Photos: Jan Söderström

Wallén unstoppable

As Freddy Loof puts in a better show at the M32 Gold Cup in Miami

Saturday March 1st 2014, Author: Peter Gustaffson, Location: United States

Once again Hans Wallén and his team had speed to spare and made the right decisions to post a nearly perfect score: 1-1-2-1-1 on day two of the M32 Gold Cup in Miami. They also had luck on their side, as a general recall helped them when they were struggling at one of their starts.

Teams were spoilt with the great sailing conditions today on Biscayne Bay, even if there was almost no breeze early on requiring the first start to be postponed by almost an hour.

Several Swedish teams took the opportunity to go for a swim, but the US crews decided to stay on board since there was talk of sharks in the area.

Racing began at 13:00 in 3-4 knots of sea breeze that increased during the afternoon.

Some of the teams really improved after the first day. Fredrik Lööf and his crew had to re-group after making some poor decisions on Friday and managed to pull off a first and three second places resulting in happier faces on board today. The London 2012 Star gold medallist's team clearly beat Mattias Rahm, who struggled to find their pace today.

Among the US boats, Gradient V skippered by Randy Miller, proved to be a fast learner and posted three third places, overtaking the other US boats and currently hold 4th overall. Gradient V is the first boat in San Francisco where they’ll get their own M32 fleet going soon.

With two days of racing left to go and with double points available on the final day of the regatta, there is still much to play for.

The forecast for Sunday is similar today, so the teams better stock up on water and sunscreen to prepare for another tough day in paradise.

Results:

Pos Team Skipper Pts D1 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Tot Net
1 Wallén Racing Hans Wallén 9 1 1 2 1 1 15 13
2 Rahm Racing Mattias Rahm 16 3 4 4 3 2 32 26
3 Lööf Racing Fredrik Lööf 23 2 2 1 2 4 34 27
4 Gradient Vee Randy Miller 33 6 3 3 4 3 52 45
5 Ultimate Pressure Peter Denton 28 dnf 5 6 5 5 57 49
6 Sail Racing Klabbe Nylöf 28 5 6 7 6 6 58 51
7 Lift Off Malcolm Gefter 31 4 7 5 7 7 61 54
 

 

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