Buenos Aires Race Week
October 12, 2013
This year’s J/24 Buenos Aires Race Week was hosted by the famous YC Argentino. Sailing was close for the top three contenders, and the fleet was blessed with gorgeous sailing conditions on the Rio de la Plata, sailed just offshore in front of the metropolis of Buenos Aires. By winning the first three races in a row, everyone apparently concluded that Matias Pereira and crew on Carrera were simply a “runaway” and could never be caught. So, the rest of the fleet resigned themselves to racing for the remaining podium spots. However, in their last two races they post two sixths to nearly lose the regatta to Francisco Van Avermaete on Mendieta. To their credit, Mendieta sailed a steady series with all finishes scored in the top three. Both boats tied on points with 9 apiece, with Carrera crowned as BARW champion due to their three firsts. Behind the top two boats was another close battle for five boats in all. After the dust settled, it was Alejo Rigoni’s Chucha No Soy McCenroe taking the third spot on the podium with 13 points. Fourth was Nicolas Cubria’s Rina with 16 points. Fifth was Sergio Pendola’s Cacique with 18 points, beating Pedro Garra’s Extasis on a tie-breaker. And seventh in this group was Fernando Montes’s Cocoon with 19 points. For more J/24 Buenos Aires Race Week sailing information, visit http://www.semanadebuenosaires.org.ar/.