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92nd Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta at Coral Reef Yacht Club - Overall

by Rachele Vitello 9 Mar 22:49 PDT 3-9 March 2019
Eric Doyle / Payson Infelise - 2019 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta © Martina Orsini

Miami and Biscayne Bay today showcased the best day of racing as this iconic racing venue said good-bye to the 500 sailors who competed at the Bacardi Invitational Regatta. A great Easterly breeze of around 10 knots, sun shining warm and wave chop a lot less than the previous days made for a perfect race day. All of the classes finished their scheduled races at this the best spring sailing yacht racing event in the North Hemisphere.

In the Star Class, the charge for the 92nd Bacardi Cup victory came down to an American Gold Star battle. Eric Doyle/Payson Infelise (USA) presented a flawless scorecard with results always in the top 4, but Paul Cayard/Magnus Liljedahl (USA) managed a brilliant come back from a 27th in race 1 and earned a chance to steal the win from Doyle/Infelise. But only if they could maintain the momentum that gave them wins in Race 4 and 5. Both teams started on the right side, with Doyle keeping an eagle eye on Cayard who was almost on pin end and kept following that track. The Southern California partnership of Doyle/Infelise were first to the windward mark, whilst in a surprise turn of form North California legend Paul Cayard rounded at the back, in about 20th position.

The order of play continued at the downwind gate and up the second windward leg. At this point, Doyle/Infelise realized they were safely ensconced as winners of the 92nd Bacardi Cup and could abandon the race and head ashore! Even though Paul Cayard/Magnus Liljedal were slowly climbing back through the fleet, there was no hope of them overhauling Doyle/Infelise's points advantage. Then, on the second downwind, they broke their mast and were forced to be towed back in. Scoring a DNF penalty, they had to re-count their 27th from day 1 and plummeted down the leaderboard to finish in 7th overall.

Standing alongside Doyle/Infelise on the podium were Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Firithjof Kleen (GER), who also gave themselves an uphill start after a UFD in race 1, but won two races from the remaining five and finished only 2 points behind the winners. Another two points back were bronze medalists Eivind Melleby (NOR) and Joshua Revkin (USA). In fourth were defending champions Diego Negri and Sergio Lambertenghi of Italy and in fifth the French Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot.

"It's been great, fun, fabulous weather, it all came together nicely, we had great speed, a fantastic team work, good starts and it's great to be in this excellent field with incredible champions," smiled a very satisfied Eric Doyle. "It is our first win even though I have sailed here for 20 times. One time we had a big fight then Ross McDonald came ahead I lost my points; it doesn't matter now, it's great we won it! And we are happy to win 2500 points of the Star Sailors League. We plan to go to the Europeans/SSL Breeze Grand Slam in May and then to the Worlds in Porto Cervo in June, so plenty of racing coming ahead!"

On the race courses closer to shore, action was unfolding for the J/70, Melges 24, Viper 640 and the Flying Tigers 7.5 who contested their last two races of the series.

In the J/70, the winners were the team on Catapult (USA), featuring Joel Ronning, Victor Diaz del Leon, Patrick Wilson and Chris Stoke. They were the most solid and consistent of the fleet with every score inside the top 3, after discarding their 11th in race 3. They racked up a 16 point advantage over second placed Americans onboard Surge with Mark Mendelblatt calling tactics, and in third was Italy's Calvi Network with Carlo Alberini driving.

"This was a very fun team to sail with we all got along very well," commented Joel Ronning of Catapult. "This group of people are very good at what they do. We had tremendous fun, we were able to minimize mistakes by keeping the dialogue open and if there were any issues they were taken care of right away. It's a phenomenal event and one of the premier series in the world. It's very well organized. We love Shake A Leg, we love Bacardi, everybody is so welcoming and we will definitely be coming back."

A big fight in the Melges 24, where, despite domination from a 19 boat American team line-up, it was the Italians on Italian Bombarda who claimed the win. Their super crew was all home-made in Italy: Andrea Pozzi, Carlo Zermin, Matteo Ivaldi, Nicholas Dal Ferro and Stefano Ciampalini. Full Throttle (USA) with Olympic tactician Jonathan McKee finished in second and Monsoon (USA) in third, with just 1 point between each of the top three teams.

