ISCYRA  Regatta Report

Sat Jan 10th, 2009 through Wed Jan 14th, 2009

Rodrigo Zuazola & Robert Riegel , South American chmpions with all their first place trophies

Rodrigo Zuazola & Robert Riegel , South American chmpions with all their first place trophies

2009 South American Championship

 

Five races were run in the Valparaiso, Chile event that started with great sailing in winds from 10 knots up to 20 plus.

Event photos

Regatta report by RGV Sports, Chile
The Vina del Mar sailors Rodrigo Zuazola and Robert Riegel were crowned the unbeaten winners at the South American Championship of the Star Class, which took place at the Yacht Club de Chile in the Garden City. This was the first time this championship has been sailed in Chilean waters.

Due to the sunny day, the wind abandoned the fleet on the last day of racing. The race officer, Pan American medalist in the Lightning Cristián Herman, delayed the first race on shore, and then waited until the end of the regulatory deadline. Unfortunately, the wind did not appear in the bay, which ended the championship, after completing five races.

So, even with the lack of wind on Tuesday, winners Riegel and Zuazola ended up in the water, but thrown in by their rivals as a celebration for having won the regional championship with five consecutive wins. Finishing second were the Argentines Daniel della Torre and Julián Barroso, with nine points. In third were the Tras Andeans Gerardo della Torre and Guillermo Latour with thirteen points, the same score as the Americans Claude Bonnani and Richard Burgess. Rodrigo Zuazola, despite his vast experience and proven ability, was surprised by his performance in this regatta. "Actually, I never thought that we could win like this, with only all first places. Before the regatta we did not think we would win. It was after the first day we started to sleep thinking that perhaps we could win." confessed the 51-year-old athlete and one of the most successful helmsmen of our country.

"We had a very good boat, well prepared, that handled high winds well. Besides, sailing with Robert now for two years we are a good crew. Knowing the sailing area also helps because it lets you navigate with more confidence. Being a local sailor does not ensure success, of course, but you have a much smaller margin for error in a known area," said Zuazola, twice world champion in the Lightning (1987 and 1995), 3rd in the Cup Rey (Ocean Yacht) in Spain in 2005 and currently ranked No. 44 in the world in the Star.

Zuazola will not have much time for rest or celebration. Next week he will leave for the Regata Entel PCS Norte for ocean yachts, as helmsman of the yacht "Entel PCS”, one of the favorites.


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: 1 2 3 4 5 Total
1 CHI-8319   Zuazola Rodrigo   Riegel Robert   CHI- 8319   1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 4
2 ARG-7700   Della Torre Daniel   Barroso Julian Gazari   ARG- 7700   18.0 [OCS] 2.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 9
3 ARG-7213   Della Torre Gerardo   Latour Guillermo F   ARG- 7213   5.0 3.0 3.0 8.0 2.0 13
4 USA-8279   Bonanni Claude   Burgess Richard   USA- 8279   2.0 4.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 13.0001
5 CHI-7972   Gimeno Vicente Pablo   Hasbun Almarza Ignacio   CHI- 7972   3.0 18.0 [DNF] 5.0 5.0 7.0 20
6 CHI-7237   Gimeno Baras Vicente   Araya Mauricio   CHI- 7237   4.0 5.0 7.0 4.0 8.0 20.0001
7 CHI-7310   Schiappacasse Domenico   Schiappacasse Manlio   CHI- 7310   7.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 9.0 25
8 CHI-7106   Miguel Perez Covarrubias   Gonzalo Araya   CHI- 7106   18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNF] 8.0 7.0 6.0 39
9 CHI-181   Jorge Montero Concha   Martin Westcott Varas   CHI- 181   8.0 18.0 [DNF] 18.0 [DNF] 18.0 [DNF] 5.0 49
10 CHI-8181   Rusowsky Fernando   Vallejo Matias   CHI- 8181   6.0 18.0 [OCS] 18.0 [DNF] 18.0 [DNF] 10.0 52
11 CHI-818   Perez Miguel Ignacio   Bahamonde Matias   CHI- 818   9.0 18.0 [DNF] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 11.0 56
12 ARG-7226   CALEGARI GUILLERMO   Scarpatti Favio   ARG- 7226   18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 72
12 ARG-7907   MacGowan Fabian   SIMONET ARIEL   ARG- 7907   18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 72
12 CHI-8319   ZUAZOLA JORGE   Zuazola Inaki   CHI- 8319   18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 72
12 ARG-8169   Zanetti Alberto   Warburg Gustavo   ARG- 8169   18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 72
12 BRA-8282   PASCOLATO ALESSANDRO   Boening Henry Raul   BRA- 8282   18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 72
12 ARG-7316   CALEGARI FEDERICO   Chernobilsky Nicolas   ARG- 7316   18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 18.0 [DNS] 72

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