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Star World Championship, day 1 - Brazilians on top

by Star Worlds 2013 on 2 Sep 2013
2013 Star World Championship Marc Rouiller/StarWorlds2013
On day one of the Star Worlds, sailors faced tough conditions and high competition. Star sailors Lars Grael, John MacCausland, and Andrew Campbell battle to win the first race of the Qualcomm 2013 Star World Championship today.

The race course offered conditions typical of San Diego with the wind at 10 – 12 miles per hour from the West North West at 285° and three foot waves. The Race Committee set a Course three with 2.1 mile long legs and fired the first signal on time at 1230 hrs.

With five seconds left to the start, the Race Committee postponed the race to avoid a general recall as well as make some course and starting line adjustments. Shortly thereafter, the windward mark bearing was changed to 285° the second starting sequence began.

Second start had an individual recall and four boats were called OCS: USA 7294 Charles and Chas Beek, USA 8260 Bill Buchan and Erik Bentzen, USA 8306 Thomas Springer and Dave Wood, and USA 8361 Tom Londrigan Jr. and Rick Peters.


USA 8361 Tom Londrigan Jr. and Rick Peters filed for and were denied a redress by the Race Committee to have their OCS score changed.

Although the start was the key factor in sailing a successful race, competitors had to fight for a good position on the first upwind leg. The majority of the fleet sailed to the right side of the course and reached the windward mark without much separation.


Americans Mark Reynolds and Hal Haenel were the first to round the first mark, followed closely by Andrew Campbell and John von Schwarz. The fleet saw several position changes throughout the first downwind leg, then the top boats began to sail away from the rest of the fleet. Brazilians Lars Grael and Samuel F. Goncalves were able to take the lead from Andrew Campbell in the second downwind leg after Campbell was penalized by the judges for violating Rule 42, and maintain their position all the way to the finish.

Quotes from today’s race winner Lars Grael:
'We started in the middle of the starting line and we were looking to cross the fleet as soon as we had the chance. We were in a good position, but teams in the corner on the right came off a bit better.
We rounded the first mark in fourth place, managed to finish the first downwind leg in second. Then we were in a good fight with Andrew Campbell, but it was a pity he was penalized (rule 42) and we got the lead.
In the last upwind leg we protected the right, so we decided not to cover him just do our best and it was good enough.

Our plan is to be top 10. We know it is very difficult to be top five in each race. The fleet is very even, we have a lot of gold star winners. The level is very high. We have to make a good average and not make too many mistakes to be in the top 10. That is our goal.'

