Racing on Day Two, 7 January, was cancelled in the morning due to strong winds and thunderstorms. The Race Committee attempted to get a race underway in the afternoon when the wind dropped to 5 knots but following a 30 degree windshift shortly after the start racing was abandoned for the day.
Conditions on Day Three were much better with 9-10 knots from the South East and the series continued. Conditions were not easy with the wind shifting between ESE and SSE and fluctuating between 6 and 10 knots but this did not stop Grael and Lagoa who took their second bullet. In second place was the Argentine crew of Alejandro CHOMETOWSKI and Hernan CELEDONI.
Race 4 was completed that afternoon with 6 knots from the East but still very shifty. Fabian MACGOWAN and Federico CALEGARI (ARG) eventually took the bullet after more than two hours racing with the Italian team of Antoino TAMBURINI and Renzo RICCI taking second. MacGowan commented, 'It was a very shifty race, I am very happy to win because it was not easy'.
The final two races were sailed on Sunday and Grael and Lagoa finished off their championship with a first and a second to take the title with just eight points after one discard. In second place was double Olympic gold medallist and two time ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Robert SCHEIDT with crew Bruno PRADA whose nine point discard from Race Three was good enough to leave them ahead of Julio LABANDEIRA and Valentin THOMPSON (ARG) who were discarding a 26 from Race One.
Lars GRAEL, like his brother Torben, is a sailing legend himself. After competing in the Tornado in four Olympic Games, Lars suffered a terrible accident with a motor boat in 1988 in which he lost a leg but this has not stopped him. Just three and half months after the accident he was competing again and has been doing so ever since. At the 2004 ISAF Annual Conference, Lars GRAEL joined the ISAF Equipment Committee and Regional Games Committee.
Top Ten - Final Results
|1||GRAEL Lars||LAGOA Marco||BRA||1||3||1||10||2||1||8|
|2||SCHEIDT Robert||PRADA Bruno||BRA||2||2||9||6||1||4||15|
|3||LABANDEIRA Julio||THOMPSON Valentin||ARG||26||1||3||3||6||2||15|
|4||CHOMETOWSKI Alejandro||CELEDONI Hernan||ARG||5||8||2||8||3||3||21|
|5||FICKER Peter||JORDÁO Marcelo||BRA||13||5||11||4||5||5||30|
|6||MAC GOWAN Fabdian||CALEGARI Federico||ARG||6||13||6||1||16||8||34|
|7||WHIPPLE Larry||STRUBE MARK||USA||4||4||16||5||18||6||35|
|8||PASCOLATO Alessandro||SEIFERT Ronald||BRA||8||11||5||7||17||10||41|
|9||CALEGARI Guillermo||ROSAS Nicolas||ARG||3||7||15||12||12||11||45|
|10||CRAMER Brian||GREENSMITH Ian||CAN||11||9||8||19||4||13||45|