District 20  Regatta Report

Sun Jan 21st, 2007 through Sat Jan 27th, 2007

Leaders Loof/Ekstrom, photo by Dan Nerney. Rolex MOCR

Leaders Loof/Ekstrom, photo by Dan Nerney. Rolex MOCR

Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta - Final

 

Event website
Final results. Gold fleet is from 1 - 34, Silver fleet is 35 - 67.

Racing reports by Brad Nichol:

The 2007 edition of the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta brings interesting changes for the Star Class. This year the class is racing split fleets, meaning that only half the boats race at one time rather then having all 70 boats on the same race course. With only 34 boats on the line the courses can be shorter demanding more physical racing and putting a premium on top three finishes.

Day 1: Today was another perfect day for sailing on Biscayne Bay with sun and 15 knots of breeze out of the south. We were in the Blue Fleet today, which started at 11am, the yellow fleet started at 1pm and each day they will reconfigure the fleets. Vince Brun and I sailed a good first race solidly in the top 10 but were disqualified for a false start along with 25% of the fleet. In the second race we had a tough start at the boat end of the line but were able to sail a good first beat getting to the top of the course in the top five but as we approached the mark we fouled another boat. After we completed our penalty we were third from last. We continued to work hard and passed boats each of the next three legs to finish 10th.

Day 2: The day started out looking like a good day for golf. The two forecasts that we received included terms like "light and variable" and "the bay will glass over." The race committee postponed on shore and we were left to sit in the hot humid parking lot waiting for wind. Against all odds, a sea breeze began to fill and the race committee sent us out to try for a race. After a few hours of bobbing around in light air, the wind filled in enough for a race around 2pm.

Vince and I were in the blue fleet again and were the first to start. The pin was favored and the sky was clear on the left side so we decided to work the left. Things happen in slow motion in light wind and the calamity at the pin was a long way coming and we could not avoid it. Three boats in front of us were over the line taking our air and one boat next to us was trying to go back to restart. By the time we cleared ourselves from the traffic jam things looked bleak. We stayed focused and were able to find some clear air up the first leg and made it to the top of the course in the middle of the fleet.

Downwind the fleet kept sailing high of the course to the leeward mark fighting for every bit of wind. We were able to keep clear and pick up a few boats. At the leeward mark we were working hard to stay ahead of a boat that was close behind and were late getting the boat ready to go upwind. I was very close to turning our brand new jib into a handbag but was able to correct the situation with a quick jog to the bow to clear the tangled sail. The botched rounding forced us to sail to the right side of the course and half way up the leg there were two miles of separation between the right and left side. At this point a large shift could have shifted the standings significantly but in the end, we all came to the weather mark about even.

The final leg was more of the same battle for clear air and we held our position to finish 7th, a great come back after a difficult start. Tomorrow looks to be similar to what we ended up racing in today with a light to medium sea breeze. Tomorrow is the final day of the "qualifying series" and after tomorrow's races the fleet will be split into gold and silver for two days of racing before the final medal race on Saturday.

Day 3: Well, I am having trouble recalling the day because my head is spinning from all the penalty turns we completed in the second race, but I do know that we are going fast. The end result of the day was a 17, OCS in the two races putting us in 38th place. Tomorrow the fleet gets shuffled into Gold and Silver with the top 34 boats (1/2) in the Gold Fleet. Each fleet will sail four more races over the next two days and then the top 10 boats from the Gold fleet will race the medal race on Saturday. Essentially our regatta is over but we will continue to race and learn as much as we can because each day of racing is a day of training for the Olympics in August 2008 in Beijing!

Day 4: The weather turned upside down today. In addition to the usual need for tactics and boat speed, a certain level of toughness was required, as sailors battled a wide range of elements on Biscayne Bay, testing their survival skills. Racers left the dock in a warm, light southwesterly breeze under five knots and returned several hours later in a cold, rainy northwesterly wind. A front that passed through the course during midday caused the drastic change in conditions, whipping up strong winds that filled from the southwest. The remainder of the day exhibited gusts up to 25 knots out of the north and intermittent rain.

Day 3 & 4 by Brad Nichol: Thursday brought uncertain weather with a cold front forecasted to bring high winds, thunderstorms and cold weather. The race committee decided to hold the sailors on shore until the front passed but after a quick look at the radar, Vince and I decided we had time to take some pictures of a test sail. We snuck the quick sail in and made it back onto the trailer before the storm hit, and after it passed we were back out to race.

It was cold with gusty winds out of the WNW at 22-27 knots. We had good speed but kept getting caught in traffic and posted a 7th place. After the first race the race committee had trouble getting the line set in the strong winds and sent us in after 30 minutes of attempts to anchor. We slogged home in 25 knots of breeze, upwind, with temperatures in the low 50s. It took almost two hours to get in and we were all spent.

Today brought sun and cool temps with nice wind out of the north. Conditions were very puffy and shift with the offshore breeze and we saw 40-degree shifts with large changes in velocity. Vince and I worked on putting ourselves in tough positions on the racecourse and digging ourselves out to continue to get better. We posted a 4th and a second and finished second to Colin Beashel in the silver fleet.


