Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Floaters

Carlos Aguilar Match Race - Holmberg leads day 3

by Carol Bareuther on 10 Dec 2012
The USA’s Stephanie Robles (second from right) in deep concentration and competition. Dean Barnes
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.

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).'

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!'


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, Carlos Aguilar Match Race website

Mackay BoatsBarz Optics - Kids rangeZhik Yachting 660x82

Related Articles

Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Wendy Tuck
For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. And as a result, she’s set to make history in the Clipper 2017-18 Race as the first Australian skipper to complete the arduous ocean challenge twice.
Posted today at 6:04 am
Round the Rocks kick's off St. Thomas International Regatta
Nearly 60 sleek sailing yachts from Caribbean, U.S., Canada and Europe will race in St. Thomas International Regatta. Nearly 60 sleek sailing yachts from the Caribbean, U.S., Canada and Europe will race in the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta. Set for March 24 to 26, this three-day regatta known as the ‘Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing’ will be prefaced by the second Round the Rocks Race on March 23, which features a circumnavigation of the 19-square-mile neighbouring U.S. Virgin Island of St. John.
Posted on 23 Mar
Vendée Globe – A hugely popular event and media success
With 29 skippers setting sail and 10 nations represented, the eighth edition offered a wide range of projects The results show huge increases everywhere: many more people attending the event, unprecedented media coverage and feedback, a record level of international coverage without talking about the very positive race outcome in terms of the rankings.
Posted on 23 Mar
RC44 Championship Tour heads to Lanzarote for final regatta
For 2017 the fleet will return to Europe's southern shores with racing hosted from the new facility, Marina Lanzarote The Calero Marinas have been a regular winter destination for the RC44 fleet over the years having hosted four regattas and three World Championships between 2010 and 2013.
Posted on 23 Mar
A Q&A with Charles Pessler, the regatta director of the legendary STIR
I corresponded with Charles Pessler, STIR’s regatta director, to learn about the event’s recent changes and evolutions. I recently corresponded via email with Charles “Chuck” Pessler, who is serving as the regatta director of the legendary STIR, to learn more about the changes and evolutions that have taken place at the event since my 2010 trip to racing paradise.
Posted on 22 Mar
One great challenge for Transatlantic Race 2019
Greatest challenge has confirmed the start date for its next edition; and this time every competitor will depart Newport A virtual gate off Lizard Point will enable teams to challenge the course record for this historic passage, but the official finish will take place off the Royal Yacht Squadron's waterfront castle in Cowes, England.
Posted on 22 Mar
Less than a month to go to 8th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth
To date, 66 teams have signed up for the event, which bodes well for an exceptional vintage Péan will be casting an expert eye over the event that occurs 10-15 April. A seasoned and talented sailor, he boasts one of the most prestigious track records in French sailing, with victories logged in the Solitaire du Figaro in 1983, then the Whitbread (a crewed around-the-world race with stopovers) in 1986.
Posted on 22 Mar
Transat Jaques Vabre – Oman Sail takes on Class 40 challenge
The new campaign is the latest stage of the relationship between Al Hasni, one of Oman's most promising sailors Oman Sail has revealed a new adventure for 2017 as the pioneering national initiative takes on a double-handed Class 40 challenge pairing up mentor and long-term skipper of various Oman Sail projects, Frenchman Sidney Gavignet, with his protégé and Oman Sail’s most successful offshore sailor, Fahad Al Hasni.
Posted on 22 Mar
RORC Easter Challenge – Free expert coaching
A coach can optimise practice time, provide detailed analysis via both stats and video, can examine specific issues If you want to do better out on the race course, you could buy yourself a newer, more competitive boat. Or sail with a better crew. Or could buy some new sails. Or put in some practice. But keelboat crews frequently forget that one of the best value methods is to employ a coach.
Posted on 22 Mar
Vestas 11th Hour Racing launch Volvo Ocean Race campaign
Vestas are returning for a second edition, after launching their 2017-18 campaign in partnership with 11th Hour Racing Vestas 11th Hour Racing will be led by the American duo of Charlie Enright and Mark Towill. The team are the fourth to announce for the upcoming edition, which begins on 22 October, and they will use the race to promote a sustainability message around the world.
Posted on 21 Mar