The third day of the Carlos Aguilar Match Race was made spectacular for sailing by whitecaps on the Charlotte Amalie waterfront with winds gusting 20-25 knots. The USVI’s Peter Holmberg continues his lead after day three and the completion of two round robins with 18 wins. Tomorrow, Holmberg will pick his opponent from among the second through fourth place skippers – the USA’s Sally Barkow with 17 wins, Dave Dellenbaugh with 14 wins and Dave Perry with 11 wins – to sail against in the Semi-Finals.
The USA’s Stephanie Robles (second from right) in deep concentration and competition.
Perry and Brazil’s Henrique Haddad tied with 11 wins, however Perry’s beating Haddad in Flight 18 of the second round robin broke the tie and knocked the Brazilian out of the Semis. Still, Haddad enjoyed a great day winning several of his matches.
'We made some mistakes and only won two matches and lost four on the first day. Yesterday and today we came back strong with more wins and we’d like to keep it going,' says Haddad, who hopes to represent Brazil in the International 420 in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 'The strong breeze today really helped. It (the wind) was steadier, less shifty.'
In other results, the USA’s Christopher Poole has 7.5 wins, the USA’s Stephanie Robles - seven wins, USVI’s Tyler Rice - seven wins, Denmark’s Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen - seven wins, Brazil’s Renata Decnop - six wins and Germany’s Sven-Eric Horsch - four wins.
The USA’ Stephanie Robles, who skippered in last year’s CAMR, is back with new crew and has enjoyed the ups and downs inherent in match racing. 'We’ve had trouble getting the gears to click, common stuff like getting our groove upwind,' Robles explains. 'Yet we’ve had some shining moments like beating both Dave’s (Dellenbaugh and Perry).'
The USA Chris Poole stands tall in the cockpit.
Dellenbaugh, is the publisher, editor and author of Speed & Smarts racing newsletter while Perry is the author of Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012. Both are accomplished fleet and match racers and both earned entry into the CAMR’s Semi-Finals.
Interestingly, Perry agreed to skipper this year at the last minute after the USVI’s Taylor Canfield, who has sailed the CAMR since its inception and won in 2008, earned a wild card entry into the Alpari World Match Racing Tour’s Monsoon Cup, the most coveted event on the Tour. The Monsoon Cup ended today with Canfield declared the winner in a spectacular finale. Canfield follows Holmberg as the second Virgin Islander to win the Monsoon Cup.
The Carlos Aguilar Match Race Youth Regatta, sponsored by Budget Marine, took place at Noon. Thirty students from the Gladys Abraham Elementary School, Sankofa Saturdays and the Environmental Rangers programs paired up with six of the CAMR’s skippers in a three-lap fleet race. The competition was close and all boats finished seconds apart making everyone a winner.
'It was fun,' says Elizabeth Ferguson, a sixth grader at Gladys Abraham Elementary School. 'I liked being able to reach down and put my hands in the water as we sailed.'
Jencoy Blaize, a fellow sixth grader at the same school, also had a great time. He tested his driving prowess on the tiller with coaching help from Brazil’s Haddad. 'The part I liked best was going side to side,' Blaize says, about tacking. 'I also like that we won!'
Brazil’s Henrique Haddad with his winning team in the Carlos Aguilar Match Race Youth Regatta.
Participation in the Youth Regatta was a great experience for the youngsters, says Vincent Henley, physical education instructor at Gladys Abraham Elementary who has organized swimming, rowing and stand-up paddle-boarding experiences for his students. 'It’s a first experience for many of the students and one we’d like for them to continue. We base out of Brewer’s Bay by UVI and would welcome the donation of a boat so the students can learn more about sailing.'
This four-day regatta, sailed in Inter-Club (IC)-24s, will continue Sunday with the Semi-Finals and Finals. The Finals will be broadcast live locally on WVWI (AM 1000).
Up for grabs is a distinctive Ulysse Nardin precision timepiece for the winner.
Match racing pits one identical boat against another on a short course oftentimes near to shore. On-the-water umpires make instant calls and enforce the rules. The result is very exciting racing up and down the Charlotte Amalie waterfront. Spectators are invited to watch the racing under tented bleacher seating where there will be live narration.
Day three - Preliminary results:
(Number of Wins)
Peter Holmberg, ISV, 18
Sally Barkow, USA, 17
Dave Dellenbaugh, USA, 14
Dave Perry, USA, 11
Henrique Haddad, BRA, 11
Christopher Poole, USA, 7.5
Stephanie Robles, USA, 7
Tyler Rice, ISV, 7
Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen, DEN, 7
Renata Decnop, BRA, 6
Sven-Eric Horsch, GER, 4
Carlos Aguilar Match Race website