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Wicked forecast sidelines Bacardi Cup

  • Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:36

Miami, FL (March 7, 2018) – Tough call for the Race Committee on day 3 at the Bacardi Cup as an incoming thunderstorm was looming on the periphery of the race track; weather conditions that can turn tranquillity to ferocity in moments on Biscayne Bay.

“The incoming weather was borderline dangerous especially coming from the direction it was coming in,” explained Carl Schellbach, Principal Race Officer. “Forecast is for thunderstorms arriving sometime between 1300-1400 hours with very gusty and very shifty winds thereafter.

“This time of the regatta we have two good races in and the fear is we will witness bad weather out there and we will have destruction of property and potential for injured sailors which obviously we don’t want.”

With three days remaining on the schedule, the forecast beyond today bodes well to get caught up on today missed race.

“We want to give the best sailors in the world the best racing possible,” added Schellbach. “Biscayne Bay can do that, just not today. I would rather be safe up here on the beach than sorry on the water.”

Reflecting the every growing youth contingent in the Star Class, one of the relative newcomers to the Bacardi Cup is the USA’s Luke Lawrence racing with Pedro Trouche. Lawrence, a past Finn Junior World Champion and J/24 World Champion, was taken out in a Star for the first time by Augie Diaz back in 2014, and is now a committed fan of the Bacardi Cup experience.

“Everything that goes on here at the Bacardi Cup has been a lot of fun over the years, and I have been doing it now for most probably the 3rd or 4th year,” noted Lawrence, who is currently in 11th. “The event has been around forever and historically it has always been a great party and Bacardi does a really nice job of living up to that expectation. There is something cool about the Star Class in general as well and the Bacardi Cup in particular.” – Read on

The Star Class will resume racing tomorrow while the J/70 Class will start their schedule for the 47 entrants representing eight nations.

Day Three Results (Top 10 of 72; 2 races)
1. Eivind Melleby / Joshua Revkin , NOR – 2 -1 ; 3
2. Diego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi , ITA – 3 -2 ; 5
3. Robert Scheidt / Brian Fatih , BRA – 7 -3 ; 10
4. Paul Cayard / Mark Strube , USA – 4 -6 ; 10
5. Augie Diaz / Bruno Prada , USA – 1 -10 ; 11
6. Eric Doyle / Payson Infelise , USA – 5 -11 ; 16
7. Arthur Anosov / David Caesar , USA – 16 -5 ; 21
8. Peter O’Leary / Robert O’Leary , IRL – 6 -15 ; 21
9. Xavier Rohart / Sebastien Guidoux , FRA – 19 -7 ; 26
10. Peter Vessella / Phil Trinter , USA – 9 -20 ; 29

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