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Percy and Simpson go top at Star Bacardi Cup

'Star - Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR)'    © Rolex / Dan Nerney

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson take over the lead at the Star class Bacardi Cup event in Miami, USA, after race three. The British Olympic pair finished in third place, behind Ireland's Peter O'Leary Peter and Steve Milne who won ahead of John Dane and Austin Sperry of the USA.

Lars Grael and Marcelo Jordao of Brazil drop to second overall after a 16th. Into third are Afonso Domingos and Bernardo Santos of Portugal with an improving seventh place. Race winner O'Leary and Milne are now fifth overall.

It was a good day for Croatians Marin Lovrovic Jr and Sinsa Mikulicic who finished in sixth, recovering from a black flag on day one and a tenth on day two they are now 42nd and waiting for the discard to kick them up the fleet.

George Szabo and Rick Peters of the USA had a fourth place, their first single figure race, to put them 22nd. But not so good for another Irish team, Maurice O'Connell and Ben Cooke, who after two days of single figures crashed to a 35th and 11th overall.

For the second time in three races, past Star World Champion, Alan Adler and Ricardo Ermel (BRA) put together a great start and a spectacular first beat to round the weather mark in first, five boat lengths ahead of George Szabo and Rick Peters whose boat was badly damaged during the first race of the series. John Dane and Austin Sperry, Joe Zambella and Bob Weinstein (USA) and Guns O’Leary and Stephen Milne were in hot pursuit as they bore away for the first run.

Szabo and Peters jumped into the lead by staying right on the run. O’Leary and Milne “gained a boat on the downwind leg by staying in the middle, not going to extremes and trying to find pressure,” said Milne who spent a lot of time looking aft at a huge fleet behind him. The youngest team on the water had their work cut out for them during the remainder of the race. They played the middle left up the next beat and took a short hitch to sneak inside the weather mark just ahead of Dane and Sperry. Their mentors, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, were hot on their tails.

O’Leary and Milne and Dane and Sperry broke away from the fleet as O’Leary and Milne took the high road and Dane and Sperry took the low road. “Dane did a good job of slipping in low at the offset. It was a nice feeling to round in the lead, but then the pressure was really on to the thought his experience would win out over the young Irishmen, Dane replied, “Of course, experience and calmness overcomes a lot of things in an 8-10 knot breeze with a big fleet,” but the boys had nice downwind speed and powerful gybes.

With their third place finish in the race, Percy and Simpson pulled into the lead for the regatta. “I’ve won a lot of races in the Bacardi over the years, but I haven’t won the Bacardi Cup yet,” said Percy earlier this week.

