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M32 Gold Cup to take place in Miami
Sat, 1 Mar 2014
The M32 Gold Cup is the first 'unofficial World Championship' where four US boats and four European boats will see four days of intense racing in Miami. The event is set to take place Feb 28th - Mar 3rd.
M32 Cup was established in Scandinavia in 2013 and this year will visit Gothenburg, Oslo, Malmö, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Other regional series will be established in 2015 and beyond.
This weekend the three favorites are from Sweden: Fredrik Lööf (Star Class Olympic Champion and three time olympic medallist), Mattias Rahm (match-racing star and America’s Cup strategist) and Hans Wallén (Olympic Silver Medalist and eight times World Champion) all have a full season in the class and are steadily improving.
Rahm won M32 Cup in Scandinavia 2013 as well as the warm-up race in Miami in November with very consistent sailing. The others are just points behind.
The US teams doesn’t have as much time in the boat, especially in close racing, but they have have the speed to give the Swedes a match. Consistent starts and tactics for the first reach leg will be critical if they want to be in the game.