|District 7 Regatta Report|| |
Thu Sep 4th, 2014 through Sun Sep 7th, 2014
| Sailed at Brasilia, Brazil.|
Photo of Grael/Pascolato supplied courtesy of © Kiko Moura | www.boia1.com.br
The Brazilian National`s were a great success.
It was extremely well organized by the Iate Clube de Brasilia; Paranoa Fleet; 7th District and Confederacao Brasileira de Vela.
18 boats racing all the 7 races scheduled for the event.
On the first day (September 4th), 2 races on a light/medium shifty winds. First race was won by Torben Grael / Guilherme Almeida (BRA-8397) over his brother Lars Grael and crew Samuel Goncalves (BRA-8392). Second race of the day was won by fleet captain Luis Andre Reis and his crew Felipe Rondina. Felipe (18 years old) is the 2014 Lightning Class Junior World Champion and won the Star Class Brazilian National`s on the day before this event. Great talent and new blood on the Star Class. Lars and Samuel took the overall lead (Torben had a 13th on the 2nd Race.
Races #3 and #4 (September 5th) with good breeze at the Paranoa Lake. First race of the day won by Torben Grael and second by the veteran Alessandro Pascolato and his crew Henry Boennig. Lars kept the overall lead.
Races #5 and #6 (September 6th) with stronger breeze. First race of the day won by Torben after a great battle against Lars / Samuel. Second race won by Lars / Samuel with a good margin. Torben got the lead by one point after discard.
Race #7 (September 7th – Brazilian Independence Day) was won by local Gabriel Raulino and Pedro Trouche (BRA-8284). Torben controlled the match race since the start finishing second and winning the Brazilian National`s for the 7th time (first time was in 1979 crewing his uncle Erik Schmidt). Lars was runner up after winning 5 times including last 3 years.
Green Star was won by Fabio Bruggioni and Marcelo Sansone – BRA-8468 from Sao Paulo.
Black Star (hull number under 7300) was won by Cezar Castro and Afonso Montezuma from Brasilia. They sailed Lars second boat “Get Back” – BRA-7284.
Grand Master Division won by Guilherme Raulino and Alexandre Kronenberg from Brasilia. Guilherme was Green Star Champion in 2005 and sailed BRA-8049.
Exalted Grand Master won by 3rd overall and 2013 Swiss National`s Champion Alessandro Pascolato (BRA-8390). 2nd was to former Olympic Medalist (FD Class in 1968 and 1976) Reinaldo Conrad (BRA-8463).
Special attention was for the competitors Eugenio Gerth Brito and Edson Amui. They sailed the beautiful BRA-6365 Mader Star built in 1979. Boat looks brand new and Edson hikes like a young crew and he`s 78 years old!!!!! Our hero!
There were great social events every day and sponsorship by Brazilian Oil Company “Petrobras” and Stella Artois. Strong media coverage including on TV.
PRO was ISAF International Jury Carlos Sodre and Marcelo from the host club. Rule 42 was controlled by ISAF Jury and former Olympic competitor Pedro Paulo Petersen. No protest at all.
At the prize giving ceremony the trophies were presented by the President of the Brazilian National Sailing Federation CBVela Marco Aurelio Sa Ribeiro and Iate Clube de Brasilia Commodore Edson Garcia. At that moment, Iate Clube Brasilia presented to be candidate to host the 2016 South American Championship with the support of ISCYRA Vice President for South America, Admar Gonzaga.
Our thanks for the ISCYRA national officers Frederico Viegas and Renato Moura (7th District National Secretary and Assistant) and Luis Andre Reis (Paranoa Fleet Captain).
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