"We loved the conditions here," said Andrea Pozzi of Bombarda. "It's the ones we love and perform better with. The crew has been working together for a long time, even though we are coming back together after a year's break. Miami is a fantastic spot, we love it and we loved the event. It combined the sport of sailing to the fun in the after sail, we want to thank Bacardi for this!"

Evil Hiss stepped up today to win the super competitive Viper 640 class: Mary and Geoff Ewenson with Star Olympian Tyler Bjorn won the last three races of the series leaving no doubts as to who was the best in the fleet. Great Scott!slang (USA) came in 6 points behind in second place, and first Corinthian team, and Choppy Seas (USA) completed the podium in third.

"We got better as the days progressed. Choreography on the boat was just perfect," said Geoff Ewenson. "The crew was very experienced and we were able to make good decisions. I've sailed in Miami enough so that it almost feels like sailing in my home waters. I remember coming down to Miami to sail the Bacardi Cup in Stars and now, the last three times as part of the Bacardi Invitational in Vipers. Love the organization, love Biscayne Bay and I can't wait to come back next year."

The best of the Flying Tigers 7.5 was Neun (CAN) with Geoff Becker, Richard Griffin, Sabine Griffin, Joe Mele and Adam Spiegel onboard. Finishing in style, they won the last race of the series. Just one point behind, Grassy Manatee (CAN) finished in second, with J.A.C.K.ed (USA) is third.

"We just had awesome team work," explained Geoff Backer of Neun about their win. "Beautiful clear conditions, warm water, warm air, everything was fantastic. We had such great fun and we'll definitely come back next year!"

As the curtains prepare to drop on the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, tonight it is all about the big Prize Giving Ceremony and dinner party at Shake-A-Leg Miami to officially close the 2019 edition. Bacardi is already planning the 2020 edition with the 93rd Bacardi Cup for the Star class, the event that launched this all in 1927 in Havana, Cuba.

Overall Results:

