Poles into the lead
Racing got underway in earnest today for the five classes – Star, Viper 640, Audi Melges 20, Melges 24 and J/80 – competing in Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank. The Star fleet, competing for the 85th Bacardi Cup, had started racing on Monday but was sidelined for the last two days as a weather system generating high winds and hazardous marine conditions sat over the area. Today, with easterly winds in the upper teens, the Stars resumed their series, joined by the Melges fleets who shared racing on one circle and the Viper 640 and J/80 classes sharing another.
In the first race of the day for the Star class 2008 Olympian Peter O’Leary and David Burrows from Ireland led around the first leeward mark followed closely by Poland's 2008 Star World Champions Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki and France's Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot. The positions remained intact as the three teams crossed the finish line. In race two, 2007 Bacardi Cup champion New Zealand's Hamish Pepper and crew Jim Turner were leading at the first mark, followed by Kusznierewicz/Zycki and Rohart/Ponsot, but the Polish team succeeded in beating them across the line, with the French team finishing third.
The win of the second race moved Kusznierewicz and Zycki to the top of the overall standings with three points, followed by O’Leary and Burrows with five. Day one leaders Austria's Hans Spitzauer, a five-time Olympian, and Gerd Habermueller placed 9-5 in today’s races and dropped to third overall, where they are tied on points with Rohart and Ponsot. Two points back, Pepper and Turner stand fifth with eight points.
“Overall not a bad day,” said Peter O’Leary. “After two days on shore we were very happy to be on the water again. Conditions were good, yet a bit tricky with big waves that made sailing interesting. We were first at the first mark and we took it from there to the finish. In the second race we had an excellent start and then had to overcome a big wind shift. We made it to the top mark in the top group, and although we wanted to win we had to settle for fourth.”
The Audi Melges 20 class opened their series by completing three races, with two-time (’11, ’10) class national champion Michael Kiss standing atop the 34-strong fleet after posting finishes of 1-2-1 for the day. Paul Reilly is second overall with finishes of 9-1-3 for 13 points, followed by Italy's Luca Lalli who has 15 points after finishing 8-3-4. Two points back in fourth overall is Marcus Eagan, while Italian Renato Vallivero is fifth with 26 points.
“In all three races we had really good starts,” said Michael Kiss. “We also were really fast downwind; and I guess that made the difference. It was really choppy, difficult, very tough and competition is very close. All in all, an excellent day.”
In the 21-boat Melges 24 class, Ireland’s Conor Clarke won the first race of the day, while Switzerland's Franco Rossini placed second. Rossini then took the bullet in the second and third races of the day, not to mention the lead of the overall standings which he now holds with four points. Clarke is second overall with seven points, followed by Italy's Riccardo Simoneschi who has 10 points after finishes of 3-5-2. One point back is Kristen Lane after scoring a 5-3-3, followed by Alan Field with 4-11-5 on 20.
The Viper 640 fleet also completed three races, all of which were won by the defending champions – the UK's Glyn Locke, David Chapman and Ian Nicholson. Lee Eikel drove to finishes of 3-4-4 for 11 points, and Craig and Deborah Wilusz are third overall with 15 points on finishes of 2-8-5. Fourth in the standings are Phil and Wendy Lotz with 16 points, followed by Justin Scott with 18.
“Superb Miami conditions,” said Glyn Locke. “Great tribute to the Viper boats…really canning downhill with speed in excess of 20 knots. There are five very fast boats in the fleet with very similar speed and it comes down on who does not make mistakes. While three wins might look easy, it's actually a very hard competition. I'm looking forward very much and I will try to win Miami again.”
In the all-American fleet of nine J/80s, Glenn Darden leads the standings with five points after winning the second and third races today. Gary Kamins is second with eight points on finishes of 2-4-2, followed by Rick Schaffer with 13 points on finishes of 4-6-3. Fourth overall is Henry Brauer after finishes of 6-3-5 earned 14 points. Nizar Abuzeni, won the opening race of the day which he followed with finishes of 7-8. Abuzeni is currently fifth overall with 16 points.
Racing resumes tomorrow, Friday, 9 March, and will conclude for all five classes on Saturday, 10 March.