Star - Results after day 3 - three races completed

1 GBR 8345 Percy Iain Simpson Andrew 3 14 3 20 pts
2 BRA 8284 GRAEL LARS JORDÁO MARCELO 7 1 16 24 pts
3 POR 8309 Domingos Afonso Santos Bernardo 12 9 7 28 pts
4 BRA 8337 Adler Alan SEIFERT RONALD 2 19 8 29 pts
5 IRL 8261 O'Leary Peter Milne Stephen 14 15 1 30 pts
6 ITA 8266 Negri Diego Viale Luigi 16 7 12 35 pts
7 ITA 8313 Barovier Alberto Colaninno Nando 23 4 9 36 pts
8 BRA 8255 SCHEIDT ROBERT PRADA BRUNO 4 12 21 37 pts
9 USA 8285 Diaz Augie Trinter Phil 9 3 29 41 pts
10 SUI 8296 Marazzi Flavio De Maria Enrico 15 21 5 41.0001 pts
11 IRL 8254 O'Connell Maurice Cooke Ben 8 6 35 49 pts
12 NZL 8187 PEPPER Hamish Peel Ed 19 13 18 50 pts
13 ITA 8180 Bruni Francesco NOBILI Gilberto 22 5 24 51 pts
14 ITA 8281 Modena Luca Lambertenghi Sergio 18 2 37 57 pts
15 NOR 8234 Melleby Eivind Pedersen Petter 1 31 26 58 pts
16 BER 8272 Bromby Peter White Lee 6 20 34 60 pts
17 USA 8230 DANE John Sperry Austin 20 39 2 61 pts
18 POL 8209 Kusznierewicz Mateusz Zycki Dominik 11 8 45 64 pts
19 AUT 8226 Spitzauer Hans Nehammer Christian 5 55 10 70 pts
20 USA 8312 Merriman Rick Sharp Brian 17 47 11 75 pts
21 AUS 8214 Murray Iain Palfrey Andrew 13 23 39 75.0001 pts
22 USA 8273 Szabo George Peters Rick 26.5 [26.5, RDG] 49 4 79.5 pts
23 USA 8136 Filter Henry Wagner Will 21 24 36 81 pts
24 FIN 8094 MAKILA Jali Heinonen Erkki 24 29 30 83 pts
25 ITA 8290 Santoni Silvio Natucci Dodo 38 11 42 91 pts
26 USA 8303 Macdonald Andy Fatih Brian 27 43 23 93 pts
27 JPN 8144 SUZUKI Kunio WadaDaichi 32 34 27 93.0001 pts
28 USA 8195 Maccausland John Murphy Kevin 40 18 38 96 pts
29 USA 8306 Buckingham Jim Monroe Eric 29 48 19 96.0001 pts
30 ARG 7907 MacGowan Fabian ENGELHARD Federico 31 52 17 100 pts
31 USA 8320 Reynolds Mark Gale Jamie 10 16 76 102 pts
32 ESP 7581 Bermudez Roberto Ferreira Marcelo 34 45 25 104 pts
33 BAH 8265 Kelly Steven Bill Holowesko 42 54 13 109 pts
34 ARG 7 Rigoni Alejo Gonzalez Gustavo 35 32 46 113 pts
35 USA 8176 Lidecis Erik Marzahl Michael 25 75 15 115 pts
36 SUI 7990 Stegmeier Daniel Stegmeier Beat 50 46 28 124 pts
37 USA 8077 Londrigan Tom Jr Hall Stewart 42.0 [42.0, RDG] 62 22 126 pts
38 CRO 8280 Lovrovic Dan Lovrovic Sr Marin 55 35 40 130 pts
39 USA 7986 Labandeira Julio Chernobilsky Nicolas 26 61 44 131 pts
40 ITA 8332 Chieffi Enrico Galli Massimo 33 30 68 131 pts
41 CAN 8143 Cramer Brian Bjorn Tyler 62 37 33 132 pts
42 CRO 8339 Lovrovic Jr Marin Mikulicic Sinsa 119.0 [BFD] 10 6 135 pts
43 CHI 8319 Zuazola Rodrigo Riegel Robert 45 17 75 137 pts
44 UKR 8205 Datsenko Kostyantin Yevseyenko Oleksandr 65 25 47 137 pts
45 USA 8264 McChesney Peter Zwingelberg Shane 46 51 41 138 pts
46 USA 8317 Vandermolen Jon Ticknor Steve 59 28 54 141 pts
47 ARG 8169 Zanetti Alberto Warburg Gustavo 58 44 43 145 pts
48 BRA 8283 Brun Gastao Kraiczyk Fabio 28 70 48 146 pts
49 USA 8215 Allen Bill Hatfield Bruce 52 38 56 146 pts
50 USA 8269 Kohlhas Jock Scott Larry 47 42 64 153 pts
51 FRA 8107 Rohart Xavier Rambeau Pascal 119.0 [BFD] 26 14 159 pts
52 GBR 7601 Hicks Michael Hicks Patrick 48 57 58 163 pts
53 BRA 8282 PASCOLATO ALESSANDRO Boening Henry 49 63 53 165 pts
54 GER 8130 Voigt Henning Dirk Steve 51 59 57 167 pts
55 USA 8245 Zambella Joe Morey Ed 74 74 20 168 pts
56 SUI 8085 Zimmerman Lorenz Mutti Michael 53 56 59 168 pts
57 GER 7971 Stanjek Robert Koy Markus 119.0 [DSQ] 22 31 172 pts
58 USA 8043 Manderson John GOTSULYAK Roman 43 68 66 177 pts
59 SUI 8009 Gautschi Christoph Gouda Alex 44 84 49 177 pts
60 HUN 8166 Tenke Tibor Bendicsek Jozsef 36 71 72 179 pts
61 USA 8336 Fields Bill Rogers Chris 80 41 61 182 pts
62 GER 8213 Wilhelm Peer Hollweg Nils 37 95 51 183 pts
63 RUS 8305 Shevtsov Sergey Sadchikov Roman 39 27 119.0 [BFD] 185 pts
64 UKR 8096 Avksentien Kondratyuk 60 64 74 198 pts
65 ITA 8341 Boggi Lucio Laporta Manuel 119.0 [BFD] 50 32 201 pts
66 CAN 7784 Li Hongquan Wang He 63 72 67 202 pts
67 CAN 7474 Hendershot Will Vranderick Alain 77 66 62 205 pts
68 BRA 8300 FICKER PETER Lopes Arthur 68 76 63 207 pts
69 ITA 8164 Chinca Valerio Ciano Massimo 71 58 79 208 pts
70 USA 8253 Brethorst Rick Anderson Scott 54 78 78 210 pts
71 NED 8103 Bierman Guus Skinner Duncan 75 80 55 210 pts
72 USA 8159 Proctor Ched Semler Matt 119.0 [DNS] 40 52 211 pts
73 SWE 7978 Krook Ingvar Hasselgren Henrik 57 106 60 223 pts
74 USA 8061 Jennings Jack Rehe Mike 119.0 [DNS] 36 70 225 pts
75 GER 7865 Lehnert Stefan Menning Peter 72 60 95 227 pts
76 USA

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