Miami Sailing Week 2018
Published on March 11th, 2018
Biscayne Bay delivered with great sailing conditions for the 9th GOSLINGS Miami Sailing Week (MSW) on March 8-11 in Miami, FL. Competition included the Canadian-American Opti Cup along with starts for the Melges 24, the A-Cat, Flying Tiger, and M32 catamaran.
The Melges 24 completed 9 races with Monsoon skippered by Bruce Ayres (Newport Beach, CA) winning with two bullets, three 2nd places and two top 5 finishes. Finishing 2nd was Brian Porter skippering Full Throttle (Fontana, WI) with two bullets and 7 top 10 finishes, and in 3rd was Mikey with Kevin Welch (Anacortes, WA).
Eight races were completed for the A-Cat catamaran with 16 teams battling each other. Winning the Foiling Division was the untouchable Bruce Mahoney (La Porte, TX) with 8 wins while the Classic Division was won by Ben Hall (Bokeelia, FL) on La Femme Nikita.
In the Flying Tiger fleet Richard Griffin (Miami, FL) on Torqeedo took first place followed by Kenneth Luczynski on Incineroar and by Christopher Tate (Westerly, RI) on Accessibil-it.
The inaugural Canadian-American Opti Cup attracted 72 Optimist sailors from Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Key Biscayne Yacht Club, Coral Reef Yacht Club and the Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron gathered for a day of racing as part of MSW program.