Star Mid-Winter Championship - Cayard claims victory in Miami

Paul Cayard - 2013 Star Mid-Winter Championship Miami
At the Star Mid-Winter Championship, America's Cup skipper and Sailing Hall of Fame member Paul Cayard returned to the class he loved, and it showed; the 55-year old San Franciscan stayed calm, cool, and collected in the hot Sunday sun as he sailed to a solid second-place finish in the day's only race. Cayard and Australian crew Rodney Hagebols' performance was enough to give them a nine-point victory over California's Jim Buckingham; two-time Olympian Cayard earned the second-ever Star Midwinter Championship title despite a tough start to the seven-race series.

This was Cayard's second regatta since returning to the Star Class last month; after failing to break the top ten at last month's Star Sailors League final in the Bahamas, Cayard has finally 'come home' with a regatta win at the fourth event in Miami's Star Winter Series Presented By EFG. Cayard was all smiles as he accepted the Star Midwinter trophy. 'Wherever my voyages take me, I'm always happiest when I'm back in the Star Class,' he said.

Race Officer Rich Raymond tried three times to get the final race off in just six knots of wind from due North on Sunday morning, finally hoisting the black flag in an effort to rein in some of the more zealous Star skippers.

The fleet finally started clear of the line, with 25 year-old Tomas Hornos winning the boat end and sailing straight into increasing pressure and a massive right shift, allowing Hornos and crew Josh Revkin to nearly lay the top mark on their first tack. With 23-year old Philip Carlson and crew Chris Lanza at the opposite end of the starting line, the first shift ended the battle that had been raging all week between the two Junior (25 or under) skippers. 'We decided to sail our own race rather than going for Tomas at the start, and we were down with some of the leaders, including Diaz, so we felt Ok about our decision,' said Carlson.

That decision would put Carlson, Diaz, and quite a few other front runners at the back of the pack by the first windward mark. Hornos was excited to claim the Junior trophy. 'It's great to have these battles between the young skippers like Philip and me; we want more 20 and 30 year olds to step up to the challenge of competing in the Star Class, and we're both proof that you don't need to be old, rich, or heavy to do well and have a great time in one of the world's legendary racing boats.'

Caught out on the wrong side of that first shift, Diaz was frustrated with his start. 'We had two goals going into the last race: Protect the left, and stay near our competition,' said Diaz. 'We accomplished the first goal, but not the second.' Both second place Jim Buckingham (sailing with Olympic medalist and local sailing hero Magnus Liljedahl) and Cayard sailed away to the top right side while Diaz fought for a top 15 position at the mark. Buckingham would trail Hornos in second place for much of the race, but it was Cayard who fought from eighth position at the first mark all the way past Buckingham to claim second by the finish.

'We really thought we'd get Tomas, but when we gybed into the center of the course on the final run, he and Cayard both found a little more pressure and a little more current, dropping us back to third,' said Buckingham. Buckingham's third place locked up second for the Midwinter Championship, but more importantly, it gave him a one-point lead over Augie Diaz-Arnie Baltins in the all-important Star Winter Series overall points score with just one event to go. 'We won't have the luxury of dropping any results since we missed the last event [the Series Score is the sum of the top for of the five schedule regattas], but with the Midwinters counting double, we're in a good position going into the final regatta next month,' said Buckingham. It will be winner-take-all between Buckingham and Diaz; Augie won the inaugural Series Trophy by a landslide last year, but those days are over according to 'Buck'. 'Augie's already got his name up there, and we can't have the Star Winter Series being the 'Augie Diaz Perpetual Trophy!' he joked.

Brazilian standout Lars Grael had a memorable week in Miami, despite giving up the lead he had after a double-bullet performance on day one and eventually failing to reach the podium by just one point. The new Star Class President accepted the ceremonial flag from outgoing President Bill Allen at Friday night's banquet dinner, and he said that the Miami series bodes well for the future of the class. 'Olympics or no Olympics is not an issue; for sure there are changes ahead, but with events like this one and others around the world, it is a very exciting time to be at the head of the Star Class,' said Grael. Stu Hebb was equally enthused. 'Each event has seen growth this year, not just in number but especially the level of competition, with eight nations represented here by some of the best sailors in the world,' said the Miami-based founder of the Star Winter Series. 'One thing is for sure: If you want to test yourself against the best keelboat racers in the world, the Star Class is still where you come.'

The overall series title will be decided during February eight-nine Walker Cup, the final event in the Star Winter Series Presented by EFG, when another star-studded fleet will descend on Miami for the two-day, five race regatta.

800x600

Place

Boat

Skipper

Crew

Sail #:

Fleet

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Total

1

8129 ??

Paul Cayard ??

Rodney Hagebols ??

USA 8129 ??

WSFB ??

