TP52 Super Series Miami  (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

(Tuesday 7th March, Miami) – Just as they led after the first day of racing in Key West in January, Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon crew top the early leaderboard at the 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup for after a dramatic first day of TP52 racing in brisk SE’ly winds and big, disorderly waves off Miami Beach.Platoon’s victory in the second race, gained in the closing stages of a fast final run, credits them with the overall lead on tie break from the Roemmers family’s Azzurra, which posted two consistent second places.

“It was a really good start for us. We had good speed and we made some nice comebacks and in that last race on the last downwind it was down to just a few metres, so that was good. It was really great racing. But of course tomorrow is all different, new situations and new challenges, but it is good to start well.” owner-helm Müller-Spreer smiled on the dock of the Miami Beach Marina where the 52 SUPER SERIES fleet is hosted.

The 16-20kts winds and the unruly swell kicked up by the strong winds of the last few days punished small errors and placed a real premium on well-coordinated crew work. Azzurra in second place lead Quantum Racing who are one point behind in third. With Bora Gulari steering his first 52 SUPER SERIES races Quantum Racing won the first race but did not get the start they wanted in the second contest, taking fourth.

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But the toughest challenge at this second regatta of the 52 SUPER SERIES is that facing the Gladiator crew. Their new boat was hit by Sled during the second beat of Race 2, only the second race for Tony Langley’s team with their latest Gladiator, suffering a significant gash to their port topsides which eliminates the boat from further competition at the regatta.

The shore team and crew now aim to re-dress and step the mast on their previous Gladiator, which they aim to bring from West Palm Beach which is some 70 miles away, aiming to be ready for racing on Thursday. Sled suffered damage to the forefoot of their bow but hope to be back in action Wednesday.

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TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

Race 1: Gulari Shows His Mettle As Quantum Racing Opens With A Win
There may have been a new hand on the helm, but Quantum Racing carried forward the momentum from their impressive 2017 52 SUPER SERIES opening win at Quantum Key West Race Week six weeks ago.Bora Gulari, the team’s newest addition, moved from the strategist role to the helm for this event and showed that all his time sailing foiling moths and Olympic cataramans has prepared him well for driving these 52-foot thoroughbreds in some challenging conditions off Miami Beach.Quantum Racing was among a handful of boats, including Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon and Tony Langley’s new Gladiator, which controlled the front row off the starting line.
Azzurra, with Guillermo Parada at the helm and Vasco Vascotto calling tactics, didn’t have quite the same freedom early in that first leg, but made the critical call to hit the left side on the top third of beat and so squeaked past Quantum Racing around the first mark.
Those two boats battled nip and tuck down the first run with Azzurra holding the lead and choosing the left side of the next leg. It was the right which paid better for Quantum Racing which was able to take over the lead when the boats converged again midway up the second beat.

Azzurra pushed Quantum Racing hard on the final run, closing to within a boat length, but the American team held on for the win. Platoon was third with Rán Racing fourth and Provezza rounding out the top five.

Race 2: Platoon Steals A March With Win, Leads Overall
With John Kostecki calling tactics and Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winner Jordi Calafat on strategy the Platoon team displayed poise under pressure to win Race 2 of the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup and grab the overall lead.From a four way final sprint to the finish line, the outcome of the second race was in the balance until the final metres. Platoon edged out Azzurra by only four second and were only six seconds ahead of Provezza.Miami Royal Cup. 52 SUPER SERIES. 
After Day 1, Two Races.
1 Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer, GER) 3,1 4pts
2 Azzurra (ITA) (Roemmers Family, ARG) 2,2 4pts
3 Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos, USA) 1,4 5pts
4 Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre, TUR) 5,3 8pts
5 Rán Racing (SWE) (Niklas Zennström, SWE) 4,8 12pts
6 Alegre (GBR) (Andy Soriano, USA) 8,6 14pts
7 Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley, GBR) 7, RDG (7), 14pts
8 Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov, RUS) 10,5 15pts
9 Sorcha (GBR) (Peter Harrison, GBR) 9,7 16pts
10 Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura, USA) 6, 12 (DSQ) 18pts
11 Paprec (FRA) (Jean Luc Petithuguenin, FRA) DNC 12, DNC 12 24pts

