Photos: Jan Söderström

Seven M32s in Miami

Marstrom catamaran circuit fires up in Miami

Friday February 28th 2014, Author: Peter Gustaffson, Location: United States

Miami greeted the seven M32 teams with cold rain and grey skies. But as soon as they went under the Rickenbacker Causeway Bridge and entered Biscayne Bay, the sun came out and the breeze filled in. The setting for the first day of M32 Gold Cup couldn’t be any better.

But it would be a day that really tested the crews, and especially the tacticians had to prove themselves as the vind varied a lot with many light patches. And in a fast catamaran it’s devastating to get stuck at 5-6 knots when the competition is doing 20+.

There was one team that showed the fleet how to do it: Wallén Racing managed to get out on top, despite some ups and downs during individual races. Several times teams went from first to last and back again as wind strength varied. Spectators might think that luck is a big factor in those conditions, but somehow the best teams always end up at the top anyways.

Hans Wallén and his crew managed to place 1-1-2-1-2-2, three points ahead of the earlier dominant Mattias Rahm with 2-2-1-4 6-1. Is this the start of a new era - or just a flash of brilliance?

The weekend is promising more stable winds. Let’s see if this will mix it up.


Pos Team Name Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts Net
1 Wallén Racing Hans Wallén 1 1 2 1 2 2 9 7
2 Rahm Racing Mattias Rahm 2 2 1 4 6 1 16 10
3 Lööf Racing Fredrik Lööf 3 3 4 5 1 7 23 16
4 Sail Racing Klabbe Nylöf 4 7 5 2 4 6 28 21
5 Ultimate Pressure Peter Denton 7 4 3 3 7 4 28 21
6 Lift Off Malcolm Gefter 6 5 6 6 3 5 31 25
7 Gradient Vee Randy Miller 5 6 7 7 5 3 33 26





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