6.0

4.0

2.0

5.0

5.0

1.0

2.0

25

2

8440 ??

Jim Buckingham ??

Magnus Liljedahl ??

USA 8440 ??

NH ??

3.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

3.0

7.0

3.0

34

3

8465 ??

Augie Diaz ??

Arni Baltins ??

USA 8465 ??

BisB ??

2.0

2.0

7.0

4.0

1.0

16.0

12.0

44

4

Renata ??

Lars Grael ??

Samuel Gon??alves ??

BRA 8474 ??

Par ??

1.0

1.0

8.0

14.0

2.0

8.0

11.0

45

5

8490 ??

Peter Vessella ??

Phil Trinter ??

USA 8490 ??

BisB ??

14.0

3.0

1.0

9.0

9.0

3.0

10.0

49

6

Arctur ??

Vasyl Gureyev ??

??

UKR 8247 ??

Ukr ??

16.0

7.0

10.0

2.0

10.0

4.0

4.0

53

7

Pied Piper / National Marine ??

Jack Jennings ??

Brian Sharp ??

USA 8464 ??

LS ??

4.0

8.0

3.0

1.0

12.0

10.0

16.0

54

8

Star ??

Arthur Anosov ??

Valentin Veytsman ??

USA 8000 ??

SL ??

11.0

11.0

5.0

12.0

4.0

6.0

9.0

58

9

8446 ??

Tom Loefstedt ??

Jesper Sundman ??

SWE 8446 ??

Rap ??

15.0

5.0

4.0

8.0

13.0

17.0

6.0

68

10

Barakablue ??

Larry Whipple ??

Austin Sperry ??

USA 8484 ??

BisB ??

8.0

15.0

9.0

10.0

8.0

14.0

8.0

72

11

USA 8267 ??

Tomas Hornos ??

Josh Revkin ??

USA 8267 ??

BH ??

9.0

16.0

15.0

7.0

14.0

15.0

1.0

77

12

Remarc ??

Brian Cramer ??

Cam Lymburner ??

CAN 8143 ??

WLOC ??

5.0

9.0

12.0

3.0

11.0

18.0

19.0

77.0001

13

Picnic ??

William Swigart ??

Brian Fatih ??

USA 8291 ??

CLIS ??

7.0

17.0

19.0

15.0

7.0

11.0

7.0

83

14

Juanita ??

Alberto Zanetti ??

Edward Morey ??

ARG 8278 ??

OL ??

10.0

10.0

13.0

17.0

19.0

12.0

14.0

95

15

Effective Sailing ??

Philip Carlson ??

Chris Lanza ??

USA 0 ??

Kat ??

12.0

13.0

14.0

13.0

20.0

5.0

21.0

98

16

Surfin'Bird ??

Admar Gonzaga Neto ??

Andr??Serpa ??

BRA 8459 ??

Par ??

13.0

12.0

27.0 [DNF]

11.0

15.0

20.0

5.0

103

17

Lucky ??

Peter McChesney ??

Shane Zwingelberg ??

USA 8408 ??

AN ??

17.0

18.0

18.0

16.0

6.0

2.0

27.0 [DNF]

104

18

8466 ??

Stuart Hebb ??

Mike Wolfs ??

CAN 8466 ??

BisB ??

18.0

14.0

11.0

20.0

16.0

9.0

25.0

113

19

CAN 8389 ??

Jerry Wendt ??

Michael Nichol ??

CAN 8389 ??

Wloc ??

21.0

19.0

16.0

18.0

18.0

13.0

20.0

125

20

Owl ??

Peter Costa ??

Ted Lavery ??

USA 7621 ??

BH ??

23.0

25.0

20.0

23.0

17.0

23.0

13.0

144

21

8084 ??

Robert Teitge ??

Keith Gardner ??

USA 8084 ??

DR ??

19.0

20.0

22.0

24.0

23.0

24.0

15.0

147

22

Tesser ??

Mike Phinney ??

Rick Burgess ??

USA 8410 ??

SLE ??

20.0

21.0

17.0

21.0

21.0

25.0

24.0

149

23

Isabella ??

Barbara Beigel-Vosbury ??

Laura Beigel ??

USA 8379 ??

AN ??

22.0

23.0

23.0

19.0

25.0

19.0

23.0

154

24

Vivi ??

Frederico Viegas ??

Renato Moura ??

BRA 8403 ??

Par ??

24.0

22.0

24.0

25.0

22.0

22.0

17.0

156

25

Sonya ??

John Chiarella ??

Bill Gottling ??

USA 8215 ??

Sun ??

25.0

24.0

21.0

22.0

26.0

26.0

22.0

166

26

High Octane ??

Lothar Geilen ??

Adrian Farina ??

GER 8396 ??

??

26.0

26.0

27.0 [DNC]

27.0 [DNC]

24.0

21.0

18.0

169

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