France win by a point
For the 472 sailors from 25 countries, conditions on Biscayne Bay were ideal as temperatures in the low 70s and sunny weather combined with shifty breeze to challenge them on the final day of racing at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank, where champions were decided in five one-design classes.
In the Star class, racing for the 84th Bacardi Cup over six days, the sixth and final race opened with the top two teams separated by just one point. 2008 Olympian Peter O’Leary and David Burrows (Ireland) were leading the 89-boat fleet followed by Guillaume Florent and Pascal Rambeau (France), and, just five points back, Frederik Lööf with Max Salmiren (Sweden) and Eivind Melleby with Petter Morland Pedersen (Norway) were third and fourth, respectively, but tied on points.
With a 12 knot breeze at the start of the race, the Stars were off on a course covering 11 nautical miles. When all was said and done, 2007 Bacardi Cup winner Hamish Pepper and crew Craig Monk (both New Zealand) were the race winners, followed across the line by Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen (Norway) who had led the series early in the week before picking up penalty points in race four. The French team was fourth across the line, and with O’Leary and Burrows crossing sixth, the Bacardi Cup went to Florent and Rambeau with 23 points – edging out the Irish by just one point.
"Up to the last day, the Irish, and even the Swedish could have won the Bacardi Cup,” said Florent who hails from Gravelines, in the north of France. “The conditions were super tricky, lots of wind shifts, lots of pressure differences. It made it very challenging to sail out there, especially when you're trying to win the championship. When you finish high in the standings day after day, realizing what is at stake, mentally it is very tough. You have to do your best continuing to stay consistent."
"It was a nail biting race,” Florent continued. “It could have gone either way with the Irish. We were ahead at the top mark, and then they caught up. We managed to pass them again on the second downwind. The key to the race was the last 500 meters before the finish. We spotted good pressure on the left and decided to go there. It was probably that decision that led us to winning the Bacardi Cup."
A 2008 Olympic Bronze medallist in the Finn class, Florent is marking not only his first year in the Star, but also his first Bacardi Cup. “The Star is very interesting because you're sailing with a crew and it's a highly technical boat, so it's extremely challenging. Even before I was thinking about sailing the Star, I've heard about the Bacardi Cup for a long time. The Bacardi Cup is a very prestigious event and I'm absolutely delighted to win. Especially it being my first time participating. On the first day, before the race started, I joked with my coach about winning the Bacardi Cup saying that I spent so much money with Bacardi back when I was student that I would like to get something back from them! We had a good laugh about that of course, and with the Bacardi Cup win I couldn't be happier."
Crew Pascal Rambeau, from La Rochelle, won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in the Star and has competed in the Bacardi Cup before, with his previous best finish a fourth. When Florent was recovering from an Achilles tendon injury a year ago, he reached out to Rambeau, and the rest, as they say, is history.
"Miami is always challenging,” said Rambeau explaining that tonight the duo were going to enjoy the Bacardi Cup before starting to train for the French Olympic Trials in April. “For us, it was good preparation with all the teamwork on board. It was very important for us to be here. It was a tough day. The wind was very flaky. It was very stressful because there were big shifts and big pressure coming from Key Biscayne. We were very successful on the first upwind and then the race was mano a mano, head to head. It was never more than 20 meters with no more than a couple boat lengths separating us at any time. We were really close with the Irish this morning, chasing them. Until the last 100 meters, anything could have happened. When we crossed the line, it was definitely satisfying. It was our first win together, and this being Florent's first year in the Star and his first Bacardi Cup, this win is very special."
Rounding out the top five in the Bacardi Cup final standings: Melleby and Pedersen (NOR) are third with 26 points; Loof and Salmiren (SWE) are fourth with 29 points; and Pepper and Monk (NZL) are fifth with 30 points.
Two additional races were completed by the Melges 24 and Melges 20 fleets, and three additional races by the Viper 640 and J/24 classes to conclude Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank for those classes.
Lorenzo Bressani (Milan, Italy) won the first race of the day in the Melges 24 class, and, having mathematically secured the top spot on the podium, elected not to sail the final race of the series. Alan Field (Los Angeles, Calif.), sailing with tactician Steve Hunt (San Diego) and crew Sarah Curran, Jeff Reynolds and Erik Shampain, finished 2-1 to claim second overall on 17 points as a tie with Riccardo Simoneschi (Milan, Italy) went in Field’s favor by virtue of his win of the last race.
