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  • #2
    2013 SAP 5o5 Worlds: Day 1 Pre Worlds Report

    Hamlin and Zinn take race 1 in the 2013 SAP 5o5 Worlds in Barbados

    Apparentlys "Banks Beer" is the breast beer, er BEST BEER, in all of Barbados!

    Outfitted with a new Larry Tuttle Water Rat boat, Mike Martin and Jeff Nelson are the guys to beat if you want the title!

    Full wetsuits in the Caribbean?

    The Official Report:

    Bridgetown, Barbados
    The sailors’ superstition that winning a practice race brings bad luck does not apply to a pre-worlds at the SAP 505 Worlds in Barbados, where 1999 champion Howie Hamlin ran away with the first of two races scheduled for the day.

    Before a second race could be started, a progressive left shift in the breeze threatened to move the weather mark half a mile inshore, and rather than re-build the whole course to fit the new breeze, the race committee sagely assessed that one race—it had been a long one—was enough for the day. Hamlin and his crew, Andrew Zinn, had rounded mark one in third place and improved from there. Fortunately for them, only one of their jibs is somewhere, out there, in what the sailors of this regatta once called “the missing container” and are now simply calling “the container.” It is packed with boats and sails from the West Coast, and maybe the ship carrying it has left Trinidad, and maybe not. Saturday sees the opening of the SAP 505 World Championship, when things really start to matter, and when all 76 entries want to be on the line.

    In Wednesday’s pre-worlds opener, Australians Sandy Higgins and Paul Marsh came second, with Jorgen and Jacob Bojsen-Moller of Denmark third. The breeze was surprisingly shifty and variable in strength, at least by Caribbean standards, but rarely dropped below 10 knots. Two races are scheduled for Thursday, staged out of the Barbados Yacht Club.

    Pre World Race 1 Results
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    • #3
      Day 2 SAP 5o5 Worlds Barbados

      It’s a thrill to watch the best people in the world do what they do best, and that was the thrill in the competition for the Pre-Worlds at the SAP 5O5 World Championship, completed Thursday in Barbados. No, the pre-worlds are not the big deal here, and yes, Germany’s five-time world champion Wolfgang Hunger had a runaway lead in the third and final race when he left the course and packed up for the day. Hunger and crewman Holger Jess had no shot at a podium finish, and some people have a superstition that winning the pre-worlds brings bad luck in the Worlds. Hunger’s absence opened the door for a two-way battle between two Californians who won the 1999 Worlds together, Howie Hamlin and Mike Martin. Now they are the best of friendly rivals, and they gave each other what-for on Thursday, because that’s how the game is played.

      Martin—the only person ever to win the 5O5 Worlds as crew and then, in 2009, as skipper—broke through Hamlin’s lead to win the final race, but an 18th in race one meant that he could not overcome Hamlin’s 1-4-2 performance for the series.

      There were times over the last two days when the leaderboard looked heavily American, but the unofficial final results are very international. Behind Hamlin we have Australians Sandy Higgins and Paul Marsh, Danes Jorgen and Jacob Bojsen-Moller, and Britons Ian Pinnell and Ian Mitchell, with Martin and crewman Jeff Nelson in fifth.

      Of 76 registered entries for the SAP 5O5 Worlds, starting on Saturday at Barbados Yacht Club, 60 boats sailed one or more of the pre-worlds races, which provide a stage for practice and experiment. The hard-luck cases are the teams who sat it out—watching the races on SAP Analytics technology—because their boats are in a container, shipped on March 11 from the West Coast of the USA and not yet arrived. Will Friday be Container Day? At least, given SAP Analytics, and even without being on the course, they got something out of the race.

      The 505 dinghy, 5.05 meters long, was designed in 1954 and has become a classic on the high-performance competitive scene, in part by keeping control of its own direction and its own fate by avoiding Olympic involvement. The regatta opens with two races on Saturday and continues through an 11th and final race on Friday, May 3.
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      • #4
        Hamlin & Zinn Winn 2013 5o5 Pre Worlds

        1 USA 9080 HOWARD HAMLIN ANDREW ZINN 1 5 2 8 8
        2 AUS 8946 SANDY HIGGINS PAUL MARSH 2 1 9 12 12
        3 DEN 9062 JORGEN BOJSEN-MOLLER 3 12 5 20 20
        4 GER 9035 STEFAN BOEHM GERALD ROOS 5 11 4 20 20
        5 USA 9106 MIKE MARTIN JEFF NELSON 18 2 1 21 21
        6 GBR 9094 IAN PINNELL IAN MITCHELL 11 4 6 21 21
        7 USA 9007 MATT BARRY THOMAS BARROWS 16 8 3 27 27
        8 DEN 8964 JAN SAUGMANN MARTIN GORGE 12 6 12 30 30
        9 USA 8681 RYAN COX STUART PARK 21 9 10 40 40
        10 GBR 9085 TERRY SCUTCHER MATTHEW HART 9 20 13 42

        Overall Results
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        • #5

          Race three of the SAP 505 World Championship was a reminder that, while crunching the best data,
          and executing appropriate strategies, in sailing as in business you need to keep a weather eye out
          for what the legal team refers to as an Act of God. The waters off Bridgetown, Barbados on Sunday
          were bright, turquoise in the shallows, then darkened almost-suddenly by a great, grey cloud that
          jiggered all the trend lines right out of their grooves. What didn’t change is that, two days running,
          German teams topped the leaderboard in this very international event where 69 boats made the start.

