expect a very
tough and strong Argentinean representation at the Worlds. The Argentine are charming and kind. All of
the Participants received a trophy and enjoyed a wonderful dinner with lost of fantastic meat, wines and
champagne! The party didn’t finish until seven in the morning!! Thank you for your Patience.


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