Quotes:
John Kostecki (USA) tactician Platoon (GER):

“[There were] some really big shifts and if you missed it you were out the back. In that second race, first beat, at times we looked like we were in last place. Sometimes we were in first place. It was quite shifty. We learned in the first race we really needed to attack the shifts and be a little more aggressive. We did that in that second race and it seemed to pay off. The waves made the crew work a challenge. You can definitely get thrown around and get your timing off because of the waves. So you play it a little conservatively at times, at least we did. The last race, it was close. On the final run we were pinned and we couldn’t jibe. Azzurra pinned us out all the way to the layline. Then they jibed away and we all of the sudden got a little header, so we kept going and extended away from them. That seemed to help us a little bit on the final jibe in. We were a minute or so separated [from Azzurra and Provezza] and they had to do an extra jibe and we were able to sail straight through the finish. It was close racing.”

Vasco Vascotto (ITA) tactician Azzurra (ITA):

“I think we still made a couple of small mistakes. They are little, stupid mistakes but in the end they are what cost us a point and the lead. But we have to be happy. In the second race we were better, but still we gybed twenty second too late and so lost the chance to win that race. And so, overall, we have to be happy with two second and a share of the lead with Platoon. But on the other we need to clean up our way of sailing and not lose these kind of points. The level is so high every point is so important. The breeze was oscillating a lot. You work to what you think is the average for the day, still I think the right was generally better, with current and other things. It was exciting and I feel we positioned the boat quite nicely.

I am getting older and so don’t remember too much about different venues. I remember little things but I try to go out each day with a clear mind. I think we have sailed a lot here with the wind and 90 and 100 degrees but not so much 120 which we saw today. I clean all past from my head and just work with what I see and I go on the water with a plan, knowing how I want to sail.”

For full results, visit: http://bit.ly/2miZdMV
To watch the race again, visit http://bit.ly/2e6o3tR.

The 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup will take place from 7-11 March. Live commentary and boat tracking via the Virtual Eye is available Tuesday and Wednesday. 52 SUPER SERIES TV powered by Quantum Sails goes live THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY with live action streamed from the race course supported by tracking, commentary and comment from 15-minutes before racing starts each day. All available at www.52SUPERSERIES.com/LIVE and the the app.

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TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

 

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com 

 

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

 

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

 

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

 

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

 

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

 

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

TP52 Super Series Miami (Photo © Max Ranchi) www.maxranchi.com

The Star Fleet at BACARDI Miami Sailing Week 2013 (Photo by BMSW/Cory Silken)

The Star Fleet at BACARDI Miami Sailing Week 2013 (Photo by BMSW/Cory Silken)

 

MIAMI, FLA.– Attracted by a highly-regarded race management team and the area’s renowned racing conditions, elite sailors will again be on hand when the fifth annual running of BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank is held March 2-8, 2014, from the regatta headquarters at Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove. The six-day racing schedule is headlined by the Star class, which will have 57 boats on the starting line all fighting to win the 87th Bacardi Cup.  On the last four days of the regatta, the Stars will share the Bay with competitors in the Audi Melges 20, J/70, Melges 24, Viper 640 and VX One classes.

There are 192 boats registered across the six one-design fleets, with competitors from 15 foreign nations (Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Ukraine) travelling great distances to compete against American sailors. 

As the Star is considered one of the most competitive one-design classes in the world, it stands to reason that the entry list for the 87th Bacardi Cup would include some of the most recognizable names in the sport:  2012 Star World Champion Xavier Rohart (France); 1992 Finn Olympic Silver medalist Brian Ledbetter (Medina, Wash.); 2003 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Augie Diaz (Miami, Fla.); 2013 Star World Champion John MacCausland (Cherry Hill, N.J.); Paul Cayard (San Francisco, Calif.), America’s Cup veteran and winner of the 1998 Whitbread Round the World Race; and Mark Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.), two-time Star World Champion (1995, 2000) and three-time Olympic medalist (1992 Gold,1988 Silver, 2000 Gold).  In addition, Brazil’s most well-known sailing siblings, two-time (’88, ’96) Tornado Olympic Medalist Lars Grael and brother Torben Grael, the 1990 Star World Champion will race each other, as will another native of Brazil, Vince Brun (San Diego, Calif.), world champion in the Soling, Star, J24, Etchells and Melges 24 classes.

