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M32 Gold Cup - Sunny, warm and shifty final day in Miami
Tue, 4 Mar 2014
The fourth and final day of M32 Gold Cup in Miami followed the common theme we’ve seen in the previous days: sunny, warm, and shifty winds between six-eight knots of wind and Hans Wallén showing the other teams how it should be done.
After having issues with a halyard in the first race and posting a DNF (did not finish), the team posted four more firsts, making it a total of 12 first places in the regatta. With great speed, ultra smooth maneuvers and impeccable tactics, no one could touch them this time. Their worst scores besides the DNF was two third places.
This was a great regatta, said Hans Wallén. 'In august we decided we wanted to go to Miami for the winter, and we’ve managed to get all the pieces together; new sails, great crew and training in January where we learned a lot. We’ll be back.'
The two teams that usually fight it out for the top spot, Lööf and Rahm, had to settle for second and third. This fight was actually more exciting with Rahm coming in with a few points advantage but loosing it to Lööf in the last two races.
'I think it’s great for the class that we see new teams raising the bar,' said Peter Gustafsson, CEO of M32 Cup. 'I knew Hans Wallén had the potential, but I’ve never seen him this consistent. The other boat that surprised me was Randy Miller from San Francisco. Being relatively new to the class and having a young and energetic crew, he became the best US boat with a fourth overall. Wow!'
The winning team; Anders Dahlsjö (ex America’s Cup with Victory Challenge and VOR with Ericsson 3), Jonas von Geijer (ex Olympic 49er sailor), Philip Carlsson (pro sailor with a background in Star), and Hans Wallén (Olympic Silver in Star from Atlanta, ex Tornado sailor plus nine World titles in different classes).
We would like to thank all the teams and everyone in Miami. We would like to make this an annual regatta in Miami, and this time next year we could be 15 boats racing here.
Final Result - M32 Gold Cup Miami 28 Feb - 3 March 2014