|District 20 Regatta Report|| |
Mon Mar 8th, 2010 through Sat Mar 13th, 2010
| Video of Bromby/Liljedahl's mast breaking|
Final results of five races sailed on March 8-13 at Miami, Florida. No racing on March 12 due to tornado warnings.
Diaz/Prada win First Race of the 2010 Bacardi Cup:
"I'm not sure we can keep this pace up, but winning today is very exciting and a big step in the right direction. Today, it was all about the guy I was standing next in Bruno. He was a magician out there and I made sure to not do anything to hold him back," comments Monday's Star Class victor Augie Diaz. "The real key to the win was how we were able to approach the marks. We also were extremely lucky in the fact that we didn't make the same mistakes that some of the other crews did out there. We're pleased with today, but know we have a lot more to do before we go all the way."
Skipper Jud Smith and Crewmate Brian Fatih were able to capture second place out on Biscayne Bay with Skipper Gustavo Lima and Rubrio Basilio from Portugal following close behind in third. Rounding out the top five, Rick Merriman and Crew Phil Trinter and Peter McChesney with Crew Shane Zwingelberg were able to solidify their positions in fourth and fifth place respectively for the first day.
Race Two: Light wind and a late start marked the second day of Bacardi Cup Star Class competition on Biscayne Bay with Skipper Rick Merriman and Crewmate Phil Trinter taking the overall top spot in standings with Brazilian Skipper Lars Grael and Crew Ronald Seifert securing the day's victory. In a session marked by a lot of movement and weak variable winds, the Grael-Seifert win was followed by a solid second place finish by Merriman-Trinter with Bermudan Skipper Peter Bromby and Crew Magnus Liledahl taking the third spot. Two more United States teams followed behind with Skipper Peter Wright and Crew Nathan Quist finishing fourth and Skipper Andy Horton and Crew James Lyne finishing out Tuesday's top five in the quest for the Bacardi Cup.
With a second place finish today and a fourth place finish yesterday, Merriman-Trinter were able to look sharp in the overall standings leading with the most points as the BACARDI Cup continues tomorrow on through Saturday, March 13th as the class headlining BACARDI Miami Sailing Week.
"The last two days have been real light and the wind shifts really haven't been that large, but they've really mattered. We found the pressure we needed and felt we had a good start to the day, which really helped along with a big gain in the second run," comments Skipper Rick Merriman. "It's been difficult out there, but luckily we've been able to stay consistent. We've really seen a lot of interesting movement because the conditions have been so light and shifty."
After two days of competition, overall standings include Merriman-Trinter as the current points leader with Horton-Lyne in second place. Stout-Peters is currently in third overall with McChesney-Zwingelberg in fourth and fifth place going to Team Melleby-Morland.
"The breeze was light again today, but we're expecting the wind to become stronger later in the week with the weather. Today, the real challenge was getting over to the wind, which was tough today, but we managed to spring out of jail and really get out there," comments Skipper Andy Horton. "We're trying to approach this like any big regatta by really staying focused and not being too risky. This is a strong fleet of competitors and you have be careful. The breeze is supposed to pick up a bit later this week and we're going to continue to try to do our best and see where we are at Saturday."
With wind becoming an increasing concern early in the afternoon, the decision was made to not hold an additional Star Class race to make-up Friday’s cancellation due to windy weather.
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