District 20  Regatta Report

Mon Mar 4th, 2013 through Sat Mar 9th, 2013

Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih. Photo: BMSW/Cory Silken.

Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih. Photo: BMSW/Cory Silken.

86th Bacardi Cup

 

Results


Video of day one by Icarus Sailing Media

Report by Jan Harley, Media Pro International:

86th BACARDI Cup Underway on Biscayne Bay
March 4, 2013 (Miami, Fla.) -- For most residents of the Northern Hemisphere, 63 degrees and sunshine would be a welcome change after months of cold, wintry weather. However, for the 56 Star teams that headed out on Biscayne Bay for the 86th BACARDI Cup, the light air that accompanied the chillier than usual temperatures allowed only one of two planned races to be held on the first day of competition. Anxious to get racing, the talent heavy fleet pushed the line which resulted in seven teams collecting OCS points as the headline event of the fourth annual BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank got underway in six knots of breeze.

"Today's conditions were very tough, difficult to predict due to light wind and very shifty, ' said Lars Grael, Brazil's two-time ('88, '96) Tornado Olympic Medalist, after he and crew Marco Lagoa won the day's lone race. "The RC did its best to get a good start. We were able to round the first mark in first and then able to get a good lead at the end of the downwind leg. The RC shortened the course and we managed to keep the lead until the end. Good competition out there against the Irish [skipper Peter O'Leary] and Augie Diaz (Miami, Fla.). Overall, [it was] a difficult day as it was very hard to predict the wind."

O'Leary, who crossed the finish line in second with crew Rodney Hagebols (AUS), concurred with Grael’s assessment. "Second in today's conditions is not bad at all. We had a good start but after the first mark we never thought we could catch Lars. We will try to keep going strong and get single digit results and we might have a chance to finish first."

Local Miami sailing star Augie Diaz, the 2003 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, was happy with the third-place finish he earned with crew Arnis Baltins. "A top-10 is hard to get at the Bacardi Cup! Except for Lars, who was leading with a good margin, everyone else in the top 10 was racing competitively. Too early to say who will win the Cup, but Lars and Peter will be tough to beat. It's no accident they are first and second today, I think they are the favorites."

Opening BACARDI Miami Sailing Week was the inaugural PRO-Am Charity Regatta which featured Diaz and Grael, along with defending Bacardi Cup Champion Xavier Rohart, 2009 Star World Champion George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.) and Melges 32 National Champion Jeff Ecklund at the helm of five Sonars on loan from Team Paradise. Sixteen people made donations to be aboard as crew for the day, with Sailing Heals, Shake-A-Leg Miami and Team Paradise coming out the winners as proceeds from the event went to benefit those organizations.


Video of day two by Icarus Saling Media

Grael and Lagoa Retain Lead
MIAMI, FLA. (March 5, 2013) -- Breeze just into the double digits made the second day of racing for the 86th BACARDI Cup a test of experience and persistence for the 56 Star teams racing on Biscayne Bay. Two races were completed as the sunshine warmed temperatures into the low 70s, and, with three races scored a drop race now comes into play. While Lars Grael and Marco Lagoa (BRA) remain first over's finishes of 12-1 to their win of yesterday's lone race, less than 12 points separate the top-five teams.

"Races were similar to yesterday although the second race overall was more gentle," said Grael. "On the first race today we did a wrong jibe and we rounded the mark fifth, closed the downwind leg 25th and finished 12th; it was a difficult race for us. Second race of the day started well, we rounded the mark first and protected the position. While fighting with Xavier Rohart we managed to keep a good gap with the rest of the field. Overall we're happy because competition is tough and we're competing against Augie Diaz who is a local sailor and I believe has the home advantage."

Diaz, with crew Arnis Baltins, is just three points out of first place and knows winning this championship will come down to more than local knowledge.

"The first race was difficult, but we managed to do well," said Diaz of the win of today's first race. "We had better opportunities and with a little bit of luck we were able to round the weather mark third and then take the lead to the end. Second race of the day was more challenging because we decided to go on the right side of the course while the wind went left; I'm therefore happy with a 10th place. I have a lot of respect for Lars because he is very good in all conditions and in all venues. I don't think I have a big edge by being local; really not as big an edge as he might think I have."