Star Class

PosBow NoSail NoYacht NameSkipper/CrewR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
117  USA 8423USA 8423Eric Doyle / Payson Infelise34232DNF14
253  POL 8548NatimaxibellaMateusz Kusznierewicz / Frithjof KleenUFD1554116
334  NOR 8234Survival of the Fattest IIEivind Melleby / Joshua Revkin831523218
433  ITA 8533VirgilaDiego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi19476321
537  FRA 8237La PelleXavier Rohart / Pierre Alexis Ponsot166195728
69  USA 8509DaniluAugie Diaz / Bruno Prada21711691038
766  USA 8466GEMPaul Cayard / Magnus Liljedahl272811DNF39
822  USA 8522USA 8522Allan Terhune Jr. / Arnis Baltins61071814441
974  BRA 8474RenataLars Grael / Samuel Freitas Moraes Gonçalves51312118844
104  BRA 8398ClementineMarcelo Fuchs / Pedro Trouche97326201251
1164  USA 8464Pied Piper / National MarineJack Jennings / John Von Schwartz148138101853
1227  IRL 8527Brotherly LoveNicholas O'Leary / Robert O'Leary1311171315557
1330  USA 8230Back From The DeadJohn Dane III / Tim Ray4142010181359
1454  USA 84598459Peter Vessella / Phil Trinter1812921111767
1583  DEN 8532African QueenJørgen Schönherr / Jan Eli Gravad405UFD413668
1631  CRO 8531Croatel TwoMarin Misura / Tonko Barac11151015191970
1718  USA 85188518Doug Smith / Brian O'Mahoney1522182312976
1828  USA 8528USA 8528George Szabo / Ed Morey2221143171579
1946  GER 8446LaraHubert Merkelbach / Markus Koy32201616171180
2051  SWE 85358535Tom Lofstedt / Anders EkstromRET236282324104
2113  USA 8413BalerionThomas Londrigan / Simon Van Wonderen1728221226DNC105
2261  BRA 8461MIISCAAlessandro Pascolato / Henry Boenning28UFD23221621110
2321  USA 8490StellaJohn MacCausland / Rick Peters191836192827111
2498  UKR 8493ArcturVasyl Gureyev / Shafranyuk Andrey7DNC30382516116
253  GER 8361VoodooStefan Lehnert / Kushnit Vitalii1024313322DNF120
2697  ITA 8402Asterope DSVincenzo Locatelli / Massimo Canali291640242729125
2763  NED 8263SplashzoneErik Veldhuizen / Alexander Jorissen23DNC21292136130
2847  BRA 8547AninhaAdmar Gonzaga Neto / Alexandre Figueiredo de Freitas373143203014132
2955  GER 8355FrizzanteChristian Paucksch / Melanie Bentele342725352920135
3052  USA 85218521Mike Hecky / Guy Avellon313328143533139
3132  SUI 8499FramGautschi Christoph / Holweg NilsUFD1939402428150
328  ARG 8008Sar ExpressFabian Mac gowan / Fabio Scarptti123041393637154
3371  CAN 82718271Allan Cullen / Dave Martin263427445032163
3488  POR 85028502John Orneberg / Afonso Domingos383719414430165
352  USA 8408CarebearKevin McNeil / Rick Burgess394238274123168
3684  USA 8484BarakablueLarry Whipple / Frederico Melo243224DNSDNC25170
3736  ITA 8158KTMGuido Falciola / Luca Paloschi5435261739DNC171
3856  ARG 8156La Reinahector Longarela / Hugo Longarella21DNCUFD323122171
3993  BRA 8495CB2Fabio Prada / Cristiano Ruschmann362646463331172
4082  USA 82468246Shane Zwingelberg / Luke morton42UFD34423226176
4159  USA 8059Re‑PearRobert Lippincott / Matt Rujacich574433254035177
4290  CAN 8272Southern StarJerry Wendt / Bryan Milne592950363739191
4396  GER 8396High OctaneLothar Geilen / Carlos Miguel204532495349195
4485  ARG 8285Pichon PichoniErich Mones Ruiz / Javier Siro30365243DNF34195
4526  USA 6320DuraflameDwight Escalera / Elizabeth Escalera414035573844198
4668  USA 8036TreacheryJack Rickard / Terry Gibney254742454840199
4794  USA 7985AmanteChuck Beek / Chas Beek585244344342215
4850  GER 8450LikedeelerKlaus Meyer / Jörg Müller513947474738218
4924  USA 8420DCarroll McCallum / Jock Kohlhas455054374641219
5035  AUS 8320VimGreg Solomons / Ed Wright (skipper)33RET2930DNCDNC222
5129  SUI 8329LeporelloDaniel Wyss / Alex Gouda504845534945237
5215  DEN 8415My‑WayFrank Berg / Peter Oerstd5241DNFDNS3446238
5345  GER 8445KarinHubert Rauch / Uli Seeberger48383751DNCDNC239
5414  USA 8184PuffinDavid Branch / Ray Roges494349505148239
5576  CAN 80007601Terry Line / Steve Daws44DNC514842DNC250
5620  USA 8520RachelAndrew Macdonald / Mark Strube3525DNSDNSDNCDNC255
5710  Usa 7982RuffianZach Hansman / Irek Zubko605353525547260
581  USA 3422ScimitarJon VanderMolen / Tc Belco464655DNF52DNC264
5978  SWE 7978FridolinIngvar Krook / Christoffer Lundgren47DNCDNCDNS4543265
6067  USA 7601Naive optimism FTWNeal Turluck / Roberto Ayala565157545450265
6179  GER 77798238Hannes Ramoser / Susanne Wentzler‑Christ53DNC56555651271
6269  USA 7469Outlaw SixBlaise Gallahue / Jim Rudser55RETUFD565752285
6357  USA 8507USA 8507James Revkin / Chad EasleyUFD4948DNSDNFDNC292
6458  USA 8215SonyaJoseph Chiarella / Grant Jeffrey43DNCDNSDNSDNCDNC303

