Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2013. The Audi Melges 20 fleet is proud to bring the 2013 Miami Winter Series to a close with the highly anticipated race off Biscayne Bay. The fleet continues to break participation records with 51 boats planned to be in attendance starting on Thursday, March 7 in Miami, Florida.
Continuing with the huge success of the fleet, the International Audi Melges 20 Class Association (IAM20CA) is thrilled to welcome the very first Japanese teams ever to race on the global circuit. Yousuke Watabe and Shibuki Iitsuka on JPN 241 and Naofumi Kamei and Kan Yamada sailing Mamma Aiuto! will convene on the starting line with the rest of the fleet for the Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Event No. 3.
This highly diverse fleet will represent USA, Canada, British Virgin Islands, Italy, and now Japan. Yamada, Melges Japan sales representative, is ecstatic about the fleet growth in Japan.
'The Audi Melges 20 fleet is a perfect fit for the Japanese sailors and many have already shown great interest in the boat and for good reason.' Yamada explains, 'The Audi Melges 20 is an extremely attractive boat with the no hiking aspect, ease of mobility, screaming downwinds, and of course a highly competitive and a well supported fleet. My mission is to educate every Japanese sailor on just how wonderful the Audi Melges 20 truly is and about the phenomenal backing the IAM20CA provides to every single member of the class.'
The stakes are heightened with the Audi Melges 20 Winter Series title up for grabs this weekend. The competition is incredibly close with current overall leader John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti tied for points with Richard Davies' Section 16 in second. In third place is Marcus Eagan's Cajun Underwriting who is also tied for points with Rob Wilber's Cinghiale in fourth place. The Series includes the best of all three combined scores from the Miami Winter Series of regattas.View The 2013 Miami Winter Series Ranking.
Registration, practice, regatta preparation and opening ceremonies happen on Wednesday, March 6, with racing taking place Thursday through Saturday (eight races are scheduled). The Melges Skippers meeting will take place at Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC) (at 6:00pm on Wednesday, March 6th. Over the course of the weekend a grand host of Melges social events are on tap including the Melges Performance Sailing De-Brief Session presented by EFG Bank on Thursday afternoon post racing at GCSC, and the party everyone can't wait to attend - the Melges Rocks! party happens on Friday, March, 8 at 8:30 until at Mr. Moe's in the Grove. See you there!
Full Entry List
1.) Jason Knoll, A Little Wicked 2.) Brian Hill, Atlas 3.) Michael Kiss, Bacio 4.) Rhonda Joyce, Batteries Not Required 5.) Henry Demone, Bella Rena 6.) Pat Eudy, Big Booty 7.) Jon Messenger, Black Sheep 8.) Roland Vandermeer, BLAST! 9.) John Brown, Blind Squirrel 10.) John Arendshorst, Blink 20/20 11.) Erwyn Naidoo, Bohica 12.) David Flechsig, BRR Blind Rooster Racing 13.) Marcus Eagan, Cajun Underwriting 14.) Rob Wilber, Cinghiale 15.) Doug Forster, Currently Unnamed 16.) Lance Smotherman, Details 17.) Danny Shea, Diamante 18.) Tony Tabb, Elevation Racing 19.) Erik Wulff, Endorphin 20.) John Kimura, Evoked Potential 21.) Trey Sheehan, Flat Stanley Racing 22.) Chuck Holzman, Flyer 23.) Tom Kassberg, Flygfisk 24.) Dario Levi/Andrea Casale, Fremito D'arja 25.) Marc Hollerbach, Fu 26.) Robert Hughes, Heartbreaker 27.) Mark Plaxton, INTAC 28.) Brian Henke, Know name? 29.) Daniel Thielman, Kuai 30.) Travis Weisleder, Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team 31.) Kent Haegar, Mach Schnell 32.) Naofumi Kamei/Kan Yamada, Mamma Aiuto! 33.) Manfredi Vianini Tolomei, Maolca 34.) John Taylor, Ninkasi 35.) Thomas Bowen, No Name Yet 36.) Camille Rasdal, Odin 37.) James Wilson, Oleander 38.) Paul Reilly, Red Sky Sailing Team 39.) John Kilroy Jr., Samba Pa Ti 40.) Richard Davies, Section 16 41.) Russell Lucas, Shimmer 42.) Wes Whitmeyer Jr., Slingshot 43.) Richard Mallinson, Speedemon 44.) Jeff Ecklund, STAR 45.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG 46.) Yousuke Watabe/Shibuki Iitsuka, JPN 241 47.) Rob Butler, Touch 2 Play 48.) Tom Ritter, Tramp 49.) Chris Rypkema, Umi Minor 50.) Andy Rasdal, Valkyrie 51.) Paul Currie, Wild Deuces