CAMR

St. Thomas

DEC, 3rd - 6th 2015

Carlos Aguilar Match Race

Event Information

The St. Thomas Yacht Club and the Virgin Islands Sailing Association together believe this is one of the sport’s most unique match races, as it pulls together the best attributes from many other events and combines them into one of the best sailing venues in the world! The Carlos Aguilar Match Race is sailed along a seawall in downtown Charlotte Amalie with the courses set less than 50 yards from the spectators allowing for fantastic action views and race interaction. The event offers an open division that provides for great sailing and even better prospects for after race entertainment.

Officials

Umpires

Co-Directors

Verian Aguilar / Bill Canfield

 

Race Officials

Dick Schweers

Sandy Symkens

 

Peter Shrubb, Bermuda

Chief Umpire as required by regulation 18.12

 

Christine Accetella ,USA

Charlie Arms, USA

Don Becker, USA

Greg Kiely, USA

Ruth Miller, ISV

 

NOR

Press & Media

Carol Bareuther

Ansen Sligar

Isao Toyama

Dean Barnes - Event Photographer

Event Schedule

Thursday 3rd Dec. @ YHG

 

9:00 - 15:30
Practice Session (2 Hours)

16:00 - 18:00

 Final Registration/Weigh-In

17:30   Umpires Meeting

 

18:00 - 20:00 Welcome Party

Friday 4th Dec. @ YHG

 

6:45 - 8:00 - Breakfast

7:45 - Competitors Meeting

9:00 - Sailing Begins

 

11:00 - 13:00 - Lunch

 

Debrief 30 min after last race

 

19:00 - Hooters Party

Saturday 5th Dec. @YHG

 

6:45 - 8:00 - Breakfast

7:45 - Competitors Meeting

9:00 - Sailing Begins

 

11:00 - 13:00 - Lunch

 

Debrief 30 min after last race

19:00 - 22:00
Patron Party Dinner & Drinks - St. Thomas Yacht Club

Sunday 6th Dec. @ YHG

 

6:45 - 8:00 - Breakfast

7:45 - Competitors Meeting

9:00 - Sailing Begins

 

14:30 - Awards

2015 Skippers

T. Canfield

Skipper

- Ranked #2 ISAF

- Champion

   - ISAF MRWT

   - Etchells World

T. Canfield

Skipper

USVI

D. Perry

Skipper

- 5 Time

U.S. Match Racing

Champion

 

D. Perry

Skipper

USA

P. Holmberg

Skipper

- 1988 Olympic Silver

- 1st 2001 WMRT

- 1st 2007 America's Cup

 

P. Holmberg

Skipper

USVI

D. Storrs

Skipper

- Ranked #1 U.S.

- Ranked #19 ISAF

- 2nd US MRC

 

D. Storrs

Skipper

USA

E. Shaw

Skipper

- 1st Oakcliff 2014

 

 

 

E. Shaw

Skipper

CAN

S. Roble

Skipper

- Ranked #2 ISAF Woman

- 1st Etchells Worlds

- 3rd MRWT

 

S. Roble

Skipper

USA

J. Senfft

Skipper

- Ranked #19 ISAF MR

 

 

 

J. Senfft

Skipper

BRA

C. Poole

Skipper

- Ranked 29th ISAF

 

 

C. Poole

Skipper

USA

D. Dellenbaugh

Skipper

- Lightning world champion

- 7-time Thistle  Champion

 

 

D. Dellenbaugh

Skipper

USA

Sponsors

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2015 Results

Carlos Aguilar Memorial

While the memory of Carlos Aguilar is embedded in the hearts of family and friends, it will forever be inscribed on the Caribbean sea. It is there that his mentoring is played out again and again by the young sailors he counseled and loved. Since his death in October 2007, they continue to sail themselves to new heights and undoubtedly will pass down his nautical wisdom to their own children one day.

 

For Carlos, there could be no better tribute. Sailing was in his blood. As a young boy growing up in El Salvador, he spent many a weekend sailing on a nearby lake. His competitive spirit came from his father, who sailed for El Salvador in the 1968 Olympics.

Carlos found himself in the Virgin Islands after graduating from college in Kansas with a degree in architecture. He answered an ad from an architectural firm on St. Thomas, and decades later, the island remained his home.

