Victory for Merriman/Trinter

On a final blustery mast breaking day at the Star's Bacardi Cup

Saturday March 13th 2010, Author: Dan Weikel, Location: United States

Americans Rick Merriman and Phil Trinter came out on top with a first place victory on the sixth and final day of Star Class sailing at the Bacardi Cup in Miami, helping push tme to the top spot overall and their first ever win at this historic regatta for the Olympic keelboat.

In strong gusty wind conditions with gusts of up to 24 knots on a clear sunny day, at least five Star Class masts snapped in the strong winds, including the day's early leader Bermudan Peter Bromby and Magnus Liljedahl, giving Merriman-Trinter the chance to take control of the regatta, coming out ahead in the 84 boat field to clinch victory.

With Merriman-Trinter taking the win, the end of the day saw Ireland's Peter O'Leary take second place overall with a first place finish on the third day, and Americans Andy Horton and James Lyne taking third.

"We had good speed off the start staying with everyone, and then we were able to hit one tack that edged us out ahead of Andy Horton and got us trailing Bromby. We were right behind him (Bromby) until he broke his mast trying to jib in one of the bigger puffs at the mark," commented Rick Merriman. "Then the wind luckily backed off for us a little and we were able to survive the jib and after that, we just focused on sailing conservatively. We played with a couple good shifts and protected the left, making sure we didn't let anyone get out in front of us. The wind was pretty light for first three quarters of the Bacardi Cup, and then big pressure came down the last part of the day and the boats behind us got this huge puff and surfed all the way up until we finally got the pressure. Luckily, we were able to stay out in front of everyone and take the win."

With wind becoming an increasing concern early in the afternoon, the decision was made to not hold an additional Star Class race to make-up yesterday's cancellation due to windy weather, so the Bacardi Cup was this year settled in five instead of six races.

As the bacardi Cup for the Stars concluded, so the new Bacardi Miami Sailing Week continued with racing for the Melges 20s and Melges 24s as well as Vipers and J/24s.

Jeff Eckland took his boat Star to the top spot overall in the 15 boat Melges 20 field, while Donald Wilson won out in the nine boat Melges 24 class in Convexity. American Skipper Lee Shuckerow won the Viper North American Championship on Saturday, edging out Bermudan Somers Kempe by three points. Meanwhile the J/24 standings were topped by American Trish Walker in Scouts' Pride in the six boat line-up.

Bacardi Cup results

 

