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Miami Sailing Week comes to a close

'Star Fleet - BACARDI Miami Sailing Week'    Onne van der Wal    Click Here to view large photo
The 2012 edition of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank came to a close as the final races of the series were held for the Star, Audi Melges 20, Melges 24, Viper 640 and J/80 classes.

Over 150 boats with competitors from 16 countries and across the U.S.A. have enjoyed elite competition on Biscayne Bay.

With five races already on the scoreboard, the Star fleet today completed the sixth race for the 85th Bacardi Cup, being held for the 50th year in Miami.

Briefly postponed, the final race for the Stars got underway with just seven knots of breeze from the east southeast. The Swiss team of Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria were across the finish line first, followed by Miami’s own Augie Diaz with Bruno Prada, and 2008 Star World Champions Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (Poland). Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (France) were across fourth, followed by 2008 Olympian Peter O’Leary and David Burrows (Ireland).

By finishing ahead of the Irish team, Rohart and Ponsot, who had started the day with a three-point lead on O’Leary and Burrows, maintained the point spread to win the championship title with 13 points. O’Leary and Burrows, with 16 points, and Kusznierewicz and Zycki, with 18 points, filled out the remaining podium spots. Diaz and Prada, with finishes of 11-4-7-5-8-2; 26, moved up to fourth overall, with day one leaders, Austria’s five-time Olympian Hans Spitzauer and Gerd Habermueller, finishing fifth overall with 29 points.

'It's wonderful,' said Xavier Rohart on winning the 85th Bacardi Cup. 'I'm extremely happy for this achievement. It's a dream come true! I've been dreaming about it for 10 years and finally it happened. Unfortunately, I'm on my way to the airport as I have to be back home and I will miss the celebration tonight, but my crew and coach will be there. This concludes my training in Miami and I will continue to focus on more training before the Olympics.'

With a win of today’s single race for the Audi Melges 20 fleet, Michael Kiss (Holland, Mich.) clinched the championship with 20 points and a nine-point lead Paul Reilly (Chicago, Ill.) who placed sixth in that race to take second in the overall standings.

By crossing the finish line in second place, Marcus Eagan (Madisonville, La.) drilled down the point spread between himself and Reilly, going from being four points behind to being tied on points. On the tiebreaker, however, Eagan remained third in the overall standings with 29 points.

Luca Lalli (Milan, Italy) finished fifth in the race to end the series with 36 points, followed by Alessandro Rombelli (Milan, Italy) in fifth overall with 46 points. 'It feels great,' said Michael Kiss of the win. 'We had a really good regatta, a variety of conditions and I have a good team with Chris Rast and Willie McBride. It was really fun!'

There was no change in the top-five positions in the 21-boat Melges 24 class on the final day of racing. Franco Rossini (Switzerland) won the final race of the series to cement his position as fleet leader with 11 points, while increasing his lead from three to seven points over Riccardo Simoneschi (Milan, Italy) who finished 11th in the final race.

Conor Clarke (Ireland), with 24 points, Kristen Lane (Tiburon, Calif.), with 33, and Alan Field (Los Angeles, Calif.), with 37, complete the final top-five.

Finishes of 2-7-2 across the final three races contested by the 14-boat Viper 640 fleet was just the right combination to allow Glyn Locke (Isle of Wight), David Chapman (Sydney, Australia) and Ian Nicholson (U.K.) to successfully defend their title with 12 points.

The biggest mover in the fleet was Justin Scott (Greenwich, Conn.) who moved from fourth to second overall after today’s finishes of 3-1-6 gave him 38 points, just edging out, by one point, Lee Eikel (Mandeville, La.) who placed 14-8-5 today.

With finishes of 5-5-4, Phil and Wendy Lotz (Newport, R.I.) were able to move ahead of Craig and Deborah Wilusz (Ft. Walton Bach, Fla.) even though the Floridian’s had won the opening race of the day. The Wilusz’s followed with 9-11 for a net 46 points, four points behind the Rhode Island team.

'There are five very fast crews here, deserving of great respect and to be taken seriously. It’s great to have new people winning races' said Glyn Locke in reference to Justin Scott, the Wilusz’ and Sara Fox (Newport, R.I.) who won the final race of the series.

Locke explained that despite his team’s geographic challenges - Chapman lives in Australia - they all sail a lot of boats and put in a lot of work in the gym. 'You have to be fit to sail these boats. Going into day three, the pressure is on. Winds were light and fluky and we were lucky. Very satisfying to win after a few grueling days and I want to give a huge thank you to EFG and Bacardi for putting on the event, and, with no equipment breakdowns, credit to the designers and builders of the Viper 640.'

Three final races were sailed by the J/80 fleet to complete their series debut. Glenn Darden (Ft. Worth, Texas) led the standings all the way to the win, which he wrapped up without needing to sail the 10th and final race. Darden won the first two races of the day, and discarded the 10 points from not sailing the final race to net 14 points for the series.

Henry Brauer (Marblehead, Mass.) moved from fourth overall to second with 30 points after finishing 3-2-1 today. Gary Kamins (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) with 4-5-5 ends the series with 33 points, followed by Rick Schaffer (Ft. Worth, Texas) with 41 and Nizar Abueni (St. Paul, Minn.) with 44. 'Sometimes it looks easier than what it is,' said Darden.

'Today we had much lighter wind and wind shifts that made it challenging. We had to work for our wins, but we are very pleased for the victory. I'm also very pleased to be in Bacardi Sailing Week, and, looking forward to next year, I most certainly will recommend it to other competitors and sincerely hope participation will be up next year. I look forward to the event ceremony and dinner, Bacardi style!'

Results available here!
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by Jan Harley

  

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