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Lindberg Takes First in Aguilar Match Race Finals

Finland's Staffan Lindberg (second from left) and team celebrate their win. (Dean Barnes photo)The sprinkles turned to squall in St. Thomas harbor Sunday just as Finland’s Staffan Lindberg sailed over the finish line three boats lengths ahead of the USA’s Sally Barkow to win the finals of the 4th Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR), 3-1.

They say “rain don’t stop the Carnival” in the Virgin Islands, and it didn’t stop the match racing action, presented by Ulysse Nardin/Trident Jewels & Time.

"It wasn’t easy," says Lindberg, currently the 15th match racer in the world. "The conditions were very tricky, and I was amazed by the quality of the other sailors at this regatta."

Lindberg lost to Barkow in the first race of the finals and came back to win the next three and the championship.

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"Sally made good work of me in the first three starts," said Lindberg. "In the last race, we were able to pull ahead and sail one long tack to the finish."

Robert Skarp, Carl-Johan Uckelstam and Benny Ulvaeus sailed with Lindberg as crew.

For their win, Lindberg and his team were each awarded a Ulysse Nardin precision timepiece. In addition, the team received an invitation to the prestigious Stena Match Cup Sweden, in Marstrand, Sweden, in the summer of 2012. The CAMR is an Official World Tour Qualifier (WTQ) for the 2012 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) ( <http://www.worldmatchracingtour.com> www.worldmatchracingtour.com).

Barkow, the fourth-ranked woman match racer in the world, hopes to represent the USA in Women’s Match Racing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in Weymouth, UK. "We were so close,” Barkow said. “We tried hard, but just didn’t get it in the end.
"There were definitely some tough conditions. There were moments when we weren’t sure what the wind was doing. It was a good challenge."

This is the first year the Carlos Aguilar Match Race was an open event, meaning men and women sailed both on the same teams as well as against one another. "It’s great to race against good teams, men or women, when there’s such a high level of competition," said Barkow.

The USVI’s Taylor Canfield won the Petite Final 2-0 over the USA’s Dave Perry, thus each skipper finished third and fourth, respectively.

"It was tough to get in phase with the breeze all over the course and with new crew," said Canfield, who is ranked 28th in the world and who won this event in 2008. "But it’s always great to be back home and sail in the harbor."

This is the third CAMR that Perry has competed, finishing third, fifth and now fourth.

"It’s incredible to sail here because it’s sunny and warm," said Perry.

In other team scores, Greece’s Stratis Andreadis finished 5th, the USVI’s Tyler Rice 6th, the USA’s Stephanie Roble 7th, the BVI’s Colin Rathbun 8th, the USA’s Sandy Hayes 9th, the USVI’s Nikole ‘Nikki’ Barnes 10th, Puerto Rico’s Jorge Santiago 11th, the USA’s Louise Bienvenu 12th and El Salvador’s Mauricio Gallardo 13th.

This four-day Grade 2 match race was sailed in Inter-Club (IC)-24s.

The St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC) and the Virgin Islands Sailing Association (VISA) are organizing authorities for the CAMR, namesake for the late Carlos Aguilar, who was an avid sailor and match racer.

Supporting sponsors of the CAMR are the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism; Heineken Beer, distributed in the U.S. Virgin Islands by Bellows International Ltd.; Budget Marine; Hooters; Patron, distributed by Premier Wines & Spirits; Choice Communications; Bolongo Bay Beach Resort; Yacht Haven Grande; and St. Thomas Yacht Club.

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Finland's Staffan Lindberg (second from left) and team celebrate their win. (Dean Barnes photo)The sprinkles turned to squall in St. Thomas harbor Sunday just as Finland's Staffan Lindberg sailed over the finish line three boats lengths ahead of the USA's Sally Barkow to win the finals of the 4th Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR), 3-1.

They say “rain don't stop the Carnival” in the Virgin Islands, and it didn’t stop the match racing action, presented by Ulysse Nardin/Trident Jewels & Time.

"It wasn't easy," says Lindberg, currently the 15th match racer in the world. "The conditions were very tricky, and I was amazed by the quality of the other sailors at this regatta."

Lindberg lost to Barkow in the first race of the finals and came back to win the next three and the championship.

"Sally made good work of me in the first three starts," said Lindberg. "In the last race, we were able to pull ahead and sail one long tack to the finish."

Robert Skarp, Carl-Johan Uckelstam and Benny Ulvaeus sailed with Lindberg as crew.

For their win, Lindberg and his team were each awarded a Ulysse Nardin precision timepiece. In addition, the team received an invitation to the prestigious Stena Match Cup Sweden, in Marstrand, Sweden, in the summer of 2012. The CAMR is an Official World Tour Qualifier (WTQ) for the 2012 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) ( <http://www.worldmatchracingtour.com> www.worldmatchracingtour.com).

Barkow, the fourth-ranked woman match racer in the world, hopes to represent the USA in Women's Match Racing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in Weymouth, UK. "We were so close,” Barkow said. “We tried hard, but just didn't get it in the end.
"There were definitely some tough conditions. There were moments when we weren't sure what the wind was doing. It was a good challenge."

This is the first year the Carlos Aguilar Match Race was an open event, meaning men and women sailed both on the same teams as well as against one another. "It's great to race against good teams, men or women, when there's such a high level of competition," said Barkow.

The USVI's Taylor Canfield won the Petite Final 2-0 over the USA's Dave Perry, thus each skipper finished third and fourth, respectively.

"It was tough to get in phase with the breeze all over the course and with new crew," said Canfield, who is ranked 28th in the world and who won this event in 2008. "But it's always great to be back home and sail in the harbor."

This is the third CAMR that Perry has competed, finishing third, fifth and now fourth.

"It's incredible to sail here because it's sunny and warm," said Perry.

In other team scores, Greece's Stratis Andreadis finished 5th, the USVI's Tyler Rice 6th, the USA's Stephanie Roble 7th, the BVI's Colin Rathbun 8th, the USA's Sandy Hayes 9th, the USVI's Nikole 'Nikki' Barnes 10th, Puerto Rico's Jorge Santiago 11th, the USA's Louise Bienvenu 12th and El Salvador's Mauricio Gallardo 13th.

This four-day Grade 2 match race was sailed in Inter-Club (IC)-24s.

The St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC) and the Virgin Islands Sailing Association (VISA) are organizing authorities for the CAMR, namesake for the late Carlos Aguilar, who was an avid sailor and match racer.

Supporting sponsors of the CAMR are the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism; Heineken Beer, distributed in the U.S. Virgin Islands by Bellows International Ltd.; Budget Marine; Hooters; Patron, distributed by Premier Wines & Spirits; Choice Communications; Bolongo Bay Beach Resort; Yacht Haven Grande; and St. Thomas Yacht Club.