Alexandre and Eduardo Paradeda of Brazil clinched the World title without having to sail the final race of the Championship, held in Punta del Este, Uruguay yesterday.
Fellow Brazilians Federico and Felipe Vasconcellos sailed a consistent series to put them second overall, while the Noe brothers of Argentina added another daily first to move them into 3rd. Uruguyans Santiago Silveira & Nicolas Shaban ended up 4th with Americans Bill Hardesty and Jon Rogers rounding out the top 5.
Fresh breezes of 9-13 knots out of the SW gave 2 final challenging races for the 61boats.
Race 6 started in 8-10 knots with a clean start the first time around. A clearly visible current line ½ way up the course caused some major challenges, especially at the weather mark and offset. Many teams were unable to pass the offset and had to do several tacks just to round the mark. Wanderley/Zietmann rounded first with Funsch/Duffy 2nd and the Noe brothers 3rd. Those in the hunt for the title rounded substantially back, but some were able to crawl back through the fleet to get a nice end result. By the 2nd weather mark, the current had subsided some, but the competitors could still be seen giving the marks very wide berths! At the finish, Noe brothers crossed first followed by Funsch/Duffy, Wanderley/Zietmann, Gomez/Montanaro and the Vasconcellos brothers. As the Paradedas crossed in 6th overall, the crown had been won, and they celebrated and watched the remaining race from the sidelines.
Going into the final race 7, there were several teams that were in a position to take second place. Unfortunately after 1 general recall, 4 more starts under a "Z" flag caught 21 boats over, two were caught twice. The breeze had increased to 12-15 and the current had subsided even more, making the course more equal. Silveira/Shaban and the Vasconcellos brothers were 1 point apart, with the Noe brothers 7 behind and Hardesty/Rogers another 10 points out. Vasconcellos and the Uruguyans had a close race until the downwind leg, while Hardesty/Rogers stayed in the top 3 and managed to move into 2nd at the finish. Noe brothers hovered around 5th until the final beat where they managed to pass the Russians and Fabini to finish behind Hardesty/Rogers for 3rd. Newcomers Cuban sailors Rogelio Padron and Eduardo Alonso won the last race to clinch the Earl Elms Perpetual.
Watch the regatta website for official results and more photos! 2003 Worlds will be held in Landskrona, Sweden, August 2-9.
1. Alexandre Paradeda/Eduardo Paradeda (BRA) - 9, 3, 2, 1, 3, 6, DNC - 24.00
2. Federico Vasconcellos/Felipe Vasconcellos (BRA) -12, 7, 4, 12, 2, 5, 10 - 40.00
3. Cristian Noe/Alejandro Noe (ARG) - 1, 1, 25, 29, 9, 1, 3 - 40.00
4. Santiago Silveira/Nicolas Shaban (URU) - 2, 12, 1, 8, 6, 22, 39 - 51.00
5. Bill Hardesty/Jon Rogers (USA) - 4, 2, 5, 18, 18, 25, 15 - 62.00