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Etchells World Championship - Hardesty extends + Video

'Etchells Worlds fleet'    Tim Wilkes ©
On Day 4 of the 2011 Etchells World Championship regatta in San Diego, CA, one race was scheduled at the regular 1200 warning signal time. However the race didn't actually get started until 1241 thanks to three General Recalls.

For Race #7, Race Committee signaled a Course 1 (W-L-W-L-F), on a 260 axis with 2.4 mile legs. Wind speed was 12-14 knots.

Eager to gain the early edge, and appearing to see a perceived advantage in the center/left of the line, boats piled over the start line early near the center R/C start boat Corinthian for the first General Recall. Corinthian added some sag to the center of the line, but a second start attempt yeilded the same result. After a 10 minute pause, the R/C reset the line and changed the course to 255 at 2.3 miles. Again, the fleet pushed hard in the middle that resulted in a third General Recall. With one more adjustment to the center of the line, PRO Bill Stump raised the Black Flag for the fourth start attempt. Finally at 1241 the fourth start was good, with boats USA 966 Michael Laport, ITA 836 Marco Cimarosti, and USA 1283 Andrew Whittome over early, and thus disqualified from the race as a Black Flag Disqualification (of which they were officially notified by Bow # signal at the weather mark).

During the mayhem of the multiple starts, AUS 1389 had a collision tearing their port chainplate and required a tow back to SDYC by a coach boat. Hopefully repairs can be made and they can rejoin the regatta on Friday.

The course appeared to favor the boats that chose the left side on the initial upwind beat, and the beneficiaries were USA 1375 Argyle Campbell, FRA 1281 Frederic Laffitte, and AUS 1223 Chris Hampton, who rounded the weather mark first. Close behind were perennially competitive boats USA 666 Don Jesberg, USA 979 Bill Hardesty, AUS 1026 Noel Drennan, USA 969 Chris Busch, and USA 1227 Vince Brun.

The breeze shifted right for the second leg as the fleet ran back down the course towards the leeward gate. The Race Committee moved the course right to 265 and shortened just a little to 2.2 miles to avoid the San Diego ship channel. USA 1375 Argyle Campbell held the lead around every mark rounding, even extending the lead to approximately 25 seconds at the last leeward gate.

USA 666 Jesberg made up two positions to second, and 1060 Dennis Conner made up six spots to round in third. Around the right gate, 979 Hardesty made an inside pass of 1281 Laffitte to move up a spot. 1227 Brun held onto his position as the 10th or 11th rounder at each mark.

As the boats made their way upwind on the last leg of the race, the wind held steady at 10-12 knots with puffs filling to the right (275-280) on occasion. As they approached the finish line, USA 1375 Campbell who led the entire race including a 25 second lead at the last rounding and USA 666 Jesberg came from the left side, while USA 979 Hardesty came in from the right. It was a photo finish and for the fourth time in the series 979 Hardesty pulled out the victory. 666 Jesberg crossed second and 1375 Campbell finished third as their best finishes of the regatta to date. The next group of finishers were more from the top of the field and a few up and comers: 1281 Laffitte, 1026 Drennan, 1060 Conner, 969 Busch, 1223 Hampton, and 1227 Brun.

Aside from the clear dominance from 979's Bill Hardesty and crewmembers Steve Hunt, Mandi Markee, and Craig Leweck, the consistency shown by 666 Don Jesberg and crewmembers Scott Mason and Zarko Draganic has been impressive. After a slow start on Day 1, the Jesberg team finished the next 5 races in the Top 5 to move into fourth overall. USA 1227 Brun and AUS 1026 Drennan have also been very competitive with no recorded finish (throwout excluded) outside the Top 9 to hold second and third place overall respectively.

With two more single-race days ahead, the top 5 boats could all flip-flop positions so the competition will be fierce down the stretch. The same can be said for the next group, 6 - 10 overall who are close in total points as well. We are looking forward to a great finish.