 

Friends appreciated his generosity and attention, often expressed through his talents as someone unusually clever with his hands and gifted with keen instincts. Bill Canfield will never forget Carlos pushing aside Bill’s efforts to remodel his home, changing the dwelling into one that truly made sense for a person of limited mobility. Just days after Carlos died,

Beth and Bruce Marshall moved into the home he had designed for them, finding carefully placed notes on exactly how they should use their space.

 

To many, Carlos was a quiet presence - an enigma – dignified, handsome in his polo and khakis, always willing to return a smile, respond hello – but never one to insinuate himself or spend his conversation on casual acquaintances. He stayed in the background. Except when it came to young people. He had a natural gift that endeared them to him. He was

salty, and he challenged them. But he was kind, and always ready to have fun.

This regatta is a tribute to the type of sailing that Carlos most loved, and to the spirit and loyalty he engendered in those he touched.

 

Here’s to sailing, and to his mantra that friends and loved ones regarded as his signature wisdom… “let it go.”

 

 

Press & Media

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Nine Open teams representing some of the best men and women match racers in the Caribbean, U.S. and World, are confirmed to compete in the 7th Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR), set for December 3-6, 2015.

 

“We are bringing world class match racing to St Thomas,” says regatta director, Bill Canfield. “Today’s young stars will compete against each other as well as former world champions and Americas Cup sailors. This is possibly the most compelling match racing event in the world this year.”

 

The USVI’s Taylor Canfield, the No. 2 ranked Open division match racer in the World, will be back to the waters where he grew up to pit his skills against the impressive fleet.

“This definitely will be one of the toughest events of the year for my team! Charlotte Amalie harbor is a great spot to race it offers shifty/puffy conditions on a short race track right in front of the water front allowing for some great spectating but it is also unique in that the wall becomes an obstruction in most races and the boats often come within inches on the waterfront.,” says Canfield,

 

The USA’s David Storrs, the world’s No. 19 ranked Open match racer and No. 2 in the U.S., will compete in the CAMR for the first time. Storrs’ crew will be a talented mix of fellow American, Hayden Goodrick as well as New Zealanders Rod Dawson and Garth Ellingham.

 

These two men will be up against the USA’s Stephanie Roble, No. 2 ranked match racer in the Women’s division on the world stage and No. 1-ranked in the U.S.

“I love this regatta because it always attracts top notch competition. It's fun to mix things up from the WIM (Women’s International Match) Series and sail against the Open field, especially when it is mixed with these competitors! I'm excited to race against all of them,” says Roble, whose crew will include Maggie Shea and Erik Shampain. Shampain crewed for the USA’s Sally Barkow when Barkow won the CAMR in 2011.

 

The USVI’s Peter Holmberg and USA’s Dave Dellenbaugh, both former America’s Cup sailors, and veterans of the CAMR, round out the top five confirmed teams to date.

Holmberg, an Olympic silver medalist and former world match racing champion, won this event in 2009.

 

“This is probably the strongest line up that we have had at the event. I most enjoy bringing the sport of sailing to down town St. Thomas so the public can get a taste of what sailboat racing is about,” says Holmberg, whose crew will be veteran Caribbean match racers Morgan Avery, Maurice Kurg and Ben Beer.

 

Dellenbaugh will sail with daughter Becca, Janel Zarkowsky and Amanda Callahan, plus St. Thomas high school sailor, Thomas Walden. This team sailed together in the 2013 CAMR.

 

Other skippers who will compete include the USA’s Christopher Poole (ranked 29th/Open Division) and Dave Perry (ranked 47th/Open Division), Brazil’s Senfft (ranked 29th/Women’s Division) and Canada’s Elizabeth Shaw.

 

Past winners of the CAMR read like a Who’s Who of sailing: the USA’s Sally Barkow and Finland’s Staffan Lindberg won the Open Division in 2012 and 2011, respectively, while the USA’s Genny Tulloch triumphed in 2008 and 2010 and France’s Claire Leroy in 2009 in the Women’s Division, and it was the USVI’s Taylor Canfield in 2008 and Peter Holmberg in 2009 and Portugal’s Alvaro Marinho/Seth Sailing Team in 2010 that won in the Open Division. The USA’s Dave Wilson won the 2013 CAMR.

 

The CAMR is known for introducing young sailors to the sport, working cooperatively with the V.I. government and V.I. Department of Tourism in its efforts to get more kids out on the water. This year, each Open team will have a V.I. high school (under age 18) sailor as a member.

 

The CAMR is an International Sailing Federation (ISAF)-provisional Grade Two event. The event will be raced in IC-24s, a one-design modification of a J/24, provided by Island Sol.

 

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