Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Mendelblatt and Fatih take Bacardi Cup

by Jan Harley on 10 Mar 2013
Star Class Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih are the 86th Bacardi Cup Champions Cory Silken
Five one-design fleets, awash with competitors representing over a dozen nations, concluded six days of racing as the 2013 BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank wrapped up today. With points tight among the top contenders in each class, the big story of the regatta was the win of the 86th Bacardi Cup by the Florida team of Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg) and Brian Fatih (Miami). Having started their series on Monday by picking up the max number of points for an over early start, the duo worked their way back up the standings to end the penultimate day of the series in second overall.

'We started [the series] not in the best way, but we turned it around,' said Mendelblatt, who previously won the Bacardi Cup in 2005. 'It was a disappointing start and it was my fault for not having a good first race. After that we've been very consistent with low scores. We won the last two races and everything went our way. Winning the Cup again means a lot to me; it's really great because winning any big Star regatta is not easy at all! I am very happy to have had Brian with me. He is a great crew and wanted to have his name on the Tito Bacardi trophy. The Bacardi Cup is a great event and now, with the addition of all the other classes, it's even more satisfying.'

Mendelblatt and Fatih, who represented the USA in the Star class at the 2012 Olympics, won the single race contested by the 56 Star teams on the final day of the series to move to the top of the standings with 26 points. Lars Grael and Mario Lagoa (BRA), who had been atop the overall standings throughout the week, took second overall with 30 points after placing seventh in the race. Defending champion Xavier Rohart (FRA) ended the series tied on points with Grael after finishing the race in fourth place to take third in the overall standings. The only change for Diego Negri and Frithjof Kleen (ITA) or 2003 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Augie Diaz (Miami, Fla.) and Arnis Baltins, was in the point totals as both retained their positions in the top-five with, respectively, 33 and 41 points.

The 44-boat Audi Melges 20 class saw a different winner – Michael Kiss (Holland, Mich.), John Taylor (Jupiter, Fla.) and Robert Hughes (Ada, Mich.) – in each of the three races sailed to complete their series. Starting the final day fifth overall, Kiss, the defending class champion, went on to post finishes of 3-2-1 which propelled him to the top of the standings with 22 points. Alessandro Rombelli (Milan, ITA) also moved up four spots in the standings with finishes of 7-3-9 for 33 points. James Wilson (Rye, N.Y.) with 37 points, Richard Davies (Winnetka, Ill.) with 42 and Russell Lucas (Little Silver, N.J.) with 43, complete the top-five.

In the 18-boat Melges 24 class, Riccardo Simoneschi (Milan, ITA) won two of the three races sailed to claim the class title with 16 points.

We’re happy for the win here in Miami,' said Simoneschi. 'It’s our first race of the year. We really like racing on Biscayne Bay and within the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week program, which is one of the top regattas. I’ve never won in Miami and I am happy to have done it with our new tactician Enrico Fondi who is a world champion. We will definitely be back next year to defend our win.'

Don Wilson (Chicago, Ill.), finished 9-1-2 to net 21 points and take second overall, beating Alan Field (Los Angeles, Calif.) on a tie-breaker. Catherine Evans (Annapolis, Md.) was third overall with 29 points, followed by Alec Cutler (BER) with 33.

Three races were also sailed by the Viper 640 fleet, and the two won by Lee Shuckerow (Point Edward, CAN) assured him of the class title with 20 points. Phil Lotz (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) won the other race and moved up three spots to second overall in the 18-boat standings with 24 points. Jason Carroll (New York, N.Y.) took third with 26 points. The 2012 class champion Glyn Locke (Isle of Wight, GBR) and Pieter Taselaar (Newport, R.I.) ended the series tied on 29 points, with Locke winning the standings tie breaker.

The J/70 class made a strong debut in Miami with 20 boats racing. In pole position with no finish worse than third to start the final day of the series, Briane Keane (Weston, Mass.) added two wins to his score line to take the inaugural BMSW class win with 13 points.

'Learned a lot in Key West, tried new things here in Miami and things have worked out!,' said Keane. 'Our goal was to be in the top-five and we did it. The J/70 class is the most exciting class in 10 years with top sailors; it’s the best fleet in North America right now; winning Miami is a great accomplishment.'