The Audi Melges 20 fleet has 41 registered entries, including Michael Kiss (Holland, Mich.), winner of BMSW in 2013 and 2012.  Kiss, a three-time class national champion (’10,’11, ‘12), finished second at the 2013 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship behind John Kilroy (Los Angeles, Calif.) who is also the 2012 Melges 32 World Champion.  John Taylor (Jupiter, Fla.), crowned the Audi Melges 20 World Champion in mid-December, will also be on the starting line in this class.

The ever-growing popularity of the J/70 class will again be in evidence at BMSW where entries are up almost 100% from their strong debut in last year’s event.  The 39-strong class will see Brian Keane (Weston, Mass.) work to defend his title against 2013 J/70 North American Champion Heather Gregg-Earl (Boston, Mass.) and 2006 Audi Etchells World Champion Jud Smith (Marblehead, Mass.).

Riccardo Simoneschi (Milan, ITA), racing in the Melges 24 class, is another returning champion hoping to defend his BMSW title, as is Lee Shuckerow (Point Edward, CAN) in the Viper 640 class.  Making their debut in the mix of classes racing at BMSW is the VX One which will have 22 boats racing.

BACARDI Miami Sailing Week will hold its second Pro-Am Regatta on Sunday, March 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., to benefit Shake-A-Leg Miami, Team Paradise and Sailing Heals.  Five Sonars and five Marstrom 32s, with guest helmsman – including Paul Cayard, Mark Reynolds, Lars Grael and Miami’s Augie Diaz – will give the amateur sailors a glimpse of elite-level racing.

The prestigious Coral Reef Yacht Club will coordinate on-water activities in collaboration with the Coconut Grove Sailing Club. The U.S. Sailing Center and Shake-A-Leg Miami will also support the event. Racing will be held on three separate courses approximately two miles out on Biscayne Bay.  Racing for the Star class gets underway on Monday, March 3.  Beginning Thursday, March 6, the Stars will be joined on Biscayne Bay by sailors in the Audi Melges 20, Melges 24, J/70, Viper 640 and VX One classes, with racing for concluding on Saturday, March 8.

During BACARDI Miami Sailing Week sailors will enjoy the hospitality lounge, BACARDI Rum tastings, as well as a special showing of the film 07-07-07 Amorita’s Unlucky Day.  A special exhibit, Wynwood Sails Color the Grove, will feature the work of 10 artists of the graffiti and street art genre taking inspiration from the sea and sailing to create a work on canvas shaped like the jib of a sailboat.  The art will be displayed at Coco Walk, the iconic open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment destination in Coconut Grove, from March 2-8, daily between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.  Additionally, two live performances will take place on Sunday, March 2, and Saturday, March 8, from 4:00-8:00 p.m., allowing the public to witness the artist’s creativity first-hand.  In addition, select images from the 2010 to 2013 regattas, from the lenses of respected marine photographers Franco Pace of Italy, and Onne van der Wal and Cory Silken of the USA , will be displayed alongside the canvasses created specifically for Wynwood Sails Color the Grove to juxtapose “the City meets the Sea” for this unique art event.

More information on the BACARDI Miami Sailing Week and the 87th BACARDI Cup is available at www.MiamiSailingWeek.com and www.BacardiCup.com.

Maserati at North Cove NYC (Photo by George Bekris)

Maserati at North Cove NYC (Photo by George Bekris)

One lone sailboat with a mix of curves and fluid lettering against hard concrete  and sharp angles of the New York City skyline.  Like the her sister automobiles she commands attention of the North Cove passerbys and probably more than one armchair sailor gazing down from the multitude of windows sitting just above her mast.

