The final, one-race day of the Star Midwinters in Biscayne Bay turned out to be the most exciting of the series. Not because of the winner; Augie Diaz put that one to bed long before after constant series rival George Szabo rolled an OCS in the no-drop, 7 race series with 24 competitors.
But what thrilled the spectators and sailors on that final race was the kiddies; the fleet had taken bets on who’d prevail between 24-year old Argentino-American Tomas Hornos and 22-year old Swede Philip Carlson after the nippers had battled for position all week long. Carlson sailed a thrilling final race, passing three boats on the last run and holding off Hornos on the final beat for the race win; Hornos would win the overall bet by just four points thanks to an OCS from Carlson earlier in the regatta. Arthur Anosov still leads the inaugural Star Winter Series standings with the final event scheduled for February 9; more info is at the site. Meredith Block Photo of Carlson and crew Luke Lawrence with the look that took them right past the fleet.