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15 March 2005, 09:46 am
Successful End To Puerto Rican Regatta
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Bared International Regatta 2005
Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Quique TORRUELLA's Melges 24 Don Q Limon took the honors on the 29th edition of the Bared Puerto Rico International Regatta, held 11-13 March at Marina Puerto del Rey, Fajardo.
Light breezes prevailed all through the intense competition, with the first place of the spinnaker racing class decided on the very last day of the event. Ex Mero Motu, Antonio MARI's J-80, lost his three point lead over TORRUELLA's Melges in the last day of racing, finishing second in class, two points behind the leader.

Cayennita, a Soverel 27 visiting from St. Croix, skippered by Tony SANPERE, finished third. KosaLoka, Kike GONZÁLEZ's Olson 30 and last year's winner of the event, finished fifth behind Guilt Tripp in a highly competitive spinnaker racing class.

A total of 55 vessels took part of the Bared International Regatta, the most prestigious sailing event on the island. Many racing and cruising vessels from the island, other Caribbean islands and the USA, enjoyed up to eight very exciting races through the three days of competition for the first three places in each class.

As well as the five main categories - spinnaker racing, spinnaker racing cruising, J-24 OD, jib & main and beach cats - many young competitors in the Optimist and Laser classes met very tough competition in six very challenging classes.

Orion, skippered by Fraito LUGO, dominated the J-24 OD class, followed by Gilbert RIVERA's Urayo and Leo LORIA's Saudades. J-24 is the base boat used to make the IC-24's, the Caribbean version of this design. In Puerto Rico, the J-24 continues to be a very popular One Design class, as it is in the USA and most clubs around the world. LUGO and his crew have stepped up a notch in this class, finishing consistently in first place in most of the events they compete in both, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The big surprise of the regatta was the spinnaker racing cruising class winner, Candela, the J-110 from Juan BOSCH. BOSCH achieved five bullets out of the seven races raced in the class and was followed by Umakua, Julio REGUERO's J-105 and Agustin RODRIGUEZ with his Pearson Flyer Poco a Poco.

Enjambre, the J-29 skippered by Felix GONZÁLEZ, retained his title of the jib & main class.

Quique FIGUEROA and Jorge HERNANDEZ, the Puerto Rico Olympic sailing duo in the Tornado category, revalidated their dominance taking straight bullets in the beach cats to once again end victorious.

The Bared International Regatta was Puerto Rico's beach cats qualifying event for the Nationals, to be held in July this year at Ventura, California and for the World Championships to be held in South Africa at the end of the year.

Jose J NIGAGLIONI was the overall winner of the highly competitive Optimist class. He also was first on the Red fleet, followed by Ramon GONZALEZ and David ALFONSO. Carmen RIVERA was first on the Blue fleet while Manuel GONZALEZ won the Green fleet, followed by Juan PERDOMO, Raul RIOS, Andre REGUERO and Michael COOGAN.

The three Laser classes were very competitive too. Carlos HERNANDEZ took first in the Laser Standard class, followed by Peter KINSBARY and Juan MOLINE. The Laser Radial class was controlled by Javier RODRIGUEZ, Angela ALBELA finished second and Danielle JONES third. Patrick CAROLOUS finished first in the Laser 4.7 class, with Carmelo RIOS and Luis GUTIERREZ right behind him. (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© 2M Photography/2005
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