She looks hot on this chilly damp spring day.  Having lost weight since her last big apple showing.    A couple thousand pounds of weight says Brad Van Liew.   Extra weight, needless weight, weight that did nothing but slow her down from her purpose.   She was given a tuck before Giovanni Soldini, skipper and Italian sailing legend set out to break new records.  Souped up and ready to rumble.   She is souped up in her nether regions as well.

Maserati (Photo by George Bekris)

Maserati (Photo by George Bekris)

Maserati has been outfitted with a lighter and deeper keel to further reduce  weight and  give her team the best possible odds at breaking the ever harder to break  monohull sailing records.  Having already set the bar for the Cadiz-San Salvado record for future attempts she is now in New York awaiting a chance at the 24 hour record and the North Atlantic record from New York to Lizard off the United Kingdom.

Maserati will challege the north atlantic record between New York and Cape Lizard (UK) a route of 2925 nautical miles passing south of the Terranova Island.

The record that Maserati must break is currently held by Robert Miller who, back in 2003, sailed the route in 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes, 39 seconds on board of the monohull Mary Cha IV (with an average speed of 18,5 knots).

 

.Giovanni Soldini in NYC (Photo by George Bekris)

 Giovanni Soldini in NYC (Photo by George Bekris)

Giovanni Soldini and his team of truly seasoned veterans of the ocean racing circuit have a difficult but not unsurmountable task ahead of them.  Catch the most favorable system and hope they can ride it across the atlantic at breakneck speeds, that would leave most with shaky knees and a queasy stomach,  for a few thousand miles.

Now add the fact that you know you can’t slow down.      This boat has to be pushed right up to her top end and held there.  Hovering on the brink….. .  All for the glory that is saying you are the one team that at that moment in time and forever to be known as the  fastest,   above all others on the earth.   A heady endeavour.

 

Below Deck Maserati (Photo by George Bekris)

Below Deck Maserati (Photo by by George Bekris)

 

Backing for this challenge is provided by Maserati, the main partner in the endeavour, which gives its name to the boat. It is flanked by the Swiss bank  BSI (Generali Group), and by Generali, which are co-sponsors.

 

 Maserati crew members Corrado Rossignoli, Gabriele Olivo and skipper Giovanni Soldini  (Photo by George Bekris)

Maserati crew members Corrado Rossignoli , Gabriele Olivo and skipper Giovanni Soldini (Photo by George Bekris)

The maserati crew  includes  German Boris Herrmann (navigator), American Brad Van Liew (watch leader) and Spaniard David Vera (watch leader)  and  four Italians: Gabriele Olivo (trimmer), Guido Broggi (boat captain), Gerardo Siciliano (second bowman), and Corrado Rossignoli (first bowman).

Brad Van Liew on Maserati (Photo by George Bekris)

Brad Van Liew on Maserati (Photo by George Bekris)

 

Brad Van Liew  is the first American to ever officially finish three races around the globe and the first person worldwide to win the race twice sweeping all legs of the event. Palmares: Third Place in the Around Alone Race in 1998-99, Winner in the Around Alone Race in 2002-03, Winner  in the Velux 5 Oceans in 2010-11.

 

 

Maserati's Bow (Photo by George Bekris)

Maserati's Bow (Photo by George Bekris)

 

As a warm up the Maserati sailing team will set their sights on the 24 hour speed record.  A record  is currently held by the VOR 70 Ericsson 4 for monohulls.  Between October 28 and October 29 2008, during the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race,  Brasilian sailor Torben Grael and a crew of ten people on board of Ericsson 4 sailed 596,6 miles in 24 hours at an average speed of 24,85 knots.

Giovanni Soldini and the Maserati team’s progress can be followed at  Maserati Sailing.

