*** TOP 15 sailors of the "ITC Paracas Regatta", January 2006
1)VEN-9 - Diaz de Leon Victor - Venezuela - (VEN worlds team)
2)GER-11061 - Autenrieth Julian - Germany - (7th Worlds '05)
3)PER-277 - Zimmermann Alexander - Peru - (1st North Americans '05)
4)ESP-822 - Botin Diego - Spain - (3rd Europeans Boys '05)
5)MEX-440 - Reyes Diego - Mexico - (1st South Americans '05)
6)ESP-1274 - Borrego Elia - Spain - (3rd Europeans Girls '05)
7)USA-14752 - Johnstone Nick - USA - (USA worlds team)
8)PER-284 - Zimmermann Stephie - Peru - (PER worlds team)
9)TRI-1006 - Scott Matthew - Trinidad - (2nd Worlds '05)
10)PER-202 - Torres Alexia - Peru
11) PER-282 - de Trezagnies Jean Paul - Peru - (PER worlds team)
12)PER-287 - Carranza Rafael - Peru
13)MEX-472 - Montemayor Ricardo - Mexico - (MEX worlds team)
14)PER-214 - Torres - Alex - Peru
15)NED-2666 - Van Dijk Jolbert - Netherlands - (NED worlds team)
*** Report of the "ITC PARACAS REGATTA"
The regatta was comprised by 12 races with 2 discards. On the first day,
the southerly breeze picked up to 25 knots and 4 races were completed.
The IODA North American Champion and local sailor Alexander
Zimmermann, started leading the event with 2 bullets and 2 second places.
Alexander, who showed an excellent upwind technique by keeping the boat
completely dry during the whole upwind, said: “I managed to get good
starts close to the favored side and focused very much on my first 200
meters, to make sure I will be in the front pack. Generally, my approach has
been a little conservative at the beginning since this is a long regatta with 8
more races to come and there are top world sailors”.
The Venezuelan national champion Victor Diaz de Leon, with one of the
best downwind optimist techniques ever seen (laser style), had an
excellent first day as well, managing to finish just 1 point behind the
Peruvian in the overall scores, with 2 bullets, a 2nd and a 3rd. He said: “The
conditions were excellent today. The Race Committee did an excellent job
with 4 impeccable races. It’s amazing the high level of the sailors, everyone
has learned so much after the clinic that it’s going to be a very tough one
The conditions were not easy for the sailors, as the RC set the course in a
tricky area. The Principal Race Officer, Orestes Reyes, reported: “The
sailing conditions today have been very demanding to the sailors. At the
start and the first half of the leg, they had to work very hard in their
technique in order to pass correctly the big chop and not lose any speed,
while on the second half of the leg the sea became a lot flatter and the
breeze became very shifty, so they had to read the wind pretty good and
adjust their tactics accordingly.”
Since the idea was to sail the regatta with all kinds of conditions, the RC
decided to give the 1st warning signal at 11am on the second day, and
managed to get 5 races.
The 1st race was sailed with a northerly breeze with winds from 6 to 10
knots. The fleet became more aggressive at the start and the RC had to do
2 general recalls and several boats were BFD.
The 2nd race started with the same conditions but, by the middle of the
downwind, the wind died and started shifting to the south. At first, the RC
was going to raise Charlie flag to change the course, but after a crazy
behavior of the wind, they decided that the race wasn’t fair anymore and
raised flag N to abandon the race.
The course was reset immediately and the second race started again with
10-12 knots from the SW.
For the next 3 races the wind settled from the south and picked up to 15-18
The best performance of the day was done by the German sailor Julian
Autenrieth (7th at last Worlds), scoring 4 bullets and a 19th, moving from
11th to 2nd in the overall scores.
The Spanish sailor Diego Botín (3rd at last Europeans) had also a very
good day with a bullet, a 2nd, two 3rds and another BFD; moving from 12th
to 6th after the discard, so he was able to throw out his BFD from the day
Zimmermann had a disappointing day scoring 2 BFD and went back to 7th
in the overall scores. On the other hand, the conservative approach from
Venezuelan sailor Victor had taken him to the lead of the event with two
seconds, 3rd, 8th and 14th, and a total of 22 points.
Lots of sailors were caught over the line and got a BFD, with some of them
having their 2nd in their scores. PRO Reyes, said: “We had some
difficulties with the fleet today and had to do several general recalls in
almost every start. Although the line was pretty even, all sailors became
very aggressive in their approach to the line and a lot of them were caught
over the line and taken out of the races at the first mark.”
The last day was a very exciting day since 6 sailors could still claim the
title. The Southerly breeze picked up early and the first race started at 11
am with winds from 14 to 16 knots.
The first race was won again by the German Julian.
The South American Champion, Diego Reyes (MEX) “woke up” and
managed to score a 2nd, 9th and 8th, staying at the 5th position in the
For the last race, the duel was between German sailor Julian and
Venezuelan sailor Victor. The wind was pretty shifty, with shifts up to 20
degrees to each side and the start line was pretty favored from the pin end.
The Venezuelan, showing a strong personality, managed to start first at the
pin end and a little after was able to leebow the German sailor, pushing him
to tack away. Victor went parallel on port tack and managed to extend the
gap since Julian had to duck behind a couple of boats.
Zimmermann started in the middle and played the shifts so good that
managed to be 1st at the top mark, with Mathew Scott (TRI) (2nd at the
Worlds), just behind and followed by Victor in 3rd and Julian in 8th.
By the end of the downwind, the Venezuelan was leading and managed to
stay in that position to finish with a bullet and claim the title. After finishing
he declared: “All the sailors sailed like champions. I am so happy to win
this event, where there have been more than 15 world top sailors. It’s good
to start the year like this; I will keep training hard for the South Americans.”
Then added: “I want to thank Optimist ITC for giving me the opportunity to
sail and make friends with a lot of world class sailors. I am looking forward
to see them all again at this year Worlds”.