District 20  Regatta Report

Mon Mar 5th, 2012 through Sat Mar 10th, 2012

Tito Bacardi with the Bacardi Cup

Tito Bacardi with the Bacardi Cup

2012 Bacardi Cup

 

Event website: www.miamisailingweek.com

The third annual running of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week will mark several milestones starting with the 150th anniversary of the Bacardi Company, as well as the 85th year of the Bacardi Cup for the storied Star class which just celebrated its own 100th anniversary. Also being celebrated during the week will be Jose E. "Tito" Argamasilla Bacardi, who lost his battle with cancer late in 2011. During his 40 year career with the company he not only hosted the Bacardi Cup for several decades but also founded the Bacardi museum in Miami.

Report by Media Pro Int'l - Jan Harley:
Day One:
The series opener took place under cloudy skies with a northerly breeze in the mid teens. The Austrian team of five-time Olympian Hans Spitzauer, sailing with Gerd Habermueller, determined that they wanted to be on the right side of the course today. As the scoreboard attests, it proved to be a good move right from the start.

"Excellent day of sailing due to the winds, just perfect for the first day of this Bacardi Cup anniversary event!," said a very happy Spitzauer after racing today. "We made a really good choice, and extended to take the lead. Today was a really good race for us, we had a great lead, we were pushed by others but today was our day." Finishing second were 2011 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.) and Ian Coleman (Annapolis, Md.), who finished 14th at the Star World Championship in Australia this past December. Third across the line was the Ukranian team of Arthur Anosov and Vitali Kushnir, followed by 2006 Etchells World Champion and Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Jud Smith (Marblehead, Mass.) who is racing with Brian Fatih (Miami, Fla.). Fatih, a member of the 2012 USSTAG, will represent the U.S.A. at the 2012 Olympic Regatta in England as crew for Mark Mendelblatt.

Day Two Racing Blown Out on Biscayne Bay
March 6: At 0900 EST, with an east-northeast 29-knot breeze gusting to 35 knots and a prediction for more of the same over the course of the afternoon, organizers of the 85th Bacardi Cup cancelled the day's scheduled race for the 67 registered Star teams.

Day Three - March 7:
With a large area of high pressure parked over the East Coast of the U.S.A. generating strong easterly winds across the Florida peninsula, organizers of the 85th BACARDI Cup were forced to cancel racing for the second day in a row. Organizers have revised the schedule for the 67 registered Star teams to include a second race on Thursday and Friday (March 8-9).

Day Four - March 8:
The Star fleet had started racing on Monday but was sidelined for the last two days as a weather system generating high winds and hazardous marine conditions sat over the area. Today, with easterly winds in the upper teens, the Stars resumed their series,

In the first race of the day for the Star class 2008 Olympian Peter O'Leary and David Burrows (Ireland) led around the first leeward mark followed closely by 2008 Star World Champions Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (Poland) and Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (France). The positions remained intact as the three teams crossed the finish line. In race two, 2007 Bacardi Cup champion Hamish Pepper and crew Jim Turner (New Zealand) were leading at the first mark, followed by Kusznierewicz/Zycki and Rohart/Ponsot, but the Polish team succeeded in beating them across the line, with the French team finishing third.

The win of the second race moved Kusznierewicz and Zycki to the top of the overall standings with three points, followed by O'Leary and Burrows with five. Day one leaders Hans Spitzauer, a five-time Olympian, and Gerd Habermueller (Austria) placed 9-5 in today's races and dropped to third overall, where they are tied on points with Rohart and Ponsot. Two points back, Pepper and Turner stand fifth with eight points.

"Overall not a bad day," said Peter O'Leary. "After two days on shore we were very happy to be on the water again. Conditions were good, yet a bit tricky with big waves that made sailing interesting. We were first at the first mark and we took it from there to the finish. In the second race we had an excellent start and then had to overcome a big wind shift. We made it to the top mark in the top group, and although we wanted to win we had to settle for fourth."

Day Five: March 9
With the temperature hovering around 80 and an east-southeast breeze of 12 knots, competitors quickly got down to business on the penultimate day of racing at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank. Two races were sailed by the Star fleet.

