Bacardi Cup Day 1, 76 teams in the waters of Biscayne Bays
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 9:23 AM
Coconut Grove, 76 teams from 16 countries have come to the warm waters of Biscayne Bay to compete in the 91st Annual Bacardi Cup. I am racing the week with Mark Strube.
Before the first race of the regatta, the Star Class family payed its respects in a tribute to Sir Durward Knowles who recent passed away. Durward was a Gold medalist, World Champion and 31 year Commodore of the Star Class. More importantly his was a friend to all and mentor to the lucky. He was 100 years old and died as the oldest living Olympic Champion.
Yesterdays race was a tricky one. The race committee patiently waited for 2 hours for the wind to settle enough to race. It remained shifty and puffy as the easterly wind came over Key Biscayne onto the race course.
It was “Shoots-n-Ladders” on the first leg as the fleet spread out on the 2 mile leg, and the 15 degree shifts made a big difference! The leaders at the first mark were last months winners from Ireland, the O’Leary brothers, followed by a pack that included, Diaz, Melleby, Cayard, Doyle, Vassella and Negri.
In the end Diaz edged out Melleby for the win, followed by Negri in third, Mark and I in fourth and Eric Doyle in 5th.
Today’s race is already postponed by one hour, at least.