 

Maserati Deck (Photo by George Bekris)

Maserati Deck (Photo by George Bekris)

Maserati Generali (Photo courtesy of Maserati.Solidini.it)

Maserati Generali (Photo courtesy of Maserati.Solidini.it)

This morning at 11.50 am GMT (7.50 am local time, 1.50 pm Italian time) Maserati reached the Ambrose light station in New York Bay, the destination point of the Miami – New York record attempt.

Giovanni and his team decided non to ratify the Miami – New York record with the World Sailing Speed Record Council, even if there still is not a time reference for monohulls. This is because of the adverse weather conditions (tropical storms, sudden high wind blasts, windless zones) that Maserati encountered during the route.

“We have decided not to ask for a ratification of the Miami – New York record attempt, even if a time reference for monohulls does not exist. Our result turned out to be below our expectations, and it does not match with the performance of a boat as fast as Maserati.

When we set sail for the record attempt we knew that the weather conditions were not ideal, but we did not expect them to be so adverse. With Maserati we can do much better than this. In the next days we will wait for the right moment to attempt the New York – Cape Lizard (UK) speed record and, weather permitting, we will try again the 24 hour speed record. It is going to be challenging but we can make it.”

Giovanni and his team on board of Maserati set sail from Miami on March 22 at 6, 28′, 16” pm GMT (2, 28′ 16” local time, 7, 28′ 16” pm Italian time).

Maserati (Photo courtesy of Maserati.Soldini.it)

Maserati (Photo courtesy of Maserati.Soldini.it)

International crew of decorated sailors join forces to set new pace for speed and performance on the Atlantic

   Italian, German, Spanish and American sailors, largely known for their independent offshore sailing expeditions, have come together in a quest to set a new pace for speed on the water under sail. The impressive collection of globetrotting extreme sailors collectively have more than one million miles of experience offshore. Italian Giovanni Soldini leads the rogue crew of eight, including German Boris Hermann as Navigator, and American Brad Van Liew and Spaniard David Vera as Watch Leaders. They set out today from Miami, Florida aboard the VOR70 Maserati to establish the official monohull sailing record from Miami to New York City.

 

“The wind directions should offer us nice downwind sailing,” said Navigator Boris Hermann. “The conditions are not perfect, but we hope to play the local shifts, the Gulf Stream and other weather details on the route.”

 

American Brad Van Liew added, “We had a fantastic hospitality event hosted by Maserati North America this week and now the crew is fired up and anxious to get back to the mission at hand: beating and setting records. The boat and crew are ready to get back up to full speed.”

 This ambitious race against time is one of several records that Giovanni Soldini and his international crew aboard Maserati will attempt in the months ahead.

Start of the Scud Race (Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster)

Start of the Scud Race (Photo by Rolex / Daniel Forster)

Olympic and Paralympic aspirants from 53 countries have flocked to this week’s US SAILING Rolex Miami OCR, and with two days of racing now completed, the strongest players are rising to the top. This morning, flags ashore stood straight out from their staffs, and sailors enjoyed up to 18 knots of breezes on Biscayne Bay, where seven race courses are accommodating 716 sailors in 13 classes.

“Racing is extraordinarily close, and representative of what the 2012 Games (in Weymouth, England) will be like,” said Betsy Alison, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Paralympic Coach, explaining that Paralympic sailors continue with two fleet races a day through Friday, and Olympic sailors pare down to top-ten for Medal Races on Saturday. (Women’s match racing in the Elliot 6m will feature Finals and Petit Finals on Saturday.)

Paralympic sailor Liesl Tesch (AUS) is a newcomer to the SKUD 18 class and she is leading with her skipper Daniel Fitzgibbon after four races. A three-time Paralympic Medalist in wheelchair basketball, Tesch only began racing with Fitzgibbon three weeks ago. “He is a legend,” said Tesch about Fitzgibbon, an elite sailor who became a quadriplegic 13 years ago and uses special systems on the boat to compensate for his limited ability to pull with his arms. “I’m catching on, but he’s the brain, I’m the arms.” Tesch has full upper-body strength, but the 21-year-old suffered serious damage to her legs when she broke her back in a mountain bike accident at age 19. 

