Hot News: Joro Aya and Ox Seetan Win ACA Intermediate and Lite Finals!

Today Quirky Torok and LDeWell Hawker presided over the ACA Trophy Fleet Finals for the Intermediate and Lite Racing Groups.

A large crowd gathered over the racecourse platforms at Starboards Yacht Club and around Blake Sea to cheer on the select group of intrepid skippers that bellied up for today’s final flight shoot-out. God knows, they weren’t disappointed. 🙂  Today’s races were full of excitement and electricity, and there were more than a few moments where sailors made on-the-fly moves that showed sheer tactical brilliance. I write a lot about races and people in SL and RL, and sometimes I write too much. 🙂  Today however there were several moments where I was at a loss for words and ended up grinning and speechless as I watched a whole race fleet use Blake Sea as their personal chessboard…

Joro Aya’s come-from-behind win in today’s Race #4 was not due to mere chance; she showed sheer brilliance against tough competitors, and the strategy employed had Joro’s style written all over it.  I’ll write more about the details later, but today let me just tell you who won, and give you the numbers!

The Intermediate Final

The Intermediate Finalist Fleet included: Jimboo Shelbyville,
Joro Aya, Kurt Calamity, and Naeve Rossini

Intermediate Finals – Race #1:
[09:33]  **  1: joro Aya – +00:14:39
[09:33]  **  2: Jimboo Shelbyville – +00:15:50
[09:33]  **  3: Naeve Rossini – +00:17:25
[09:33]  **  Lap Times:
[09:33]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 0: +00:00:00
[09:33]  **  joro Aya– lap 0: +00:00:01
[09:33]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 0: +00:00:09
[09:33]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 0: +00:00:11
[09:33]  **  joro Aya– lap 1: +00:14:39
[09:33]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 1: +00:15:50
[09:33]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 1: +00:17:25

Intermediate Finals – Race #2:
[09:55]  **  1: Kurt Calamity – +00:13:39
[09:55]  **  2: joro Aya – +00:14:52
[09:55]  **  3: Jimboo Shelbyville – +00:15:03
[09:55]  **  4: Naeve Rossini – +00:15:04
[09:55]  **  Lap Times:
[09:55]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 0: +00:00:01
[09:55]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 0: +00:00:04
[09:55]  **  joro Aya– lap 0: +00:00:11
[09:55]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 0: +00:00:15
[09:55]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 1: +00:13:39
[09:55]  **  joro Aya– lap 1: +00:14:52

[10:03] Hawk: point standings as of two races…
Joro 3, Curt 5, Jimbo 5 and Naeve 7

Intermediate Finals – Race #3:
[11:13]  **  1: Kurt Calamity – +00:13:39
[11:13]  **  2: joro Aya – +00:13:57
[11:13]  **  3: Jimboo Shelbyville – +00:14:42
[11:13]  **  4: Naeve Rossini – +00:14:48
[11:13]  **  Lap Times:
[11:13]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 0: +00:00:00
[11:13]  **  joro Aya– lap 0: +00:00:01
[11:13]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 0: +00:00:07
[11:13]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 0: +00:00:09
[11:13]  **  Kurt Calamity– lap 1: +00:13:39
[11:13]  **  joro Aya– lap 1: +00:13:57
[11:13]  **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 1: +00:14:42
[11:13]  **  Naeve Rossini– lap 1: +00:14:48

Intermediate Finals – Race #4:
[11:34] **  1: joro Aya – +00:14:21
[11:34] **  2: Kurt Calamity – +00:14:53
[11:34] **  3: Jimboo Shelbyville – +00:14:59
[11:34] **  Lap Times:
[11:34] **  Naeve Rossini– lap 0: +00:00:06
[11:34] **  joro Aya– lap 0: +00:00:16
[11:34] **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 0: +00:00:21
[11:34] **  Kurt Calamity– lap 0: +00:00:24
[11:34] **  joro Aya– lap 1: +00:14:21
[11:34] **  Kurt Calamity– lap 1: +00:14:53
[11:34] **  Jimboo Shelbyville– lap 1: +00:14:59

At the end of the series Kurt and Joro were tied for first-place points, based on their best three of four races (with one “discard”). The ACA Regatta tiebreaker rule then kicked in. It based a boat’s total score on the outcome of all four races, (no discards), and Joro Aya was the clear winner in that full set. However, the need for a tiebreaker shows how close the competition actually was!