PosBow NoSail NoYacht NameSkipper/CrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
J70
187  USA 982CatapultJoel Ronning / Victor Diaz de Leon / Patrick Wilson / Chris Stoke33111213316
279  USA 179SurgeRyan McKillen / Jon Wallace / Mark Mendelblatt / Sam Loughboroguh71481152532
349  ITA 949Calvi NetworkCarlo Alberini / Stefano Cherin / Jas Farneti / Marco Furlan2611232101836
425  USA 456ScampWill Welles / Zeke Horowitz / Jake Doyle / Reed Baldridge4213141075243
515  MEX 815WoodstockFernando Gutierrez / Willem Van Waag / Javier Gutierrez / Leopoldo Turco208238174648
644  USA 1037Mr. PitifulKevin Downey / Lucas Calabrese / Brian Thomas / Pilar Calabrese / Patrick Norris14101621312749
79  USA 96SavasanaBrian Keane / Mike Marshall / John Goller / Charles Swansen851274167851
817  ITA 1317Enjoy 1Carlo Tomelleri / Umberto De Luca / Alberto Taddei / Daniele De Luca21153614911260
942  USA 1042Black River RacingDouglas Strebel / Jay Lutz / Jody Lutz / JoAnn Fisher67OCS1361215160
1094  USA 4949Geoffrey Pierini / Carlos Robles / Ronald Weed / Scott Norris17981012118462
1172  MON 1172G‑SpottinoGiangiacomo Serena di Lapigio / Alessandro Franci / Ettore Botticini / Luca Faravelli149915819DSQ65
1218  USA 18WarcanoeMichael Goldfarb / Skip Dieball / Johnny Goldsberry / Ian Liberty191354514161067
1311  GBR 1127Eat Sleep J RepeatPaul Ward / Ruairidh Scott / Mario Triundade / Oliver Wells1018175134131173
1477  USA 677VictoryBuddy Cribb / Scott Ewing / Barr Batzer / Chris Manson‑Hing131161591861373
1598  GBR 1247JElvisMartin Dent / Mawk Lees / Duncan Yeables / Annabel vose91271676172474
1620  ARG 211Repuestos (Corinthian)Agustin Ferrario / Augusto Bassanetti / Guadalupe Gatti / Ernesto Kirsch / Jorge Zimbello516201721139989
1721  USA 84Bazinga!Daniel Goldberg / Nick Tuney / Tomas Hornos / Kristin Berry112010112519111597
1829  USA 229ColumbiaNelson Mills / Robby Bisi / Ian Moriarty / Bobby Lacker1614192420102122122
1945  USA 600Airplane!John Evans / Tac Boston / Martin Kullman / Jason Hill1817251817201814122
2050  USA 501Button Fly (Corinthian)Andrew&Melissa Fisher / Rob Wilkin / Shawn Burke2921152022231420135
2128  USA 528Simply IrresistibleGlenn Gault / Ed Furry / Brandon Healy / Blake Billman1224291918DNF20RDG144.3
2238  CHI 1038MorenitaVernon Robert / Gonzalo campero / Claudio Leon / Daniel Gonzalez1528242316272317145
234  CAN 404Redcoat (Corinthian)Tony Staples / Valerie Lavigne / Audrey Staples / Matt Patterson / Mitch MacDonald2529322226242219167
2427  USA 27Derecho (Corinthian)Jim Golden / Keenan Hilsinger / Sam Kappaz / Delaney Brown / James Golden2831183123152430169
2510  USA 310Lil (Corinthian)Joey Kolisch / Kenny Davis / Fred Sage / Val Shestopalov2719222930222526170
2612  GER 1215pingüino rosa (Corinthian)Juergen Waldheim / Meritxell Roig Bellvehi / Enric Carreras Weber / Ulrich Henning3127233019262728180
2753  USA 1153Gaucho 3 (Corinthian)Tiani Hausen / Andreas Perdicaris / Miguel Risch / Pedro Mascarenhas2632212727312623181
283  USA 403Cloud Nine (Corinthian)Emilio Miguel / Toribio Tedin / Pablo Tedin / Enrique Dillon3323262624RDG3225181
