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M32 Skipper Interviews: "It's just a great vibe"

by M32 Class 27 Jan 2020 03:54 PST
Team Hedgehog from Bermuda © M32 Class

The Miami Winter Series event in January was the first gathering of the class for 2020. At the Shake-A-Leg sailing center, the media team took the opportunity to interview some of the newer teams sailing the regatta.

Carina Becker is skipper of Young American, the youngest team in the fleet and full of eager talent. This was their first M32 regatta. "You are going at 24 [knots] but you are not stressed at all, it's very comfortable", says Carina who looks forward to the next event. The team had an upwind struggle results-wise but was without a doubt the team with the steepest learning curve, showing improvements from race to race.

Team Hedgehog from Bermuda with Alec and Laura Cutler have raced in many other classes including the Melges 24 and Melges 32 before deciding for the M32. "It reminds us of college racing, much more social and people hanging out together", says Alec. The team was seen fighting for the lead in several races and will be one to keep an eye on.

Skipper Richard Göransson's team Inga from Sweden participated in the European Series last year and came to Miami for some great winter sailing. The team looks forward to the Worlds in Miami at the end of the season and Richard remarks on the simplicity of the boat: "The logistics are super easy compared to everything that I've done before". "Quick job to get it all put together, three people can do it in an afternoon".

For the next Miami Winter Series the fleet will be joined by new teams from Austria and Holland trying out the boat and the racing.

See the full interviews in this video:

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