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Star Worlds - MacCausland-Trinter continue to lead    
Fri, 6 Sep 2013

At the Qualcomm 2013 Star World Championship series, local Star sailor Andrew Campbell and his crew John von Schwarz conquered the fickle breeze to win the fifth race in the sixth race. John MacCausland and Phil Trinter continue to lead the fleet with an impressive seven point lead, guaranteeing the team will win the regatta as long as they earn a top seven finish in the final race tomorrow.

With the completion of five races, the sailors are each granted one throw out race, where their worst finishing place is removed from their total score. Therefore today’s race was one of the most important races in the series and the combination of aggressive sailors, wind shifts and unexpected changes in wind strength made Race five even more challenging than the previous days races.

The 1220 hrs warning gun for the start was right on time, but similar to yesterday, PRO Bill Stump postponed at the one minute gun. Only 8 of the 66 boats in the fleet had set up at the port end of the line indicating the starting line was too skewed. The Race Committee adjusted the line for the next start but with the anxious Star Sailors pushing the line this afternoon, Stump was forced to call a Black Flag start. Five boats were identified as over early at the start and given a black flag penalty.


On the first leg of the race, sailors saw a steady 10 – 12 knot breeze and a minor wind shift five degrees to the right of the windward mark bearing 285°. Andrew Campbell and John von Schwarz reached the windward mark first and were overlapped with Augie Diaz and Arnis Baltins. Due to the 5° shift, the Race Committee adjusted the leeward mark and notified sailors as they rounded the mark and headed downwind.

During the downwind leg, the breeze dropped to about five knots and shifted back to the left 5° making the leeward gate rounding an integral part of the sailors’ strategy and allowing for some big gains and losses. This time Vince Brun reached the leeward mark first with Campbell rounding close behind.

On the second weather leg, the leading seven boats were never far apart from one another and positions changed frequently. Campbell sailed a flawless second leg and was able to both pass Brun to take the lead again and hold the other top boats at a short distance behind. As the boats rounded the weather mark and began their final downwind leg, Campbell extended his lead.

Just as the first half of the fleet reached the leeward gate, the breeze dropped again to about 1.5 knots. The fleet struggled to round the marks and head back up the last weather leg. Campbell, however, still managed to maintain his lead and hold off MacCausland who was coming on strong to seal yet his fourth second place finish of the series.


Quote from the today’s winner Andrew Campbell
'It was a long race, almost three hours with really wild conditions. We had the whole variety with the crew over the rail and no wind at all. We got out and weren’t going to give it away this time. We led a race earlier in the week, so we were ready to take this one if they were going to give it to us. We started in the middle of the line near Corinthian, the center boat and tacked right away. I think we sailed almost 20 minutes before we could tack back. We were just at the windward mark with Augie Diaz and Arnis Baltins and so those guys put up a good fight.

We split at the bottom gate, where we were very close with Vince Brun and Augie Diaz. We got into the right hand side and it was much, much better on the second and third beats. We knew the right was going to be better, and we were lucky to be able to make a left turn at the bottom and get out to the right side.
On the last beat of the race, it got really light. The big thunderclouds made something change with the breeze. It was really light, really scary, lots of current, not your normal San Diego sunshine and breeze. It was light air. But we were able to grab it at the end, so we’re very happy.

The plan for tomorrow is to do the same thing. We’re going to come home with hopefully some good hardware for San Diego Yacht Club. We’re going to work really hard to put up another good score.'


Provisional results after five races and a discard:
1) J. MacCausland-P. Trinter, USA, 8 pts.
2) X. Rohart-S. Pulfer, FRA, 15 pts.
3) B. Ledbetter-G. Morton, USA, 19 pts.
4) M. Reynolds-H. Haenel, USA, 21 pts.
5) G. Szabo-C. Moss, USA, 22 pts.
6) V. Brun-B. Terhaar, USA, 26 pts.
7) A. Campbell-J. von Schwarz, USA, 27 pts
8) A. Diaz-A. Baltins, USA, 32 pts.
9) J. Buckingham-A. Sperry, USA, 38 pts.
10) C. Buchan-J. Buchan, USA, 45 pts.


