Pied Piper 2nd at Charleston Race Week

Jon Deutsch on Sunday April 17, 2016 06:39PM

FBYC's J70 Pied Piper, with 13 year old Gannon and his Dad, Dan, sailing with former FBYC Coaches Victor Diaz de Leon and Thomas Dietrich, have accomplished an extraordinary result at Charleston Race Week in a fleet of 67 boats.

Pied Piper was second overall in the J70 Fleet with 21 points, barely losing a tie-breaker with the 2015 CRW repeat winner and World Champion Julian Fernades Neckelman aboard Flojito de Cooperando, also with 21 points, finishing the last race Second and Third, tipping the tie-breaker to Fernandes.

Because of the fleet size, the J70s were divided into 4 fleets, and sailed a round robin, as in an Opti Championship Fleet. So the 18 Races scored are actually 9 paired starts with rotating competitors.  Piper and Flojito sailed each other in some races (including the last completed) and not in others.  In the races they sailed against one another, the results were (Pied Piper/Flojito) 3/7, 1/2, 4/1, 2/1, 3/2. In the races they sailed separately, the results were (Pied Piper/Flojito) 3/5, 3/1, 1/1, 1/1. So, Pied Piper had 3 bullets and Flojito 4 bullets.

It all came down to the last race sailed with each boat totaling 21 points, but Flojito won the tie-breaker with the 2 over 3. Flojito, incidentally, also had one more first than Pied Piper.

Despite the nail biting finish to the 2/3 tiebreaker, there was one more chance to prevail with the start of a 19th and 20th pair of races. But, that pair of races was abandoned due to a massive wind shift, so it appears the prior results may become final.


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