Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Dinghy Wetsuits

Carlos Aguilar Match Race - Holmberg and Perry lead day 1

by Carol Bareuther on 23 Nov 2013
The USVI’s Peter Holmberg (second from right) keeps a keen eye on the competition. Crew Morgan Avery (R), Maurice Kurg (second from left) and Antilles student Taylor Ladd (far right, seated). - Carlos Aguilar Match Race Dean Barnes
No team remained undefeated at the end of the first day of racing in the sixth Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR). In fact, nearly half the fleet or four teams – Finland’s Antti Luhta, the USA’s Stephanie Roble, the BVI’s Colin Rathbun and Greece’s Stratis Andreadis – are tied with four wins apiece. Even the leaders, the USVI’s Peter Holmberg and USA’s Dave Perry, are tied with seven wins and one loss.

'This has to be the deepest fleet in the history of this event,' says Perry, a four-time winner of the U.S. Match Racing Championship and most recently rules advisor to Artemis Racing in the 2013 America’s Cup. 'Every skipper here is good at match racing and has a shot at winning.'

Perry says it’s way too early to tell who might ultimately win from today’s results.

'The first round robin isn’t that important,' he says. 'Someone could lose all their matches today and win them all in the second round robin and be right back in the game.'

The CAMR format is a double round robin, semi-finals and finals. Today the fleet nearly completed one round robin. In a round robin, every skipper races every other skipper once. The skippers with the most wins advance to the semi-finals.

Greece’s Stratis Andreadis is one of the four skippers with four wins apiece. Andreadis raced in the 2010 and 2011 CAMR. Since then, he says, 'We’ve sailed in 20 to 30 match races, seen and learned a lot and become a tighter team.'

Even with the past experiencing sailing in Charlotte Amalie’s harbor, Andreadis says there is no way to prepare for the shifty wind conditions.

'It’s a humbling race course,' he says. 'It teaches you patience and to steel yourself when you are behind and to take chances when they are given to you to get back into the game.'

The winner of the 2013 CAMR will receive a signature timepiece courtesy of Cardow Jewelers, the oldest jeweler in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

New this year, all ten teams are sailing with one junior sailor apiece from the Antilles School. One of them was 13-year-old Teddy Nicolosi, a seventh-grader, who is sailing with the USA’s Don Wilson. Nicolosi, already a talented sailor in his own right, placed an amazing eighth in the Optimist regatta held as part of the Argo Group Gold Cup, held in Bermuda in October, the penultimate stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.

'It’s fun to sail with some of the top ranked match racers in the world. It’s a good experience for me,' says Nicolosi. 'My job is to control the spin on the halyard and to clean up the ropes on the deck.'

Antilles students sailing in the CAMR include: Teddy Nicolosi, Grace Ann Nicolosi, Amanda Engeman, Sam Morrell, Ryan Hunter, Nicholas Gartner, Isabelle Green, Taylor Ladd, Kai Holmberg, Agustina Barbuto, Paige Clarke, Thomas Walden and Christopher Murphy.

'I loved having the kids on board,' says the USA’s Perry. 'It’s such a profound idea and will make a lifelong impact on these kids. There are so many elements of match racing that are hard to teach in a classroom. The CAMR is certainly breaking ground with their youth development and I hope more match races will follow suit.'

The youth theme continues on Saturday when a group of Virgin Island’s school children will have an opportunity to try-on match racing during the Carlos Aguilar Match Race Youth Regatta, which will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Racing in the CAMR will continue Saturday with the conclusion of the double round robin expected.

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. Viewers around the world can watch via a live webcast here. Racing starts at 9 a.m. (GMT –4 hrs) daily.

Sailors are competing in IC-24s, a local adaptation of a J/24. The CAMR is an International Sailing Federation (ISAF) -provisional Grade Two event.

The Virgin Islands Sailing Association (VISA) is the organizing authority for the CAMR, namesake for the late Carlos Aguilar, who was an avid sailor. The CMRC is a major sponsor.

