Peruvian Sailor Cruises to Sunfish World Championship at Brant Beach Yacht Club

Sep 04, 2017

After one South American sailor dominated during the first five races of the Sunfish World Championship regatta at Brant Beach Yacht Club last week, another dominated during the final six races to come away with the world title.

Alonso Collantes won the seventh through 10th races before fourth- and fifth-place finishes in the 11th and 12th races, respectively, but cruised to the championship with 23 points. The Peruvian sailor, hailing from Federación Peruana de Vela, placed first, second and first during the first three races as well, but a sixth, 10th and 17th during the next three kept him from the top position, initially held by Chile’s Clemente Sequel.

Sequel, from Confradia Nautica del Pacifica, won two of the first four races and added second and third to maintain the lead position in the standings through the first five races, but while a 14th-place finish in the sixth race didn’t immediately affect his place at the top, it began a trend downward for Sequel, who was flagged for a pair of start violations in two of the next three races. He ultimately finished fourth with 69 points.

That opened the door for United States sailor Eugene Schmitt from the Bay Waveland Yacht Club in Mississippi, who remained consistent throughout the regatta, never finishing lower than 10th, which he did in two races – the results of which, at the end, were dropped from his overall score. A first-place finish in the last race sent him into second place overall with 52 points. Ecuador’s Edgar Diminich won the 11th race and took third in the last race to finish third overall with 58 points.

The top five was solidified by Guatemala’s David Hernandez, who took second in the fifth and eighth races and finished with 79.2 points. Ecuador’s Jonathan Martinetti Mawyin swiped sixth with 79.6 points after placing second in the last race. Peru’s Jean Paul de Trazegnies Valdez was seventh with 80 points, followed by Argentina’s Martin Alsogaray in eighth with 86 points and David Mendelblatt from Florida’s St. Petersburg Yacht Club in ninth with 87 points. Stewart Draheim from Rush Creek Yacht Club in Texas was 10th overall with 90 points.

Contested from Aug. 28 through Sept. 1, the regatta featured 54 sailors representing 10 countries. The only local among the fleet was Brant Beach Yacht Club’s Christopher Williams, who placed 36th overall and finished as high as 20th during the first, third, seventh and 12th races.

The only other sailors to win races were Ecuador’s Jesus Bailon, who won the fifth race and finished 11th overall, and Colombia’s Simon Gomez, who won the sixth race and finished 21st overall.

David Biggy

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