For the second day in a row, 2008 Olympian Peter O'Leary and David Burrows (Ireland) won the first race of the day in the Star class. Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (France) were second across the line, and when they won race two, they were propelled to the top of the overall standings with nine points. O'Leary and Burrows, after finishing fifth in the second race, have 11 points and are followed by 2008 Star World Champions Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (Poland) with 15 points after finishes of 9-3 today. Austria's five-time Olympian Hans Spitzauer, sailing with Gerd Habermueller, is fourth overall with 17 points, followed by 2007 Bacardi Cup champion Hamish Pepper and crew Jim Turner (New Zealand) with 23 points.

"It was a really great day," said Xavier Rohart while admitting that he and Ponsot with whom he has been sailing since 2008 did not expect to do this well. "This was not our favorite weather, but we had good work with our coach. Miami is good training for Weymouth [site of the 2012 Olympic Regatta]. It's why we are here, and to know the people we will be sailing against. To win [the Bacardi Cup] would be a very good end for our training." When Rohart races in Weymouth, it will be his sixth Olympic Regatta. His best finish - a bronze medal - was earned at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Day Six - March 10
With five races already on the scoreboard, the Star fleet today completed the sixth race for the 85th Bacardi Cup, being held for the 50th year in Miami. Briefly postponed, the final race for the Stars got underway with just seven knots of breeze from the east southeast. The Swiss team of Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria were across the finish line first, followed by Miami's own Augie Diaz with Bruno Prada, and 2008 Star World Champions Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (Poland). Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (France) were across fourth, followed by 2008 Olympian Peter O'Leary and David Burrows (Ireland). By finishing ahead of the Irish team, Rohart and Ponsot, who had started the day with a three-point lead on O'Leary and Burrows, maintained the point spread to win the championship title with 13 points. O'Leary and Burrows, with 16 points, and Kusznierewicz and Zycki, with 18 points, filled out the remaining podium spots. Diaz and Prada, with finishes of 11-4-7-5-8-2; 26, moved up to fourth overall, with day one leaders, Austria's five-time Olympian Hans Spitzauer and Gerd Habermueller, finishing fifth overall with 29 points.

"It's wonderful," said Xavier Rohart on winning the 85th Bacardi Cup. "I'm extremely happy for this achievement. It's a dream come true! I've been dreaming about it for 10 years and finally it happened. Unfortunately, I'm on my way to the airport as I have to be back home and I will miss the celebration tonight, but my crew and coach will be there. This concludes my training in Miami and I will continue to focus on more training before the Olympics."

Results for one race on March 5, two on March 8, two on March 9 and the final on March 10.


