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2018 Melges Rocks Regatta: Kings of Key Biscayne

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2017-18 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series
2017-18 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series

Day two in Miami at Melges World League Event No. 2 - 2018 Melges Rocks Regatta, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC) offered up more of the same as Friday - super tight racing, light air and serious fun! Three additional races and a discard of each teams worst score changed up the later portion of the top five standings. One thing however remained the same, Vladimir Prosikhin's NIKA successfully defended his first place position.

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2017-18 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - MIDNIGHT SUN, Alexis Michas
2017-18 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - MIDNIGHT SUN, Alexis Michas

Racing was once again postponed ashore until 12:30 p.m. PRO Blake Middleton made the great call to send the fleet east, towards Key Biscayne around 1 p.m.

Prosikhin came on strong early finding the left shift in Race Four to take the win over Alexis Michas' MIDNIGHT SUN in second, followed by Dario Levi's FREMITO D'ARJA in third.

The start of Race Five was of very interesting beginnings. As many as nine boats were called OCS, and recovering the best was Alexis Michas taking a much deserved win in another light and challenging race. Igor Rytov's RUSSIAN BOGATYRS bounced back from a disappointing eleventh in Race Four, to claim second place in Race Five. Prosikhin stayed consistent finishing third.

2017-18 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series  - KUAI, Daniel Thielman and HEARTBREAKER, Bob Hughes
2017-18 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - KUAI, Daniel Thielman and HEARTBREAKER, Bob Hughes

The breeze increased for Race 6 and after a quick change of course axis, the Race Committee had the fleet off and sailing. Achille Onorato's MASCALZONE LATINO, JR. ducked and dove through the fleet to take the win in the final, shifty race of the day. Rytov finished second, Rob Wilber's CINGHIALE claimed third. Rounding out the top five was Daniel Thielman's KUAI and Alexis Michas.

CGSC hosted a great after sailing happy hour for sailors and volunteers alike.

With light breeze in the forecast for tomorrow the sailors will be dreaming of wind tonight.

2017-18 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - MASCALZONE LATINO, JR, Achille Onorato
2017-18 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - MASCALZONE LATINO, JR, Achille Onorato

MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
As with other Melges 20 events around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the Official Melges 20 Facebook Page. Be sure to also follow the fleet on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews and photos at melges20.com.

TOP FIVE RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Six Races, One Discard)
1.) (RUS) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA; 4-2-4-1-3-[7] = 14
2.) (RUS) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS; 9-1-2-[11]-2-2 - 16
3.) (USA) Alexis Michas, MIDNIGHT SUN; 3-[8]-6-2-1-5 = 17
4.) (USA) Rob Wilber, CINGHIALE; [8]-6-1-5-4-3 = 19
5.) (ITA) Dario Levi, FREMITO D'ARJA; 5-3-3-3-[10]-9 = 23

TOP FIVE MIAMI WINTER SERIES RESULTS (After Two Events, Six Races)
1.) (RUS) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA = 6 pts.
2.) (RUS) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS = 10 pts.
3.) (USA) Alexis Michas, MIDNIGHT SUN = 14 pts.
4.) (MON) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO, JR. = 16 pts.
5.) (USA) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE = 17 pts.

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