Jeff Ecklund and his crew on STAR - Harry Melges and Barr Batzer - won the second 2010 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series event. In second overall was Eric Wynsma on Superfly, and in third was Michael Kiss on Bacio.
Four more races were added to Saturday’s two, completing a six race series at the second of three Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series events, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, supported by Shake-A-Leg Miami and Melges Performance Sailboats. The day started out under beautiful, sunny conditions that gradually turned overcast as the event drew to a close. Breeze conditions were light to moderate all day at 125, providing plenty of opportunity for some really great racing.
Ecklund came on strong from the very start, ending the day with a 1-1-4-1 scoreline for a total of 6 points to win. Barr Batzer, who calls Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. home, was privileged to sail with Ecklund and Melges. "This boat is pretty awesome, even in the light air. I’d love to sail it again in a little bit more breeze,” he said after racing.
Wynsma did his best to contend with Ecklund. "All day was great. We had a blast. The last race was the most fun. We had a little jibing dual going on with Ecklund," he commented after racing. Race three of the day was Wynsma's best race. A tough start equaled a clear lane on the right, placing him out front of the fleet with speed. He held his own, taking the win.
In third overall, Kiss was thrilled with his finish. "I had a great team between my brother Stephen and Jamie Kimball. After we figured out the boat speed everything was great," commented Kiss. "We'll be back for the March event for sure."
The final event of the Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series is Bacardi Miami Sailing Week on March 10-13.