Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship – Day 2

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

Boston, MA, USA, September 22, 2021. Results after 4 races:

  1. USA Augie Diaz & Barbara Brotons, 11
  2. USA George Szabo & Diana Waterbury, 17
  3. USA Arthur Blodgett & Gracie Howie, 23
  4. USA Carol Cronin & Kim Couranz, 30
  5. USA John MacRae & Linda Epstein, 38

Szabo/Waterbury win the day, Diaz / Broton Retain Lead

Light winds greeted the fleet as they pushed off the dock and headed out to the race course, just a 30 minute sail from Cottage Park Yacht Club and adjacent to the runway of Boston’s Logan airport. After a 45 minute delay to wait for the wind, race 3 began but was quickly under AP to wait for the wind to settle. Race 3 began in 6 knots with puffs to 10 at times. Doug Hart/ Christina Persson (USA) led with a large margin at the weather mark and kept it until the second downwind gate. As the race progressed, a squall from the south formed and the wind shifted right with puffs to 23 knots at times. George Szabo / Dianna Waterbury (USA) were among those who went right capitalized on the increased breeze with rain and passed the leaders at the finish. Behind Szabo was Antonio Poncell & Carolina Martinez of Chile with John MacRae/ Linda Epstein (USA) in third.

Regatta co-chair Sue Hardy commented, “we were close to calling the race but knew from experience to be patient – and it ended up being a good race. Competitors got a bit of every condition during this race.”
After the squall, the fleet had to wait around for the wind to fill which it eventually did in 5-6 knots. Augie Diaz/Barbie Brotons (USA) led wire to wire in the light air race.
After 2 days, Diaz/Brotons (USA) lead with 11 points, Szabo/Waterbury (USA) in second with 17 points and Arthur Blodgett/Gracie Howie (USA) in third with 23 points.

Racing continues Thursday through Saturday with 9 races scheduled. Tomorrows forecasts looks promising with a deteriorating forecast for Friday.

Interview with George Szabo

SAILORS SAIL NUMBER DIVISION NET TOTAL R1 R2 R3 R4

1

Augie Diaz
Barbara Brotons

2

George Szabo
Dianna Waterbury

3

Arthur Blodgett
Gracie Howie

4

Carol Cronin
Kim Couranz

5

John MacRae
Linda Epstein

6

Jim Bowers
Julia Marsh Rabin

7

Ernesto Rodriguez
Kathleen Tocke

8

Taylor Scheuermann
Charlie Bess

9

Alex Pline
Lisa Pline

10

Rodrigo Stephan de Almeida
Gustavo Baiano

11

Andrew Pimental
Megan Place

12

Matias Seguel
Constanza Seguel

13

Jose Daniel Hernandez
Josselyn Echeverria

14

Antonio Poncell
Carolina Martinez

15

Diego Silvestre
Marisleysis Cedeno

16

Matias Poncell
Christian Obermoller

17

Miranda Paz
Joaquin Balarezo

18

Evan Hoffmann

19

Doug Hart
Christina Persson

20

Alec Hughes
Valeria Breña

21

Alfonso García Bringas
Andre Guaragna

22

Felipe Fuentes
Benjamin Guzman

23

Juan Lyon
Valentina Lyon

24

Jen Lee
Mary Buckley

25

Juan Sanchez
Renata Parodi

26

Lee Griffith
Nikki Bruno

27

Rachel Bryer
Anna Wiatrowski

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