In 2.4m Class, top world-ranked Damien Seguin (FRA) posted two first-place finishes today, rising from third to first in overall standings and displacing Thierry Schmitter (NED), the 2010 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship and ranked fifth in the world, from the top spot. (Schmitter is now in third.) 

The USA’s top finisher John Ruf (Pewaukee, Wis.) in fifth, had a 7-5 today.   “The breeze is on,” said Ruf, who is ranked 11th in the world, “so I’m looking for top-three from now on just to stay in it.”

The 2.4m is hugely popular because of its compact size–about 14 feet long (2.4 meters)–and the fact that it requires little physical exertion to sail. Its skipper remains seated, facing forward at all times with the majority of his body below the waterline, and has the choice of steering it by foot pedal or by tiller, making it an equal platform for sailors with varying physical restrictions.

Hannah Stodel, foredeck crew aboard GBR’s leading Sonar, has a “bone to pick” with the Dutch team in second place (Udo Hessels/ Mischa Rossen/Marcel van de Veen). “They beat us in the World Championship last year by one point, so we certainly want to beat them here.” Stodel, sailing with skipper John Robertson and crew Steve Thomas, says this is a “high scoring” regatta, explaining that the top players all have races that aren’t in the top five. Her team’s worst score was in today’s second race (7) and NED retired before finishing race two for penalty points that equaled a 13th place.

“Everyone has succumbed to something in the Sonar class,” said Betsy Alison, noting the French team had a breakdown, ”and it is very costly in terms of number of places it effects.”

It was a GBR sweep in the Finn class, with two victories for Giles Scott, adding to his two from yesterday and giving him a 10-point lead over his national teammate Ben Ainslie, a favorite here. After winning Skandia Sail for Gold at the Olympic venue in Weymouth last year and picking up a bronze at the 2010 World Championship, Scott is one of the main challengers trying to stop Ainslie from sailing at a fifth consecutive Olympic Games. Only one point behind Ainslie is US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics member Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.).

In Star class, after two races, Brazil’s Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada hold their lead from yesterday, with Sweden’s Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen five points behind. Scheidt is a five-time Olympic medalist while Loof is an Olympic medalist and a two-time World Champion, ranked third in the world in his class.

“There is still a long way to go, but we are happy,” said Scheidt. “The event has grown a lot since I was last here in 2006. The only top players we are missing here are Iain Percy (GBR) and Mateus Kusznierewicz (POL). We are ranked #1 but Kusznierewicz is the current world champion, so he is the man.”  

Evi Van Acker (BEL) had another great day in Laser Radials. The leader going into today, she won both races. “I was very fast on the downwind legs, which gave me a comfortable lead to go into the second beat,” said Van Acker. “From there on I controlled the fleet and won both races with a pretty big lead. So a great day for me, I really had fun!” 

Held on Biscayne Bay annually since 1990, US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR is the second stop on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2010-2011 circuit and is a key regatta in the lead-up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For many, including the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, it is a qualifier for positions on national teams. 

In the balance of the Olympic classes:

Laser : Top-of-the-charts newcomer Clay Johnson (Toms River, N.J., USA), finished 3-3 to secure his spot at the top of the overall leader board

49er: Yesterday’s leaders Paul Brotherton/Mark Asquith (GBR) fell to third today after John Pink/ Rick Peacock (GBR) won both races to top the scoreboard.

Men’s RS:X: Yesterday’s leader Nick Dempsey (GBR), with two fourths today, was usurped by Dorian van Rijsselberge, with two firsts.

Women’s RS:X  Marina Alabau (ESP) won another two races for a perfect score line. She is the 2009 RS:X World and European Champion and also the defending champion here.  

Men’s 470: Nic Asher/Elliot Willis maintain their lead while Mathew Belcher/Malcolm Page (AUS), the 2010 Delta Lloyd 470 World Champions moved up to third. 

