Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship – Day 3

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

Boston, MA, USA, September 23, 2021. Results after 6 races (1 discard):

  1. USA Augie Diaz & Barbara Brotons, 16
  2. USA Arthur Blodgett & Gracie Howie, 22
  3. USA Ernesto Rodriguez & Kathleen Tocke, 23
  4. CHI Matias Seguel & Constanza Seguel, 31
  5. USA George Szabo & Dian Waterbury, 34
SAILORS SAIL NUMBER DIVISION NET TOTAL R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6

1

Augie Diaz
Barbara Brotons

2

Arthur Blodgett
Gracie Howie

3

Ernesto Rodriguez
Kathleen Tocke

4

Matias Seguel
Constanza Seguel

5

George Szabo
Dianna Waterbury

6

Jim Bowers
Julia Marsh Rabin

7

John MacRae
Linda Epstein

8

Carol Cronin
Kim Couranz

9

Rodrigo Stephan de Almeida
Gustavo Baiano

10

Taylor Scheuermann
Charlie Bess

11

Antonio Poncell
Carolina Martinez

12

Jose Daniel Hernandez
Josselyn Echeverria

13

Alfonso García Bringas
Andre Guaragna

14

Alex Pline
Lisa Pline

15

Andrew Pimental
Megan Place

16

Diego Silvestre
Marisleysis Cedeno

17

Matias Poncell
Christian Obermoller

18

Evan Hoffmann

19

Doug Hart
Christina Persson

20

Juan Sanchez
Renata Parodi

21

Miranda Paz
Joaquin Balarezo

22

Rachel Bryer
Anna Wiatrowski

23

Felipe Fuentes
Benjamin Guzman

24

Alec Hughes
Valeria Breña

25

Juan Lyon
Valentina Lyon

26

Lee Griffith
Nikki Bruno

27

Jen Lee
Mary Buckley

Patience was Rewarded

Today’s races were built around the forecast which ran the gamut from 5 knots to 20, and which proved to be true. The fleet headed out in beautiful wind of 8-11 that quickly had rain squalls roll through, leaving an unstable breeze and a challenge for Matt Hill and his Race Committee to set a proper course. After a recall start, followed by AP for 2 hours plus with little to no wind, the wind finally settled into a South Easterly with 8-11 knots and mostly sunny skies.
Race 5 found Brazilians Rodrigo Stephan de Almeida and Gustavo Baiano lead from the start and gave credit to a Brazilian poetress Clarice Lispector, “when the wind is the strongest you should work really hard and hike a lot” which we did in her honor. Gustavo continued that “we were really fast downwind!” Finishing in second behind them was Ernesto Rodriguez and Kathleen Tocke (USA) and third was Arthur Blodgett and Gracie Howie (USA). Regatta leader Diaz/Brotons (USA) sailed their throw-out race, which kicked in after race 6.
The RC started race 6 immediately following the last finisher returning to the start area. Race 6 was signaled with an Olympic course with puffs to 20 at the weather mark. George Szabo and Dianna Waterbury were caught OCS and the rest of the fleet was off, with Rodriguez/Tocke taking an early lead which they extended to a horizon job. Sailors had from 10 to 20 knots and changed gears as they hit the puffs and lulls. Second across the finish was Matias and Constanza Seguel (CHI) followed by Alfonso Garcia Bringas and Andre Guaragna (MEX).
With the drop race now factoring in, Diaz/Brotons (USA) remain in the lead with 16 points followed by Blodgett/Howie (USA) with 22 and Rodriguez/Tocke (USA) who moved up after a stellar day (2-1) which moved them into 3rd with 23 points, throwing out a 22nd in race 3.

Racing continues through Saturday with 9 races scheduled. Tomorrows forecasts looks ominous with winds exceeding the Snipe wind limit (25+) and heavy rain.

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