|ISCYRA Regatta Report|| |
Wed Apr 24th, 2002 through Tue Apr 30th, 2002
| The 2002 Spring Championship of the Western Hemisphere, hosted by the Tampa Bay Star Fleet and Davis Island Yacht Club, was sailed April 25 -30th on the waters of Tampa Bay. 38 Competitors from 7 countries sailed in light conditions up to a steady sea breeze of 10-12 knots.|
The light shifty conditions of Tampa Bay proved difficult for many veteran sailors of the Star Class. Class newcomer Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell proved very competitive trailing Winner Paul Cayard and Phil Trinter by 6 points going into the last day.
Unfortunately the light winds forced cancellation of race 6. Rick Merriman and Bill Bennet sailed an excellent regatta to finish an impressive third place overall. Another two points back was the team of Augie Diaz and Christian Finnsgard. Rounding out the top five was 2001 North American Champion George Szabo, sailing with Austin Sperry.
Masters Division winner was the Bahamian team of Jimmie Lowe and Andrew Higgs with Grand Master honors going to 73 year old Gene McCarthy and his son Glen McCarthy. Everyone was impressed with the professional race committee work put on by principal race officer Paul Leonard in the challenging conditions.
Saturday – April 27th
Sunday- April 28th
Race 3. After lunch and a swim in the pool - Iain Percy won impressively, in a build sea breeze. Paul Cayard was second and George Szabo rounded out the top three.
Monday – April 29th
Race 5 followed immediately in building conditions that saw a top breeze of maybe 12 knots. Iain Percy claimed his second victory of the series in the stronger breeze. George Szabo finished second with Augie Diaz collecting another third.
Tuesday – April 30th
Many thanks to Davis Island Yacht Club and their Fleet Captain Jay Tyson.
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