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Place
#
Country Sail# / Skipper Crew
Race 1
Race 2
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5
Race 6
Total
1
74
BRA
8474 Lars Schmidt Grael Samuel F. Goncalves
1
1
2
97
USA
8490 John MacCausland Phil Trinter
2
2
3
82
USA
8209 Andrew Campbell John von Schwarz
3
3
4
62
USA
8362 Vincent Brun Brian Terhaar
4
4
5
54
USA
8440 Jim Buckingham Austin Sperry
5
5
6
37
FRA
8237 Xavier Rohart Serge Pulfer
6
6
7
20
USA
8320 George Szabo Craig Moss
7
7
8
29
USA
8129 Mark Reynolds Hal Haenel
8
8
9
03
USA
8203 Brian Ledbetter Gregg Morton
9
9
10
92
USA
8323 Eric Doyle Payson Infelise
10
10
11
23
USA
8023 Mike Dorgan Matt Dorgan
11
11
12
48
USA
8448 Carl Buchan Jamie Buchan
12
12
13
65
USA
8465 Augie Diaz Arnis Baltins
13
13
14
72
USA
8072 Doug Smith Myles H. A. Prichard
14
14
15
28
CAN
8028 Steven Fleckenstein Rob Mulder
15
15
16
90
BRA
8390 Alessandro Pascolato Henry Raul Boening
16
16
17
68
ARG
8268 Alejandro Bugacov Eugenio Cingolani
17
17
18
51
SUI
8479 Jean-Pascal Chatagny Patrick Ducommun
18
18
19
80
USA
8082 Ben Mitchell Julian Busch
19
19
20
31
GER
8331 Hubert Merkelbach Gerrit Bartel
20
20
21
71
CAN
8271 Allan Cullen Dave Martin
21
21
22
43
CAN
8143 Brian Cramer Cam Lymburner
22
22
23
15
USA
8015 Donny Massey Isao Toyama
23
23
24
91
USA
8291 William Swigart Brian Fatih
24
24
25
09
USA
7209 Mark Butler John Rudderham
25
25
26
84
USA
8484 Larry Whipple Mark Strube
26
26
27
98
USA
7620 Derek De Couteau Jamie Stewart
27
27
28
58
SUI
7929 Michel Niklaus Tyler Bjorn
28
28
29
96
USA
8229 Tomas Hornos Josh Revkin
29
29
30
99
USA
8000 Arthur Anosov David Caesar
30
30
31
35
CAN
8235 Mark Passmore Chris Rogers
31
31
32
66
CAN
8466 Stuart Hebb Mike Wolfs
32
32
33
83
CAN
8389 Jerry Wendt Bryan Milne
33
33
34
41
USA
7741 Benjamin Sternberg Valentin Veytsman
34
34
35
59
BRA
8459 Admar Gonzaga Neto Andre Serpa
35
35
36
47
UKR
8247 Vasyl Gureyev Vitalii Kushnir
36
36
37
85
USA
7985 Steve Brown Erick Lange
37
37
38
78
SWE
7978 Ingvar J-son Krook Benjamin Pettersen
38
38
39
40
USA
6840 Chris Wright Kyle Henehan
39
39
40
57
SUI
8409 Christoph Gautschi Dominik Schenk
40
40
41
88
USA
8088 Stephen Gould Greg Sieck
41
41
42
21
USA
7621 Peter Costa Jessica Costa
42
42
43
63
FRA
7663 Guillaume Rasse Nina Aviles
43
43
44
79
USA
8379 Bill Allen Eric Beckwith
44
44
45
89
USA
8189 Robbie Haines Chris Barnard
45
45
46
17
CAN
8017 Bruce Long Paul Cobban
46
46
47
55
USA
8215 John Chiarella Bob Carlson
47
47
48
25
USA
7425 Laura Beigel Read Beigel
48
48
49
10
USA
8410 Mike Phinney Rick Burgess
49
49
50
50
USA
8163 Jon Pelliconi Henry Brawner
50
50
51
95
USA
8065 Doug Steele Andy Dippel
51
51
52
56
BRA
8403 Frederico H. V. de Lima Renato Moura
52
52
53
87
USA
8087 Keith Donald Kevin Elterman
53
53
54
44
USA
7844 Foss Miller Malcolm Macneil
54
54
55
81
USA
8187 Robert A Teitge Sam Eadie
55
55
56
76
VIE
8176 Huy Nguyen Andro Korlaet
56
56
57
69
USA
8269 Jock Kohlhas John Wulff
57
57
58
53
USA
7531 William Gerard Bill Gerard
58
58
59
67
USA
8267 Stephen Gunther Chris Wurtz
59
59
60
52
USA
8162 Chuck Driscoll Jim Oberg
60
60
61
16
GER
8416 Hubert Rauch Kilian Weise
61
61
62
77
USA
7977 Paul Kresge Jon Kidder
62
62
63
94
USA
7294 Charles Beek Chas Beek
67 ocs
67
64
60
USA
8260 Bill Buchan Erik Bentzen
67 ocs
67
65
06
USA
8306 Thomas Springer David Wood
67 ocs
67
66
61
USA
8361 Tom Londrigan, Jr. Rick Peters
67 ocs
67