Third overall are the defending champions Xavier Rohart and Serge Pulfer (FRA), who placed 6-2 today, a strong recovery from yesterday’s finish of 25. They carry eight points and are followed in fourth by the Italian team of Diego Negri and Frithjof Kleen whose scoreline of 13-3-9 totals 12 points. Rounding out fifth in the standings is Irish Olympian Peter O’Leary and Rodney Hagebols who have 13.5 points after finishes of 2.5-36-11.


Video of day three by Icarus Media

MANLY DAY ON BISCAYNE BAY
Miami, FL (March 6, 2013) - There was no shortage of drama today on Biscayne Bay for competitors racing in the 86th BACARDI Cup. As temperatures hit the high 70s on the third day of racing, the fourth race of the Star series got underway in 15 knots of breeze, and, with the black flag rule in effect, six boats were disqualified. Wind gusts over 25 knots contributed to 11 boats not finishing the day's single race, including two with broken masts.

"Windy for sure today, 20 plus average," said Irish Olympian Peter O'Leary, who won the race. "Once we got going it was a proper Bacardi Cup regatta in which we stretched legs and hiked hard. The main challenge of the day was to stay in pressure and take advantage of the big breeze. We rounded the last mark in third and were able to beat the Italians on the line."

Lars Grael and Marco Lagoa (BRA) finished third in the race allowing them to increase the point spread while continuing their hold on first place in the overall standings with 17 points. The Italian team of Diego Negri and Frithjof Kleen finished second in the race and are just nine points out of first. They are followed in the overall standings by 2003 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Augie Diaz (Miami, Fla.) and Arnis Baltins, who added a 22 to their previous finishes of 3-1-10 for 36 points. Alessandro Pascolato and Henry Boening (BRA) are fourth overall with finishes of 18-8-6-8 for 40 points, and the Canadian team of Brian Cramer and Cam Lymburner round out the top five with 9-7-18-7 for 41 points.

"I have not been racing since last April and needed to dust off the first two days and find the confidence that is needed to race in this highly competitive regatta,” said Diego Negri. "Our results are on the rise and I think we're doing a fine job and having fun at the same time. This is my third Bacardi Cup and I'm enjoying it very much. Lars is a very tough competitor. He is one of the best in the world and has shown he is able to race well in both light and stronger wind conditions. I'm looking forward to keep having fun and post good results. If the wind will be as today, I think we might have a chance to win the Cup. It would be a significant achievement."

Although Irish Olympian Peter O'Leary and Rodney Hagebols won today's race, they still carry 36 points earned in race two of the series (once five races have been completed, the scores will reflect each yacht discarding her worst race). With 50 points, they currently stand eighth overall, seven points behind defending champions Xavier Rohart and Serge Pulfer(FRA).

Penultimate Shake Up
Two races were sailed by the 56 Star teams who are competing for the 86th Bacardi Cup. The first win of the day went to defending champions Xavier Rohart and Serge Pulfer(FRA), while the second race was won by 2012 Olympians Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Brian Fatih (Miami, Fla.).

"We're happy of the win and we're surprised to be in it for the Cup," said Mendelblatt who won the Bacardi Cup in 2005. "We're very happy! We had light conditions at the start with eight to nine knots; we had a decent start and got swallowed out there by other boats. We were fortunate to get moving again and with some luck we ended up going the right way. At one point we were pinned by other boats and forced to go straight which ended up being the best way. There are five or six boats within a few points and tomorrow we will try to put some of them in between and try again to win the race. Having a shot at the Cup is such an honor!" Lars Grael and Marco Lagoa (BRA), who have led the overall Star standings throughout the series, retain the top position despite finishes of 6-32 today for a net 23 points. Mendelblatt and Fatih are second overall with 25 points, followed by Rohart and Pulfer with 26. Diego Negri and Frithjof Kleen (ITA) are fourth with 28 points, followed by 2003 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Augie Diaz (Miami, Fla.) and Arnis Baltins with 29 points. The tight point spread among the top-five teams will surely set the stage for an intense final day of racing.

