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Percy and Simpson lose Bacardi Cup on countback

by Lynn Fitzpatrick on 8 Mar 2008
Star - Bacardi Cup 2008 © Gilles Martin-Raget http://www.martin-raget.com/
After two final day races in high winds with protests and black flags, when the scores were posted, Britain's Percy and Simpson found themselves in a tie with Domingos and Santos of Portugal, with 20 points apiece. Domingos and Santos, having beaten the Brits in the final race, won their second Bacardi Cup Regatta. John Dane III and Austin Sperry of the USA moved up to take third.

No sooner had 30-year veteran French coach, Daniel Dahon, finished saying that he had never seen such a commanding lead in a Star race as Robert Scheidt’s and Bruno Prada’s (BRA) performance in the first race of the final day of the 81st Annual Bacardi Cup than he sounded an “Incroyable”.

The 2007 World Champions finished the heavy air race over two minutes ahead of the second place boat. Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau (FRA) had pulled from fifth place at the first weather mark to second down the final run of the triangle, windward, leeward course in which the breeze peaked at about 20 knots from the SSE. Rohart and Rambeau did not cross the finish line, but rather, went to the left hand side of the line by mistake.

By the time they recovered, Hans Spitzhauer and Christian Nehammer (AUT), Afonso Domingos and Bernardo Santos (POR), Mark Reynolds and Jamie Gael (USA), John Dane and Austin Sperry (USA) and Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson had screeched across the finish line.

The fleet set out for a 10:00 am start in a brisk sea breeze. Even before they went into the starting sequence, a rig was toppled; many more came down throughout the day. Determined to run two races, the committee hoisted the black flag for the first start of both races. Scheidt and Prada were just inside Italy’s leading Olympic candidates, Francesco Bruni and Gilberto Nobili at the weather mark with Spitzhauer and Nehammer trailing by a couple of boat lengths, but Bruni and Nobili’s cover disappeared as they sailed off the course because they were black flagged. Scheidt and Prada extended their lead on every leg while their followers tried to pass one another. Scheidt and Prada’s straight line speed upwind, boat handling, including their gybes, were masterful.

After a rain cloud went by and the boats that had been lapped by the leaders finished, the fifth and final race was started. Competitors could throw out some deep scores once the fifth race was sailed. The leaderboard looked like many of the past season’s Grade 1 regattas, this time with Percy and Simpson at the top with only 10 points. Scheidt and Prada had pulled into second with their victory in the first race of the day. Domingos and Santos and Spitzhauer and Nehammer had 18 points apiece.

With Percy and Simpson rounding the weather mark just barely in the top ten, it looked as if it was up to them to pass some boats in order to win the regatta. However, it was Scheidt and Prada’s turn to peel away from the fleet before they got to the offset mark, because they black flagged the final race of the series. Robert Stanjek and Markus Koy claimed the lead and extended it to over 20 seconds by the time that the gun sounded for them. Former world champion, Alan Adler and Ronald Seifert (BRA) were second and Afonso Domingos and Bernardo Santos were third with Rohart/Rambeau, Pepper and Williams, Dane and Sperry, Bruni and Nobili, Kusnierewicz and Zycki and Negri and Viale beating out Percy and Simpson.

The boats returned to the dock, the regatta winner remained a mystery pending protests. When the scores were posted, Percy and Simpson found themselves in a tie with Domingos and Santos with 20 points apiece. Domingos and Santos, having beaten the Brits in the final race, won their second Bacardi Cup Regatta.

There seems to be an Olympic quadrennium trend with the Portuguese. John Dane III and Austin Sperry, the 2006 Bacardi Cup winners, moved up to third with their stellar 3, 5 performance on the final day. Diego Negri and Luigi Viale (ITA) cemented their bid to represent their country at the Olympics this summer. Peter O’Leary and Stephen Milne (IRL), the youngest team at the regatta placed an impressive ninth, just 10 points out of fourth place for the regatta.

