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Oakcliff International - Black flag unveiled by umpires


'Boats start and finish at the same time during light wind competition in the Oakcliff International on the second day of competition, in Cold Spring Harbor near Oyster Bay, NY on September 6, 2013.'    2013 Molly Riley/Oakcliff    Click Here to view large photo

At the Oakcliff International, damage to boats, including the RC boat on day one, warranted a seriously tough reality check from the organizing authority on day two. Sailors were explicitly reminded of the OA’s option to excuse unsportsmanlike teams from the event and exercise rule 69. After seeing a handful of penalties early in the day, Stratis Andreadis (GRE) earned the first black flag of the event as Mark Lees (GBR) successfully lured him into three penalties (not entering and two contact-less, give-way situations) during the prestart.

An unseasonably chilly morning brought in a fresh nine knots that allowed race committee to coast through three flights, but the sun arriving midday slowed the pace considerably. Huge pressure differentials across the course made for big separation on the racecourse and fewer options for trailing boats. Dustin Durant (USA) used the patchy conditions to serve David Gilmour (AUS) his second loss in Gilmour’s last race of the round robin.

The four teams passing straight through to quarterfinals, already decided despite being three races shy of a complete first stage, are Chris Poole (USA) with Riptide Racing, Nicolai Sehested (DEN) with TRE-FOR Match Racing, David Gilmour (AUS) with Team Gilmour, and Eric Monnin (SUI) with Okalys Corum Sailing Team. All other teams will advance to the repechage’s first to three knockout series to determine the last four teams who will sail in the quarterfinals.

William MacKenzie, trimmer for Team Gilmour and David Gilmour, adjusts the jib while competing in the Oakcliff International on the second day of competition, in Cold Spring Harbor near Oyster Bay, NY on September 6, 2013. -  2013 Molly Riley/Oakcliff   Click Here to view large photo

Stratis Andreadis of Atalanti Racing watches the bowman for Mark Lees Team Echo just before receiving a black flagg penalty by an umpire and thrown out of the match against Lees, in the Oakcliff International on the second day of competition, in Cold Spring Harbor near Oyster Bay, NY on September 6, 2013. -  2013 Molly Riley/Oakcliff   Click Here to view large photo

Stratis Andreadis (Right) of Atalanti Racing looks on after being black flagged by an umpire and thrown out of the match against Mark Lees, of Team Echo Sail Racing, in the Oakcliff International on the second day of competition, in Cold Spring Harbor near Oyster Bay, NY on September 6, 2013. -  2013 Molly Riley/Oakcliff   Click Here to view large photo

Skipper David Gilmour of Team Gilmour looks back during pre start of a match against Dustin Durant of Long Beach Match Racing, in the Oakcliff International on the second day of competition, in Cold Spring Harbor near Oyster Bay, NY on September 6, 2013. -  2013 Molly Riley/Oakcliff   Click Here to view large photo

Skipper David Gilmour of Team Gilmour looks back during an upwind leg in light air while competing in the Oakcliff International on the second day of competition, in Cold Spring Harbor near Oyster Bay, NY on September 6, 2013. -  2013 Molly Riley/Oakcliff   Click Here to view large photo

Stratis Andreadis (Right) of Atalanti Racing looks on after being black flagged in a match against Mark Lees, of Team Echo Sail Racing, in the Oakcliff International on the second day of competition, in Cold Spring Harbor near Oyster Bay, NY on September 6, 2013. -  2013 Molly Riley/Oakcliff   Click Here to view large photo

For more information about the Oakcliff International, visit www.oakcliffsailing.org/racing/oakcliff-international.


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