Mendelblatt And Fatih Take the Cup
March 9, 2013 (Miami, Fla.) – The big story is the win of the 86th Bacardi Cup by the Florida team of Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg) and Brian Fatih (Miami). Having started their series on Monday by picking up the max number of points for an over early start, the duo worked their way back up the standings to end the penultimate day of the series in second overall.

"We started [the series] not in the best way, but we turned it around," said Mendelblatt, who previously won the Bacardi Cup in 2005. "t was a disappointing start and it was my fault for not having a good first race. After that we've been very consistent with low scores. We won the last two races and everything went our way. Winning the Cup again means a lot to me; it's really great because winning any big Star regatta is not easy at all! I am very happy to have had Brian with me. He is a great crew and wanted to have his name on the Tito Bacardi trophy. The Bacardi Cup is a great event and now, with the addition of all the other classes, it's even more satisfying."

Mendelblatt and Fatih, who represented the USA in the Star class at the 2012 Olympics, won the single race contested by the 56 Star teams on the final day of the series to move to the top of the standings with 26 points. Lars Grael and Marco Lagoa (BRA), who had been atop the overall standings throughout the week, took second overall with 30 points after placing seventh in the race. Defending champion Xavier Rohart (FRA) ended the series tied on points with Grael after finishing the race in fourth place to take third in the overall standings. The only change for Diego Negri and Frithjof Kleen (ITA) or 2003 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Augie Diaz (Miami, Fla.) and Arnis Baltins, was in the point totals as both retained their positions in the top-five with, respectively, 33 and 41 points.


