|ISCYRA Regatta Report|| |
Fri Feb 17th, 2006 through Wed Feb 23rd, 2005
| Results of five days of racing (nine races) on Feb. 19-23 are below. Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada are the 2006 South American Champions.|
Fifth Day Report:
The South American Championship had 26 boats participating, including two Chileans, an Argentine and a North American. In nine regattas, the São Paulo pair won one race, had five seconds, two thirds and a fourth, which was discarded. Crew Bruno Prada (34 years, former Finn sailor) commented. “ We had very consistent finishes, with the right tactical choices made the majority of the time. To sail in the Rio da Janeiro is complicated because of the force of the currents, but we had an excellent performance.” Before the South Americans, Robert and Bruno had competed in the United States and finished sixth in the Biscayne Bay Trophy and 19th at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta. In 2005, they were 2nd in the South Americans, sixth in the World Championship, third in the Week Pré-Olímpica, 2nd of the Sailing Week of Rio De Janeiro and champion of the Sailing Week of São Paulo. The next challenge to the South American champion pair will be the Bacardi Cup.
Fourth Day Report:
Chief Race Official Bruno Marques said, "The wind came late. During the early part of the race it varied between eight and ten knots and then dropped further, making the competition even more difficult. By the finish the wind had increased making a large variety of conditions." Two final races are planned for Feb. 23.
Third Day Report:
Second Day Report:
Adler/Seifert have 7 points, followed by Scheidt/Prada (8 points) who were second in both races today, as they were yesterday. In the 2005 championship, Scheidt/Prada finished 2nd overall, behind Lars Grael and Marco Lagoa.
John King/Luiz Carlos Simão are in third, with 23 points. The Argentines Alejandro Chometowski and Nicolas Chermobilsky are in 13th position, first of the international teams.
First Day Report:
Adler found that he lacks training. “I sailed on Brazil 1 in the Volvo Ocean Race and in the J24 Worlds here, but I am without the rhythm of Star training, where you rapidly gain an evaluation of the adjustments needed.”
Peter Eduardo Siemsen/Manfredo Florice are third, a further six points back. J/24 World Champion skipper Mauricio Santa Cruz/André Lersyzcki is in fifth, and the defending Star South American Champion Lars Grael, sailing with Marcelo Jordao, is seventh.
Practice race report:
The current champion Lars Grael and his crew Marcelo Jordão seemed not to fear the superstition. They fought with world champion Alan Adler duringthe race butAlan did not cross the finish line and Lars did. It are the místico side of the opening regatta, it has a very important paper for the sailer who initiates a championship. The main objective of the practice race for the participants is that during it sailors can make necessary adjustments and guage the competition explained Jorge Bhering, national ex-secretary of the class.
With southeast winds varying between 12 and 15 knots some participants had problems with their equipment in the practice race. The Olímpic champion Robert Scheidt and crew Bruno Prada, while in 3d place behind Alan Adler/Ronald Seifert and the winners Lars Grael/Marcelo Jordão, broke a part of the mast and opted to go back to the club. “We were in third place when the handspike of the mast broke. Then we decided to come back toward the land so not to do more damage,” said Scheidt.
Other sailors also had bad luck during the competition. The boat of Sergio Goretkin/Miguel Fialho broke their mast. The J/24 World champion Mauricio Santa Cruz had the hull of his boat damaged in a buoy dispute with Peter Ficker/Manuel Bunge. The worst incident was the collision between the boats of Carlos Dohnert/Fernando Ilha and Marcelo Fucks/Fabio Kraiczyk, ending up with a perforated hull needing repairs.
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