Race 4 May 1 Sunny skies, a promise of thermal winds once the land heats up, and the Stars left the harbor at 0930 this morning to hopefully race two races and catch up on the AUDI Star Class World Championship 2004 schedule.
The race was started today at 1200 with a wind from 245 at 9 knots and no OCS! The course was # 4, with two upwind legs, one downwind leg and a downwind finish. The wind at the first turning mark had built to 15-18 knots and first around were the Italians Nicola CELON and Sergio LAMBERTENGHI, second the Brazilians Torben GRAEL and Marcelo FERREIRA and third the Americans George SZABO and Christian FINNSGARD. This leg took 35 minutes. The first downwind leg saw a little shift in position with Celon dropping to third, second around was Grael and Szabo rounded first.
Rounding the buoy at the second upwind leg, the American Geroge SZABO was first around followed by the Swedes Frederick LOOF and Anders EKSTROM in second position and Xavier ROHART and crew Pascal RAMBEAU from France in third position. The Italian Celon fell off the pace and rounded in sixth place. The downwind leg saw Szabo able to maintain his lead and finish at 1402 local time. Second was the French team of Rohart and Rambeau, and third to finish were the Swedes Loof and Ekstrom. Celon dropped back to finish in fifth position. Torben Grael's mast broke on the finish downwind leg but they were able to complete the race with half a main, thus preserving their points.
Race 5 May 1 The second race on this lovely day in May, Derby Day in the USA, began at 1450 local time, the course is # 0 and the wind is now at 21 knots from 260. Another clean start for this highly competitive fleet. Rounding the first upwind mark were the Americans Paul Cayard and Phil Trinter, followed by another US crew Mark Reynolds and Steve Erickson. Third around was the Swiss crew of Flavio Marazzi and Enrico DeMaria, followed by the Italian crew of Roberto Benamati and Filippo Domenicali and in fifth spot, Francesco Bruni and crew Guido Vigna.
Rounding the second mark, the Americans shifted position and Reynolds rounded first followed by Cayard and the Swiss Marazzi. This was the order of finish of the first three at the final and in fourth position were the British crew of Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell, the Australians Colin Beashel and David Giles, and the Italians Bruni and Vigna. An 1100 start is scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, May 2 which will be the final race in this championship series. The weather continues to be lovely here in Gaeta and enough wind to sail is expected for the final race.
Full results are available on the event website at the address below.