Star Worlds - MacCausland-Trinter continue to lead

2013 Qualcomm 2013 Star World Championship
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At the Qualcomm 2013 Star World Championship series, local Star sailor Andrew Campbell and his crew John von Schwarz conquered the fickle breeze to win the fifth race in the sixth race. John MacCausland and Phil Trinter continue to lead the fleet with an impressive seven point lead, guaranteeing the team will win the regatta as long as they earn a top seven finish in the final race tomorrow.

With the completion of five races, the sailors are each granted one throw out race, where their worst finishing place is removed from their total score. Therefore today’s race was one of the most important races in the series and the combination of aggressive sailors, wind shifts and unexpected changes in wind strength made Race five even more challenging than the previous days races.

The 1220 hrs warning gun for the start was right on time, but similar to yesterday, PRO Bill Stump postponed at the one minute gun. Only 8 of the 66 boats in the fleet had set up at the port end of the line indicating the starting line was too skewed. The Race Committee adjusted the line for the next start but with the anxious Star Sailors pushing the line this afternoon, Stump was forced to call a Black Flag start. Five boats were identified as over early at the start and given a black flag penalty.

2013 Qualcomm 2013 Star World Championship
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On the first leg of the race, sailors saw a steady 10 – 12 knot breeze and a minor wind shift five degrees to the right of the windward mark bearing 285°. Andrew Campbell and John von Schwarz reached the windward mark first and were overlapped with Augie Diaz and Arnis Baltins. Due to the 5° shift, the Race Committee adjusted the leeward mark and notified sailors as they rounded the mark and headed downwind.

During the downwind leg, the breeze dropped to about five knots and shifted back to the left 5° making the leeward gate rounding an integral part of the sailors’ strategy and allowing for some big gains and losses. This time Vince Brun reached the leeward mark first with Campbell rounding close behind.

On the second weather leg, the leading seven boats were never far apart from one another and positions changed frequently. Campbell sailed a flawless second leg and was able to both pass Brun to take the lead again and hold the other top boats at a short distance behind. As the boats rounded the weather mark and began their final downwind leg, Campbell extended his lead.

Just as the first half of the fleet reached the leeward gate, the breeze dropped again to about 1.5 knots. The fleet struggled to round the marks and head back up the last weather leg. Campbell, however, still managed to maintain his lead and hold off MacCausland who was coming on strong to seal yet his fourth second place finish of the series.

2013 Qualcomm 2013 Star World Championship
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Quote from the today’s winner Andrew Campbell
'It was a long race, almost three hours with really wild conditions. We had the whole variety with the crew over the rail and no wind at all. We got out and weren’t going to give it away this time. We led a race earlier in the week, so we were ready to take this one if they were going to give it to us. We started in the middle of the line near Corinthian, the center boat and tacked right away. I think we sailed almost 20 minutes before we could tack back. We were just at the windward mark with Augie Diaz and Arnis Baltins and so those guys put up a good fight.

We split at the bottom gate, where we were very close with Vince Brun and Augie Diaz. We got into the right hand side and it was much, much better on the second and third beats. We knew the right was going to be better, and we were lucky to be able to make a left turn at the bottom and get out to the right side.
On the last beat of the race, it got really light. The big thunderclouds made something change with the breeze. It was really light, really scary, lots of current, not your normal San Diego sunshine and breeze. It was light air. But we were able to grab it at the end, so we’re very happy.

The plan for tomorrow is to do the same thing. We’re going to come home with hopefully some good hardware for San Diego Yacht Club. We’re going to work really hard to put up another good score.'

2013 Qualcomm 2013 Star World Championship
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Provisional results after five races and a discard:
1) J. MacCausland-P. Trinter, USA, 8 pts.
2) X. Rohart-S. Pulfer, FRA, 15 pts.
3) B. Ledbetter-G. Morton, USA, 19 pts.
4) M. Reynolds-H. Haenel, USA, 21 pts.
5) G. Szabo-C. Moss, USA, 22 pts.
6) V. Brun-B. Terhaar, USA, 26 pts.
7) A. Campbell-J. von Schwarz, USA, 27 pts
8) A. Diaz-A. Baltins, USA, 32 pts.
9) J. Buckingham-A. Sperry, USA, 38 pts.
10) C. Buchan-J. Buchan, USA, 45 pts.