Star class top 50 results:
|1||POL 8417||Mateusz Kusznierewicz / Dominik Zycki||13||2||1||||3|
|2||IRL 8473||Peter O'Leary / David Burrows||8||1||4||||5|
|3||AUT 8436||Hans Spitzauer / Gerd Habermueller||1||9||5||||6|
|4||FRA 8237||Xavier ROHART / Pierre Alexis PONSOT||15||3||3||||6|
|5||NZL 8464||Hamish Pepper / Jim Turner||12||6||2||||8|
|6||USA 8285||Augie Diaz / Bruno Prada||11||4||7||||11|
|7||USA 8423||Andrew Campbell / Ian Coleman||2||10||11||||12|
|8||USA 8250||Jud Smith / Brian Fatih||4||11||13||||15|
|9||NOR 8317||Eivind Melleby / Petter Morland Pedersen||68/DNS||7||8||||15|
|10||USA 8362||Peter Vessella / Austin Sperry||5||24||12||||17|
|11||SUI 8364||Flavio Marazzi / Enrico De Maria||21||8||9||||17|
|12||IRL 8418||Nicholas O'Leary / Rodney Hagebols||18||5||14||||19|
|13||UKR 8000||Arthur Anosov / Vitalii Kushnir||3||21||17||||20|
|14||AUS 8336||Paul Mckenzie / Philip Toth||20||16||6||||22|
|15||USA 8395||John MacCausland / mike Nichol||10||13||19||||23|
|16||CAN 8466||Stuart Hebb / Brad Nichols||9||68/BFD||15||||24|
|17||USA 8320||George Szabo / roger cheer||68/DNC||18||10||||28|
|18||UKR 8247||Vasyl Gureyev / Volodymyr Korotkov||28||12||16||||28|
|19||ARG 7907||Fabian Mac Gowan / Ariel Simonet||7||26||28||||33|
|20||ITA 8382||Irrera Renato / Manuele La Porta||6||28||30||||34|
|21||USA 8265||Peter Wright / Dan Wright||33||15||22||||37|
|22||CAN 8143||Brian Cramer / Cameron Lymburner||17||29||20||||37|
|23||USA 8260||Carl Buchan / Jamie Buchan||19||19||26||||38|
|24||USA 8312||Chris Nielson / Mickey Nielson||16||23||35||||39|
|25||GER 8331||Hubert Merkelbach / gerrit bartel||36||17||25||||42|
|26||ARG 8278||Alberto Zanetti / Nicolas Rosas||23||33||21||||44|
|27||USA 8460||Jon VanderMolen / Caj Flynn||22||22||27||||44|
|28||ARG 8136||Gustavo Warburg||31||14||34||||45|
|29||USA 8379||Bill Allen / Bruce Hatfild||41||20||31||||51|
|30||SUI 8409||Gautschi Christoph / Schenk Dominik||29||25||37||||54|
|31||GER 7865||Stefan Lehnert / Dietmar Hobie||26||34||29||||55|
|32||USA 8177||Tomas Hornos / Ed Morey||68/BFD||32||24||||56|
|33||USA 8170||Tom Londrigan, Jr. / Steve Cutting||34||38||23||||57|
|34||USA 8285||Erich Mones Ruiz / Diego Peisajovich||25||36||41||||61|
|35||USA 8015||Donald Massey / Isao Toyama||35||30||33||||63|
|36||USA 7741||Benjamin Sternberg / Valentin Veytsman||37||27||68/DNF||||64|
|37||AUS 8101||Peter Bellingham||68/BFD||49||18||||67|
|38||USA 7620||Derek DeCouteau / Dave Martin||38||35||32||||67|
|39||CAN 7601||Terry Line / larry scott||32||43||39||||71|
|40||SUI 8085||Lorenz Zimmermann / Nils Hollweg||68/BFD||37||36||||73|
|41||CAN 8094||Jerry Wendt / Keven Piper||39||44||40||||79|
|42||USA 7629||Ken Woods / Kip Gardner||68/DNC||42||38||||80|
|43||SUI 8329||Wyss Daniel / Urs Joss||43||39||41/RDG||||80|
|44||USA 8227||Patrick Gudat / kirk Olon||40||41||43||||81|
|45||USA 8440||Larry Whipple / Philp Trinter||14||68/DNC||68/DNC||||82|
|46||CAN 7930||Harri Palm / Jeffrey Imai||68/DNF||46||42||||88|
|47||GER 8198||Jörg Mellis / Nils Nuellmeier||45||47||44||||89|
|48||GER 7750||Jens Burmester / Dr. Porky Markus||24||68/DNF||68/DNC||||92|
|49||USA 8084||Robert Teitge / Thad Brej||68/BFD||48||45||||93|
|50||USA 8267||Stephen Gunther / Jon Kidder||47||50||46||||93|