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9-Medal Total
1 SWE 8256   Loof Fredrik   Ekstrom Anders   SWE 8256   SC   3 2 2 1 2 4 17 2 16 32
2 NZL 8187   PEPPER Hamish   Giles David   NZL 8187   Isol   4 1 27 2 13 14 11 3 2 50
3 CAN 8168   Macdonald Ross   Wolfs Mike   CAN 8168   EB   4 4 19 7 4 5 4 16 8 52
4 POR 8145   Domingos Afonso   Santos Bernardo   POR 8145   CF   1 11 1 17 2 1 7 9 20.02 52.02
5 GER 7971   Stanjek Robert   Kleen Frithjof   GER 7971   BF   2 8 2 8 7 15 26 7 6 55
6 FRA 8107   Rohart Xavier   Rambeau Pascal   FRA 8107   NI   11 1 7 3 1 10 12 18 10.02 55.02
7 POL 8170   Kusznierewicz Mateusz   Zycki Dominik   POL 8170   Isol   8 7 10 19 24 9 1 1 4 59
8 USA 8273   Szabo George   Scott Andrew   USA 8273   SDB   7 5 26 11 3 16 2 4 18 66
9 DEN 8147   Andersen Benny   Just Mogens   DEN 8147   DF   9 6 4 25 5 2 16 11 14 67
10 USA 8268   DANE John   Sperry Austin   USA 8268   MoB   1 3 21 8 3 3 22 25 12 73
11 ITA 8281   Modena Luca   Marchesini Michele   ITA 8281   NG   35/ocs 4 3 4 8 23 8 12.1/avg --- 62.1
12 ITA 8266   Negri Diego   Viale Luigi   ITA 8266   VE   6 5 20 7 4 11 29 10 --- 63
13 GER 7991   Miller Matthias   Voigt Manuel   GER 7991   UB   2 12 15 3 8 20 32 5 --- 65
14 NOR 8183   Melleby Eivind   Pedersen Petter Mørland   NOR 8183   Nor   3 13 1 9 11 28 20 13 --- 70
15 USA 8222   Merriman Rick   Monroe Eric   USA 8222   SDB   12 9 4 18 5 8 14 20 --- 70
16 BER 8044   Bromby Peter   McNiven Bill   BER 8044   Isol   35/ocs 15 11 1 9 12 3 21 --- 72
17 GBR 8261   Percy Iain   Simpson Andrew   GBR 8261   Sol   35/ocs 3 9 5 16 7 6 26 --- 72
18 CRO 7955   Lovrovic Marin   Mikulicic Sinisa   CRO 7955   Isol   6 8 8 24 14 22 5 12 --- 75
19 USA 8239   Reynolds Mark   Haenel Hal   USA 8239   SDB   35/ocs 22 6 2 6 17 15 14 --- 82
20 AUS 7836   Murray Iain   Palfrey Andrew   AUS 7836   LMac   11 17 14 6 10 19 10 24 --- 87
21 AUT 8226   Spitzauer Hans   Nehammer Christian   AUT 8226   Att   35/ocs 2 10 10 10 13 21 22 --- 88
22 USA 8195   Maccausland John   Schofield Bob   USA 8195   CR   8 35/ocs 6 12 16 30 9 8 --- 89
23 IRL 8028   O'Connell Maurice   Cooke Ben   IRL 8028   Isol   19 12 11 4 17 6 23 35/dns --- 92
24 USA 8045   Diaz Augie   Ferreira Marcelo   USA 8045   BisB   5 9 12 12 18 31 18 27 --- 101
25 USA 8250   Macdonald Andy   Fatih Brian   USA 8250   NH   10 6 23 9 28 24 13 17 --- 102
26 USA 8177   Anderson Karl   Morey Edward   USA 8177   BH   9 7 12 31 18 27 25 15 --- 113
27 ITA 8076   Simeone Luca   VITTORIO LANDOLFI   ITA 8076   Rom   18 17 16 5 27 25 28 6 --- 114
28 NED 8263   Jorissen Sander   Veldhuizen Erik   NED 8263   Hol   5 18 13 11 15 29 30 23 --- 114
29 ITA 8014   Barovier Alberto   Coppola Umberto   ITA 8014   SG   13 14 18 14 12 35/dns 24 19 --- 114
30 CAN 8143   Cramer Brian   Bjorn Tyler   CAN 8143   LOC   20 25 5 16 13 21 16.7/man 35/dnc --- 116.7
31 GER 8213   Pickel Marc Aurel   BORKOWSKI Ingo   GER 8213   Brm   7 10 25 35/ocs 1 18 27 35/dnf --- 123
32 ITA 8290   Santoni Silvio   Lambertemghi Sergio   ITA 8290   NG   12 14 29 20 12 26 19 28 --- 131
33 SWE 8238   Lofstedt Tom   Larsson Martin   SWE 8238   RS   17 25 8 22 11 32 31 35/dsq --- 146
34 Silver   Silver Fleet        
34 USA 8043   Kohlhas Jock   Burgess Rick   USA 8043   BisB   28 22 14 15 6 33 33 29 --- 147
