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Charlotte Amalie
Tuesday, July 23, 2024


March 18, 2002 – Optimal sailing conditions, keen crews and skillful tactics proved a winning combination for six Virgin Islands skippers who took home prizes in the Heineken International Cup held in Puerto Rico over the weekend.
St. Croix skippers Paul Lordi, aboard his Tartan 10 Sorceress, and Scott Stanton, on his family's J/24 Jersey Devil, won their respective divisions, Spinnaker Racing Class C and One-Design J/24 Class E.
Also placing within the top three in class were St. Thomas's John Foster, on his J/27 Magnificent 7, second in Spinnaker Racing Class C; St. Croix's Stan Joines, whose Auburg 35 Windflower placed third in Non-Spinnaker Racer/Cruiser Class G; St. Thomas's Terry Jackson, whose Tornado was second in Open Beach Cat Class; and St. Croix's Thomas Ainger, who finished third in the same class on his Hobie Fox, Team Caribbean Auto Mart.
Mermaid II, a J/N 40 owned by the BVI's Bill Berardelli and driven by Doyle Sail Loft owner Mark Ploch, was the overall winner.
A total of 68 boats from throughout the Caribbean and U.S. mainland competed in the regatta, the second event in the 2002 Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle Series. Gradually building breezes, a light chop on the seas and rain-free skies made for ideal sailing. The CORT series, revamped this year with the withdrawal of the St. Thomas-based Rolex Regatta, began with the St. Croix International Regatta in February and will conclude with the BVI Spring Regatta April 5-7.
The Puerto Rico event followed a multirace format with separate start and finish lines, no set starting sequence, and a different number of races for each of the 11 classes. This new twist, with the emphasis on individual classes, proved both tiring and tactically challenging right from day one. "I did 13 spinnaker sets that first day," said St. Thomas' Kerry Klein, who crewed aboard Mermaid II.
Ploch said concentrating on the fundamentals and not over thinking, focusing on moves as they happen, rather than anticipating a future situation that might not exist, was the strategy that garnered Mermaid II its top-of-the-fleet win. "You really couldn't get too many moves ahead, successfully that is," he said. "Sailing is a tactical chessboard."
Class A – Spinnaker Racing
1. Mermaid II, William Berardelli, BVI
2. Celtic V, Manuel Rodriguez, Dominican Republic
3. Red Fever, Gilberto Lopez, Puerto Rico
Class B – Spinnaker Racing
1. Lost Horizon, Olson 30, James Dobbs, Antigua
2. Rushin Rowlette, Olson 30, Kevin Rowlette, BVI
3. Umakua, Tripp 26, Julio Reguero, Puerto Rico
Class C – Spinnaker Racing
1. Sorceress, Tartan 10, Paul Lordi, St. Croix
2. Magnificent 7, J/27, John Foster, St. Thomas
3. Ex Mero Motu, J/80, Antonio Mari, Puerto Rico
Class D – Melges 24
1. Orion, Efrain Lugo, Puerto Rico
2. Don Q Limon, Enrique Torruella, Puerto Rico
3. 2 Contact Carib, Frits Bus, Sint Maarten
Class E – J/24
1. Jersey Devil, Scott Stanton, St. Croix
2. Don Q Cristal, Michael Serralles, Puerto Rico
3. Banco Popular, Jorge Santiago Ramos, Puerto Rico
Class F – Spinnaker Racer/Cruiser
1. Timbalero, Beneteau 53, Enrique Perez, Puerto Rico
2. Pipedream, Sirena 38, Peter Haycraft, BVI
3. Cold Beer 3, Tartan 10, John Schultheiss, BVI
Class G – Non-Spinnaker Racer/Cruiser
1. Catimba, J/30, Carlos Rodriguez, Puerto Rico
2. Poco A Poco, Pearson 30, Agustin Rodriguez, Puerto Rico
3. Windflower, Pearson 35, Stan Joines, St. Croix
Class H – Jib & Main
1. Dottie, Parson 10, Chuck McLaughlin, Puerto Rico
2. Genesis, O'Day 39, Jose Ventura, Puerto Rico
3. Dona Aurora, Beneteau 32, Robert Newland, Puerto Rico
Class J – Jib & Main
1. Adelante, C&C 32, Rodolfo Serra, Puerto Rico
2. Evolution, Beneteau 30, Denny Juncos, Puerto Rico
3. Saudades, Ranger 32, Leopoldo Loria, Puerto Rico
Class K – Beach Cats Open
1. Suzuki Tornado, Tornado, Enrique Figueroa, Puerto Rico
2. Century 21, Tornado, Terry Jackson, St. Thomas
3. Team Caribbean Auto Mart, Hobie Fox, Thomas Ainger, St. Croix
Class L – Hobie 16
1. Spookie Monkey, Pedrin Colon, Puerto Rico
2. Exodus, Keki Figueroa, Puerto Rico
3. Yuisa, Rosarito Martinez, Puerto Rico

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