2013 Star World Championship - Rohart-Pulfer wins again + Video

2013 Star World Championships
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The winner of the day is French skipper Xavier Rohart and crew Serge Pulfer again. Race four was equally as challenging as the previous day’s race, but not because of the weather. Rohart and Pulfer fought inch by inch with John MacCausland and Phil Trinter from the moment the starting gun was fired until the last couple of seconds at the finish.

With each day the competition among the Star fleet at the Qualcomm 2013 Star World Championship grows more intense. The fleet began the day with a starting sequence on time at 1230 hrs, but three minutes into the sequence the Race Committee postponed the race to adjust the starting line to avoid another general recall. Shortly after, the Race Committee attempted another start, but was forced to order a general recall when the majority of the fleet was over the starting line before the gun.

2013 Star World Championships
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Finally on the third attempt, the fleet was all clear at the start but two of the Stars in particular stood out instantly. Xavier Rohart with crew Serge Pulfer and John MacCausland and Phil Trinter were the first two boats off the starting line at the gun with the best boat speed and position on the course. At this moment Rohart and MacCausland began leading the fleet up the right side of the course and their duel to win the race.



Rohart immediately took the controlling position over MacCausland and the two boats started to put some distance between themselves and the fleet. At the first windward mark rounding, Rohart rounded in first with MacCausland following closely behind. On the downwind leg, MacCausland and Rohart engaged in a one-on-one battle for the best position to round the leeward mark and gain the advantage of being the first boat to the favored side of the course.

2013 Star World Championships
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As both teams approached the mark, Rohart was able to barely squeeze by MacCausland and round the left leeward gate mark in first. During the second windward leg, Rohart’s main focus was to protect his position on the course between the MacCausland, the rest of the fleet, and the next mark. At this point in the race, there was very little distance between the two leading boats, and MacCausland was waiting for his chance to take first place.

MacCausland and Rohart continued their duel throughout the last downwind leg, onto the final upwind leg to the finish. Despite the constant fight between the two, Rohart maintained his lead for the entire race and beat MacCausland to the finish by a mere 00:21 seconds.

Aerial image of Bataviahaven, Lelystad

Although Xavier Rohart and Serge Pulfer won Race four of the Qualcomm 2013 Star World Championship Series, John MacCausland and Phil Trinter’s second place finish in today’s race earned them the overall leading position in the regatta.

Provisional results after four races:
1) J. MacCausland-P. Trinter, USA, 17 pts.
2) B. Ledbetter-G. Morton, USA, 19 pts.
3) G. Szabo-C. Moss, USA, 22 pts.
4) X. Rohart-S. Pulfer, FRA, 24 pts.
5) A. Campbell-J. von Schwarz, USA, 48 pts
6) A. Diaz-A. Baltins, USA, 57 pts.
7) C. Buchan-J. Buchan, USA, 61 pts.
8) V. Brun-B. Terhaar, USA, 62 pts.
9) H. Merkelbach-G. Bartel, GER, 62 pts.
10) E. Doyle-P. Infelise, USA, 65 pts.