Boat Information Race
Place Bow Country Sail Skipper 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
1 79   USA 979 Bill Hardesty 1 1 - 19 7 1 6 1     17
2 27   USA 1227 Vincent Brun 3 4 2 4 7 - 14 9     29
3 26   AUS 1026 Noel Drennan - 21 9 8 2 8 3 5     35
4 66   USA 666 Don Jesberg* 25 - 51 3 5 4 4 2     43
5 23   USA 969 Chris Busch 4 18 5 - 38 3 12 7     49
6 52   USA 1152 Keith Whittemore - 23 14 4 12 2 16 17     65
7 60   USA 1060 Dennis Conner 15 5 30 1 - 36 9 6     66
8 85   USA 1285 Bruce Golison - 37 8 16 8 15 10 10     67
9 80   AUS 1278 Michael John Hiatt 20 2 1 36 6 8 - 48     73
10 46   USA 946 Craig Healy* 10 3 - 32 3 17 17 26     76
11 75   USA 1375 Argyle Campbell* 19 11 - 45 11 12 25 3     81
12 04   USA 904 Will Stout 36 32 11 9 5 1 - 57     94
13 48   NZL 1348 Andrew Wills 2 33 25 6 9 19 - 41     94
14 16   USA 1216 Brian Camet 9 23 21 19 13 18 - 33     103
15 81   FRA 1281 Frederic Laffitte* 16 28 24 28 - 39 5 4     105
16 86   USA 986 Bruce Nelson 32 - 43 15 21 20 2 18     108
17 68   USA 1168 Peter Vessella* 5 7 23 14 26 34 - 63     109
18 35   USA 935 David Ullman 24 19 14 17 - 27 15 20     109
19 30   USA 1350 Bruce Burton - 63 22 7 20 23 26 16     114
20 08   USA 1308 Senet Bischoff* 8 21 13 27 - 50 24 25     118
21 33   AUS 1337 Rupert Henry 26 - 40 10 22 19 36 11     124
22 69   USA 1018 Chris Snow 22 10 28 23 - 40 11 30     124
23 78   USA 1378 Marvin Beckmann 7 30 37 - 44 28 31 12     145
24 98   USA 985 Andy La Dow* 27 36 36 10 30 7 - 58     146
25 18   AUS 1223 Chris Hampton - 43 37 17 33 22 39 8     156
26 21   USA 1221 Wade Edwards 12 - 65 9 24 51 40 22     158
27 93   AUS 1293 Ian Crisp - 55 31 29 15 38 35 19     167
28 06   USA 706 JJ Fetter 47 17 - 68 35 25 32 13     169
29 10   USA 1066 Jon Rogers 6 55 - 56 34 14 27 34     170
30 37   USA 1137 Shannon Bush 35 12 35 42 31 - 54 23     178
31 28   USA 1283 Andrew Whittome* 30 34 18 13 60 23 - 84 bfd     178
32 51   USA 926 Nico Landauer 59 44 20 16 21 22 - 75     182
33 07   USA 552 Tom Malone 48 29 47 - 50 16 21 21     182
34 20   BER 1394 Mark Watson 58 27 43 18 10 - 61 38     194
35 84   USA 984 Steve Wright* 41 25 44 - 48 24 47 14     195
36 96   GBR 962 Rob Goddard 14 45 33 31 46 - 51 27     196
37 31   GRE 1368 George Andreadis 33 24 49 30 43 - 59 31     210
38 56   USA 1234 David Levy 31 16 53 - 55 42 50 24     216
39 99   USA 669 Ted Hardenbergh* 38 52 6 58 - 61 20 54     228
40 40   AUS 1384 Stephen Orourke* 65 13 26 54 - 76 37 37     232
41 89   AUS 1389 Robert Hanna 52 20 22 52 29 58 - 84 dns     233
42 87   GBR 987 Robert Elliott 34 50 60 40 - 66 29 28     241
43 54   USA 556 David Steffan 44 6 57 49 44 43 - 59     243
