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9 April 2005, 10:47 am
CAYARD Victorious
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Star Western Hemisphere Championship 2005
Nassau, Bahamas

Paul CAYARD and Brian SHARP have won the ISAF Grade C1 Star Western Hemisphere Championship with victory in race five securing them the title. American sailiors dominated the event taking nine of the top ten places.
The final two races of the Championship, five and six, were sailed yesterday at Nassau Yacht Club in the Bahamas. After four second place finishes in the first four races, a good finish by CAYARD in race five would secure him the title as he could use his discard the final race six.

Andy HORTON and Brad NICHOL (USA) led round the weather mark with CAYARD left back in fifth. However the 1988 Star World Champion and vastly experienced sailor raced back through the fleet to second. At the final windward mark HORTON still led. CAYARD jibed away and came back to nip first place at the line and take the title. HORTON finished second and John DANE and Austin SPERRY (USA) finished third and wrapped up the second overall spot.

At the start of race six, with the first and second place decided, there was a tight four way battle for third between HORTON, Canadian Olympic silver medallists Ross MacDONALD and Mike WOLFS (CAN), recent Bacardi Cup winners Mark MENDELBLATT and Mark STRUBE (USA) and Rick MERRIMAN and Steve MITCHELL (USA). The start line was stacked up with the four contenders jostling for position.

With HORTON dropping back at the start, the race turned into a three way fight between MacDONALD (who held the slight points advantage), MENDELBLATT and MERRIMAN. MERRIMAN came out on top taking the bullet and third place overall, with just a single point separating him from MENDELBLATT, who finished second in race six. Fourth in race six secured fifth for MacDONALD and ensured there was not a complete American whitewash of the top five.

Results

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 USA Paul CAYARD Brian SHARP 2 2 2 2 1 (DNS) 9
2 USA John DANE III Austin SPERRY 3 1 6 3 3 (DNS) 16
3 USA Rick MERRIMAN Steve MITCHELL 5 (11) 5 1 6 1 18
4 USA Mark MENDELBLATT Mark STRUBE 7 5 1 4 (9) 2 19
5 CAN Ross MacDONALD Mike WOLFS 4 4 4 (13) 4 4 20
6 USA Andy HORTON Brad NICHOL 1 6 7 (8) 2 7 23
7 USA Mark REYNOLDS Anders EKSTROM (10) 9 3 5 8 3 28
8 USA Howard SHIEBLER Hal HAENEL (11) 3 10 6 5 8 32
9 USA George SZABO Eric MONROE 6 8 8 9 (13) 9 40
10 USA Augie DIAZ Bob SCHOFIELD (12) 12 12 11 7 5 47
ISAF. Image, CAYARD and Phil TRINTER at the Olympics:© Clive Mason/Getty Images
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