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 USA 8177   Mark Mendelblatt   Brian Fatih   USA 8177   TaB   64.0 [OCS] 13.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 1.0 1.0 26
2 Imagine 2   Lars Grael   Marco Lagoa   BRA 8392   Par   1.0 12.0 1.0 3.0 6.0 32.0 7.0 30
3 La Pelle   Xavier Rohart   Serge Pulfer   FRA 8237   NI   24.0 6.0 2.0 11.0 1.0 6.0 4.0 30.0001
4 Grazie Dino!   Diego Negri   Frithjof Kleen   ITA 8452   VE   12.0 3.0 9.0 2.0 3.0 11.0 5.0 33
5 8465   Augie Diaz   Arnis Baltins   USA 8465   BisB   3.0 1.0 10.0 22.0 7.0 8.0 12.0 41
6 USA 8320   George Szabo   Magnus Liljedahl   USA 8320   SDB   4.0 10.0 13.0 15.0 10.0 22.0 3.0 55
7 MIISCA   Alessandro Pascolato   Henry Boening   BRA 8390   Gua   18.0 8.0 6.0 8.0 64.0 [BFD] 17.0 2.0 59
8 Spiced Beef   Peter O'Leary   Rodney Hagebols   IRL 8473   ISOL   2.0 36.0 11.0 1.0 14.0 27.0 6.0 61
9 Lara   Hubert Merkelbach   Gerrit Bartel   GER 8331   UB   14.0 11.0 20.0 12.0 2.0 40.0 9.0 68
10 Erin   John Maccausland   Guy Avellon   USA 8195   CR   16.0 2.0 23.0 14.0 9.0 21.0 10.0 72
11 USA 8067   Tomas Hornos   Joshua Revkin   USA 8067   BH   22.0 64.0 [BFD] 34.0 10.0 5.0 3.0 8.0 82
12 SUI 7829   Vasyl Gureyev   Vitali Kushnir   UKR 8247   Ukr   29.0 22.0 5.0 64.0 [BFD] 8.0 14.0 13.0 91
13 USA 8362   Peter Vessella   Austin Sperry   USA 8362   BisB   30.0 30.0 16.0 5.0 21.0 5.0 17.0 94
14 USA 8000   Arthur Anosov   Mark Dolan   USA 8000   SL   5.0 28.0 27.0 9.0 64.0 [BFD] 12.0 14.0 95
15 REMARC   Brian Cramer   Cam Lymburner   CAN 8143   WLOC   9.0 7.0 18.0 7.0 34.0 34.0 24.0 99
16 USA 7741   Benjamin Sternberg   Valentin Veytsman   USA 7741   CLIS   32.0 15.0 7.0 16.0 16.0 64.0 [DNS] 15.0 101
17 Los Rolingas   Daniel Della Torre   Edward Morey   ARG 8286   OL   21.0 25.0 15.0 13.0 11.0 16.0 33.0 101
18 Barakablue   Larry Whipple   Phil Trinter   USA 8484   BisB   31.0 5.0 19.0 64.0 [DNF] 28.0 10.0 11.0 104
19 Ge Jarnet   Brian Ledbetter   Tyler Bjorn   USA 8389   PS   11.0 38.0 17.0 6.0 32.0 19.0 21.0 106
20 Pichon Pichoni   Erich Mones   Diego Peisajovich   ARG 8285   BisB   37.0 14.0 24.0 23.0 25.0 2.0 26.0 114
21 USA 8072   Doug Smith   Uli Seeberger   USA 8072   SBC   15.0 31.0 25.0 64.0 [DNF] 15.0 9.0 22.0 117
22 7462   Dave Watt   Dave Martin   USA 7462   PS   64.0 [OCS] 4.0 22.0 34.0 20.0 4.0 39.0 123
23 Francesca   Lucio Boggi   Sergio Lambertenghi   ITA 8341   Gar   35.0 18.0 4.0 21.0 24.0 28.0 32.0 127
24 8466   Stuart Hebb   Mark Strube   CAN 8466   BisB   64.0 [OCS] 9.0 30.0 18.0 12.0 42.0 16.0 127
25 Juanita   Alberto Zanetti   Nicolas Rosas   ARG 8278   OL   7.0 17.0 12.0 64.0 [BFD] 23.0 48.0 29.0 136
26 Pied Piper / National Marine   Jack Jennings   Brian Sharp   USA 8464   LS   19.0 39.0 29.0 64.0 [BFD] 17.0 7.0 27.0 138
27 Picnic   William Swigart   Phil Brewster   USA 8291   CLIS   8.0 23.0 37.0 30.0 64.0 [BFD] 18.0 30.0 146
28 Maricotta 2   Admar Gonzaga Neto   Alexandre Freitas   BRA 8459   Par   25.0 27.0 26.0 20.0 18.0 31.0 31.0 147
29 Panzi   Renato Irrera   MANUELE LA PORTA   ITA 8382   Pal   20.0 35.0 21.0 25.0 29.0 45.0 20.0 150
30 Sol e Vento   Luiz Andre Reis   Renato Moura   BRA 8287   Par   13.0 48.0 8.0 64.0 [DNF] 19.0 24.0 41.0 153
31 SUN 8479   Jean-Pascal Chatagny   Patrick Ducomhon   SUI 8479   G   45.0 21.0 48.0 64.0 [BFD] 13.0 13.0 18.0 158
32 JRWoneDesign   Jerry Wendt   Mike Nichol   CAN 8272   WLOC   17.0 43.0 28.0 24.0 26.0 23.0 40.0 158
33 CAN 8271   Allan Cullen   Phil Toth   CAN 8271   EB   34.0 19.0 14.0 64.0 [BFD] 39.0 20.0 35.0 161
34 SUI 7829   Michel Niklaus   Markus Koy   SUI 7829   G   28.0 20.0 31.0 64.0 [DNF] 31.0 33.0 19.0 162
