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M32 Gold Cup - Sunny, warm and shifty final day in Miami

'M32 Gold Cup 2014'    Peter Gustafsson/

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.

M32 Gold Cup 2014 -  Peter Gustafsson/  

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.

M32 Gold Cup 2014 -  Peter Gustafsson/  

'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).

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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
  Team Name Skipper Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 R20 R22 R23 Pts Net
        Friday 28 Jan Saturday 1 March Sunday 2 March Monday 3 March    
1 Wallén Racing Hans Wallén SWE 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 3 1 2 2 2 3 dnf 1 1 1 1 40 32
2 Lööf Racing Fredrik Lööf SWE 3 3 4 5 1 7 2 2 1 2 4 4 3 3 5 1 1 1 4 2 2 2 62 55
3 Rahm Racing Mattias Rahm SWE 2 2 1 4 6 1 3 4 4 3 2 1 2 1 4 4 2 3 3 3 5 4 64 58
4 Gradient Vee Randy Miller USA 5 6 7 7 5 3 6 3 3 4 3 2 4 7 3 5 5 2 5 5 3 6 99 92
5 Ultimate Pressure Peter Denton USA 7 4 3 3 7 4 dnf 5 6 5 5 6 7 4 1 7 4 6 2 4 6 5 109 101
6 Sail Racing Klabbe Nylöf SWE 4 7 5 2 4 6 5 6 7 6 6 7 5 5 6 3 6 5 6 6 dnf dns 123 115
7 Lift Off Malcolm Gefter USA 6 5 6 6 3 5 4 7 5 7 7 5 6 6 7 6 7 4 7 7 4 3 123 116

M32 Gold Cup 2014 -  Peter Gustafsson/  

M32 Gold Cup 2014 -  Peter Gustafsson/  

M32 Gold Cup 2014 -  Peter Gustafsson/  

M32 Gold Cup 2014 -  Peter Gustafsson/  

M32 Gold Cup 2014 -  Peter Gustafsson/  

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