2954  USA 1154Hull 1154 (Corinthian)Zachary Segal / Carly Williams / Nil Pro2333142133DNF2931184
3014  USA 1104Bad Brothers & a very bad sister (Corinthian)Francisco Bellocchio / Martin Abade / Adrian Hoesch / Guido Abade / Agustin Bassanetti24223025292828DNF186
3182  USA 482Vital Signs (Corinthian)John Morreale / Nick Marcolini / Dan Klassen / Robert Ramirez2226272832253129188
3258  USA 358Bombora (Corinthian)Molly & Bryan Hayes / Bryan Hayes / Ron Buzil / Nigel Brownett / Scott Jones3030283328213027194
3396  USA 396RebufoJoseph Ayash / Ignacio vadillo / Anson Mulder / Rene Alvarez3225313231303321202
Melges 24
1860  ITA 860BombardaAndrea Pozzi / Carlo Zermin / Matteo Ivaldi / Nicholas Dal Ferro / Stefano Ciampalini4321452621
2849  USA 849Full ThrottleBrian Porter / RJ porter / Jonathon Mckee / Mat Woodwoouth11172118222
3851  USA 851MonsoonBruce Ayres / Mike Buckley / George Pete / Jeff Reynolds / Chelsea Simms22112811723
4858  USA 858Lucky Dog / Gill Race TeamTravis Weisleder / John Bowden / Evea Aras / Jeremy Wilmot / Caroline3943136525
5835  USA 835MiKEYKevin Welch / Jeff Madrigali / Serena Vilage / Mark Ivy / Ian Sloan54565184130
6853  CAN 853ZingaraRichard Reid / Billy Gooderham / Mike Wolfs / Scott Nixon11684667340
7801  USA 801ShakaKC Shannon / Tom Sawchuk / Jackson Benvenutti / Ben Lynch / Elisabeth Whitener8899725443
8749  NOR 732USA 732 (Corinthian)Jan Frederik Dyvi / Peder Jahre / Sivert Denecke / Stian Ness Rorvik / Malin Rorvik13731237111656
9856  USA 856Blind SquirrelJohn Brown / Jeff Bonanni / Matt Goetting / Jimmy Kennedy / Kate Shaner61065109151157
10747  USA 747SlingshotWes Whitmyer Jr / Justin Hood / Matt Pistay / Kyle Navin / Emery William71123811193968
11850  USA 850Dark EnergyLaura Grondin / Carl Fast / Andrea Rachelli / Rich Peale / Michele Gregoratto145101198171370
12839  USA 839The 300Steve Boho / Cathy Boho / Chad Hough / Bryson Hough / Ted Keller101615131314101287
13805  USA 805Decorum (Corinthian)Hunter Ratliff / Megan Ratliff / Alex Swen / Zac Hernandez / Greiner Hobbs18171410181312892
14446  USA 446Rapscallion (Corinthian)Michael Lenkeit / William Morang / William Thran / Steve Burke91219191612131495
15775  USA 775Jaws (Corinthian)Roger Counihan / Travis Maier / Todd Wilson / Tiffany Wilson1519131612102217102
16855  USA 855LooperDuane Yoslov / Brian Gravenstine / Malcolm Page / Haydon Stapleton / Caleb Yoslov121371517201922103
17624  GER 624Kleine RainbowBent Dietrich / Martin Trcka / Mateo Faraniga / Naomi Van Der Bergh / Guy Guiu161517DNS2215915109
18719  USA 719Flying JennySandra Askew / Will Van Cleef / Jason Currie / Erik Bowers / Will Van Cleef202321172441610111
19691  GBR 691Team Barbarians (Corinthian)Stuart Simpson / Fred Kemp / Martin O'Leary / Rachel Williamson / Bernard Fitzpatrick2218121814231420118
20789  NED 789Gelikt (Corinthian)Carlo Vroon / Paul Wassink / Einte Kamstra / Trijntje Zuiderbaan17141814151724DNS119
21457  USA 457Rogue (Corinthian)Bob Kroetsch / Antony Dalton / Brian Shaw / Jeff Walden2422162021162519138
