Rio de Janeiro, September 28, 2013. Bruno Bethlem and Dante Dante win the Snipe World Championship in their home water in Rio.
1. BRA Bruno Bethlem & Dante Binchi
2. BRA Mario Urban & Rafael Sapucaia
3. BRA Alexandre Paradeda & Gabrile Kieling
4. BRA Alexandre Tinoco & Matheus Goncalves
5. ARG Luis Soubie & Diego Lipszyc
6. BRA Rafael Gagliotti & Henrique Wsniewski
7. BRA Mateus Tavares & Daniel Claro
8. BRA Mario de Jesus jr & Anderson Brandao
9. ESP Raul Valenzuela Santaella & Antolin Ona
10. BRA Henrique Haddad & Rodrigo Lins
Full results and regatta report by Don Bedford
The final day of the Snipe World Championship began with a SW wind of about 15 knots. The swell was big through the channel providing good surfing conditions. A flood tide helped get the race off on the first try and after the first lap it was very tight racing. Around the last leeward mark, runo Bethlem and Dante Bianchi of BRA pulled into a 15 second lead over the fleet and held their lead to the finish.
Race two was postponed for a few minutes as the R/C had to move the course west to compensate for the left shift. With the wind building to 18 knots we again saw a I course flag. The first start was recalled and the Z flag raised. The start was off just a little before 2pm. The first lap finished with Ernesto Rodriquez and Lior Lavie of USA leading at the leeward mark and closely followed by the rest of the fleet. The current was changing and tide lines could be seen developing on the course. By the finish it was Rodriguez/Lavie taking line honors and Luis Soubie / Diego Lipszyc of ARG finishing second. The fleet was quite spread out and with a 3:30 time limit, it was going to be close for getting in a 3rd race for the day.
The prep flag went up just after 3:15 and the ebbing tide helped to push the starters over the line and force a recall. The Z flag was raised and there was only time for one more try. The starters lined up fairly evenly over the line and with just a few feet to spare the start was clean and race 10 was underway saling an Olympic course. Popping out ahead at the first mark was Brian Kamilar and Enrique Quitero of USA that extended to a 20 second lead at the leeward mark. That lead was swallowed up on the run to the leeward mark and the top 3 boats rounded right together with Paradeda just a nose ahead of Rodriquez and then Kamilar. The wind was dropping to around 12 knots at the bottom of the course but still good pressure at the top. The leaders split and Kamilar took far right and winning the last race of the Worlds Rodriguez/Lavie finishing second. Third was Alexandre Paradeda and Gabriel Kieling. Finishing 12th with a very consistent series was Bruno Bethlem and Dante Bianchi of Brasil winning the 2013 Snipe World Championship.