Scuttlebutt provides intereting reading with the final resuts of the Lightning Worlds sailed in Chile in yesterdays issue. Bob Wardwell finished a very respectable 10th. The winner, Tito Gonzalez, a perpetual winner in several classes sails out of Miami. One of his crew, Christian Herman, was first in the Apprentice Division at the Laser Masters Worlds sailed in Algarrobo, Chile in October '97, and is a good friend of Senor Juan Romero, our Opti coach in '05, and our two coaches for the coming season. One of the techniques South American countries use to develop world class sailors like Robert Scheidt and Torben Grael from Brazil, is to select promising sailors and put them on the water five or more days a week and have them do their school work at the end of their sailing day. How's that for setting priorities!
Read on for more on Bob Wardwell, our '98 Commodore, currently living in Watertown, NY on Lake Ontario.
* Tito Gonzalez of Chile, sailing with his son, Diego Gonzalez, and
Cristian Herman, won the Lightning World Championship, sailed last week at
Club de Yates Higuerillas in Chile. Second was David Starck, Buffalo NY,
with Ian Jones and Scott Ikle; third was Pablo Herman, Chile, with Luis
Felipe Herman and Claus Engell. 45 Lightnings from eight countries sailed
nine races with one throwout. Tito was able to discard his OCS from Race
four, although in the final accounting, he still would have won the event -
he won five races, including the last three. -- Final results are (finally)