Jonathan Martinetti win Sunfish Worlds

Published on October 29th, 2021

Sarasota, FL (October 29, 2021) – After two consecutive days with inhospitable weather at the 2021 Sunfish World Championship, the final day fit in four races to confirm Jonathan Martinetti (ECU) as the champion in the 100-boat fleet. Martinette took the overall lead on the first day after the second race, never giving it up as he posted top-3 finishes in 10 of 11 races.

“I wasn’t looking to win races,” Martinetti commented, “but rather to be in the top 3-5 each time. I believed consistency would be the winning strategy.”

Martinetti explained that his plan for the start of each race was largely about getting clear air and open lanes after a crowded start. Believing he had relatively better boat speed downwind than up; his objective was to be top-10 at the first mark, pass boats downwind on leg two, and then sail tactically on the final two legs.

As top US competitor, Conner Blouin Conner found an advantage with mid-line starts in the often-oscillating Sarasota Bay winds. “Mid-third starts allowed me to take advantage of the line sag,” said Blouin. “Starting in the middle, you have tons of options, and you have time for the race to develop versus starting at one end where you are committed to one side.

“No one, regardless of how smart they are, knows what will happen ten minutes after the start. Starting in the middle lets the slower boats bleed out behind you until it becomes a 15-boat race, and then you can get into a position where you can use your strengths and be more aggressive. Getting yourself ‘in the race’ first is important.”

The 50th edition was held on October 25-29.

Event informationRace detailsResults

Final Results (Top 10 of 100; 11 races, 1 discard)
1. Jonathan Martinetti, ECU – 2 -1 -3 -1 -2 -1 -2 -2 -3 -2 -[26]; 19
2. Jean Paul De Trazegnies, PER – 3.5/RDG -5 -2 -3 -6 -2 -4 -10 -1 -[19] -2; 38.5
3. Conner Blouin, USA – 4 -18 -1 -11/RDG -1 -[27] -5 -3 -4 -1 -1; 49
4. Peter Stanton, ISV – 6 -2 -14 -8 -4 -[19] -6 -6 -2 -13 -7; 68
5. David Mendelblatt, USA – 8 -14 -7 -[26] -3 -3 -13 -5 -7 -8 -12; 80
6. Gomez, COL – 12 -9 -11 -11 -5 -20 -[30] -4 -5 -3 -9; 89
7. Matias Dyck, ECU – 1 -3 -8 -14 -25 -[101/DSQ] -21 -7 -18 -4 -4; 105
8. Jose Daniel Hernandez, GUA – 19 -20 -22 -6 -7 -4 -1 -[27] -12 -6 -25; 122
9. Jeffrey Olson, USA – 3 -17 -4 -20 -33 -14 -[36] -11 -8 -7 -6; 123
10. Caterina Romero, PER – 5 -4 -20 -13 -10 -7 -20 -12 -21 -[24] -11; 123

 

Source: ISCA

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