22717  USA 717Bad IdeaScot Zimmerman / Katy Zimmermann / Kevin Fisher / Heidi Rittermeyer2520202223222018145
23479  USA 479Shiraz (Corinthian)Phillip Davis / BRIAN Shatz / Isaac Gillette / Rafael Mendez / Jon Anderson1925OCS2120242123153
24675  USA 67512happythoughtsDavid Brede / Nick Andrewes / Mats Elf / Gavin Brackett / Alyosha Strum‑palerm23212224DNFDNS1821155
25419  USA 725ApexKent Picknell / Marc Crutcher / Jud Chamberlin / Jon Lupica2124242319212324155
Viper 640
197  USA 297Evil HissMary Ewenson / Geoff Eweson / Tyler Bjorn4321711113
22  USA 269Great Scott!slang (Corinthian)Geoff Fargo / Jon Bell / Spencer Steffen3117139319
321  USA 221Choppy SeasThomas Loutrel / Jeff Frohock / Mitch Hall9545423427
451  USA 151Loco XEd Feo / Keith Magnusun / Phil Toth261123461033
576  USA 276Last CallLee Eikel / JEFF LINDHEN / MAX ALBERT610332108234
694  CAN 294JackpotBrad Boston / Curtis Florence / Curtis Florence / Ezra Culver14710655836
796  IRL 296Antixanthony o leary / David Hassett / Niall Rafferty521641177642
846  USA 246ChaosBrian Harrison / Alex Champ Johnson / Eddie Adams7851110124954
935  USA 235Meow!Cole Constantineau / Wilson Stout / Brian Johansen / Abie McLaughlin101510881121160
1077  USA 277CaterpillarPeter Ill / Mark Wheeler / Joe Donahue137617151410570
1186  USA 286BullsEye (Corinthian)Robert Harrison / Paul Beaudry / David Beaudry181412155911773
1229  CAN 29Odds and EndsWilliam Abbott / Joanne Abbott / Scott McNeill14989917131274
1385  285gulf performance sailingCraig & Deborah Wilusz / Kip Keelin8131713126161482
1488  CAN 288OshunmareSteve Chapman / Warren Walhaug / Christoph Ledemt151213614817DNC85
1584  USA 284MysteryGulf Coast Sailing Foudation / Jacob Seicshnaydre / Hugh Hawkins / Jonathon Pottharst111114141616121391
1634  134Strategery IXCam Farrah / Cliff Farrah / Ricky Welch17179121313DNCDNC101
1719  USA 193USA 193Peter Broszkowski / Alex Miller / Rob Simonfy1219191617151515109
1856  USA 256King CobraGulf Coast Sailing Foundation / Crockett Collier / Mitchell Martin / James Edwards / Liam Bishop1616151818DNS1416113
1993  USA 293Chance 293Kevin Mccarthy / Cathy Mccarthy / George ToddDNF1818DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC136
Flying Tiger
19  9NeunGeoff Becker / Richard Griffin / Sabine Griffin / Joe Mele / Adam Spiegel114221DNS112
27  7Grassy ManateeBrice Dunwoodie / Brett Bastien / Benjamin Ostroff / Jocelyn Robancho / German Lopez Grimon2211522313
310  10J.A.C.K.edKeith Denebeim / Ed Pierce / Chris Thompson / Jim Pearce / Andre De la Reza3475341222
45  5Kinematic ViscosityDrew Mitchell / Mark Reynolds / Andrew Reynolds / Meredith Reynolds7567133429
52  2Dastardly HookersTodd Vas Dias / Caitlin Gutekunst / Alberto Rivera / Xingyu Wang / Adrien Grunblatt5353764733
63  3Big D's DelightKerry Poe / Harry Brigham / Dan Steinitz / Dhalia Steinitz / Keith Hahn6634455633
71  1Est‑ce beau la vie!Bobby Brooks / Elizabeth Pattey / Stephanie Burgess / Victor Sopena / Larry Walny4726676536

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