The Lite Final

The Lite Finalist Fleet included: Colin Nemeth, Fadamuito Boa, Orca Flotta, and Ox Seetan.

The Lite Finals were electric; the skippers repeatedly showed heart, humor, skill and substance as each fought for the top prize in their division.  In fact, to show how tough the Final races were, all four skippers ended up tied for points as they entered the last round.

However, in that last race, on this final day for Lite combat, Ox Seeton scored a truly commanding win. She repeatedly jockeyed for position and wind control, flaunting a fine level of sailing finesse as she flew across the Blake Sea course.

In addition, the second spot in the Lite division went to Colin Nemeth. It was a well-earned tribute to his dedication, his tenacity and his long-standing sailing determination. 🙂 Nice job, Colin!

[10:23] **  Lite Finals Results:
[10:23] **  1: Orca Flotta – +00:10:13
[10:23] **  Lap Times:
[10:23] **  Orca Flotta– lap 0: +00:00:08
[10:23] **  Ox Seetan– lap 0: +00:00:09
[10:23] **  Colin Nemeth– lap 0: +00:01:26
[10:23] **  Orca Flotta– lap 1: +00:10:13
[10:23] Long Range: Fadamuito Boa [95m]
[10:23] **  Race Results:
[10:23] **  1: Orca Flotta – +00:10:13
[10:23] **  Lap Times:
[10:23] **  Orca Flotta– lap 0: +00:00:08
[10:23] **  Ox Seetan– lap 0: +00:00:09
[10:23] **  Colin Nemeth– lap 0: +00:01:26
[10:23] **  Orca Flotta– lap 1: +00:10:13

[10:46] **  Race Results:
[10:46] **  1: Ox Seetan – +00:08:58
[10:46] **  2: Fadamuito Boa – +00:09:34
[10:46] **  3: Colin Nemeth – +00:10:00
[10:46] **  Lap Times:
[10:46] **  Orca Flotta– lap 0: +00:00:01
[10:46] **  Ox Seetan– lap 0: +00:00:02
[10:46] **  Colin Nemeth– lap 0: +00:00:11
[10:46] **  Fadamuito Boa– lap 0: +00:00:16
[10:46] **  Ox Seetan– lap 1: +00:08:58
[10:46] **  Fadamuito Boa– lap 1: +00:09:34
[10:46] **  Colin Nemeth– lap 1: +00:10:00

[ 11:55]  ** Race Results:
[ 11:55]  ** 1: Ox Seetan – +00:08:54
[ 11:55]  ** 2: Colin Nemeth – +00:09:57
[ 11:55]  ** Lap Times:
[ 11:55]  ** Orca Flotta– lap 0: +00:00:00
[ 11:55]  ** Ox Seetan– lap 0: +00:00:00
[ 11:55]  ** Colin Nemeth– lap 0: +00:00:14
[ 11:55]  ** Ox Seetan– lap 1: +00:08:54
[ 11:55]  ** Colin Nemeth– lap 1: +00:09:57

3 responses to “Hot News: Joro Aya and Ox Seetan Win ACA Intermediate and Lite Finals!

  1. LDeWell Hawker

    Jane thank you for you excellent commentary, and follow-up with these races. As both judge and RD it is very difficult to look at the overall picture and monitor the action. You were certainly right the action was non-stop, and there were NO run-a-way races in both fleets. It might have been even tighter in the intermediate fleet as on of the top seeds could not attend: Cher Bravin, but to show how tight the overall ranking were Jimboo Shelbyville stepped in as the alternate and certainly showed he was just as capable!

    Hawk

  2. I wrote about my own experience here: http://forum.slsailing.co/index.php/topic,462.0.html

  3. Call me a bad loser but hadn’t I crashed out of 2 of the 3 races … well, it is what it is, can’t change it anymore. I just wonder how Colin managed to become second, even ranking before Fada. He was, or should have been, DSQed in the first race, as well as in the third.

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