SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Following two days of strong competition, the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta (PRHIR) and Puerto Rico International Dinghy Regatta that took place at The Yacht Club at Palmas del Mar, Humacao wrapped up successfully with good results.
The boats began arriving to the marina just after 2 pm after finishing the last race as part of the competition and where they eagerly awaited the awards ceremony.
The results of the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta were as follows: In the CSA Spinnaker Racing A category, the winner was the boat Soca captained by Luis Juarbe, while first place in the Spinnaker Racing B category went to the team sailing the Dark Star, led by Jonathan Lipuscek. In the PHRF Jib & Main category, first place went to Crystal, owned by Jerome O'Neill. On the other hand, in first place for the Category CSA J24 was Gilberto Rivera and his boat Urayo.
Meanwhile, the results for the Puerto Rico International Dinghy Regatta, which took place simultaneously to the PRHIR, were as follows: in the Optimist Advanced category, the winner was José Arturo Díaz; the Optimist Green category (Beginners) was won by youngster Marc Thais; first place in the Sunfish Open went to Pedro Luis Fernández and his ship Pedruco; Patricia Corujo won in the Laser category; the winner in the Multi Hull Open Class category was Enrique Simons, and the finalist for in the Nativo category was Xavier Méndez Mateo with his boat Don Cholito. Finally, in the Hobbie Cat 16’ category, the race was again clinched by the Heineken team captained by Francisco "Faccio" Figueroa and Jolliam Berríos, Senior Trade Marketing Manager, Mendez & Co. and the national team sailor.
"Competition was great during these two days. The weather conditions were perfect and this was evident out in the field, especially in the Melges 32’ competition. We are grateful to Mendez & Co. and other sponsors not only with the production of the event, but also for the economic contribution they make to the sport of sailing. We know it has been a difficult year financially and this contribution greatly helps to further promote the sport especially toward Veracruz 2014,” said Eric Tulla president of the Puerto Rico Sailing Federation.
More than 57 ships (40 in the PRHIR and 17 in the PRIDR) took part in the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta and the Puerto Rico International Dinghy Regatta. Weather conditions were optimal for saling during the two days of racing. The event ended with a big party with the Madre Tierra band.
Pictures from the Puerto Rico Heineken International Regatta