Place#CountrySail# / SkipperCrewRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Total
197USA8490 John MacCauslandPhil Trinter2- 112228
237FRA8237 Xavier RohartSerge Pulfer6- 1611715
303USA8203 Brian LedbetterGregg Morton9136- 2019
429USA8129 Mark ReynoldsHal Haenel87- 613321
520USA8320 George SzaboCraig Moss7645- 2622
662USA8362 Vincent BrunBrian Terhaar45- 4112526
782USA8209 Andrew CampbellJohn von Schwarz319- 224127
865USA8465 Augie DiazArnis Baltins133- 338832
954USA8440 Jim BuckinghamAustin Sperry5- 67 ocs1171538
1048USA8448 Carl BuchanJamie Buchan12- 22918645
1131GER8331 Hubert MerkelbachGerrit Bartel204- 25131249
1251SUI8479 Jean-Pascal ChatagnyPatrick Ducommun18220- 511454
1328CAN8028 Steven FleckensteinRob Mulder15- 25725956
1485USA8336 Steve BrownErick Lange- 36351091165
1590BRA8390 Alessandro PascolatoHenry Raul Boening1610- 40261365
1692USA8323 Eric DoylePayson Infelise10151921- 3465
1743CAN8143 Brian CramerCam Lymburner22815- 382469
1898USA7620 Derek De CouteauJamie Stewart27276- 431070
1972USA8072 Doug SmithMyles H. A. Prichard1421- 52171971
2041USA7741 Benjamin SternbergValentin Veytsman- 331317272279
2191USA8291 William G. SwigartBrian Fatih24181820- 3180
2296USA8229 Tomas HornosJosh Revkin29171322- 67 bfd81
2374BRA8474 Lars Schmidt GraelSamuel F. Goncalves12036- 372885
2480USA8082 Ben MitchellJulian Busch193329- 34485
2599USA8000 Arthur AnosovDavid Caesar30- 3724142391
2659BRA8459 Admar Gonzaga NetoAndre Serpa34321610- 4592
2715USA8015 Donny MasseyIsao Toyama2329- 51232196
2866CAN8466 Stuart HebbMike Wolfs- 67 dsq31123127101
2947UKR8247 Vasyl GureyevVitalii Kushnir3514- 452429102
3009USA7209 Mark ButlerJohn Rudderham25- 36301635106
3123USA8023 Mike DorganMatt Dorgan11943- 67 dnf44107
3288USA8088 Stephen G GouldGreg Sieck4023- 541133107
3368ARG8268 Alejandro BugacovEugenio Cingolani1740- 423025112
3458SUI7929 Michel NiklausTyler Bjorn28431428- 67 bfd113
3560USA8260 Bill BuchanErik Bentzen- 67 ocs24443517120
3657SUI8409 Christoph GautschiDominik Schenk39262332- 53120
3752USA8162 Chuck DriscollJim Oberg- 594884718121
3878SWE7978 Ingvar J-son KrookBenjamin Pettersen37304915- 51131
3956BRA8403 Frederico H. V. de LimaRenato Moura51- 60264116134
4061USA8361 Tom Londrigan, Jr.Rick Peters- 67 ocs12391967 bfd137
4110USA8410 Mike PhinneyRick Burgess- 4828324439143
4250USA8163 Jon PelliconiHenry Brawner- 4941343632143
4371CAN8271 Allan CullenDave Martin21- 53374838144
4421USA7621 Peter F. CostaJessica Costa41- 57273940147
4587USA8087 Keith DonaldKevin Elterman52525- 5841150
4635CAN8235 Mark PassmoreChris Rogers3139- 585330153
4779USA8379 Bill AllenEric Beckwith4342- 502949163
4806USA8306 Thomas E. SpringerDavid Wood- 67 ocs46314047164
4983CAN8389 Jerry WendtBryan Milne32544733- 55166
5081USA8187 Robert A TeitgeSam Eadie54- 63215248175
5140USA6840 Chris WrightKyle Henehan38- 59554937179
5289USA8189 Robbie HainesChris Barnard443435- 67 dnc67 dnc180
5363FRA7663 Guillaume RasseNina Aviles4256- 605736191
5425USA7425 Laura BeigelRead Beigel47- 58385650191
5544USA7844 Foss MillerMalcolm Macneil534728- 67 dnf67 bfd195
5616GER8416 Hubert RauchKilian Weise6051- 67 dsq4242195
5784USA8484 Larry WhippleMark Strube2638- 67 dnc67 dnc67 dnc198
5867USA8267 Stephen GuntherEd Morey5845- 625046199
5917CAN8017 Bruce LongPaul Cobban45- 67 dnf485454201
6095USA8065 Doug SteeleAndy Dippel50495646- 57201
6169USA8269 Jock KohlhasJohn Wulff5644- 644558203
6294USA7294 Charles BeekChas Beek- 67 ocs50466152209
6376VIE8176 Huy NguyenAndro Korlaet556453- 67 dns43215
6455USA8215 John ChiarellaBob Carlson465557- 6059217
6553USA7531 William GerardBill Gerard57- 61595956231
6677USA7977 Paul KresgeJon Kidder61626355- 67 bfd241

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