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Bromby and the Beat

by Lynn Fitzpatrick on 5 Apr 2007
Bromby on fire . .
For the third day in a row sailors in the Western hemisphere Star titles arrived at Davis Island Yacht Club to find a glassy Tampa Bay.

Races were postponed on shore until there was a sign of breeze.

Wind readings on the race committee boat and the on the weather mark boat varied enough so that it took a long time for the race committee to reach agreement and set the weather mark at 285 degrees.

Peter Bromby and Bill McNiven had three of their signature starts from the pin end of the line. They read the shifts and the pressure and rounded the first weather mark in each of today’s three races in the lead. They may very well have won all three races had it not been for a fouled jib halyard that distracted them and let their competition get to their right after the final leeward mark rounding of the second race. The Bermudians allowed ten boats to pass them up the final beat. They finished the day with a 1, 11, and 1.

Peter and Bill seem to have perfected sailing in flat water and shifty conditions. 'It bears a striking resemblance to Hamilton Harbor. I’m used to trimming hard, keeping the boat flat and pointing a little higher than most. It’s when the wind comes on and there are a lot of waves when I start to have some problems', admitted Peter.

Freddy Loof who had a 2, 5, 2 for the day, said today's sailing conditions were 'very tricky and shifty. The wind was very hard to predict. It was tough out there, but it was a great day of sailing.'

Others who managed to stay at the top of the fleet as the wind picked up to top out at about 12 knots include: Eivind Melleby and Petter Morleland Pederson, Rohan Lord and Miles Addy, Iain Murray and Andrew Palfrey and Andy Macdonald and Mike Wolfs.

Davis Island Yact Club
2007 Western Hemsphere Championship
March 31, - April 6, 2007
All Boats
Series Summary, Preliminary 
Pl B# Sail Crew Subgroup 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot
1 41 8256 Fredrik Loof & Anders Ekstrom   4 1 2 2 (5) 2 11
2 21 8044 Peter Bromby & Bill McNiven   (26\DNF) 3 5 1 11 1 21
3 15 7836 Iain Murray & Andrew Palfrey   6 (10) 4 3 6 4 23
4 23 8061 Rohan Lord & Miles Addy   2 4 10 (13) 1 7 24
5 40 8250 Andy MacDonald & Mike Wolfs Masters (13) 6 1 9 3 6 25
6 35 8234 Elvind Melleby & Petter Morland Pederson   11 5 8 (15) 2 3 29
7 44 8273 George Szabo & Andrew Scott   1 8 (17) 5 7 13 34
8 43 8230 John Dane III & Austin Sperry Masters 5 7 (16) 7 10 8 37
9 30 8143 Brian Cramer & Tyler Bjorn Masters 3 (17) 15 12 4 9 43
10 20 8043 Jock Kohlhas & Larry Scott Masters 10 2 6 18 (26\RAF) 11 47
11 33 8195 John MacCausland & Bob Schofield   8 15 3 16 (26\OCS) 5 47
12 36 8235 Larry Whipple & Eric Monroe Masters 7 18 (21) 8 8 12 53
13 34 8215 Bill Allen & Brad Lichter Grand Masters 16 16 (23) 6 9 14 61
14 31 8157 Arthur Anosov & David Caesar   (17) 13 14 14 14 10 65
15 46 8286 Karl Anderson & Edward Morey   9 11 11 19 17 (26\DNF) 67
16 24 8080 Fotis Boliakis & Michael Nichol   12 (26\DNF) 9 11 18 17 67
17 39 8245 Joe Zambella & Peter Costa Masters 14 9 12 21 12 (26\DNF) 68
18 12 7670 Gene McCarthy & Glenn McCarthy Grand Masters 15 14 (20) 10 15 16 70
19 16 7907 Fabian Mac Gowan & Federico Engelhard   (26\DNF) 26\DNS 7 4 16 18 71
20 26 8084 Robert Teitge & J Darin Jensen Grand Masters (20) 12 18 17 13 19 79
21 45 8279 Claude Bonanni & Richard Burgess   21 20 13 (22) 21 20 95
22 37 8239 Martin Pendola & Lucas Pendola   19 19 (24) 23 19 15 95
23 18 8000 Harry Walker & David Hartman Grand Masters 18 21 19 (25) 20 22 100
24 10 6643 Brian Malone & John Brennan   (26\DNF) 26\DNS 22 20 22 21 111
25 11 7640 Eric Ferrier & Zach Hahn   22 22 (25) 24 23 23 114
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