In the Melges 20 class Mary Anne Ward (Cocoa Beach, Fla.), with tactician Sam Rogers and bowman Peter Keck, took the series win after finishing 1-4 on the final day of racing. The 2010 Audi Melges 20 National Champions – Michael Kiss, Mitchell Kiss (both Holland, Mich.) and Chris Rast (San Diego, Calif.) – had moved into podium contention after winning the last two races on the penultimate day. Unfortunately, a minute after the start of today’s first race, they were hit hard by another boat and had to drop out and make repairs before the next race.
“It was one of those things,” said Michael Kiss. “It was blowing 13 knots, there was lots of traffic and the guy was unsuccessful in trying to duck us. We were second [overall], so don’t feel sorry for us. This is our second year here and the sailing conditions were great, the race committee work was great and we had a great time.” Paul Reilly (Chicago, Ill.), with tactician Andy Burdick (Zenda, Wisc.) and Mike Kuschner, finished third overall with 18 points.
There was no change in the top-two positions in the 12-boat Viper 640 fleet, as Glyn Locke (GBR), with crew David Chapman and Ian Nicholson, finished 1-2-2 to win the series with eight points, followed by Justin Scott (Greenwich, Conn.), with Peter Beardsley and Ched Proctor, in second on 16 points. Joseph Healey (Stormville, N.Y.), with Kevin Gillman and Vincent Marchetto, were third overall in the 17-boat fleet on 30 points.
In the J/24 fleet: Brian Kamilar (Miami), sailing with Fran Bellocchio, Fabio Galarce, Mauricio Galarce and Enrique Quintero, finished 1-2-3 today to win the series with 12 points, one point ahead of Robert Pincus (Miami), with Patricia Amaducci, Eammon Delisser and JB Slater, who posted finishes of 2-1-4 over the final three races. Kris Werner (Rochester, N.Y.), sailing with John Enwright, Michael Mansfield, Fred Meyer and Kiki Werner, was third overall with 18 points.
Bacardi Cup results:
|1||FRA 8270||Guillaume Florent||Pascal Rambeau||3||10||1||5||15||4||23|
|2||IRL 8418||Peter O'Leary||David Burrows||7||2||5||8||4||6||24|
|3||NOR 8317||Eivind Melleby||Petter Morland Pedersen||1||8||4||94.0 [BFD]||11||2||26|
|4||SWE 8428||Fredrik Loof||Max Salminen||28||1||2||1||20||5||29|
|5||NZL 8187||Hamish Pepper||Craig Monk||14||3||10||2||18||1||30|
|6||POL 8417||Mateusz Kusznierewicz||Dominik Zycki||6||6||15||11||13||3||39|
|7||USA 8396||Andy Horton||Jamie Lyne||8||17||8||3||6||15||40|
|8||BER 8442||Peter Bromby||Lee White||53||19||3||4||5||13||44|
|9||POL 8412||Maciej Grabowski||Lukasz Lesinski||9||5||13||25||12||19||58|
|10||USA 8320||Mark Reynolds||Rick Peters||5||12||22||13||23||10||62|
|11||USA 8267||Mark Mendelblatt||Magnus Liljedhal||26||13||14||9||25||11||72|
|12||USA 8422||Rick Merriman||Austin Sperry||21||20||19||22||8||7||75|
|13||GER 8140||Alexander Schlonski||Matthias Bohn||18||94.0 [DNS]||7||6||1||48||80|
|14||USA 8285||Augie Diaz||Bruno Prada||12||27||6||7||46||28||80|
|15||USA 8177||Jud Smith||Edward Morey||24||29||12||16||9||23||84|
|16||GER 8433||Johannes Babendererde||Timo Jacobs||37||23.0 [23.0, RDG]||9||94.0 [BFD]||2||17||88|
|17||USA 8434||George Szabo||Caleb Paine||4||36||20||23||14||33||94|
|18||USA 8395||John Maccausland||Kevin Mullerg||10||18||94.0 [OCS]||27||30||12||97|