Keane had the largest point cushion – 19 points – of any top finisher in the competing fleets. Peter Duncan (Rye, N.Y.), who won one of the day’s races, finished second overall with 32 points, beating Will Welles (Portsmouth, R.I.) in a standings tie-breaker. Joe Woods (Torquay, GBR) with 43 points, and Brian Elliott (Sayville, N.Y.) with 47, complete the top-five.



More information on the BACARDI Miami Sailing Week and the 86th BACARDI Cup is available at www.MiamiSailingWeek.com and www.BacardiCup.com.

InSunSport - NZZhik Dinghy 660x82T Clewring AC72

Related Articles

National birthdays and sailing—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted today at 9:34 pm
Volvo Ocean Race 'back on track'
Cape of Good Hope and Australia to port Not since the 2005–06 Volvo Ocean Race has the fleet roared east from the tip of South Africa across the Southern Ocean, but the course now described for the 2017-18 edition has returned the race to its roots.
Posted today at 4:25 am
Volvo Ocean Race adds full Southern Ocean Leg and 5000nm to new course
Volvo Ocean Race has announced a new course for the 2017/18 round the world event. Several major changes are planned including a return to a full Southern Ocean leg, and the addition of a massive Leg 5 of 13,300nm - the longest leg ever sailed in the Volvo Ocean Race. A minimum circumnavigation around the planet is approximately 21,600nm to be recognised as, a record for the course.
Posted today at 4:23 am
National team Send-Off Party set for July 27th in Houston
Fourteen athletes who have earned a place on the U.S. National Sailing Team will be treated to a rousing Send-Off Party Fourteen athletes who have earned a place on the U.S. National Sailing Team will be treated to a rousing Send-Off Party on July 27th in Houston, Texas at Houston Yacht Club, presented by Sunbrella.
Posted today at 2:42 am
Five tips for boaters to get through the holiday weekend
This July 4 holiday weekend there will be more recreational boaters on the water than at any other time of year This July 4 holiday weekend there will be more recreational boaters on the water than at any other time of year, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).
Posted today at 1:47 am
My Best Olympic Race – Vasilij Zbogar
Memorable moments won’t always be the golden ones. They can be hitting a personal best, breaking a national record Speak to any athlete and ask them about a moment that defines their career. Whether it happened five days, five months, five years or even fifty years ago the chances are the memory of that moment is clearly engraved in their minds.
Posted on 27 Jun
Second round of the FAST40+ Racing Circuit proves to be real thriller
With its double tides, sand banks, channels and numerous land effects, the Solent is a complex place to sail. With its double tides, sand banks, channels and numerous land effects, the Solent is a complex place to sail. The highly changeable weather scenario including thunder and lightening added another dimension to the regatta. However, in the light weight FAST40+ Class, speed is always king.
Posted on 27 Jun
2016 Land Rover Kelowna Canadian National Championship overall
The championship started on June 24 with nothing but wind and March temperatures keeping all sailors dressed for weather The definition of Corinthian is a team with no professional sailors on board. The second in overall ranking and first place in the Corinthian Fleet is Fraser McMillan and the Wet Coast Sailing Team on Sunnyvale CAN151 from Brentwood Bay, Canada
Posted on 27 Jun
Clipper Race – Will there be successful North Atlantic escape artist?
The winds started lightening yesterday, and boat speeds are low today in the fluky airs at around the halfway race mark. ClipperTelemed+ is now leading the fleet again, with former race leader Derry~Londonderry~Doire in second and LMAX Exchange in third after coming out of Stealth Mode as it attempted to bluff the other teams regarding going for the Scoring Gate.
Posted on 27 Jun
Superyacht Cup ends spectacularly after 3 days of hair-raising action
An exhilarating event which perfectly mixes fun times with fierce racing in the Mediterranean's popular superyacht haunt P2, with three bullets to her name, was the undisputed winner in Class B. In classic Class D it was the gleaming Herreshoff designed Mariette of 1915 who, also with a perfect score of three firsts, championed.
Posted on 27 Jun