|District 13 Regatta Report|| |
Sat Aug 6th, 2011 through Sat Aug 13th, 2011
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Day One: Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) are the pair to beat in the Star after the Brazilians won both of their races. The Brazilians claimed the ISAF Sailing World Cup Star title by 26 points winning gold at US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, Semaine Olympique Francaise, Delta Lloyd Regatta and Skandia Sail for Gold and once again showed they are the pair to beat. After two races Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk (NZL) are second on seven points and Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen (SWE) are third on ten points.
Day Two: Blustery winds ranging from 19-24 knots welcomed the sailors today. Leaders Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) once again showed they are the team to beat in the 21-boat Star fleet. The Brazilians went 1-2 to lead on five points. Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (USA) won Race 4 but are seventh overall on 31 points.
The Brazilians nearest rivals are Poland's Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki. The Polish Star sailors are on 19 points and have a long way to go to catch up with the Brazilians.
Day Three: It was another windy day in Weymouth with the wind blowing 20 knots and gusts recorded at 25 knots. World #1 Star duo Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada had, by their standards, a bad day at office finishing second in Race 5 and ninth in Race 6. But with the discard coming into play they discard their ninth place and continue to lead on seven points. Ireland's Peter O'Leary and David Burrows had a good day placing first in Race 5 and third in Race 6. They move to second overall and Poland's Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki are third on 19 points. Canada's Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn won Race 6 and with 40 points they sit in ninth place.
Day Four: Reserve Day. No sailing.
Day Five: With strong winds and gusts of up to 30 knots reported on the Portland Harbour course the Stars were cancelled. The Stars will resume sailing tomorrow with Races 7 and 8.
Day Six: The Stars, who were abandoned on Wednesday, continued with Race 7 and 8. Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) continue to lead on 12 points. The day's race wins went to Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in Race 7 and Flavio Marazzi and Enrico de Maria in Race 8.
Day Seven: Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) wrapped up the gold medal in the Star with a day to spare after they went 4-1 in Races 9 and 10. The Brazilians have dominated the Star fleet from start to finish and take an unassailable 24 point lead into the Medal Race. The battle for second place is heating up with two points separating Peter O'Leary and David Burrows (IRL), Mateusz Kusznierewicz and David Burrows (POL) and Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR).
Medal Race: Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) wrapped up the Star gold medal ahead of the Medal Race. The Brazilians went into the final race with an unassailable 24 point lead. However the competition for the silver and bronze medal in the build up to the Medal Race was significantly closer with just two points separating Peter O'Leary and David Burrows (IRL), Mateusz Kusznierewicz and David Burrows (POL) and Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR). A race win in the Medal Race handed silver to Percy and Simpson with the Polish team finishing in bronze medal position after they came seventh but ahead of the Irish pair who came down in tenth to finish fourth overall.
Percy and Simpson had a poor start to the regatta going 7-13 on the opening day before snapping their mast in Race 4 meaning they were unable to finish the race. But the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Star gold medallists clawed their way back to take the silver medal but they were 20 points behind the prolific Brazilians.
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