Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 40+ 728x90

Carlos Aguilar Match Race- Semis for Holmberg, Perry, Roble and Wilson

by Carol Bareuther on 24 Nov 2013
The USVI’s Peter Holmberg trails the USA’s Dave Perry at the mark. Dean Barnes
Sailors, local sailing enthusiasts, school children and even the territory’s Governor came out to watch the second day of racing in the sixth Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR).

The USVI’s Peter Holmberg and USA’s Dave Perry finished the day with 16 and 13 wins, respectively, out of 18 races in the double round robin, to move into the Semi-Finals.

It was a particularly productive day for the USA’s Stephanie Roble and USA’s Don Wilson who after completion of the double round-robin join Holmberg and Perry in Sunday’s Semi-Finals.

'We left the water yesterday feeling good, although it wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard. Today, we had good pre-starts and good crew communication, everything clicked,' explains Roble, the top-ranked U.S. female match and fifth ranked woman match racer in the world, who competes on the Global Women’s Match Racing Circuit. 'The last two years we finished seventh. Our goal this year was to make the Semis. Now our goal is to win.'

Roble finished the 18 race double round robin with 11 wins.

The first time sailing in the U.S. Virgin Islands has proven to be a charm for the USA’s Don Wilson. Defeating Greece’s Stratis Andreadis in the final match of the day by at least a three boat length lead landed Wilson a spot in a Semis. Wilson is without his team’s regular tactician, Sally Barkow, who is training for the Volvo Ocean Race. Barkow won the 2012 CAMR. In her place is Jordan Reece, a talented sailor who in 2012 was the training partner for the Australian Olympic Match Racing Team which won a Silver Medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

'To come down, jump in and sail a new boat, in a new place, with a new crew is challenging,' says Wilson, who is ranked 24th in the world and is the number one ranked U.S. match racer as well as founder of the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC). 'In these shifty wind conditions, you have to be on your toes and have your eyes out of the boat. I think we did a good job of that today.'

Wilson ended the double round robin with nine wins.

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


A mid-day break in match racing saw 25 children from the Gladys Abraham Elementary School compete in the Carlos Aguilar Youth Regatta. The public school is a trend-setter in the territory for its work in teaming up with watersports professionals who teach all students to swim by the time they graduate from sixth grade. The students paired with the international skippers and sailed two fleet races.

'I’ve been in a kayak and a power boat, but never a sail boat,' says fourth-grader, Ka’eo Brown, who crewed for the USVI’s Peter Holmberg and won the first fleet race. 'I liked that we won. I liked it all. I’d like to do it again.'

Sixth-grader, Me’Kayla Creque, enjoyed sailing in her third Carlos Aguilar Youth Regatta. This year she crewed for Finland’s Antti Luhta, and the team won the second fleet race. 'My job was to help put up the sail, but I really wanted to try steering,' Creque says.

U.S. Virgin Islands’ Governor John P. deJongh Jr. came out to watch the match racing action in the afternoon.

'This event is very special and it’s named after a man who was special to our community,' says deJongh. 'It’s also special in that you can watch the racing from shore. This exposes more of our residents to the sport. I hope more of our people in St. Thomas catch the sailing bug.'

Racing in the CAMR will conclude Sunday with the Semi-Finals and Finals.

Day Two - Preliminary Results

(Number of Wins after Double Round Robin)

Peter Holmberg, ISV, 16
Dave Perry, USA, 13
Stephanie Roble, USA, 11
Don Wilson, USA, 9
Antti Luhta, FIN, 8
Colin Rathbun, BVI, 8
Dave Dellenbaugh, USA, 8
Chris Poole, USA, 7
Stratis Andreadis, GRE, 5
Jennifer Wilson, USA, Event website

InSunSport - NZWildwind 2016 660x82Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

Gilmour keeps a cool head to win WMRT Cape Crow Cup
With a strong breeze of 15-20 knots pushing from the south the scene was set for the final day of the Cape Crow Cup. With a strong breeze of 15-20 knots pushing from the south and a strong current in the south east of the island of Öckerö the scene was set for the final day of the Cape Crow Cup.
Posted on 26 Sep
2016 WIM Series - Gold to Swede Anna Östling in Sheboygan
Anna Östling with crew Annie and Linnea Wennergren are the 2016 Women’s Match Racing World Champions. Anna Östling with crew Annie and Linnea Wennergren are the 2016 Women’s Match Racing World Champions. In the Buddy Melges Challenge, the third event of the 2016 WIM Series, the Swedes defeated Anne-Claire Le Berre, Mathilde Geron and Alice Ponsar of France, in a thrilling final over five exciting matches on Lake Michigan
Posted on 26 Sep
Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted on 25 Sep
World Sailing President nominated by 45 Member National Associations
Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has welcomed nominations from 45 Member National Associations Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has nominations from 45 Member National Associations [MNAs] for his re-election as the President of Sailing’s International Federation. Nominations for the position of President have been formally published by World Sailing and show widespread support for Croce.
Posted on 25 Sep
2016 Blind Match Racing World Championship – Day 2
At the end of an abbreviated, jam-packed two-day regatta, Great Britain took gold in the 2016 Blind Match Racing Worlds At the end of an abbreviated, jam-packed two-day regatta, Great Britain took the gold in the 2016 Blind Match Racing World Championship.
Posted on 25 Sep
WIM Series - Roble, Groeneveld, Östling and Le Berre to semis
Stephanie Roble and her Epic Racing kept their firm grip of Buddy Melges Challenge, the third event of 2016 WIM Series Stephanie Roble and her Epic Racing kept their firm grip of the Buddy Melges Challenge, the third event of the 2016 WIM Series and also the Women’s World Match Racing Championship, through Saturday’s racing.
Posted on 25 Sep
WMRT - Shifts, change but all the same on Day 2 of Cape Crow Cup
Day number two of Cape Crow Cup could easily carry the headline of challenging when it comes to the racing conditions. Day number two of the Cape Crow Cup could easily carry the headline of challenging when it comes to the racing conditions. The wind started from the northwest and shifted slowly and inconsistently to the southwest.
Posted on 25 Sep
2016 Match Racing World Championship - Long wait finally over
Five teams of blind sailors were finally able to commence the Blind Match Racing World Championship After several days waiting for the wind to pick up and the fog to clear out, five teams of blind sailors from the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Israel were finally able to commence the Blind Match Racing World Championship Friday.
Posted on 24 Sep
WIM Series - Stephanie Roble is leading on her home waters
The Buddy Melges Challenge, the third event of the 2016 WIM Series finally got underway Friday. The Buddy Melges Challenge, the third event of the 2016 WIM Series and also the Women’s World Match Racing Championship, finally got underway Friday.
Posted on 24 Sep
Game on and wind up on Day 1 of the WMRT Cape Crow Cup
A south-westerly breeze created a racecourse that was powered up and allowed for both passing lanes and tricky decisions A nice south-westerly breeze created a racecourse that was fully powered up and allowed for both passing lanes and tricky decisions. The light winds from beginning of the week were long-gone and the teams needed to prove their worth with their boat handling.
Posted on 23 Sep