          The German team at the top—that changed

          Claas Lehmann and crewman Leon Oehme, the new fleet leaders, pushed hard on first-day leaders
          Stefan Boehm and Gerald Roos in the early going of race three, then both lost out to the Aussie team
          of Sandy Higgins and Paul Marsh. Lehmann led going away in race four. But that cloud—

          Sailboats race on an open course, not a narrow track, and the first leg is always directly upwind,
          a direction that no one can sail. That is why boats work their way “up the staircase” to go upwind
          and in the process the sailors have to decide whether to favor the left hand side of the course or the right.

          It’s an essential strategic decision.

          Off Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown, the Worlds fleet has found that, almost always, the left side develops
          the better trends and produces the better outcomes. And that’s where our heroes found themselves
          when the big black cloud came through and, as one wag had it, “the gasping gang on the right was
          suddenly off life support and ready to boogie.” Or as Lehmann had it,

          “Sometimes you can be too fixed in your ways. We stuck to the left and lost ten boats.”

          It’s not about being perfect, it’s about how you recover, and with scores of 2-4-14-1,
          Lehmann and Oehne are the leaders of the moment, with five more races to be sailed.

          Lehmann, a surgeon, is emerging from a long German winter and five months without sailing.
          Apparently it’s like bicycling. You don’t forget how. But, displaying his bandaged right hand,
          Dr. Lehmann was prepared to allow that, “If your surgeon is a sailor, you don’t want to
          schedule a procedure on Friday, because he’s itching to go sailing. And you don’t want to
          schedule for Monday, because he’s been sailing.”

          Racing continues through Friday, with a single race on Monday and a day off on Tuesday.

          Cumulative Results
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          • #6
            Go Holtie! He deserves to finally put one together.
            Pointing like a traffic cop, footin like a track star.


            • #7
              Ship Happens

              It doesn't matter how much you pre-prepare, how far in advance you plan, how much painstaking energy and
              effort you put into it, getting your gear from one port to the next, especially to the smaller, less traveled places,
              ship happens.

              Case in point, the 2013 edition of the the SAP 5o5 Worlds in Barbados, way down the Antilles chain. where things run on Island Time.
              A container, now referred to as "The Container " is AWOL. Apparently still aboard the Vega Carina, which either did not off load it, or forgot
              to stop by Barbados. It has 7 boats, masts and sails, leaving crews SOL.

              Container Vessel Vega Carina (before the name change)

              Kim Livingston has been living large on the tiny Caribbean Island, typing when not swinging in a hammock, trying not to break a sweat,
              and following "Container Gate" which has forced some teams to toss in the towel and just go home, and others to make due with what they can.

              THE CONTAINER

              With seven boats aboard, masts, and sails, the absence of The Container has rocked this event, but not in a good way, at least for the West Coast contingent. A fortunate few shipped their boats to Barbados last winter for a look-see and some practice. The rest, well, the rest would consist of

              Jeff Miller/Mike Smith
              J.B. Turney/Justin Shaffer
              Krysia Pohl/Paul Von Grey
              Anne Fitzpatrick/Christian Pittack
              Holt Condon/Reeve Dunnes
              AND Jason Tindale/Robert Povey of Barbados. SAP co-founder and 5O5 enthusiast Hasso Plattner shipped a boat so that there were would be an entry from Barbados, which has no indigenous 5O5s. These guys are still waiting for their first ride. Hasso brought his own boat down last winter.

              The waiting crowd has been touring, snorkeling, paddle-boarding, all the things that, in a different context, would be just great.

              Me, I’m through writing.

              The sun’s breaking through. I’m off to the next yachting hellhole.

              The walk home looks like this—Kimball

              Pic: Kim Livingston

              Paul Von Grey attempts to track do the wayward container. Image Kim Livingston

              Von Grey started last September, as a volunteer, organizing shipping from the West Coast. He recalls, “People asked why was I starting so early . . .”

              The Container left the West Coast in early March. Plenty of time, if only it had kept on moving instead of being sidelined, first in Panama and then in Trinidad.

