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Bacardi Cup At Halfway Stage
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 sixty-five boat Star Class fleet at the halfway stage of the 93rd Bacardi Cup in Miami, USA.
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 in the environs of the beautiful Coral Reef Yacht Club 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 leader board climb of five places to fifth overall.
From Thursday 5 March to Saturday 7 March 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 sports boat and the foiling AV8 and Windfoil sailors joining the event.
Provisional Top 10 - After 3 Races
1. Mateusz Kusznierewicz/Bruno Prada, POL, 4 points
2. Eivind Melleby/Joshua Revkin, NOR, 10
3. Augie Diaz/Henry Boening, USA, 14
4. Diego Negri/Frithjof Kleen, ITA, 17
5. George Szabo/Guy Avellon, USA, 20
6. Peter O'Leary/Robert O'Leary, IRL, 26
7. Paul Cayard/Pedro Trouch, USA, 29
8. Jorgen Schonherr/Markus Koy, DEN, 31
9. Brian Ledbetter/Magnus Liljedahl, USA, 32
10. Manu Hens/Joost Houweling, BEL, 38