Steady at top of 93rd Bacardi Cup
Published on March 4th, 2020
Miami, FL (March 4, 2020) – The change in wind pressure gave no change in performance from the series leaders Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Bruno Prada (BRA) who racked up another win today to lead the 64 boat Star Class fleet at the halfway stage of the 93rd Bacardi Cup.
The weather conditions served up an altogether different race track on day 3, with the light and unsettled breeze postponing the start until 1330 hours. An initial wait ashore was followed by an on-water postponement, before the light and very warm southerly breeze filled in.
The reigning Star Class World Champions, Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Bruno Prada (BRA), repeated and improved on yesterday’s race track domination, this time breaking away to lead the fleet from the first mark to the finish by a solid margin.
The partnership dismissed the assault put up by Americans George Szabo and Guy Avellon, who delivered their best race of the series so far but had to be satisfied with a 2nd place finish and a leaderboard climb of five places to fifth overall.
Steadily chipping away through the fleet were Eivind Melleby (NOR) and Josh Revkin (USA), who excel in breezier racecourses but today found their mojo in the low range to improve their game from 8th at the first mark to 3rd by the finish to hold steady in second overall.
“It’s going alright but we still have a little catch up to do if we want to lead this,” reflected Melleby. “When the wind comes from the south in Miami it’s quite steady and it’s hard to get it wrong, we are doing our best and are happy to be up there.”
Whilst the pair has the series leaders well in sight, with the series discard kicking in after tomorrow’s race 4, there will be numerous other teams who will work their way up the leaderboard and edge closer to the podium slots.
Claiming a 3rd place finish today and moving up one place to third overall were the 2019 Star World silver medallists Augie Diaz (USA) and Henry Boening (BRA). The partnership executed yet another immaculate race, always holding their position in the leading pack to be one of only three teams carrying a scorecard of top 10 finishes.
Diaz knows Biscayne Bay and its winds and currents better than anyone else in the fleet, and is mission focused to lift not only the Grand Master title but the iconic Bacardi Cup Trophy too.
The 2018 Bacardi Cup winner Diego Negri (ITA) racing with 2014 Star World Champion crew Frithjof Kleen (GER), secured another solid finish, staking a 6th place to sit in fourth overall.
Tomorrow the Star Class will be joined by the full line-up of classes at the Bacardi Invitational Regatta with the J70, Melges 24, Viper 640, VXOne, AV8, and Windfoil.
The 93rd Bacardi Cup and Bacardi Invitational Regatta are from March 2-7. Racing for the Star Class gets underway March 2 with the J/70, Melges 24, Viper 640, VXOne, AV8 and Windfoil classes taking to the track on March 5. The Star fleet will contest their traditional one race per day whilst all other fleets will sail up to eight races across three days.
Day Three Results:
Star Class (Top 10 of 64; 3 races)
1. Mateusz Kusznierewicz / Bruno Prada , POL – 2 -1 -1 ; 4
2. Eivind Melleby / Joshua Revkin , NOR – 4 -3 -3 ; 10
3. Augie Diaz / Henry Boening , USA – 7 -2 -5 ; 14
4. Diego Negri / Frithjof Kleen , ITA – 5 -6 -6 ; 17
5. George Szabo / Guy Avellon , USA – 13 -5 -2 ; 20
6. Peter O’Leary / Robert O’Leary , IRL – 1 -7 -18 ; 26
7. Paul Cayard / Pedro Trouch , USA – 3 -9 -17 ; 29
8. Jørgen Schönherr / Markus Koy , DEN – 8 -4 -19 ; 31
9. Brian Ledbetter / Magnus Liljedahl , USA – 11 -17 -4 ; 32
10. Manu Hens / Joost Houweling , BEL – 6 -11 -21 ; 38
Source: Twelve USA, INC.