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
1 La Pelle   Xavier Rohart   Pierre Alexis Ponsot   FRA 8237   NI   15.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 4.0 13
2 Slipper 1   Peter O'Leary   David Burrows   IRL 8473   ISOL   8.0 1.0 4.0 1.0 5.0 5.0 16
3 Jeanneau   Mateusz Kusznierewicz   Dominik Zycki   POL 8417   ISOL   13.0 2.0 1.0 9.0 3.0 3.0 18
4 8465   Augie Diaz   Bruno Prada   USA 8285   BisB   11.0 4.0 7.0 5.0 8.0 2.0 26
5 Roberta7   Hans Spitzauer   Gerd Habermueller   AUT 8436   Att   1.0 9.0 5.0 12.0 2.0 16.0 29
6 Yasha Samurai   Hamish Pepper   Jim Turner   NZL 8464   ISOL   12.0 6.0 2.0 3.0 13.0 9.0 32
7 8250   Jud Smith   Brian Fatih   USA 8250   CA   4.0 11.0 13.0 7.0 4.0 11.0 37
8 Survival of the Fattest II   Eivind Melleby   Petter Morland Pedersen   NOR 8317   NOR   64.0 [DNS] 7.0 8.0 10.0 10.0 6.0 41
9 UBS   Flavio Marazzi   Enrico De Maria   SUI 8364   TB   21.0 8.0 9.0 4.0 64.0 [BFD] 1.0 43
10 8423   Andrew Campbell   Ian Coleman   USA 8423   SDB   2.0 10.0 11.0 8.0 17.0 14.0 45
11 De Haven   Nicholas O'Leary   Rodney Hagebols   IRL 8418   ISOL   18.0 5.0 14.0 19.0 6.0 10.0 53
12 Erin   John Maccausland   Mike Nichol   USA 8395   CR   10.0 13.0 19.0 6.0 15.0 19.0 63
13 8362   Peter Vessella   Austin Sperry   USA 8362   WSFB   5.0 24.0 12.0 20.0 12.0 15.0 64
14 8434   George Szabo   Roger Cheer   USA 8320   SDB   64.0 [DNC] 18.0 10.0 14.0 14.0 12.0 68
15 UKR 8000   Arthur Anosov   Vitalii Kushnir   UKR 8000   SL   3.0 21.0 17.0 11.0 27.0 22.0 74
16 Rome wasn't built in a day   Paul McKenzie   Philip Toth   AUS 8336   ISOL   20.0 16.0 6.0 23.0 18.0 20.0 80
17 8247 M   Vasyl Gureyev   Volodymyr Korotkov   UKR 8247   Ukr   28.0 12.0 16.0 15.0 9.0 37.0 80.0001
18 Frolic   Carl Buchan   Jamie Buchan   USA 8260   PS   19.0 19.0 26.0 18.0 11.0 13.0 80.0002
19 ARG 8278   Alberto Zanetti   Nicolas Rosas   ARG 8278   OL   23.0 33.0 21.0 13.0 30.0 7.0 94
20 8265-M   Peter Wright   Dan Wright   USA 8265   LS   33.0 15.0 22.0 21.0 19.0 21.0 98
21 Sarexpress   Fabian Mac Gowan   Ariel Simonet   ARG 7907   OL   7.0 26.0 28.0 22.0 28.0 50.0 111
22 Remarc   Brian Cramer   Cameron Lymburner   CAN 8143   WLOC   17.0 29.0 20.0 25.0 26.0 24.0 112
23 Team Doyle   Tomas Hornos   Ed Morey   USA 8177   BH   64.0 [DNC] 32.0 24.0 24.0 16.0 23.0 119
24 klausi-mausi   Hubert Merkelbach   Gerrit Bartel   GER 8331   UB   36.0 17.0 25.0 26.0 21.0 42.0 125
25 8466   Stuart Hebb   Brad Nichols   CAN 8466   BisB   9.0 64.0 [BFD] 15.0 33.0 36.0 35.0 128
26 Edding   Gustavo Warburg     ARG 8136   OL   31.0 14.0 34.0 28.0 25.0 51.0 132
27 USA 8015   Donald Massey   Isao Toyama   USA 8015   JP   35.0 30.0 33.0 17.0 34.0 18.0 132
28 Panzi   Renato Irrera   MANUELE LA PORTA   ITA 8382   Pal   6.0 28.0 30.0 43.0 31.0 52.0 138
29 Howie...   Chris Nielson   Mickey Nielson   USA 8312   WLM   16.0 23.0 35.0 27.0 41.0 39.0 140
30 Misty   Derek Decouteau   Dave Martin   USA 7620   BI   38.0 35.0 32.0 16.0 23.0 41.0 144
31 Pursuit   Stefan Lehnert   Dietmar Hobie   GER 7865   Brm   26.0 34.0 29.0 40.0 24.0 34.0 147
32 8285   Erich Mones Ruiz   Diego Peisajovich   USA 8285   Bisb   25.0 36.0 41.0 29.0 29.0 29.0 148
33 Courtenay's Garage   Jon Vandermolen   Caj Flynn   USA 8460   GL   22.0 22.0 27.0 64.0 [BFD] 64.0 [BFD] 17.0 152
34 Fram   Gautschi Christoph   Schenk Dominik   SUI 8409   Bod   29.0 25.0 37.0 31.0 33.0 57.0 155
35 barakablue   Larry Whipple   Philp Trinter   USA 8440   BisB   14.0 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [BFD] 7.0 8.0 157