Place
#
Country Sail# / Skipper Crew
Race 1
Race 2
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5
Race 6
Total
1
97
USA
8490 John MacCausland Phil Trinter
2
- 11
2
2
2
8
2
37
FRA
8237 Xavier Rohart Serge Pulfer
6
- 16
1
1
7
15
3
03
USA
8203 Brian Ledbetter Gregg Morton
9
1
3
6
- 20
19
4
29
USA
8129 Mark Reynolds Hal Haenel
8
7
- 61
3
3
21
5
20
USA
8320 George Szabo Craig Moss
7
6
4
5
- 26
22
6
62
USA
8362 Vincent Brun Brian Terhaar
4
5
- 41
12
5
26
7
82
USA
8209 Andrew Campbell John von Schwarz
3
19
- 22
4
1
27
8
65
USA
8465 Augie Diaz Arnis Baltins
13
3
- 33
8
8
32
9
54
USA
8440 Jim Buckingham Austin Sperry
5
- 67 ocs
11
7
15
38
10
48
USA
8448 Carl Buchan Jamie Buchan
12
- 22
9
18
6
45
11
31
GER
8331 Hubert Merkelbach Gerrit Bartel
20
4
- 25
13
12
49
12
51
SUI
8479 Jean-Pascal Chatagny Patrick Ducommun
18
2
20
- 51
14
54
13
28
CAN
8028 Steven Fleckenstein Rob Mulder
15
- 25
7
25
9
56
14
85
USA
8336 Steve Brown Erick Lange
- 36
35
10
9
11
65
15
90
BRA
8390 Alessandro Pascolato Henry Raul Boening
16
10
- 40
26
13
65
16
92
USA
8323 Eric Doyle Payson Infelise
10
15
19
21
- 34
65
17
43
CAN
8143 Brian Cramer Cam Lymburner
22
8
15
- 38
24
69
18
98
USA
7620 Derek De Couteau Jamie Stewart
27
27
6
- 43
10
70
19
72
USA
8072 Doug Smith Myles H. A. Prichard
14
21
- 52
17
19
71
20
41
USA
7741 Benjamin Sternberg Valentin Veytsman
- 33
13
17
27
22
79
21
91
USA
8291 William G. Swigart Brian Fatih
24
18
18
20
- 31
80
22
96
USA
8229 Tomas Hornos Josh Revkin
29
17
13
22
- 67 bfd
81
23
74
BRA
8474 Lars Schmidt Grael Samuel F. Goncalves
1
20
36
- 37
28
85
24
80
USA
8082 Ben Mitchell Julian Busch
19
33
29
- 34
4
85
25
99
USA
8000 Arthur Anosov David Caesar
30
- 37
24
14
23
91
26
59
BRA
8459 Admar Gonzaga Neto Andre Serpa
34
32
16
10
- 45
92
27
15
USA
8015 Donny Massey Isao Toyama
23
29
- 51
23
21
96
28
66
CAN
8466 Stuart Hebb Mike Wolfs
- 67 dsq
31
12
31
27
101
29
47
UKR
8247 Vasyl Gureyev Vitalii Kushnir
35
14
- 45
24
29
102
30
09
USA
7209 Mark Butler John Rudderham
25
- 36
30
16
35
106
31
23
USA
8023 Mike Dorgan Matt Dorgan
11
9
43
- 67 dnf
44
107
32
88
USA
8088 Stephen G Gould Greg Sieck
40
23
- 54
11
33
107
33
68
ARG
8268 Alejandro Bugacov Eugenio Cingolani
17
40
- 42
30
25
112
34
58
SUI
7929 Michel Niklaus Tyler Bjorn
28
43
14
28
- 67 bfd
113
35
60
USA
8260 Bill Buchan Erik Bentzen
- 67 ocs
24
44
35
17
120
36
57
SUI
8409 Christoph Gautschi Dominik Schenk
39
26
23
32
- 53
120
37
52
USA
8162 Chuck Driscoll Jim Oberg
- 59
48
8
47
18
121
38
78
SWE
7978 Ingvar J-son Krook Benjamin Pettersen
37
30
49
15
- 51
131
39
56
BRA
8403 Frederico H. V. de Lima Renato Moura
51
- 60
26
41
16
134
40
61
USA
8361 Tom Londrigan, Jr. Rick Peters
- 67 ocs
12
39


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