Star - Final Positions 81st Annual Bacardi Cup

1 POR 8309 Domingos Afonso Santos Bernardo 12 9 7 2 2 20 pts
2 GBR 8345 Percy Iain Simpson Andrew 3 14 3 5 9 20.0001 pts
3 USA 8230 DANE John Sperry Austin 20 39 2 3 5 30 pts
4 POL 8209 Kusznierewicz Mateusz Zycki Dominik 11 8 45 6 7 32 pts
5 AUT 8226 Spitzauer Hans Nehammer Christian 5 55 10 4 14 33 pts
6 BRA 8255 SCHEIDT ROBERT PRADA BRUNO 4 12 21 1 119.0 [BFD] 38 pts
7 ITA 8313 Barovier Alberto Colaninno Nando 23 4 9 18 10 41 pts
8 ITA 8266 Negri Diego Viale Luigi 16 7 12 14 8 41.0001 pts
9 IRL 8261 O'Leary Peter Milne Stephen 14 15 1 39 12 42 pts
10 USA 8285 Diaz Augie Trinter Phil 9 3 29 10 20 42.0001 pts
11 ITA 8281 Modena Luca Lambertenghi Sergio 18 2 37 11 16 47 pts
12 USA 8320 Reynolds Mark Gale Jamie 10 16 76 7 15 48 pts
13 USA 8312 Merriman Rick Sharp Brian 17 47 11 9 11 48.0001 pts
14 BRA 8284 GRAEL LARS JORDÁO MARCELO 7 1 16 28 26 50 pts
15 FRA 8107 Rohart Xavier Rambeau Pascal 119.0 [BFD] 26 14 8 3 51 pts
16 NZL 8187 PEPPER Hamish Peel Ed 19 13 18 16 4 51.0001 pts
17 CRO 8339 Lovrovic Jr Marin Mikulicic Sinsa 119.0 [BFD] 10 6 24 13 53 pts
18 ITA 8180 Bruni Francesco NOBILI Gilberto 22 5 24 119.0 [BFD] 6 57 pts
19 SUI 8296 Marazzi Flavio De Maria Enrico 15 21 5 22 38 63 pts
20 BER 8272 Bromby Peter White Lee 6 20 34 23 18 67 pts
21 NOR 8234 Melleby Eivind Pedersen Petter 1 31 26 13 119.0 [DNF] 71 pts
22 USA 8273 Szabo George Peters Rick 24.0 [24.0, RDG] 49 4 19 25 72 pts
23 AUS 8214 Murray Iain Palfrey Andrew 13 23 39 17 27 80 pts
24 GER 7971 Stanjek Robert Koy Markus 119.0 [DSQ] 22 31 30 1 84 pts
25 ESP 7581 Bermudez Roberto Ferreira Marcelo 34 45 25 15 17 91 pts
26 ITA 8290 Santoni Silvio Natucci Dodo 38 11 42 20 23 92 pts
27 USA 8176 Lidecis Erik Marzahl Michael 25 75 15 37 19 96 pts
28 USA 8136 Filter Henry Wagner Will 21 24 36 119.0 [DNF] 30 111 pts
29 USA 8195 Maccausland John Murphy Kevin 40 18 38 38 22 116 pts
30 USA 8306 Buckingham Jim Monroe Eric 29 48 19 36 35 119 pts
31 JPN 8144 SUZUKI Kunio WadaDaichi 32 34 27 119.0 [BFD] 28 121 pts
32 ARG 7 Rigoni Alejo Gonzalez Gustavo 35 32 46 26 31 124 pts
33 BAH 8265 Kelly Steven Bill Holowesko 42 54 13 21 119.0 [DNF] 130 pts
34 USA 8264 McChesney Peter Zwingelberg Shane 46 51 41 29 24 140 pts
35 RUS 8305 Shevtsov Sergey Sadchikov Roman 39 27 119.0 [BFD] 35 40 141 pts
36 SUI 7990 Stegmeier Daniel Stegmeier Beat 50 46 28 25 43 142 pts
37 BRA 8283 Brun Gastao Kraiczyk Fabio 28 70 48 31 37 144 pts
38 BRA 8337 Adler Alan SEIFERT RONALD 2 19 8 119.0 [BFD] 119.0 [BFD] 148 pts
39 HUN 8166 Tenke Tibor Bendicsek Jozsef 36 71 72 12 29 148 pts
40 ARG 8169 Zanetti Alberto Warburg Gustavo 58 44 43 27 34 148 pts
41 USA 7986 Labandeira Julio Chernobilsky Nicolas 26 61 44 47 32 149 pts
42 ITA 8332 Chieffi Enrico Galli Massimo 33 30 68 119.0 [BFD] 21 152 pts
43 CAN 8143 Cramer Brian Bjorn Tyler 62 37 33 41 42 153 pts
44 UKR 8205 Datsenko Kostyantin Yevseyenko Oleksandr 65 25 47 46 39 157 pts
45 CHI 8319 Zuazola Rodrigo Riegel Robert 45 17 75 43 55 160 pts
46 ARG 7907 MacGowan Fabian ENGELHARD Federico 31 52 17 61 119.0 [DNF] 161 pts
47 CRO 8280 Lovrovic Dan Lovrovic Sr Marin 55 35 40 32 119.0 [BFD] 162 pts
48 IRL 8254 O'Connell Maurice Cooke Ben 8 6 35 119.0 [BFD] 119.0 [BFD] 168 pts
49 USA 8269 Kohlhas Jock Scott Larry 47 42 64
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