36 Isabella   Bill Allen   Bruce Hatfield   USA 8379   BisB   41.0 20.0 31.0 49.0 35.0 33.0 160
37 GFYH   Terry Line   Larry Scott   CAN 7601   WLOC   32.0 43.0 39.0 64.0 [BFD] 20.0 27.0 161
38 Brush   Peter Bellingham     AUS 8101   ISOL   64.0 [BFD] 49.0 18.0 34.0 22.0 40.0 163
39 Leporello   Wyss Daniel   Urs Joss   SUI 8329   ZU   43.0 39.0 40.0 [40.0, RDG] 32.0 47.0 26.0 180
40 Squalo Bianco VI   Lorenz Zimmermann   Nils Hollweg   SUI 8085   LUV   64.0 [BFD] 37.0 36.0 48.0 43.0 25.0 189
41 Perla Gdansk   Tom Londrigan Jr   Steve Cutting   USA 8170   LS   34.0 38.0 23.0 64.0 [BFD] 32.0 64.0 [DNC] 191
42 USA 7741   Benjamin Sternberg   Valentin Veytsman   USA 7741   CLIS   37.0 27.0 64.0 [DNF] 36.0 64.0 [BFD] 32.0 196
43 Picnic   William Swigart   Phillip Brewster   USA 8291   CLIS   64.0 [DNC] 31.0 64.0 [DNF] 30.0 42.0 30.0 197
44 -   Jerry Wendt   Keven Piper   CAN 8094   WLOC   39.0 44.0 40.0 39.0 40.0 48.0 202
45 Sempre Caos   Patrick Gudat   Kirk Olon   USA 8227   IR   40.0 41.0 43.0 37.0 45.0 53.0 206
46 Bic Star   Jens Burmester   Dr Porky Markus   GER 7750   ED   24.0 64.0 [DNF] 64.0 [DNC] 41.0 51.0 31.0 211
47 7629   Ken Woods   Kip Gardner   USA 7629   CA   64.0 [DNC] 42.0 38.0 45.0 49.0 45.0 219
48 Grinch   Bert Collins   Jacob Doyle   USA 8063   AN   30.0 64.0 [DNF] 64.0 [DNC] 44.0 39.0 43.0 220
49 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun   Barbara Beigel Vosbury   Laura Beigel   USA 7986   AN   42.0 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 35.0 37.0 49.0 227
50 Newf   Harri Palm   Jeffrey Imai   CAN 7930   WLOC   64.0 [DNC] 46.0 42.0 38.0 46.0 56.0 228
51 8267   Stephen Gunther   Jon Kidder   USA 8267   SB   47.0 50.0 46.0 53.0 53.0 38.0 234
52 8084   Robert Teitge   Thad Brej   USA 8084   DR   64.0 [BFD] 48.0 45.0 54.0 64.0 [BFD] 28.0 239
53 JunkYard Dog   J Joseph Bainton   Chris Rogers   USA 8112   NB   27.0 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 51.0 50.0 54.0 246
54 Feine Perle   Joerg Mellis   Nils Nuellmeier   GER 8198   Ess   45.0 47.0 44.0 56.0 55.0 58.0 247
55 7816   John H Helmsing   Marko A Hasche   GER 7816   HF   46.0 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 50.0 52.0 36.0 248
56 7497   Kris Wilson   Andy Noel   USA 7497   AN   64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 47.0 47.0 44.0 46.0 248
57 SpecialK   Amanda Karahanas   Tony Karahanas   CAN 7501   LOC   64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 42.0 38.0 44.0 252
58 Personal affair   Olaf Richter   Joerg Rickem   GER 8150   Lub   64.0 [DNC] 45.0 64.0 [DNF] 46.0 64.0 [BFD] 47.0 266
59 Bird dog   Martina Mittendorfer   Guy Avellon   AUT 8163   Att   44.0 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 55.0 54.0 59.0 276
60 Big Jim   Mike Hecky   Matt Boudreau   USA 7996   CR   64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNF] 64.0 [DNC] 52.0 48.0 55.0 283
61 Tesser   Mike Phinney   Rick Burgess   USA 8217   SLE   64.0 [DNC] 40.0 64.0 [DNF] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 296
62 Starboat   Hans Fogh   Roger Cheer   CAN 8235   LOC   64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNF] 64.0 [DNF] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 320
62 Goodfellas   Charles F Kohlerman IV   Adam Dolzal   USA 7964   NCB   64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [BFD] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 320

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