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17 November 2006, 11:40 am
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Silver Investor Solutions Star North American Championship 2006
Miami, Florida, USA

Hamish PEPPER and Carl WILLIAMS (NZL) held on to their lead on day two of the ISAF Grade C1 Silver Investor Solutions Star North American Championship. However they now lie just one point ahead of Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA) in Miami, USA.
Fredrik LÖÖF and Ander EKSTRÖM (SWE) were the stars of the day, taking a 1, 2 for the third and fourth races of the series. However the Swedish pairing blew their chances of overall victory after going OCS in both races on the opening day.

The weather stole the show during the second race of the second day. The race was started in 9-10 knots at about 240 degrees. The sky was overcast and cumulus clouds with very dark bottoms marched their way from the Everglades to Biscayne Bay. The anvils grew higher as the fleet sailed back upwind in light chop toward a dirty grey wall that swallowed the shoreline behind it. ROHART and RAMBEAU rounded the weather mark first.

Lightning Strike

They rounded the offset mark just as the first lightning bolt hit. LÖÖF and EKSTRÖM were a thunder clap behind them. The first ten boats bore away and took off on a plane on the leading edge of the front. Those who followed had a hard time handling the 30 knot gust that came through. Clean up crews dodged lightning bolts as they followed the fleet toward the finish line and Coconut Grove.

At the end of four races PEPPER and WILLIAMS, ROHART and RAMBEAU and Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA) have 12, 13, and 23 points, respectively. Andy HORTON and Brad NICHOL (USA) are the leading North American contenders, sitting in fourth with 42 points. Defending champions George SZABO and Mark STRUBE (USA) are in sixth, ten points behind HORTON and NICHOL.

Top Ten

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1 NZL Hamish PEPPER Carl WILLIAMS 1 1 3 7 12
2 FRA Xavier ROHART Pascal RAMBEAU 5 3 4 1 13
3 BRA Robert SCHEIDT Bruno PRADA 7 6 5 5 23
4 USA Andy HORTON Brad NICHOL 25 2 2 13 42
5 GER Marc PICKEL Ingo BORKOWSKI 9 7 8 19 43
6 USA George SZABO Mark STRUBE 20 12 9 11 52
7 SUI Flavio MARAZZI Michael HERRMANN 21 10 6 24 61
8 NZL Rohan LORD Peter FOX 24 5 13 20 62
9 USA Andrew MACDONALD Brian FATIH 4 19 16 27 66
10 USA John MACCAUSLAND Robert SCHOFIELD 15 18 23 10 66

For all the news from the Silver Investor Solutions Star North American Championship CLICK HERE.

Lynn Fitzpatrick (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU lie in second place:© Dan Nerney/Rolex
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