Please select your home edition
Barton Marine 2019 728x90

M32 Miami Winter Series - Weekend 2

by M32 Class 12 Feb 22:46 PST 7-9 February 2020
Team Bliksem, Winner of the Miami Winter Series 2 © Felipe Juncadella

Pieter Taselaar's Bliksem held off the competition and won the second event of the Miami winter series. A happy Pieter Taselaar comments, "We were in first Day One, and it's always a challenge to hold on to that. The pressure is on and we held our own." The team now takes over the lead in the winter series that concludes in March.

In second place was Jen Wilson with Convergence. Although the team is not unfamiliar to being on the podium, the victory was made extra sweet by beating brother Don Wilson on Convexity in 4th. "We are all very competitive in the family......we are particularly happy to beat Convexity," says a smiling Jen Wilson. "We came in a day early to get a little bit of extra practice and that certainly paid off."

First time on the podium in Miami was Richard Davis' Swiss team Section 16. The team showed good consistency in the big breeze on Sunday. "It was a solid day, keep the hammer down... got to be in it to win it," says Richard Davies, who is also a board member of the M32 Class Association and adds, "We are going to keep building this fleet. It's such a fun boat for owners to sail. The bang for the buck is really strong... "

After the official practice racing on Friday, 10 scoring races were sailed over Saturday and Sunday. The Sunday racing was inviting for teams with sunshine and high winds. "Gusts close to 25 knots are at the high end of the envelope for the M32s," says Class Race Officer Mattias Dahlstrom and continues, "I'm impressed with the skill you see by all teams handling the boats and making it some great racing to watch."

The racing was run in the M32 racing style, with 20 minutes races, a reaching start, and short breaks between races. Two teams, Ryan McKillen's Surge and August Schram's Stella Maris, are both known on the sail racing scene but did their first M32 regatta and was seen at the front of the fleet in some races. Out of the 12 teams competing, 6 had a race win, and the distance from first to last boat at the finish is often very small.

The next event is March, and the Series is wide open with Bliksem one point ahead of Convexity. Not far behind is Convergence, followed by a group of six boats fighting for the podium. This group is led by Extreme2, Midtown and Inga from Sweden who have all displayed race wins in the last events. The winning team will bring home the highly sought after Rooster Trophy, which is given to the winner of the Miami Winter Series.

Although March marks the end of the fight for the Rooster Trophy, the fleet has extended their stay in Miami with another event in April. The "M32 Sandbar Cup" will score as a separate event and have more liberal rules when it comes to changing skipper and crew between races. "This will give teams an opportunity to invite friends and have them try the racing in a relaxed way," says Dave Doucett of M32 North America. The M32 Demo Boat has proved a popular way for new teams to join the class and will be available for the Sandbar Cup in April.

Related Articles

M32 Class May Newsletter
At this time the schedule for July and forward remains in place We live in challenging times, and it is the hope that this class update reaches you and your close ones in good health. The priority of any class activities will always be to keep the sailors and the community safe. Posted on 29 May
M32 Worlds 2021 confirmed for Cascais
An event to look forward to help us get through these difficult times It is a period of uncertainty for the sailing world with canceled and postponed events, yacht clubs closing, and people not being able to sail. It's tough times, and we wish a speedy recovery for our friends in those areas most affected. Posted on 26 Mar
M32 Skipper Interviews: "It's just a great vibe"
Some of the newer teams sailing in the Miami Winter Series speak 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. Posted on 27 Jan
M32 Miami Winter Series weekend 1
The 2020 season has officially started! The 2020 season has officially started! What a weekend! Full of excitement, close racing, and a lot of action! Convexity are clearly the team to beat this season having won the regatta with a race to spare. Posted on 16 Jan
Record fleet at M32 Miami Winter Series
More than 15 teams have signed up The M32 is returning to Miami for the winter series in 2020 with a record fleet size. It will be sailing in a protected bay in warm winter temperatures and reliable winds. Posted on 10 Jan
32 North Americans at Miami
Convexity adds the title to his roster of accolades After two days each of six races held on Miami's Biscayne Bay, Don Wilson's Convexity added the M32 North American Championship to his roster of accolades alongside the M32 World Championship he won in September in Riva del Garda, Italy. Posted on 18 Nov 2019
International cast for M32 North Americans
Racing resumes for the US M32 fleet in Miami Racing resumes for the US M32 fleet this weekend in Miami with one of the class' premier events of the season - the M32 North American Championship. Posted on 13 Nov 2019
M32 European Series 2020
The high performance one design catamarans to visit Italy, Netherlands and Sweden in 2020 Competition will resume on the M32 European Series for the high performance one design catamarans in 2020 with a five event circuit straddling Italy and Sweden. Posted on 29 Oct 2019
Three venues for M32 North American Series in 2020
10-14 teams are already registered to take part in the series Now into its sixth year, competition for the high performance M32 catamarans in North America will take place with an extensive program of events throughout the 2020 season, centred around Miami, Newport and Chicago. Posted on 11 Oct 2019
North Sails Weekly Debrief
Hamilton Island RW, M32 World Champion, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Preview, New Optimist Sail North Sails clients controlled the scoreboard of Hamilton Island Race Week, particularity in IRC where all classes were won with full North inventories. Posted on 1 Sep 2019
SOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 BottomRS Sailing 2020 - Summer Offer - FOOTERCyclops Marine 2020 - FOOTER