              Loaded with six 5O5s from the West Coast, sails, masts and international juror Vicki Gilmour’s rule book, The Container as of Friday late was sitting in Trinidad’s Port of Spain while certain of the 76 entries in the 2013 SAP 5O5 Worlds in Barbados were asking each other questions such as Von Grey’s, “What would it take to unseal The Container and get the boats through Customs in the nine minutes before Customs closes until Monday?”

              With the MSC Challenger tied up dockside over the weekend for loading/unloading, the Vega Carina—scheduled to pick up and then deliver The Container to Barbados, oh, a week ago or so—lay at anchor in the harbor at Port of Spain, waiting for parking space. Maybe Monday? Tuesday?

              Various schemes were considered.

              Charter a vessel for a special delivery because, after all, what used to be “the missing container” is now simply The Container and has been identified sitting idly dockside. That mission priced out at about $50,000 in fuel costs, so maybe not.

              Charter a plane. Um, same problem.

              Send in James Bond.

              Yep, the only practical solution.

              Aussie Carter Jackson was proclaiming—without benefit of alcohol—that the whole fleet should refuse to race until the missing boats arrive. Noble talk, but it didn’t launch a movement.

              Late Friday, the hardworking Von Grey sent a note to tell us that, “We have exhausted all our affordable options. We are going to wait for the elusive Vega Carina. The reliability of the plane, crew, and logistics on the ground were beyond reasonable.”

              And yes, Barbados is lovely this time of year, and we’ve had some good racing. Germany’s Stefan Boehm and Gerald Roos swept out of the shadows to win both races on Saturday, the opening day, leading at every mark except one. On Sunday in race three they were looking as if they might be out to do it again when a big black cloud came through, and suddenly the gasping gang on the right-hand side were off life support and ready to boogie. Aussies Sandy Higgins/Paul Marsh won race three, but that took some help from an unfortunate collision between American Parker Shinn (upwind) and German Olympian Tobias Schadewaldt (leading, downwind). Schadewaldt dropped to third and then hit the beach with some rigging work to do and some paperwork for the jury.

              Read more on "The Container" exlusively at
              " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella"

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              • #8
                "Latitude 13 N. Bridgetown, Barbados. The Vega Carina is under way from Trinidad, presumably with The Container aboard. But it's a holiday here, so offloading cannot happen before Thursday. The chances of getting The Container unsealed and contents distributed through Customs to the many people waiting for boats, sails, what have you is zero. Most likely, The Container will be shipped back, never unsealed. Loads of grief in that, but no bitterness, MSC Shipping, MSC Shipping, MSC Shipping."

                Kim Livingston

                45 minutes ago
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                • #9
                  SAP 5o5 Worlds: Back On Track

                  The SAP 5o5 Worlds took an unplanned layday yesterday when a subtropical low parked itself over Barbados leaving the crews with no wind and torrential rain, Tuesday's scheduled lay day gave the crews yet another day off, so Wednesday was
                  the 1st workday of the new week....

                  Morten Bogacki didn’t want anything to do with being the appointed “rabbit,” also known as the pathfinder, to set the start for race six of the SAP 505 World Championship. He figured the role consigned him to oblivion in the standings. But then, when he won the race, it was amazing how far he and crewman Lars Dehne had come around to warm and fuzzy feelings about this bunny business.

                  Turning to race six, brothers Jorgen and Jacob Bojsen-Moller got past their troubles of race five (they hit one of the marks of the race and lost places) and proved to themselves that their retuned rig—allowing the sails to set with a slightly deeper shape—accomplished the mission of making them fast upwind as well as down. The brothers from Denmark ran away with that race and rose to sixth in the standings, but Jorgen said,
                  “I think the 2013 world champion is going to be a German, not a Dane.”

                  There is evidence that he might be right. The leaderboard after six races has two German teams at the top. In first with two more days of racing ahead are Stefan Boehm and Gerald Roos, carrying a four-point advantage over Wolfgang Hunger and crewman Holger Jess. No doubt Boehm and Roos would have liked to repeat their two firsts of the opening day, but a fifth and a second were more than good enough to keep them ahead of a five-time world champion.

                  Proving that, even if you don’t get what you want, you still might get what you need.

                  Bogacki, who made a strong bid for Germany’s Olympic team, has employed SAP Analytics extensively, he said, not only here at the 505 Worlds: “I used the tools in my Olympic campaign. SAP gives the German Olympic movement that support, and I’ve also used the tools here to look back at the early races.” Bogacki will take an edge where he can find it, he said: “The German 5O5 sailors sail together and train together, and it just makes us want to beat the other guys all that much more.”

                  One race is scheduled for Thursday, but one race was lost to weather on Monday. The race committee operating out of host Barbados Yacht Club has the option of making up that race on Thursday, if conditions warrant.

                  Full Results
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