|19||USA 8067||Tomas Hornos||Roman Gotsulyok||23||94.0 [DNF]||24||19||7||25||98|
|20||USA 8362||Peter Vessella||Rodney Hagerbols||11||4||94.0 [OCS]||14||28||45||102|
|21||GER 8414||Johannes Polgar||Markus Koy||19||9||21||94.0 [BFD]||10||43||102|
|22||USA 8408||Andrew Campbell||Ian Coleman||2||26||94.0 [DNS]||20||26||30||104|
|23||GER 8331||Hubert Merkelbach||Gerrit Bartel||45||21||11||31||24||21||108|
|24||USA 8000||Arthur Anosov||Vitali Kushnir||25||30||26||15||17||41||113|
|25||USA 8250||Andrew Macdonald||Michael Nichol||16||24||25||35||34||18||117|
|26||USA 8440||Larry Whipple||Phil Trinter||17||11||23||34||33||94.0 [DNF]||118|
|27||AUS 8336||Paul McKenzie||Phil Toth||31||14||29||29||19||47||122|
|28||USA 8410||Jon Vandermolen||Geoff Ewenson||29||15||32||17||31||39||124|
|29||CAN 8235||Hans Fogh||Roger Cheer||20||16||40||33||58||22||131|
|30||CAN 8143||Brian Cramer||Matt Johnston||32||22||31||26||22||32||133|
|31||UKR 8247||Vasyl Gureyev||Vasyl Gureyev||13||94.0 [BFD]||27||39||41||16||136|
|32||SWE 8338||Mats Johansson||Levie Moller||41||25||94.0 [OCS]||10||36||27||139|
|33||ITA 8399||Francesco Bruni||Leone Rocca||22||94.0 [BFD]||17||18||94.0 [DNF]||9||160|
|34||CRO 8339||Marin Lovrovic||Sinisa Mikulicic||94.0 [OCS]||94.0 [BFD]||16||28||3||24||165|
|35||SWE 8351||Tom Lofstedt||Hakan Luudgreu||55||23||42||40||27||35||167|
|36||POR 8309||Afonso Domingos||Federico Melo||94.0 [OCS]||33||28||12||94.0 [DNF]||8||175|
|37||SUI 8409||Christoph Gautschi||Benedikt Wenk||49||94.0 [BFD]||35||44||21||26||175|
|38||AUT 8437||Hans Spitzauer||MASSIMO CANALI||30||94.0 [BFD]||18||21||94.0 [DNF]||14||177|
|39||USA 8269||Jock Kohlhas||Rick Burgess||36||7||46||58||37||53||179|
|40||SUI 7829||Michel Niklaus||Serge Pulfer||54||60||44||32||29||20||179|
|41||USA 8265||Peter Wright||Nathan Quist||51||32||30||30||40||94.0 [DNF]||183|
|42||USA 8077||Jack Jennings||Marck Valasek||39||40||34||94.0 [BFD]||39||31||183|
|43||AUS 8101||Peter Bellingham||Nando Coloninno||33||28||94.0 [OCS]||24||35||67||187|
|44||CAN 8427||Stuart Hebb||Chris Lanza||35||58||33||59||38||29||193|
|45||GBR 7601||Michael Hicks||Patrick Hicks||50||38||37||36||53||37||198|
|46||ITA 8373||GUIDO FALCIOLA||Federico Medolago||15||41||54||55||51||46||207|
|47||CAN 7626||Mark Passmore||Ivan Bunner||94.0 [OCS]||39||39||48||32||61||219|
|48||USA 8401||Christopher Line||Larry Scott||38||42||52||50||94.0 [DNF]||40||222|
|49||USA 8379||Bill Allen||Brad Lichter||79||35||41||37||55||55||223|
|50||SUI 8075||Jean-Pascal Chatagny||Vincent Hagin||34||44||47||54||48||51||224|
|51||USA 7677||Chris Rogers||Mark Dolan||66||37||43||62||45||38||225|
|52||ITA 8392||Renato Irrera||Manvele La Porta||40||94.0 [BFD]||50||38||44||60||232|
|53||USA 8291||William Swigart||Chuck Beek||94.0 [OCS]||46||38||42||52||58||236|
|54||USA 7741||Benjamin Sternberg||Valentin Vettsman||44||49||53||61||47||44||237|
|55||GER 7865||Stefan Lehnert||Dietmar Hobbie||57||31||63||49||54||49||240|
|56||SWE 8254||Philip Carlson||Daniel Bylock||47||48||36||47||63||64||241|
|57||USA 8063||Bert Collins||Jacob Doyle||52||45||94.0 [DNF]||53||60||34||244|
|58||ITA 8421||VINCENZO LOCATELLI||Giuseppe Ogeioni||69||43||55||57||49||56||260|
