ISCYRA  Regatta Report

Mon Mar 30th, 2009 through Fri Apr 3rd, 2009

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2009 Western Hemisphere Championship

 

Reports on racing by Paul Cayard.

Final results for six races are below.

Report by Danny Kileen:
On day one of the Western Hemisphere Championships the water temperature was a pleasant 68F and the air temp 72F. A hard rain passed through the Mississippi Gulf Coast area earlier causing the breeze to drop from 12 to 14 knots to a spotty 6 to 10 knots. The wind direction varied from the WSW to SSE while the Race Committee postponed ashore.

The boats were cleared to head out of the harbor at 1:15 as the RC went in search of a steady southerly. Race number 1 had a clean start at 2:30 pm after an hour and a half postponement. The wind at the start was 8 knots from 195 degrees. The 18 boats headed off on Course 4 – Windward Leeward twice around. it was 12 minutes from the start till the first boat reached the weather mark at 2:30pm. Only one race was sailed.

Day Two: Another squall line pushed through the area overnight clearing out the rain and leaving the breeze out of the north at 14 – 16 knots. But the north breeze started to fade away as the day warmed up. The first race of the day started on time at 1:00pm CDT with the wind at 045 degrees and 8 – 10 knots. The fading breeze was a bit shifty and the fleet made their way twice around the windward leeward course in an hour.

Day three: With the wind blowing 30 knots and the “bad squall line” still on its way the decision to call off racing for the day was made. There will be a 10am start on Friday with the possibility of three races. Everyone is anxious to get the four races in to qualify the event as a regatta and get a discard race. A tour of Trinity Yachts is set for the afternoon and then Pizza at Fregenes tonight, Austin & Sally’s place.

Race four: Race started at 10am with 8 knots of breeze from 320. The NW breeze began to lighten a bit as the race progressed. 17 boats completed the twice around windward leeward course. The race committee is setting up to start race number 5.

The 2009 Star Western Hemisphere Championships are completed. What a difference a day makes. Yesterday’s washout from the storms turned in to a bright sunny day on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The nice Northerly breeze was shifting around all to the west all day (when it gets to the south it’s usually a great day) and it had some light spots and some puffs scattered in there. The fleet was able to get in three races today to add to the three races already completed. After getting to discard a race Cayard/Sperry win the tie breaker over MacCausland/Trinter. Winning the Mastes' Division was Alberto Zanetti/Gustavo Warburg, followed by Larry Whipple/Mike Wolfs and Jock Kohlhas/Brad Balmert.


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
1 USA 8259   Paul Cayard   Austin Sperry   USA 8259   1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 7.0 9.0 14
2 USA 8195   John Maccausland   Phil Trinter   USA 8195   2.0 3.0 5.0 4.0 1.0 4.0 14.0001
3 USA 8320   George Szabo   Rick Peters   USA 8320   4.0 6.0 6.0 1.0 5.0 2.0 18
4 USA 8323   Eric Doyle   Brian Sharpe   USA 8323   10.0 2.0 8.0 5.0 3.0 1.0 19
5 ARG 8169   Alberto Zanetti   Gustavo Warburg   ARG 8169   8.0 7.0 11.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 24
6 USA 8235   Larry Whipple   Mike Wolfs   USA 8235   3.0 8.0 3.0 6.0 6.0 19.0 [DNF] 26
7 USA 8269   Jock Kohlhas   Brad Balmart   USA 8269   6.0 5.0 1.0 10.0 8.0 14.0 30
8 GBR 8025   John Gimson   Ed Greig   GBR 8025   7.0 9.0 13.0 8.0 2.0 6.0 32
9 CAN 8143   Brian Cramer   Matt Johnston   CAN 8143   5.0 15.0 4.0 11.0 10.0 8.0 38
10 AUS 8268   Rodney Hagebols   Conrad Brown   AUS 8268   19.0 [DSQ] 4.0 14.0 7.0 9.0 12.0 46
11 USA 8157   Arthur Anosov   Ed Morey   USA 8157   14.0 11.0 9.0 9.0 12.0 5.0 46.0001
12 USA 8230   Guy Brierre   Buddy Clarke   USA 8230   12.0 12.0 7.0 12.0 16.0 11.0 54
13 USA 8128   Bill Culberson   John Marshall   USA 8128   9.0 10.0 16.0 14.0 19.0 [OCS] 10.0 59
14 USA 8279   Richard Burgess   Tom White   USA 8279   16.0 14.0 12.0 17.0 13.0 7.0 62
15 USA 7832   Carl Wainwright   Ted Germann   USA 7832   15.0 18.0 10.0 13.0 11.0 15.0 64
16 USA 8036   Jack Rickard   Chris Wallner   USA 8036   19.0 [RAF] 16.0 18.0 15.0 14.0 13.0 76
17 USA 8084   Bob Teitge   Mike Nichol   USA 8084   11.0 13.0 15.0 19.0 [DNC] 19.0 [DNC] 19.0 [DNC] 77
18 USA 7615   Richard Sears   Keith Parks   USA 7615   13.0 17.0 17.0 16.0 15.0 16.0 77.0001

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