BARKOW WINS CARLOS AGUILAR MATCH RACE
The USA’s Sally Barkow played the ‘comeback kid’ by defeating the USA’s Dave Perry 3-0 in the Finals at the 5th Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR), presented by Ulysse Nardin / Trident Jewels & Time. Barkow, who has raced this regatta four times, placed second last year after a narrow defeat by Finland’s Staphan Lindberg. The sorrow of that defeat made this year’s win for Barkow and her crew – Annie Lush, Alana O’Reilly, Erik Champaign and Maggie Shea – all the sweeter.
“We worked hard as a team in these last few days and it paid off,” says Barkow, who is ranked 6th in the Women’s and 31st in the open match race rankings’ divisions as of December 5th 2012. Barkow was awarded a distinctive Ulysse Nardin precision timepiece for her win.
A rain squall across Charlotte Amalie harbor minutes before the start of the Finals left light and shifty conditions in its wake. This didn’t deter Barkow who won the first two matches against Perry.
In what proved the final match of the Finals, Barkow lead at the start and stretched her advantage to eight boat lengths by the windward mark. She lengthened her frontrunner position into a commanding 10 to 12 boat lengths by the finish even though her team battled through a kink in the spinnaker that cost them time and boat speed in the last downwind run.
“It was so shifty,” says Barkow. “It was easy to get it either so right or so wrong.”
This match-up of teams in the Finals was an interesting one as Perry, who is the author of Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012, has served as Barkow’s match racing coach.
“For me it was a win-win,” says Perry of his team’s second place finish and his student’s first. “Sally’s team is really good and they have evolved their game well. I was impatient. I had some advantages and gave them away. This either put me behind or put me further behind and Sally took advantage of that.”
Two past America’s Cup skippers went head-to-head in the Petite Finals. Ultimately, the USVI’s Peter Holmberg won 2-1 over the USA’s Dave Dellenbaugh.
Thus, Holmberg finished third and Dellenbaugh fourth in the final standings. Holmberg won this event in 2009.
This four-day Grade 2 match race was sailed in Inter-Club (IC)-24s. Forty-nine flights or 135 races were sailed in total.
The St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC) and the Virgin Islands Sailing Association (VISA) are organizing authorities for the CAMR, namesake for the late Carlos Aguilar, who was an avid sailor and match racer.
For full results, visit: www.carlosmatchrace.com
Report by Carol M. Bareuther.