Time of the Europeans

A report from day three of the Star's Bacardi Cup in Miami

Thursday March 6th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States
It was a European victory today in the fourth race of the Bacardi Cup regatta with Germany's Marc Pickel and crew Tony Kolb taking first, Fredrik Loof and Andes Ekstrom of Sweden in second, and 2002 World Champion Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell of Great Britain in third.

The Americans won only three places in the top 10 finishes. Augie Diaz and crew Mark Strube placed fourth, moving them into fifth overall. "But there's a lot of racing left," Diaz pointed out.

Rick Merrimam and Bill Bennett took seventh, and Bill Hardesty and Will Stout took 10th place.

"Today we had a real good start and we kept the pressure on the top guys and got lucky on the downwind," said Marc Pickel who finished sixth in the Bacardi Cup last year. "The challenge in this regatta is to stay consistent. We'd be happy with a top 10 finish as this is our first Bacardi Cup," he said.

According to Iain Percy's crew Steve Mitchell, "it was hard on the brain and not so hard on the legs today. The wind was moving around a lot, but we got some of it," he said.

The British team moves up one place to second overall with 2001 champion Peter Bromby and Martin Siese holding on to first place overall with a fourth place finish in today's race.

Many competitors agreed that this regatta is second only to the world championships. The record fleet of 112 boats has among it more than 10 world champions and as Phillipe Presti of France pointed out, "so many boats, so many good sailors and a great level of talent." Pickel called it the "best regatta in the world."


2003 BACARDI CUP DAY FOUR RESULTS - Top 10
Skipper/Crew (Country)
1. Marc Pickel and Tony Kolb (Germany)
2. Fredrik Loof and Andes Ekstrom (Sweden)
3. Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell (UK)
4. Augie Diaz and Mark Strube (USA - Miami, FL)
5. Ian Walker and Nick Williams (Australia)
6. Colin Beashel and David Giles (Australia)
7. Rick Merrimam and Bill Bennett (USA - San Diego, CA)
8. Phillipe Presti and Jean-Philippe Saliou (France)
9. Peter Bromby and Martin Siese (Bermuda)
10. Bill Hardesty and Will Stout (USA - San Diego, CA)

2003 BACARDI CUP OVERALL DAY FOUR - Top 10
Skipper/Crew (Country)
1. Peter Bromby and Martin Siese (Bermuda)
2. Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell (UK)
3. Geroge Szabo and Christian Finnsgard (USA)
4. Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljedahl (USA)
5. Augie Diaz and Mark Strube (USA)
6. Andy Lovell and Eric Oetgen (USA)
7. Ian Walker and Nick Williams (Australia)
8. John Kostecki and Austin Sperry (USA)
9. Phillipe Presti and Jean-Philippe Saliou (France)
10. Fredrik Loof and Andes Ekstrom (Sweden)

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