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Thunder & Lightning for Star sailors at Bacardi

'Bacardi Cup day 4'    Star
Augie Diaz, the Star sailor who grew up on Biscayne Bay, was the first to take down his sails as the lightning bolts flashed and the downpour approached.

As the Race Committee hauled their anchor and headed east toward brighter skies, some boats were under bare poles while others hopped up on a plane and hauled the mail. The cold front from the NNW brought with it a downpour that flattened the seas. Winds gusted to over 30 knots.

The fleet spread out during the gray out and lost sight of all but the closest boats around them. Some sailors pulled out their bow protectors and use them as helmets to protect their heads from the pelting rains.

Erik Lidecis and Michael Marzhal (USA) kept their sails hoisted and sailed upwind in the gray-out.

“It was blowing too hard to fall off and too hard to take the sails down. Fortunately, we were close to the Irish who had a coach boat. When things cleared, we were close to the channel and headed in,” recounted the tallest Star sailor among the 230 or so sailors at the Bacardi Cup.

The outcome of their survival strategy said Lidecis as he wiped some ketchup off his face, “It was the first time ever that we’ve been the first to hoist out.” They finished up their burgers and fries and headed to the hoist.

The Race Committee abandoned racing for the day and cast a wide net to account for its flock. Results following the completion of Tuesday’s racing stand and Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) lead the regatta with 20 points.

Three races have been sailed. Five races must be sailed before competitors are allowed to discard their worst race. Competitors should study the official notice board at tonight’s mid-week prize ceremony to determine what time races will start on Thursday, March 6th as the Race Committee attempts to make up the race that was abandoned on Wednesday.

Star - Leading positions after 3 races sailed

1 GBR 8345 Percy Iain Simpson Andrew 3 14 3 20 pts
2 BRA 8284 GRAEL LARS JORDÁO MARCELO 7 1 16 24 pts
3 POR 8309 Domingos Afonso Santos Bernardo 12 9 7 28 pts
4 BRA 8337 Adler Alan SEIFERT RONALD 2 19 8 29 pts
5 IRL 8261 O'Leary Peter Milne Stephen 14 15 1 30 pts
6 ITA 8266 Negri Diego Viale Luigi 16 7 12 35 pts
7 ITA 8313 Barovier Alberto Colaninno Nando 23 4 9 36 pts
8 BRA 8255 SCHEIDT ROBERT PRADA BRUNO 4 12 21 37 pts
9 USA 8285 Diaz Augie Trinter Phil 9 3 29 41 pts
10 SUI 8296 Marazzi Flavio De Maria Enrico 15 21 5 41 pts
11 IRL 8254 O'Connell Maurice Cooke Ben 8 6 35 49 pts
12 NZL 8187 PEPPER Hamish Peel Ed 19 13 18 50 pts
13 ITA 8180 Bruni Francesco NOBILI Gilberto 22 5 24 51 pts
14 ITA 8281 Modena Luca Lambertenghi Sergio 18 2 37 57 pts
15 NOR 8234 Melleby Eivind Pedersen Petter 1 31 26 58 pts
16 BER 8272 Bromby Peter White Lee 6 20 34 60 pts
17 USA 8230 DANE John Sperry Austin 20 39 2 61 pts
18 POL 8209 Kusznierewicz Mateusz Zycki Dominik 11 8 45 64 pts
19 AUT 8226 Spitzauer Hans Nehammer Christian 5 55 10 70 pts
20 USA 8312 Merriman Rick Sharp Brian 17 47 11 75 pts

by Lynn Fitzpatrick


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