New leader at Star North Americans
Published on August 17th, 2018
Los Angeles, CA (August 17, 2018) – The second day of the Star North American Championship completed two more races (3 and 4) in 8-11 knots of wind from the southwest. The sea was quite a bit more choppy than yesterday which made for some challenging steering for the helmsmen.
Eric Doyle and Payson Infelise continued their winning ways in race 3. They were fast and smart, which is deadly. Charlie Buckingham, fresh off qualifying the USA for the 2020 Olympics in the Laser class, sailed a great race with crew Jamie Buchan to finish second and Peter Vessella/ Phil Trinter rounded out the top 3.
The start to Race 4 had two general recalls before the fleet finally got off under a black flag. As the teams rounded the first mark, a few of the top contenders were notified of their disqualification for starting early under the black flag. Among them were Eric Doyle, Mark Reynolds, and John MacCausland, all three being past world champions.
Paul Cayard/ Arthur Lopes sailed very fast down the first run to pass Jim Buckingham/ Craig Moss and grab the lead, soon extending to a comfortable margin to win the race. Vasella/ Trinter were very fast today and grabbed second from Buckingham/ Moss who finished 3rd.
While Cayard/ Lopes now lead the event, teams will be able to discard their worst race after the fifth race which will shuffle the scores after so may gained a starting penalty today.
Eight races are planned for August 16 to 19.
Source: Paul Cayard