|59||GER 8311||Axel Hampe||Christian Knoll||60||34||58||56||56||65||264|
|60||SUI 8329||Daniel Wyss||Urs Joss||73||54||57||41||42||94.0 [DNF]||267|
|61||USA 7620||Derek Decouteau||Dave Martin||27||94.0 [BFD]||94.0 [OCS]||52||57||50||280|
|62||GER 8333||Klaus Meyer||Dirk Struve||82||94.0 [BFD]||45||43||43||68||281|
|63||USA 8069||John Foster||H||62||66||48||60||50||94.0 [DNC]||286|
|64||USA 7629||Ken Woods||Bill Peter||63||63||56||45||62||94.0 [DNC]||289|
|65||USA 8036||Jack Rickard||Jack Richard||76||56||65||70||59||42||292|
|66||USA 8084||Robert Teitge||John Finch||94.0 [OCS]||52||67||74||64||36||293|
|67||ITA 8242||Lucio Boggi||Sierro Lanberten||42||94.0 [BFD]||94.0 [OCS]||51||16||94.0 [DNC]||297|
|68||CAN 7930||Harri Palm||Jeffrey Imai||46||55||69||63||65||70||298|
|69||CAN 8271||Allan Cullen||Brett Wilson||43||50||64||94.0 [DNF]||94.0 [DNF]||59||310|
|70||USA 8132||Witold Gesing||Adam Gesing||68||61||62||67||70||52||310|
|71||USA 8215||John Chiarella||Bob Carlson||72||47||66||71||71||94.0 [DNF]||327|
|72||AUT 8436||Roberto Tomasini Grinover||Gunnar Bahr||74||51||59||94.0 [DNS]||94.0 [DNC]||54||332|
|73||USA 7747||Donald Massey||R J Treg||64||94.0 [BFD]||94.0 [DNF]||46||61||71||336|
|74||USA 4125||Keith Donald||Jim Pickering||56||68||73||65||75||75||337|
|75||CAN 8236||Philippe Hofer||Gary Soules||94.0 [OCS]||64||70||72||69||62||337|
|76||USA 7802||Tom Doran||Jim Albert||71||59||72||69||67||72||338|
|77||GER 7816||Fritz Girr||Bernhard Schaefer||70||94.0 [BFD]||71||64||68||69||342|
|78||USA 8312||Tony Hermann||Curll||94.0 [OCS]||94.0 [DNS]||60||66||66||57||343|
|79||BRA 8127||Fabio Bruggioni||Marconi Sansollo||61||94.0 [BFD]||51||69.0 [69.0, RDG]||69.0 [69.0, RDG]||94.0 [DNC]||344|
|80||SUI 8085||Lorenz Zimmermann||Nils Hollweg||58||94.0 [BFD]||49||76||72||94.0 [DNC]||349|
|81||GER 7750||Jens Burmester||Friedrich Kleine||77||65||68||75||94.0 [DNF]||66||351|
|82||USA 8217||Mike Phinney||Scott Pie||81||69||75||68||74||73||359|
|83||USA 8095||Gunti Weissenberger||Chris Hardin||67||53||61||94.0 [DNS]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||369|
|84||USA 8153||Joseph Pro||Nicolas Pro||65||62||76||73||94.0 [DNF]||94.0 [DNC]||370|
|85||USA 7970||Sam Hopkins||Bark Leaplan||80||70||77||77||73||74||371|
|86||USA 7964||Charles F Kohlermann IV||Matt Silverman||59||57||74||94.0 [DNS]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||378|
|87||CAN 7501||Amanda Karahanas||Tony Karahanas||75||67||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNF]||94.0 [DNF]||63||393|
|88||AUT 8110||Hans-Christian Nehammer||Felix Kling||48||94.0 [BFD]||94.0 [OCS]||94.0 [DNS]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||424|
|89||CAN 6680||Greg Poole||Andrew Hamblin||78||94.0 [DNS]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNS]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||454|
|90||BAH 8406||Mark Holowesko||Mark Holowesko||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||470|
|90||ARG 7907||Fabian Mac Gowan||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||470|
|90||USA 8157||Thomas White||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||470|
|90||CAN 8361||Richard Clark||Tyler Bjorn||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||94.0 [DNC]||470|