It’s Not Over Yet at Star Westerns
Published on April 14th, 2018
Miami, FL (April 14, 2018) – Another typical Biscayne Bay day for the competitors in the 2018 International Star Class Western Hemisphere Championship started with winds blowing at 15 knots under a sunny sky. By 1000 they were all on the water, for an on time start of race 5 at 1100.
Augie Diaz / Bruno Prada (USA/BRA) got a good upwind and were the first one to round the mark, followed by the very consistent Lars Grael / Samuel Goncalves (BRA). At the gate the sailors have a Charlie flag because the wind shifted to the right at a 110°, the first three boats at the gate are still Diaz, Grael and Tomas Hornos / Phil Toth (USA).
These teams would be the leaders of race 5 until the end, when the American duo moved into first over Diaz /Prada in second place, with the Danes Jørgen Schönherr / Jan Eli Gravad slipping in in third position and Grael / Goncalves finishing fourth, but still leading the overall ranking.
Before the starting sequence of race 6 the wind came back from east-south east and lightened up to at about 8-10 knots. Five boats were over early and had to come back, among the team of Lars Grael / Samuel Goncalves. They recovered from the bad start but finished the race in 10th. Place.
Tomas Hornos / Phil Toth were in great shape and rounded the windward mark in first place followed by Nicolaus Pro / Chad Easley (USA) and John Dane III / Tim Ray (USA). Paul Cayard / Arthur ‘Tutu’ Lopes had very good speed on the downwind leg and were third at the gate, but gained in the second upwind to capture the lead at the windward mark and remained on top until the finish. Tomas Hornos / Phil Toth followed in second place and Jack Jennings / Frithjof Kleen (USA/GER) finished the sixth race in third place.
Lars Grael / Samuel Goncalves are still leading the 2018 ISCYRA Western Hemisphere after 6 races, Paul Cayard /Arthur Lopes are second cutting down margin from the leader to only 5 points, and, at a safe 10 points distance from second, Augie Diaz / Bruno Prada are third overall after a very good day on the water.
The weather conditions for tomorrow might not be as bad as they were forecasted at the beginning of the week, but winds from the south at over 20 knots are expected, and they might affect the schedule of the last day of racing of the 2018 Western Hemisphere Championship.
Results, Top 10, 6 Races, 1 throw-out
1. Renata, BRA8474, Lars Grael / Samuel Goncalves – 1 -2 -3 -1 -4 - ; 11
2. USA 8466, USA8466, Paul Cayard / Arthur Lopes – 9 -3 -1 -2 - -1 ; 16
3. Danilu, USA8509, Augie Diaz / Bruno Prada – 5 - -10 -4 -2 -5 ; 26
4. Tati Quebra Barraco, BRA8210, Jorge Zarif / Guilherme De almeida – 3 -1 -5 -10 - -8 ; 27
5. USA 8481, USA8481, Tomas Hornos / Phil Toth – 11 -7 - -13 -1 -2 ; 34
6. Pied Piper / National Marine, USA8464, Jack Jennings / Frithjof Kleen – 2 -15 -13 - -8 -3 ; 41
7. USA 8459, USA8522, Peter Vessella / Phil Trinter – 7 -4 -6 -6 - -19 ; 42
8. African Queen, DEN8532, Jørgen Schönherr / Jan Eli Gravad – 16 - -12 -3 -3 -9 ; 43
9. Back from the Dead, USA8230, John Dane III / Tim Ray –  -12 -11 -9 -7 -4 ; 43
10. Vida Bandida, BRA8510, Luca Modena / MARCELLO SANSONE – 4 - -2 -23 -5 -14 ; 48
Two races are scheduled for each day, April 12 – 15.
Source: ISCYRA Communication