Women’s 470: Ingrid Petijean/ Nadege Douroux (FRA) also still lead on the strength of a 3-4 today

Elliott 6m (women’s match racing):  Groups B and C completed a full round robin today, with Group A still having a match each to sail tomorrow before the top two in each group move on to tomorrow’s scheduled gold fleet racing. (The next two teams in each group will commence racing in the “repechage.”)

This means that in Group B Silja Lehtinen/Silja Kanerva/Mikaela Wulff (FIN) and Claire Leroy/ Elodie Bertrand/Marie Riou (FRA), each with win-loss scores of 5-2, move on to gold fleet.

As well, from Group C, Lucy Macgregor/Annie Lush/ Kate Macgregor (GBR) and Anna Tunnicliffe/Molly Vandemoer/Debbie Capozzi (Plantation, Fla., USA/Redwood City, Calif., USA/Bayport, N.Y., USA), each with a 6-1, will race in gold fleet tomorrow.

US SAILING has partnered with the city of Miami to provide world-class venues for competition. Additional hosts for the event include Coral Reef Yacht Club, Key Biscayne Yacht Club, Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Miami Rowing Club and Shake-a-Leg Miami. These sailing organizations host classes onshore, as well as help run the on-the-water racing. The Coral Reef Yacht Club also hosts the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

In addition to title sponsor Rolex Watch U.S.A., the 2011 Rolex Miami OCR is also sponsored by AlphaGraphics, Gowrie Group, Chubb Insurance, Sperry Top-Sider, Harken McLube, Trinity Yachts, University of Miami Hospital and Kattack.

A complete roster of competitors can be viewed at the event website, RMOCR.ussailing.org, where real-time racecourse blogging, commentary and fan interaction, regatta results, photos and news updates will be integrated into a live coverage platform once racing begins. Video highlights produced by Gary Jobson and presented by Rolex air daily and are available on-demand on the event website. Fans can also follow the event on Facebook/RMOCR and Twitter/RMOCR.

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(top-three results follow)

US SAILING’s 2011 Rolex Miami OCR
Top-three Finishes
Day 2

49er (30 boats) – 6 races
1. John Pink/ Rick Peacock (GBR) 4- 1- [5]-1-1-1 (8)
2. Dave Evans/Edward Powys (GBR) 2- [6]- 1-3-3-2 (11)
3. Paul Brotherton/Mark Asquith (GBR) 1- 3- 2-5-2-10 (13)

Laser Radial (58 boats) – 4 races
1. Evi Van Acker (BEL) 2-2-1-1 (6)
2. Marit Bouwmeester (NED) 4-1-3-3 (11)
3. Annalise Murphy (IRL) 5-15-2-2 (24)

Laser (104 boats)-4 races
1. Clay Johnson (USA) 2-1-3-3 (9)
2. Paul Goodison (GBR) 1-2-8-1 (12)
3. Rasmus Myrgren (SWE) 7-3-1-1 (12)

Finn (37 boats) – 4 races
1. Giles Scott (GBR) 1-1-1-1 (4)
2. Ben Ainslie (GBR) 5-2-5-2 (14)
3. Zach Railey (USA) 2-3-4-6 (15)
 
470 Men (42 boats) – 4 races
1. Nic Asher/Elliot Willis (GBR) 1-3-5-2 (11)
2. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell (GBR) 3-2-2-5 (12)
3. Mathew Belcher/ Malcolm Page (AUS) 2-8-10-3 (23)
 
470 Women (24 boats) – 4 races
1. Ingrid Petijean/ Nadege Douroux (FRA) 1-2 3-4 (10)
2. Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron (FRA) 3-1-1-8 (13)
3. Penny Clark/ Katrina Hughes (GBR) 4-4-2-6 (16)
 
Skud-18 (7 boats) – 4 races
1. Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch (AUS) 1-1-4-1 (7)
2. Jennifer French/ Jean-Paul Creignou (USA) 3-3-1-2 (9)
3. Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell (GBR) 2-4-3-5 (14)
 
Star (57 boats) – 4 races
1. Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada (BRA) 1-2-9-1 (13)
2. Fredrik Loof/Max Salminen (SWE) 5-3-7-3 (18)
3. Xavier Rohart/Pierre Alexis Ponsot (FRA) 7-7-1-6(21)
 
