District 20  Regatta Report

Mon Jan 24th, 2005 through Fri Jan 28th, 2005

Winners Andy Horton and Brad Nichol, Photo by Dan Nerney

Winners Andy Horton and Brad Nichol, Photo by Dan Nerney

2005 Rolex Miami OCR

 

Reports by Barby MacGowan, Media Pro Int’l for Rolex: Event photos by Jan Walker

January 28:
Andrew Horton (Newport, R.I.) and Brad Nichol (Hanover, N.H.) successfully fended off a pack of aggressors that included Sweden's Fredrik Loof, the class' 2004 World Champion who finished second overall with crew Anders Ekstrom. Although Horton and Nichol led the regatta from the beginning, the two had predicted any of the five teams immediately behind could take them on the last day. Loof pounced but fell short, posting finishing scores of 5-1 to Horton/Nichol,s 8-3 to go from fifth overall yesterday to second overall today.

January 26:
Extremely light breezes in the morning died in the afternoon but the Star Class managed to sail two races. Leaders Andrew Horton (Newport, R.I.) and Brad Nichol (Hanover, N.H.) had a "worst and first" today. They posted an OCS for starting early in the first race and not turning back, then followed it up with victory in the second race.

"We wanted to win the pin and go left," said Nichol about the fatal first start, "but everyone stacked up and the Germans under us pushed us over." Had the team turned back, they could have accepted a lesser "Z" flag penalty of 20%. "I should have gone back; that was stupid of me," said Horton.

Horton and Nichol still lead the 40-boat fleet but must watch again for those who have stacked up under them, this time on the scoreboard. Olympic Gold Medallist Mark Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.) and crew Phil Trinter (Port Washington, N.Y.) have risen from sixth yesterday to second overall, nine points behind the leaders. The next three finishers are tied in points, only three points behind Reynolds and Trinter.

"I would say that out of the top five players, whoever gets two good races tomorrow will win the regatta," said Horton. "It should be fun!"

January 25:
All but two of the 11 Rolex Miami OCR classes were deprived of at least one of their scheduled races today due to a dying afternoon breeze and the 49er class did not race at all. In all classes there were no lead changes from yesterday. The wind was shifty and puffy.

January 24:
In the Star Class Andrew Horton and Brad Nichol (Newport, R.I./Hanover, N.H.) topped the scoreboard with four points after two races on the first day, with Mark Mendelblatt and Steve Erickson (St. Petersburg, Fla./Hood River, Ore.) officially in second, but also with four points total.

For Horton, a winning member of the 2004 ISAF Match Racing World Championship team, and Nichol, this is only their fourth Star regatta together. “It’s awesome to be here with all the old-school greats,” said Horton, referring to the class’s history of attracting incredible sailors and making them lifelong converts. In fact, the “Star of the Star Class,” Mark Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.), a four-time Olympian and three-time Olympic medallist, holds third place with crew Phil Trinter (Port Washington, N.Y.), a Star-class Olympian from 2004. “Horton and Mendelblatt are going to be good,” said Reynolds. “I just hope I can beat them a few times.” Mendelblatt also represented the U.S. at the 2004 Olympics in the Laser class. He plans to launch an official Olympic campaign with Mark Strube (Palm Beach, Fla.) but when Strube was not available to sail with him for this event, Erickson stepped in. “I decided I needed mentoring,” said Mendelblatt, “so who better to ask?” Erickson has sailed Stars for 24 years and is an Olympic Gold Medallist from 1984.