Sept. 1-6, 2013
Place
#
CountrySail# / SkipperCrew
Race 1
Race 2
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5
Race 6
Total
1
97
USA
8490 John MacCauslandPhil Trinter
2
11
2
2
17
2
03
USA
8203 Brian LedbetterGregg Morton
9
1
3
6
19
3
20
USA
8320 George SzaboCraig Moss
7
6
4
5
22
4
37
FRA
8237 Xavier RohartSerge Pulfer
6
16
1
1
24
5
82
USA
8209 Andrew CampbellJohn von Schwarz
3
19
22
4
48
6
65
USA
8465 Augie DiazArnis Baltins
13
3
33
8
57
7
48
USA
8448 Carl BuchanJamie Buchan
12
22
9
18
61
8
62
USA
8362 Vincent BrunBrian Terhaar
4
5
41
12
62
9
31
GER
8331 Hubert MerkelbachGerrit Bartel
20
4
25
13
62
10
92
USA
8323 Eric DoylePayson Infelise
10
15
19
21
65
11
28
CAN
8028 Steven FleckensteinRob Mulder
15
25
7
25
72
12
29
USA
8129 Mark ReynoldsHal Haenel
8
7
61
3
79
13
91
USA
8291 William G. SwigartBrian Fatih
24
18
18
20
80
14
96
USA
8229 Tomas HornosJosh Revkin
29
17
13
22
81
15
43
CAN
8143 Brian CramerCam Lymburner
22
8
15
38
83
16
54
USA
8440 Jim BuckinghamAustin Sperry
5
67 ocs
11
7
90
17
85
USA
8336 Steve BrownErick Lange
36
35
10
9
90
18
41
USA
7741 Benjamin SternbergValentin Veytsman
33
13
17
27
90
19
51
SUI
8479 Jean-Pascal ChatagnyPatrick Ducommun
18
2
20
51
91
20
90
BRA
8390 Alessandro PascolatoHenry Raul Boening
16
10
40
26
92
21
59
BRA
8459 Admar Gonzaga NetoAndre Serpa
34
32
16
10
92
22
74
BRA
8474 Lars Schmidt GraelSamuel F. Goncalves
1
20
36
37
94
23
98
USA
7620 Derek De CouteauJamie Stewart
27
27
6
43
103
24
72
USA
8072 Doug SmithMyles H. A. Prichard
14
21
52
17
104
25
99
USA
8000 Arthur AnosovDavid Caesar
30
37
24
14
105
26
09
USA
7209 Mark ButlerJohn Rudderham
25
36
30
16
107
27
58
SUI
7929 Michel NiklausTyler Bjorn
28
43
14
28
113
28
80
USA
8082 Ben MitchellJulian Busch
19
33
29
34
115
29
47
UKR
8247 Vasyl GureyevVitalii Kushnir
35
14
45
24
118
30
57
SUI
8409 Christoph GautschiDominik Schenk
39
26
23
32
120
31
15
USA
8015 Donny MasseyIsao Toyama
23
29
51
23
126
32
88
USA
8088 Stephen G GouldGreg Sieck
40
23
54
11
128
33
68
ARG
8268 Alejandro BugacovEugenio Cingolani
17
40
42
30
129
34
23
USA
8023 Mike DorganMatt Dorgan
11
9
43
67 dnf
130
35
78
SWE
7978 Ingvar J-son KrookBenjamin Pettersen
37
30
49
15
131
36
61
USA
8361 Tom Londrigan, Jr.Rick Peters
67 ocs
12
39
19
137
37
66
CAN
8466 Stuart HebbMike Wolfs
67 dsq
31
12
31
141
38
10
USA
8410 Mike PhinneyRick Burgess
48
28
32
44
152
39
71
CAN
8271 Allan CullenDave Martin
21
53
37
48
159
40
50
USA
8163 Jon PelliconiHenry Brawner
49
41
34
36
160
41
52
USA
8162 Chuck DriscollJim Oberg
59
48
8
47
162
42
21
USA
7621 Peter F. CostaJessica Costa
41
57
27
39
164
43
79
USA
8379 Bill AllenEric Beckwith
43
42
50
29
164
44
83
CAN
8389 Jerry WendtBryan Milne
32
54
47
33
166
45
87
USA
8087 Keith DonaldKevin Elterman
52
52
5
58
167
46
60
USA
8260 Bill BuchanErik Bentzen
67 ocs
24
44
35
170
47
56
BRA
8403 Frederico H. V. de LimaRenato Moura
51
60
26
41
178
48
89
USA
8189 Robbie HainesChris Barnard
44
34
35
67 dnc
180
49
35
CAN
8235 Mark PassmoreChris Rogers
31
39
58
53
181
50
06
USA
8306 Thomas E. SpringerDavid Wood
67 ocs
46
31
40
184
51
81
USA
8187 Robert A TeitgeSam Eadie
54
63
21
52
190
52
44
USA
7844 Foss MillerMalcolm Macneil
53
47
28
67 dnf
195
53
84
USA
8484 Larry WhippleMark Strube
26
38
67 dnc
67 dnc
198
54
25
USA
7425 Laura BeigelRead Beigel
47
58
38
56
199
55
40
USA
6840 Chris WrightKyle Henehan
38
59
55
49
201
56
95
USA
8065 Doug SteeleAndy Dippel
50
49
56
46
201
57
69
USA
8269 Jock KohlhasJohn Wulff
56
44
64
45
209
58
17
CAN
8017 Bruce LongPaul Cobban
45
67 dnf
48
54
214
59
63
FRA
7663 Guillaume RasseNina Aviles
42
56
60
57
215
60
67
USA
8267 Stephen GuntherEd Morey
58
45
62
50
215
61
55
USA
8215 John ChiarellaBob Carlson
46
55
57
60
218
62
16
GER
8416 Hubert RauchKilian Weise
60
51
67 dsq
42
220
63
94
USA
7294 Charles BeekChas Beek
67 ocs
50
46
61
224
64
53
USA
7531 William GerardBill Gerard
57
61
59
59
236
65
76
VIE
8176 Huy NguyenAndro Korlaet
55
64
53
67 dns
239
66
77
USA
7977 Paul KresgeJon Kidder
61
62
63
55
241
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