RS: X Men (37 boats) – 4 races
1. Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) 1-4-1-1 (7)
2.  Nick Dempsey (GBR) 2-2-4-4 (12)
3.  Ivan Pastor (ESP) 4-1-3-5 (13)
 
RS: X Women (31 boats) – 4 races
1. Marina Alabau (ESP) 1-1-1-1 (4)
2. Bryony Shaw (GBR) 7-2-2-2 (13)
3. Charline Picon (FRA) 2-6-3-5 (16)
 
2.4mR (30 boats) – 4 races
1. Damien Seguin (FRA) 2-5-1-1 (9)
2. Allan Leibel (CAN) 3-2-2-2 (9)
3. Thierry Schmitter (NED) 1-1-4-4 (10)
 
Sonar (12 boats) – 4 races
1. John Roberston/ Hannah Stodel/ Steve Thomas (GBR) 3-2-1-7 (13)
2. Udo Hessels/ Mischa Rossen/Marcel van de Veen (NED) 2-1-4-13/DNS (20)
3. Albert Foster/David Burdette/Mike Hersey (USA) 1-12-5-2 (20)
                                                                                                                                
Elliott 6m

Group A
Nicky Souter/Jessica Eastwell/Olivia Price (AUS); 6-0
Ekaterina Skudina/Elena Syuzeva/Irina Lotsmanova (RUS);6-0
Katie Spithill/Nina Curtis/Angela Farrell (AUS);3-3
Julie Bossard/Pauline Chalaux/ Nolwenn Combeaux (FRA);3-3
Silke Hahlbrock/ Kerstin Schult / Maren Hahlbrock GER);3-3
Rita Goncalves/Mariana Lobato/Diana Neves  (POR); 2-4
Vesna Dekleva Paoli/ Katarina Kersevan/ Lena Koter (SLO); 1-5
Jinny Gordon/Crystle Numan/ Laurel Gordon-Taylor (CAN);0-6

Group B
1. Silja Lehtinen/Silja Kanerva/Mikaela Wulff(FIN);5-2
2. Claire Leroy/ Elodie Bertrand/Marie Riou (FRA); 5-2
3. Renee Groeneveld/Mandy Mulder/Merel Witteveen(NED); 5-2
4.  Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen/Christina Refn/Susanne Boidin (DEN); 5-2
5. Genny Tulloch/Alice Leanoard/Jennifer Chamberlin (Sausalito, CA.,USA/East Haven, CT., USA/Washington, DC., USA); 3-4
6. Renata Decnop/Fernanda Decnop/Tatiana Ribeiro (BRA); 2-5
7. Annemiek Bekkering/ Brechtje van der Werf/ Annemiek Bes(NED); 2-5
8.  Juliana Senfft/Gabriela Sa/Daniela Adler (BRA);1-6

Group C
1. Lucy Macgregor/Annie Lush/ Kate Macgregor (GBR); 6-1
2. Anna Tunnicliffe(/Molly Vandemoer/Debbie Capozzi (Plantation, Fla., USA/Redwood City, Calif., USA/Bayport, N.Y., USA), 6-1
3. Anne-Claire Le Berre/ Alice Ponsar/ Myrtille Ponge (FRA);3-4
4. Sally Barkow (Nashotah, WI., USA)/ Alana O’Reilly (Charleston SC, USA)/ Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham (Miami Beach FL, USA); 5-2
5. Anna Kjellberg/ Malin Kallstrom/ Lotta Harrysson (SWE); 1-6
6. Stephanie Hazard/ Susannah Pyatt/ Jenna Hansen (NZL) ;5-2
7. Rebecca Dellenbaugh (Easton CT, USA)/ Maggie Shea (Wilmette, IL USA)/ Janel Zarkowsky (Annapolis, MD USA); 1-6
 8. Katie Abbott/ Joanne Prokop/ Caroline Kaars Sijpesteijn (CAN); 1-6