2016 started with the right foot for the Peruvian Sunfish Class with the first ranking regatta of the year having a record of participants in more than 30 years with nearly 40 sailors in the water. Sure, the inertia of the recently hosted Youth & World Championships has helped the class show its attractiveness, especially with the young ones graduating from the Optis and seeking a larger boat to keep sailing against the “experienced”. This regatta was hosted by the Ancon fleet in its largest club, the Yacht Club Ancon, which once more welcomed the sailors in a tricky and shifty race course for the first Peruvian qualifier for the Worlds and North American Championships.
On Saturday the 23rd the first gun starting the series was shot at 1pm sharp with a light southern breeze filling in the bay and making it tricky to understand as it wasn’t stable yet. Two back to back races followed with breeze picking up and gusts hitting the high teens with very shifty and puffy conditions which favored the largest sailors as the depowering rigs started to appear in most of the fleet. Jean Paul de Trazegnies swept through day one clinching the hat trick and securing a perfect score for day one. Sunday the 24th followed with overcast and lighter winds. With no time to waste by the Race Committee, the starting line was set on time at 1pm with a light breeze of eight knots, Matthew Burns took the lead from the first leg and brilliantly won his first race of the year. For the second race and the breeze picking up again, was enough for Jean Paul to step forward and lead the pack for the entire race. The third of the day and its lighter winds towards the final leg were the perfect conditions for young Angello Giuria scoring a bullet in the last race of the regatta. With a nearly perfect score, Jean Paul de Trazegnies got the first place followed by Angello Giuria and Matthew Burns in second and third place overall respectively.
Next major regatta will be held by the Club de Regatas Lima as the second qualifier for international regattas which will ensure a new participation record in decades for the class on February 27th and 28th.
Jean Paul de Trazegnies crosses the finish line for his third win in a row.
Matthew Burns rounds the windward mark.
Peruvian Sunfish Class Association
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