35 AUS 7828   Beashel Colin   Hagebols Rod   AUS 7828   LMac   35/ocs 16 34/ocs 10 9 1 1 3 74
36 USA 8156   Brun Vince   Nichol Brad   USA 8156   SDB   35/ocs 10 7 17 34/ocs 7 4 2 81
37 UKR 8247   GUREYEV Vasyl   Voldimir Korotkov   UKR 8247   Ukr   14 21.3/man 20 34/ocs 17 4 6 4 85.3
38 USA 8278   Vessella Peter   Jensen Darin   USA 8278   WSFB   14 21 24 13 22 8 2 10 90
39 ESP 7581   Bermudez Roberto   Arrarte Pablo   ESP 7581   P-San   10 34/dsq 3 16 34/ocs 6 12 12 93
40 USA 8215   Allen Bill   Lichter Brad   USA 8215   WH   26 19 16 23 25 5 10 6 104
41 RUS 7   Shevtsov Sergey   ERMASHOV VLADIMIR   RUS 7     16 23 19 28 21 2 15 11 106
42 GER 7863   Wiese Tillmann   Rohn Jens M   GER 7863   Brm   13 20 28 13 31 3 16 17 107
43 AUS 8234   LANDENBERGER Andrew   REFFOLD Simon   AUS 8234   Isol   23 13 22 18 26 14 8 9 107
44 AUS 8254   CONDE Peter   HUNN Andrew   AUS 8254   Isol   22 15 34/ocs 6 22 34/dns 9 5 113
45 USA 8217   Todd Gay   Brown Chris   USA 8217   LS   16 27 18 19 20 9 18 13 113
46 JPN 7979   SUZUKI Kunio   WADA Daichi   JPN 7979   Isol   20 19 21 20 21 11 15 8 114
47 CHI 8181   Zuazola Rodrigo   Thomson Valentin   CHI 8181   Val   17 11 13 26 26 34/ocs 5 17 115
48 UKR 8157   Anosov Arthur   GOTSULYAK Roman   UKR 8157   SL   19 18 17 15 20 18 17 34/dns 124
49 SUI 8085   Zimmermann Lorenz   Stegmeier Beat   SUI 8085   LUV   24 16 17 30 23 16 7 34/ocs 133
50 GER 7545   Hampe Axel   Rutz Steffen   GER 7545   ZuW   30 24 24 21 28 10 11 16 134
51 ITA 8183   Tamburini Antonio   Ricci Renzo   ITA 8183   SI   15 21 30 24 19 12 19 34/ocs 140
52 SUI 8232   Dannesboe Henrik   Liljedahl Magnus   SUI 8232   Bsl   35/ocs 35/dns 35/dsq 25 15 34/dns 3 1 148
53 ARG 7907   MAC GOWAN FABIAN   Engelhard Federica   ARG 7907   OL   21 26 9 29 14 15 34/dns 34/dns 153
54 USA 7866   Manderson John   Semler Matthew   USA 7866   Mid   15 24 27 28 30 34/dnf 13 15 152
55 USA 8144   Vandermolen Jon   Belco T C   USA 8144   GL   21 20 25 21 19 13 34/dns 34/dns 153
56 GER 8016   Rauch Hubert   Fuerer Andreas   GER 8016   And   31 26 23 25 29 34/dnf 20 7 161
57 CAN 8236   Fogh Hans   Caesar Dave   CAN 8236   LOC   27 23 22 14 23 19 34/dns 34/dns 162
58 USA 8231   Rowse Sam   Wulff John   USA 8231   Sun   25 29 15 27 24 21 34/dns 34/dns 175
59 USA 7793   HORNOS Tomas   HORNOS Luis   USA 7793   BH   29 30 5 35/ocs 27 17 34/dns 34/dns 176
60 FIN 8094   Lindberg Staffan   Heinonen Erkki   FIN 8094   FIN   35/dnf 35/dns 34/dns 22 7 34/dnf 34/dns 34/dns 200
61 USA 8084   Teitge Robert   Rogers Chris   USA 8084   BisB   32 28 28 28 30 20 34/dns 34/dns 200
62 AUS 8101   JONES Michael   Ray Tim   AUS 8101     22 35/ocs 26 26 25 34/dns 34/dns 34/dns 201
63 USA 8227   VanderMolen Jim   Klerk Jon   USA 8227   GL   18 35/dnf 29 35/dsq 29 34/dns 34/dns 34/dns 213
64 CHN 7784   Li Hong Quan   Wang He   CHN 7784   Isol   35/dns 35/dns 31 35/dns 32 34/dns 34/dns 34/dns 235
65 GER 7887   Rotermund Philipp   Fendt Florian   Ger 7887   Glu   35/dns 35/dns 34/dns 34/dns 34/dns 34/dns 34/dns 34/dns 239
66 USA 8218   Aaron Serinis     USA 8218   MES   34/dnc 34/dnc 35/dns 35/dns 35/dns 34/dns 34/dns 34/dns 240
67 SUI 8138   Marazzi Flavio   VonBidden Lukas   SUI 8138   TB   35/dns 35/dns 35/dns 35/dns 35/dns 34/dns 34/dns 34/dns 242

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