According to the local sailors, the trick to sailing in San Diego is to get a clear start, tack onto port as soon as possible and sail towards the right side of the course for about 30 minutes, then tack back onto starboard and head towards the windward mark. On Friday, that was not the case. In fact, it was exactly the opposite. Competitors were surprised to see some boats sail on the left side and round the windward mark in the front of the fleet. The conditions were very unusual and yielded some interesting results throughout the fleet.
Augie Diaz and crew Arnis Baltins (USA) were able to position themselves well on the line and got a good start with speed and clear air. Diaz and Baltins rounded both the first windward mark and leeward mark in first place with the rest of the fleet close behind. After the fleet rounded the first leeward mark, the breeze began to die and became very spotty causing some frustration among the sailors and several position changes, some more dramatic than others.
For the remainder of the second upwind leg, there was a lack of breeze in the middle of the course and once again the breeze favored the left side. Campbell and von Schwarz were the first to reach the second weather mark in the dying breeze, with a large gap between them and the second boat. The breeze began to increase on the second downwind, giving Campbell and von Schwarz the ability to easily maintain their lead all the way to the finish.
Over the course of the Qualcomm 2013 Star World Championship, the Star fleet experienced some of the best, most difficult, and even uncommon conditions San Diego has to offer. The Race Committee did a phenomenal job adjusting the courses to ensure fair races for the sailors and the competition increased with each day. Several types of teams attended, such as family crews, juniors, women sailors, Continental and Hemisphere Champions, World Champions, and Olympic Champions. Among the series awards, the International Star Class gives prizes to different types of members that compete in its championships to celebrate the diversity among its members.
Top 5 Overall
1 John MacCausland and Phil Trinter (USA) - 19 pts
2 Andrew Campbell and John von Schwarz (USA) - 28 pts.
3 Mark Reynolds and Hal Haenel (USA) - 29 pts.
4 Xavier Rohart and Serge Pulfer (FRA) 31 pts.
5 Brian Lendbetter and Gregg Morton (USA) - 39 pts.
Classic Boat (under 7300 series)
Mark Buler and John Rudderham (USA) - 27 overall
Jessica Costa (USA) - crew - 47 overall
Nina Ariles (FRA) - crew - 54 overall
Laura Beigel (USA) - helm - 58 overall
Junior Sailors (under 25 years of age)
Tomas Hornos and Josh Revkin (USA) 20 overall
Master (50 - 60 years of age)
John MacCausland and Phil Trinter (USA) - 1 overall
Grand Master (60 - 70 years of age)
Vince Brun and Brian Terhaar (USA) - 9 overall
Exalted Grand Master (70+ years of age)
Alessandro Pascolato and Magile Boening (BRA) - 12 overall