Lewes, DE -- Eduardo Cordero, an 8-time Sunfish World Champion, is now a six-time North American Champion. The Alabama resident took control of the regatta on day one and controlled a strong field of 60 boats from seven nations.
The four-day event featured a range of conditions; something for every sailor. From light (HOT!) Southeasterlies on Wednesday to a honking Northerly that died out on day 3 back to the South for 2 races on Saturday, Cordero was the top sailor each day of the regatta. And he did it with an impressive young corps of Peruvians on his heels at every tack, rounding and start. But he was too much for the young South Americans and the rest of the fleet, finishing with a net of 27 points in 11 races. Incredibly, he threw out a seven.
Second through fourth place went to Peruvians: Caterina Romero (48 points), Alonso Collantes (65 points) and Jean Paul de Trazegnies (66 points). The USA's Eugene Schmitt was 5th with 71 points.
Connie Miller and the Lewes Yacht Club were amazing hosts, keeping the fleet well fed on shore and well hydrated on the water. Races were well managed, especially given the shifty conditions and 1-2 knot current.
All photos, including the home page, are courtsey of copyright to White Sail Studio, Brian White - Photographer (other than the shore shots, which were by Eric Woodman)
430 PM., Thurs July 28
Not much changed at the top on Thurdsday, as Eduardo Cordero remained consistent in some challenging conditions with a 7 and a 4 for a total of 19 points in five races. Races were cancelled after that due to some scary weather in the area.
Alonso Collantes of Peru remains in 2nd place with 33 points. Caterina Romero, also of Peru had a bullet and and 11th on the day to move into 3rd with 38 points. A throwout will apply after the next race, which will probably shake a lot of things up in the top 15 or so as several top sailors have some big scores to throw out. Weather looks better for the rest of the week, but the air remains swampy and unstable for now.
830 P.M, Wednesday July 27
Day 1 at the North Americans featured 5 to 10 MPH winds that largely clocked from East to the South, but with signifigant shifts each direction throughout. After 3 races 8-time World champ and 5-time NA champ, Eduardo Cordero holds a big lead with 8 points over Alonso Collantes, who has 22 points. Bill Brangiforte is 3rd with 24 points. Things are tightly bunched from second to 6th.
Greg Gust won the 3rd race but was ruled over early.
Consistncay was not easy, due to the light air and shifty conditions. Cordero got it done, however. His worst finish was 5th. Everyone else in the fleet has at least one finish out of the top 10. A throwout will happen after 6 races. Three more are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and 2 on Saturday.
The open gets started on Wednesday. A practice race is schedule today at 4 but it doesn't look good for the wind.
1030 AM, Tues July 26
Youths are back out on the water in postponement. Weather continues to be extremely hot and winds very light. Here are the results through yesterday. Just 5 boats.
845 PM, Monday July 25
Clemente Seguel of Chile leads the Youth NAs after day 1, followed by Nicholas Patin of the US. Conditions were hot, hot, hot! with a 8 MPH easterly. Sorry for the light update. Waiting for results to be posted on the LYC website. The regatta concludes tomorrow.
930 a.m. Monday July 25:
The youths get started today. It's a small but talented fleet, featuring mostly sailors from Central and South America. We'll post results here later today!
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