35 Fram   Gautschi Christoph   Dominik Schenk   SUI 8409   Bod   36.0 33.0 33.0 19.0 22.0 39.0 25.0 168
36 Tess   Mike Phinney   Rick Burgess   USA 8217   SLE   2.0 [2.0, RDG] 53.0 43.0 32.0 30.0 30.0 36.0 173
37 Leporello   Daniel Wyss   Urs Joss   SUI 8329   ZU   6.0 32.0 53.0 29.0 45.0 26.0 64.0 [DNF] 191
38 GER 8179   Klaus Meyer   Joerg Mueller   GER 8179   Brm   33.0 41.0 49.0 31.0 36.0 15.0 38.0 194
39 USA 8015   Donald Massey   Isao Toyama   USA 8015   CHiH   64.0 [OCS] 40.0 50.0 17.0 38.0 37.0 23.0 205
40 USA 8036   Jack Rickard   Sam Eadie   USA 8036   WH   46.0 24.0 32.0 37.0 27.0 50.0 42.0 208
41 SUI 8133   Urs Infanger   Oleg Chtchetinine   SUI 8133   LUV   43.0 26.0 36.0 36.0 43.0 25.0 44.0 209
42 Morning Star   Anthony Herrmann   Chris Nielson   USA 8312   WLM   42.0 16.0 44.0 27.0 42.0 47.0 64.0 [DNC] 218
43 Voodoo   Stefan Lehnert   Dietmar Hobbie   GER 7865   Brm   27.0 50.0 47.0 64.0 [DNF] 33.0 38.0 28.0 223
44 Bic_Star   Jens Burmester   Markus Mehlen   GER 7750   ED   40.0 47.0 51.0 33.0 37.0 41.0 37.0 235
45 Squalo Bianco VII   Lorenz Zimmermann   Nils Hollweg   SUI 8482   LUV   38.0 49.0 42.0 26.0 40.0 46.0 45.0 237
46 Never Piss Off a Witch   Barbara Beigel-Vosbury   Laura Beigel   USA 7986   AN   26.0 64.0 [BFD] 38.0 64.0 [DNC] 44.0 44.0 34.0 250
47 Fast Pony   James Babel   Scott Benson   USA 8175   GL   64.0 [OCS] 34.0 46.0 28.0 47.0 35.0 64.0 [DNC] 254
48 USA 7629   Ken Woods   Kip Gardner   USA 7629   CA   10.0 45.0 45.0 64.0 [DNF] 35.0 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 263
49 Junkyard Dog   J Joseph Bainton   Chris Rogers   USA 8112   NB   39.0 44.0 35.0 64.0 [DNF] 46.0 36.0 64.0 [DNC] 264
50 Sonya V1   John Chiarella   Bob Carlson   USA 8215   Sun   48.0 52.0 55.0 64.0 [DNF] 49.0 29.0 43.0 276
51 GER 8416   Hubert Rauch   Kilian Weise   GER 8416   And   64.0 [OCS] 51.0 39.0 35.0 41.0 51.0 64.0 [DNF] 281
52 USA 8087   Keith Donald   Kevin Elterman   USA 8087   AN   23.0 37.0 40.0 64.0 [DNF] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 292
53 Patriot   Blaise Gallahue   James Rudser   USA 7469   BH   50.0 42.0 56.0 64.0 [DNF] 48.0 49.0 47.0 292
54 French Rabbit   Joseph Pro   Nicolaus Pro   USA 30   NCB   44.0 64.0 [DNC] 52.0 64.0 [DNF] 50.0 43.0 46.0 299
55 USA 7306   Lou Roberts   Brian Mcsweeney   USA 7306   Mid   41.0 46.0 54.0 38.0 64.0 [DNF] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 307
56 USA 8084   Robert Teitge   Eric Beckwith   USA 8084   DR   47.0 29.0 41.0 64.0 [BFD] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 309
57 Isabella   Bill Allen     USA 8379   BisB   64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 384
57 Claude Bonanni   Claude Bonanni   Claude Bonanni   USA 8279   TaB   64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 384
57 Clementine   Marcelo Fuchs   Ronald Seifert   BRA 8398   SP   64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 384
57 F2   Gunti Weissenberger   Chris Hardin   USA 8095   NCB   64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNF] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 384
57 Onda 3   Reinaldo Conrad   Ubiratan Matos   BRA 8418   SAN   64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 384
57 Misty   Derek Decouteau   Stu Frost   USA 7620   BI   64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNF] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 384
57 Yoyo   Luca Paloschi   GUIDO FALCIOLA   ITA 8158   Man   64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 64.0 [DNC] 384

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