44 58   NZL 1058 John Melville 39 58 50 47 34 - 75 15     243
45 22   USA 1224 Peter Sulick 29 - 53 38 29 48 52 47     243
46 94   USA 794 Steve Pacelli 11 - 59 42 46 59 30 56     244
47 62   USA 1262 Philippe Kahn 18 38 46 53 - 69 56 39     250
48 50   AUS 1150 Bill Steele* 53 41 27 26 57 48 - 64     252
49 14   USA 1149 John Pedlow 50 63 39 - 76 32 45 40     269
50 17   AUS 1117 Ian Anderson* - 69 60 48 32 33 69 29     271
51 03   NZL 1379 Gavin Gerrard 28 49 - 61 51 41 44 60     273
52 19   USA 966 Michael Laport - 84 dsq 26 69 71 11 13 84 bfd     274
53 73   CAN 973 Kirk Palmer* 17 62 55 - 74 52 38 51     275
54 47   SUI 1187 Seamus McHugh 49 - 84 dnc 59 39 47 46 35     275
55 05   USA 1305 Michael Gavin 13 15 40 41 - 84 dnc 84 dnc 84 dnc     277
56 39   USA 1220 Mark Teborek - 64 56 52 25 35 55 62     285
57 12   USA 1126 Rick Kaiser 62 46 64 37 56 28 - 67     293
58 74   USA 977 Tom Oller* - 73 71 31 61 49 33 50     295
59 83   USA 983 Kevin Hoyt* 42 39 - 67 66 58 53 42     300
60 15   USA 1315 John Gilmour 56 67 66 - 73 18 42 52     301
61 09   USA 909 Marshall Harrington* 51 57 - 71 60 37 41 61     307
62 57   AUS 1237 John Savage 45 48 62 56 45 - 64 55     311
63 44   USA 1044 John Downing 61 42 41 69 - 71 62 43     318
64 41   USA 1241 Ken Womack* 57 61 63 45 65 - 76 49     340
65 32   USA 1069 Elizabeth Altman - 79 74 12 78 73 49 69     355
66 77   AUS 1277 Peter Coleman* 46 66 - 79 68 53 78 44     355
67 01   USA 1301 Peter Shumaker 66 69 34 57 67 63 - 70     356
68 88   USA 889 Thomas Corkett 71 68 - 77 59 62 67 36     363
69 29   USA 294 Larry Schmitz 40 64 65 - 79 63 65 68     365
70 11   USA 1111 Patricia Stadel* 76 70 58 65 - 79 57 45     371
71 43   AUS 1343 Nick Kingsmill 67 - 84 ocs 51 70 55 60 71     374
72 53   USA 583 Kjeld Hestehave - 75 75 70 62 72 68 32     379
73 45   UAE 1386 Jan Muysken* 68 35 - 78 64 77 73 66     383
74 38   USA 385 Gary Baker* 74 - 77 54 43 75 66 72     384
75 49   BER 1249 Tim Patton 60 54 76 - 77 74 74 53     391
76 36   ITA 836 Marco Cimarosti 70 47 72 67 68 80 - 84 bfd     404
77 24   AUS 1124 Michael Morris* 77 73 - 81 72 54 70 65     411
78 97   USA 897 Bill Melbostad* 54 72 74 80 64 79 - 84 dns     423
79 55   USA 674 Tom Stanford 72 - 76 73 63 70 72 73     423
80 02   USA 1002 John Chapman* 78 78 80 - 81 80 71 46     433
81 25   AUS 1025 Glenn Norton* 76 rdg 76 rdg 75 75 - 78 77 74     453
82 34   GBR 1354 David Franks - 84 dnc 84 dnc 84 dnc 84 dnc 84 dnc 84 dnc 84 dnc     504
83 42   AUS 1385 Jason Ward - 84 dnc 84 dnc 84 dnc 84 dnc 84 dnc 84 dnc 84 dnc     504


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