Pos Helm Crew Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Tot
                   
1 Merriman, Rick Trinter, Phil USA 4 2 [23] 2 1 9
2 O'Leary, Peter Milne, Stephen IRL [15] 10 1 3 3 17
3 Horton, Andy Lyne, James USA [8] 5 4 6 5 20
4 Clarke, Richard Bjorn, Tyler CAN [85/BFD] 7 7 5 2 21
5 Negri, Diego Colaninno, Nando ITA 13 [20] 12 1 6 32
6 Grael, Lars Seifert, Ronald BRA [21] 1 8 8 17 34
7 Melleby, Eivind Mřrland Pedersen, Petter NOR 10 11 [17] 9 4 34
8 MacCausland, John Murphy, Kevin USA 6 [34] 11 11 7 35
9 McChesney, Peter Zwingelberg, Shane USA 5 12 14 10 [16] 41
10 Lima, Gustavo Basilio, Rubrio POR 3 [26] 6 21 12 42
11 Wright, Peter Quist, Nathan USA [19] 4 10 18 10 42
12 Diaz, Augie Prada, Bruno USA 1 21 9 [26] 19 50
13 Campbell, Andrew Rogers, Chris USA 20 [85/BFD] 3 14 14 51
14 Domingos, Afonso Melo, Frederico POR [37] 14 5 4 30 53
15 Reynolds, Mark Haenel, Hal USA 26 [85/BFD] 13 12 9 60
16 Smith, Jud Fatih, Brian USA 2 [47] 22 19 20 63
17 Bromby, Peter Liljedahl, Magnus BER 52 3 2 7 [85/DNF] 64
18 Szabo, George Von Schwarz, John USA 14 [85/BFD] 27 13 18 72
19 Stout, Will Peters, Rick USA 7 8 50 [85/BFD] 11 76
20 Johansson, Oskar Hynes, James CAN 9 [85/BFD] 44 25 13 91
21 Line, Terry Scott, Larry CAN 31 6 26 30 [46] 93
22 Rodriguez, Ernesto Rodriguez, Jesus PUR 12 17 46 [85/BFD] 29 104
23 Merkelbach, Hubert Bartel, Gerrit GER 16 25 [85/BFD] 34 31 106
24 Finch, John Cheer, Roger CAN 33 24 30 [85/BFD] 21 108
25 Johansson, Mats Moller, Leif SWE 34 [85/BFD] 39 15 22 110
26 Brethorst, Rick Nichol, Mike USA 35 [40] 20 23 32 110
27 Kohlhas, Jock McCallum, Carroll USA 30 9 33 [85/BFD] 42 114
28 Londrigan, Jr., Tom Cutting, Steve USA 41 16 24 [47] 38 119
29 Allen, Bill Lichter, Brad USA [85/BFD] 19 32 37 33 121
30 Macdonald, Andrew Sperry, Austin USA 64 28 15 [85/BFD] 15 122
31 Cramer, Brian Johnston, Matt CAN [85/BFD] 43 16 39 24 122
32 Boggi, Lucio Lambertengui, Serfio ITA 39 15 43 [85/BFD] 27 124
33 Tomasini Grinover, Roberto Bahr, Gunnar AUT 27 31 18 50 [53] 126
34 Nehamme, Christian Fendt, Florian AUT [67] 50 34 17 26 127
35 Carlson, Philip Carlson, Gerhard SWE 17 36 49 29 [51] 131
36 Smith, Doug Moore, Mike USA [63] 58 35 31 8 132
37 Whipple, Larry Strube, Mark USA 11 18 31 [85/DNS] 85/DNS 145
38 Voigt, Henning Struve, Dirk GER 40 [66] 21 44 40 145
39 Falciola, Guido Medolago Albani, Federico ITA 36 39 [59] 45 25 145
40 Gudat, Patrick Olson, Kirk USA 18 [64] 28 46 55 147
41 Almeida, Guilherme Lagoa, Marco BRA [85/BFD] 63 38 16 34 151
42 Irrera, Renato Cristaldini, Corrado ITA 25 30 40 57 [85/DNF] 152
43 Gimson, John Greig, Ed GBR [85/BFD] 13 36 20 85/DNS 154
44 Woods, Ken Sheffer, Scott USA 28 32 [65] 52 44 156
45 Herrmann, Tony Nielson, Chris USA [85/BFD] 22 85/BFD 27 23 157
46 Tamburini, Antonio Ricci, Renzo ITA 51 23 58 [85/BFD] 28 160
47 Jennings, Jack Koopman, Fritz USA 23 [85/BFD] 67 24 47 161
48 Rowse, Sam Anosov, Arthur USA 38 [51] 51 36 37 162
49 VanderMolen, Jon Ewenson, Geoff USA [85/BFD] 33 25 22 85/DNS 165
50 Cullen, Allan Cullen, Rob CAN 32 29 55 [63] 52 168
51 Bonanni, Claude Burgess, Richard USA 22 61 [85/BFD] 48 39 170
52 Fransen, Benjamin Noel, Andy USA 24 35 [61] 51 61 171
53 Rickard, Jack Eadie, Sam USA 53 37 42 [55] 41 173
54 De Couteau, Derek Martin, Dave USA 46 [85/BFD] 56 38 36 176
55 Passmore, Mark Bockler, William CAN 56 [85/BFD] 45 28 48 177
56 Lehnert, Stefan Menning, Peter GER 45 [85/BFD] 62 40 35 182
57 Burmester, Jens Kleine, Friedrich GER 48 44 [64] 35 56 183
58 Anderson, Karl Morey, Edward USA 50 54 37 [85/BFD] 43 184
59 Sternberg, Ben Brewester, Phil USA 47 38 52 [60] 49 186
60 Wendt, Jerry Macrae, Cam CAN 29 41 63 [64] 54 187
61 Wyss, Daniel Joss, Urs SUI 42 49 [68] 49 50 190
62 Jensen, Johnny Schultz, Micael DEN 61 27 66 43 [85/DNS] 197
63 Emmet, Rob Avellon, Guy USA [85/BFD] 46 29 41 85/DNS 201
64 Teitge, Robert Dolan, Mark USA [65] 57 57 42 45 201
65 Phinney, Michael Balmert, Brad USA 49 52 47 58 [85/DNS] 206
66 Mazzeo, Giovanni La Porta, Lele ITA 55 42 [73] 54 59 210
67 McCorkell, Joe Coleman, Ian USA 59 [85/BFD] 41 32 85/DNF 217
68 Chiarella, John Carlson, Robert USA 54 55 [69] 53 57 219
69 Vavilov, Igor Pavlov, Konstantine USA 60 45 [70] 62 58 225
70 Engel, Bruce Engel, Steven USA 57 59 53 [61] 60 229
71 Pro, Joseph Pro, Nicolaus USA [68] 67 48 56 63 234
72 Kohlermann IV, Charles Silverman, Matt USA 44 48 60 [85/DNS] 85/DNS 237
73 Poole, Greg Imai, Jeffery USA 58 65 54 66 [85/DNF] 243
74 Gesing, Witold Gesing, Adam USA [85/BFD] 62 19 85/DNF 85/DNF 251
75 Riley, Arthur Benson, Scott USA [85/BFD] 68 72 67 62 269
76 Girr, Fritz Schaeffer, Bernard GER 69 [85/BFD] 85/DNS 33 85/DNS 272
77 Gagnon, Andre Despres, Daniel CAN 70 69 71 [85/DNS] 64 274
78 Hendershot, William Shousha, Rick CAN 66 60 [85/DNS] 65 85/DNS 276
79 Hopkins, Sam Kaplan, Bart USA 72 71 [74] 68 65 276
80 Zimmermann, Lorenz Steffans, Tobias SUI [85/BFD] 53 85/DNS 59 85/DNS 282
81 Marcotte, André Vranderick, Alain CAN 62 56 [85/BFD] 85/DNS 85/DNS 288
82 Holowesko, Mark Holowesko, Wlliam BAH 43 [85/DNS] 85/DNS 85/DNS 85/DNS 298
83 Miller, Stuart Winthrop, Jack USA 73 70 [85/DNF] 85/DNS 85/DNS 313
84 McNeil, Kevin Baltins, Arnis USA 71 [85/DNF] 85/DNS 85/DNS 85/DNS 326

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