Day One - Preliminary Results

(Number of Wins)

Peter Holmberg, ISV, 7
Dave Perry, USA, 7
Don Wilson, USA, 5
Antti Luhta, FIN, 4
Stephanie Roble, USA, 4
Colin Rathbun, BVI, 4
Stratis Andreadis, GRE, 4
Chris Poole, USA, 3
Dave Dellenbaugh, USA, 2
Jennifer Wilson, USA, Carlos Aguilar Match Race
Wildwind 2016 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht DesignZhik ZKG 660x82

Related Articles

Gilmour snags Australian Tour Card for World Match Racing Tour 2017
At age 23 Sam Gilmour has already reached the top three on the world match racing rankings with his Neptune Racing team. At age 23 Sam Gilmour from Perth, Australia has already reached the top three on the World Sailing match racing rankings with his Neptune Racing team. This feat has awarded him one of the two WMRT Tour Cards awarded to teams based on their ranking results.
Posted on 13 Jan
2017 Youth Match Racing World Championship Notice of Race released
The Notice of Race for the 2017 Youth Match Racing World Championship set to be held out of the Balboa Yacht Club The Notice of Race for the 2017 Youth Match Racing World Championship set to be held out of the Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach, California, USA has been released.
Posted on 7 Jan
World Match Racing Tour card to Frenchman Yann Guichard
His talent in multihulls was unquestioned but lack of experience in match racing made many people question his abilities Yann Guichard came in to last season as a real dark horse. His talent in multihulls was unquestioned but his lack of experience in match racing made many people question his abilities.
Posted on 4 Jan
Another WMRT back-to-back heads for Miami
This Easter will present a perfect opportunity to watch World class sailing if you get yourself out on Biscayne Bay This Easter will present a perfect opportunity to watch World class sailing if you get yourself out on Biscayne Bay in Miami. The venue will host not only one but two back-to-back World Match Racing Tour events in the M32 high-speed catamaran during April 2017.
Posted on 3 Jan
World Match Racing Tour announces 2017 World Championship season
The 2017 season will include one World Championship Final, six World Championship level events and 18 World Tour events. The 2017 season will include one World Championship Final, six World Championship level events and eighteen World Tour level events.
Posted on 22 Dec 2016
Ian Williams takes World Match Racing Tour card number four
At the start of last season many people were in doubt over the future success of Ian Williams with the change in format. At the start of last season many people were in doubt over the future success of six-time match racing World Champion Ian Williams with the change in format and boats. He proved everyone wrong by winning the first multihull event
Posted on 20 Dec 2016
Iker receives first ever Spanish Tour Card on World Match Racing Tour
With a Tour Card at his disposal, Iker Martinez will truly be a wild card in the hunt for the World Championship title. Over the years there has been a lack of front runners for the WMRT title from Iberia, but with a Tour Card at his disposal, Iker Martinez will truly be a wild card in the hunt for the World Championship title.
Posted on 14 Dec 2016
Second World Match Racing Tour Card 2017 goes to Sally Barkow
Sally Barkow from USA is together with the team preparing for their second full season and their challenge for the title Team Magenta 32 is the second match racing team to receive their Tour Card for the season 2017. Sally Barkow from USA is together with the team preparing for their second full season and their challenge for the World Championship title in match racing.
Posted on 6 Dec 2016
WIM Series - Groeneveld beat Roble to win St. Thomas event
Renée Groeneveld and her Dutch team of Annemieke Bes, Lobke Berkhout and Mijke Lievens, won first WIM Series event ever On St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Olympic match racing star Renée Groeneveld and her Dutch team of Annemieke Bes, Lobke Berkhout and Mijke Lievens, won their first WIM Series event ever. They defeated Stephanie Roble’s Epic Racing three – zero in the thrilling final of the Carlos Aguilar Match Race.
Posted on 5 Dec 2016
WIM Series - Groeneveld and Roble leading their semis
Saturday in Carlos Aguilar Match Race, fifth and final event of 2016 WIM Series, offered some really exciting racing. Saturday in the Carlos Aguilar Match Race, the fifth and final event of the 2016 WIM Series, offered some really exciting racing. Within arm’s reach of the Charlotte Amalie shoreline, the world-class crews threw around their boats in breath-taking manoeuvres. Not only were the quarterfinals decided, but two matches in each semi-final were also run.
Posted on 4 Dec 2016