Today is the final races for the Hobie Alter Cup.
It appears that Thomas and Bernier have wrapped it up as of yesterday. They likely will not race today and take it as a throw out. With 16 points thus far compared to the next position at 29 (a 13 point lead using a 4 as a throw out).
If my math works correctly, even assuming two more races, Thomas staying on the beach and taking a DNS for 11 (and bump to B) then another DNS for 21 (throw out) gives them a maximum score of 27 points.
Congratulations were given to them on the beach yesterday.
Sitting in second is Stan Schreyer/Jonathan Farrar with 29 points. Tomko was out of contention having been bumped to the B group and a guaranteed minimum of an 11th for the next race.
Looks like Noriega and Thomas were the only two that did not take higher scores by being bumped to B group in the regatta.
Thomas and Bernier were hot off the Hobie Tiger Worlds just two weeks prior. They had finished 5th just missing the top two positions in that event after having a port starboard confrontation (they were starboard) at the finish of one of the last races. To avoid a collision they capsized and lost 10 places and their shot at the World Title.
Congratulations!! (of course... pending the fat lady singing today)
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