Etchells World Championship - Hardesty extends + Video

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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 InformationRace
PlaceBowCountrySailSkipper123456789Total
179 USA979Bill Hardesty11- 197161  17
227 USA1227Vincent Brun34247- 149  29
326 AUS1026Noel Drennan- 21982835  35
466 USA666Don Jesberg*25- 5135442  43
523 USA969Chris Busch4185- 383127  49
652 USA1152Keith Whittemore- 231441221617  65
760 USA1060Dennis Conner155301- 3696  66
885 USA1285Bruce Golison- 378168151010  67
980 AUS1278Michael John Hiatt20213668- 48  73
1046 USA946Craig Healy*103- 323171726  76
1175 USA1375Argyle Campbell*1911- 451112253  81
1204 USA904Will Stout363211951- 57  94
1348 NZL1348Andrew Wills233256919- 41  94
1416 USA1216Brian Camet92321191318- 33  103
1581 FRA1281Frederic Laffitte*16282428- 3954  105
1686 USA986Bruce Nelson32- 43152120218  108
1768 USA1168Peter Vessella*5723142634- 63  109
1835 USA935David Ullman24191417- 271520  109
1930 USA1350Bruce Burton- 6322720232616  114
2008 USA1308Senet Bischoff*8211327- 502425  118
2133 AUS1337Rupert Henry26- 401022193611  124
2269 USA1018Chris Snow22102823- 401130  124
2378 USA1378Marvin Beckmann73037- 44283112  145
2498 USA985Andy La Dow*27363610307- 58  146
2518 AUS1223Chris Hampton- 4337173322398  156
2621 USA1221Wade Edwards12- 65924514022  158
2793 AUS1293Ian Crisp- 55312915383519  167
2806 USA706JJ Fetter4717- 6835253213  169
2910 USA1066Jon Rogers655- 5634142734  170
3037 USA1137Shannon Bush3512354231- 5423  178
3128 USA1283Andrew Whittome*303418136023- 84 bfd  178
3251 USA926Nico Landauer594420162122- 75  182
3307 USA552Tom Malone482947- 50162121  182
3420 BER1394Mark Watson5827431810- 6138  194
3584 USA984Steve Wright*412544- 48244714  195
3696 GBR962Rob Goddard1445333146- 5127  196
3731 GRE1368George Andreadis3324493043- 5931  210
3856 USA1234David Levy311653- 55425024  216
3999 USA669Ted Hardenbergh*3852658- 612054  228
4040 AUS1384Stephen Orourke*65132654- 763737  232
4189 AUS1389Robert Hanna522022522958- 84 dns  233
4287 GBR987Robert Elliott34506040- 662928  241
4354 USA556David Steffan44657494443- 59  243
4458 NZL1058John Melville3958504734- 7515  243
4522 USA1224Peter Sulick29- 533829485247  243
4694 USA794Steve Pacelli11- 594246593056  244
4762 USA1262Philippe Kahn18384653- 695639  250
4850 AUS1150Bill Steele*534127265748- 64  252
4914 USA1149John Pedlow506339- 76324540  269
5017 AUS1117Ian Anderson*- 69604832336929  271
5103 NZL1379Gavin Gerrard2849- 6151414460  273
5219 USA966Michael Laport- 84 dsq266971111384 bfd  274
5373 CAN973Kirk Palmer*176255- 74523851  275
5447 SUI1187Seamus McHugh49- 84 dnc5939474635  275
5505 USA1305Michael Gavin13154041- 84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc  277
5639 USA1220Mark Teborek- 64565225355562  285
5712 USA1126Rick Kaiser624664375628- 67  293
5874 USA977Tom Oller*- 73713161493350  295
5983 USA983Kevin Hoyt*4239- 6766585342  300
6015 USA1315John Gilmour566766- 73184252  301
6109 USA909Marshall Harrington*5157- 7160374161  307
6257 AUS1237John Savage4548625645- 6455  311
6344 USA1044John Downing61424169- 716243  318
6441 USA1241Ken Womack*5761634565- 7649  340
6532 USA1069Elizabeth Altman- 79741278734969  355
6677 AUS1277Peter Coleman*4666- 7968537844  355
6701 USA1301Peter Shumaker666934576763- 70  356
6888 USA889Thomas Corkett7168- 7759626736  363
6929 USA294Larry Schmitz406465- 79636568  365
7011 USA1111Patricia Stadel*76705865- 795745  371
7143 AUS1343Nick Kingsmill67- 84 ocs5170556071  374
7253 USA583Kjeld Hestehave- 75757062726832  379
7345 UAE1386Jan Muysken*6835- 7864777366  383
7438 USA385Gary Baker*74- 775443756672  384
7549 BER1249Tim Patton605476- 77747453  391
7636 ITA836Marco Cimarosti704772676880- 84 bfd  404
7724 AUS1124Michael Morris*7773- 8172547065  411
7897 USA897Bill Melbostad*547274806479- 84 dns  423
7955 USA674Tom Stanford72- 767363707273  423
8002 USA1002John Chapman*787880- 81807146  433
8125 AUS1025Glenn Norton*76 rdg76 rdg7575- 787774  453
8234 GBR1354David Franks- 84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc  504
8342 AUS1385Jason Ward- 84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc  504


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