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
1 7988   Horton Andrew   J Brad Nichol   7988     3.0 1.0 8.0 3.0 9.0 11.0 41.0 [OCS] 1.0 8.0 3.0 47
2 8191   Loof Fredrik   Anders Ekstrom   8191     7.0 6.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 8.0 13.0 14.0 5.0 1.0 54
3 8132   Brun Vincent   Douglas Brophy   8132     10.0 4.0 3.0 11.0 41.0 [OCS] 2.0 1.0 17.0 11.0 2.0 61
4 8157   Mendelblatt Mark   Steven Erickson   8157     1.0 3.0 2.0 41.0 [OCS] 12.0 16.0 12.0 9.0 7.0 4.0 66
5 8129   Reynolds Mark   Phil Trinter   8129     2.0 5.0 14.0 23.0 8.0 9.0 2.0 5.0 1.0 41.0 [OCS] 69
6 7953   Beadsworth Andrew   David Carr   7953     20.0 41.0 [OCS] 1.0 15.0 2.0 12.0 10.0 7.0 2.0 6.0 75
7 7879   Presti Philippe   Jean Philippe Saliou   7879     11.0 12.0 4.0 6.0 7.0 20.0 22.0 3.0 4.0 12.0 79
8 8163   Doyle Eric   Brian Sharp   8163     6.0 2.0 11.0 2.0 30.0 4.0 15.0 8.0 3.0 41.0 [OCS] 81
9 8162   Macdonald Andrew   Austin Sperry   8162     14.0 7.0 16.0 1.0 6.0 29.0 9.0 6.0 9.0 14.0 82
10 7995   Szabo George   Eric Monroe   7995     16.0 16.0 9.0 17.0 13.0 14.0 3.0 12.0 6.0 41.0 [OCS] 106
11 8031   Modena Luca   Sergio Lambertenghi   8031     17.0 15.0 13.0 16.0 1.0 22.0 4.0 4.0 21.0 41.0 [DNF] 113
12 7713   Dieball Skip   Geoff Ewenson   7713     21.0 8.0 21.0 12.0 10.0 6.0 21.0 2.0 14.0 41.0 [DNF] 115
13 8028   O'Connell Maurice   Edmund Peel   8028     8.0 41.0 [OCS] 15.0 24.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 13.0 28.0 13.0 115
14 8059   Vessella Peter   Michael Marzahl   8059     4.0 10.0 18.0 10.0 26.0 26.0 7.0 16.0 15.0 14.7 [AVG,MAN/14.7, 14.7] 120.7
15 8177   Anderson Karl   Scott Norris   8177     9.0 20.0 10.0 5.0 22.0 10.0 6.0 10.0 29.0 41.0 [OCS] 121
16 7637   Kiewming Lars   Markus Mehlem   7637     19.0 41.0 [OCS] 6.0 19.0 23.0 3.0 16.0 23.0 19.0 7.0 135
17 8181   Whipple Larry   Mark Strube   8181     18.0 9.0 22.0 7.0 25.0 1.0 14.0 15.0 25.0 41.0 [OCS] 136
18 7753   Blees Marc   Gert Van Der Heijden   7753     25.0 23.0 23.0 18.0 11.0 13.0 8.0 11.0 10.0 41.0 [OCS] 142
19 8184   Maccausland John   Brian Fatih   8184     5.0 11.0 12.0 14.0 29.0 17.0 18.0 20.0 20.0 41.0 [OCS] 146
20 8043   Kohlhas Jock   Richard Zirkle   8043     13.0 13.0 27.0 25.0 31.0 28.0 23.0 28.0 16.0 9.0 182
21 8143   Cramer Brian   Iain Greensmith   8143     24.0 19.0 26.0 31.0 14.0 33.0 11.0 34.0 12.0 16.0 186
22 8082   Kahn Philippe   Joseph Londrigan   8082     31.0 17.0 30.0 13.0 17.0 34.0 28.0 22.0 18.0 15.0 191
23 7567   Serinis Aaron   Will Wagner   7567     23.0 21.0 17.0 33.0 27.0 15.0 25.0 18.0 13.0 41.0 [OCS] 192
24 7986   Allen Bill   Brad Lichter   7986     12.0 26.0 29.0 29.0 21.0 23.0 30.0 24.0 32.0 5.0 199
25 8104   Nehammer Christian   Gunther Mitterhauser   8104     29.0 30.0 28.0 21.0 18.0 18.0 31.0 27.0 17.0 11.0 199
26 8014   Barovier Alberto   Luca Albarelli   8014     22.0 32.0 35.0 30.0 19.0 7.0 17.0 26.0 22.0 41.0 [OCS] 210
27 8214   Vandermolen Jon   TC Belco   8214     26.0 41.0 [DNC] 19.0 20.0 15.0 21.0 26.0 21.0 23.0 41.0 [OCS] 212
28 8189   Fields William   Arthur Anosov   8189     27.0 27.0 33.0 34.0 3.0 27.0 29.0 33.0 27.0 10.0 216
29 8033   Rotermund Philipp   Nils Holweg   8033     41.0 [OCS] 24.0 7.0 9.0 28.0 41.0 [DSQ] 41.0 [OCS] 32.0 41.0 [OCS] 8.0 231
30 8080   Boliakis Fotis   David Chard   8080     33.0 28.0 32.0 27.0 20.0 19.0 32.0 19.0 26.0 41.0 [DSQ] 236
31 8113   Weissenberger Gunti   Chris Brown   8113     28.0 31.0 20.0 35.0 24.0 31.0 27.0 35.0 24.0 17.0 237
32 7639   Bowers Robert   Robert Bowers   7639     30.0 29.0 36.0 41.0 [OCS] 16.0 30.0 24.0 36.0 30.0 19.0 250
33 8084   Teitge Robert   Richard Burgess   8084     41.0 [OCS] 25.0 25.0 8.0 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 20.0 25.0 31.0 41.0 [OCS] 257
34 8077   Vandermolen Thomas   Dave Jackson   8077     32.0 14.0 31.0 26.0 34.0 24.0 33.0 30.0 33.0 41.0 [DNF] 257
35 8168   Vandermolen James   Mike Wolfs   8168     34.0 22.0 34.0 22.0 32.0 25.0 19.0 29.0 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 258
36 8081   Irrera Renato   Federico Medolago   8081     41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 24.0 32.0 33.0 32.0 34.0 31.0 34.0 18.0 279
37 7970   Hopkins Samuel   Bart Kaplan   7970     35.0 33.0 37.0 36.0 35.0 35.0 35.0 37.0 35.0 20.0 301
38 8086   Neff Taylor   Chris Rogers   8086     15.0 18.0 41.0 [DNC] 28.0 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 307
39 7901   Ramchandran Mahesh   Nitin Mongia   7901     41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [OCS] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 369
39 8176   Kelly Steven   Bill Holowesko   8176     41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 41.0 [DNC] 369

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