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10 March 2012, 10:22 am
Another Race Win For O'Leary and Burrows at the BACARDI Cup
Peter O'Leary & David Burrows
Peter O'Leary and David Burrows (IRL) lead the fleet at the BACARDI Cup

Bacardi Cup
Miami, USA

For the second day in a row, 2008 Olympian Peter O'Leary and David Burrows (IRL) won the first race of the day in the Star class competing for the 85th BACARDI Cup.
Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (FRA) were second across the line, and when they won race two, they were propelled to the top of the overall standings with nine points.

O'Leary and Burrows, after finishing fifth in the second race, have 11 points and are followed by 2008 Star World Champions Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) with 15 points after finishes of 9-3. Austria's five-time Olympian Hans Spitzauer, sailing with Gerd Habermueller, is fourth overall with 17 points, followed by 2007 BACARDI Cup champion Hamish Pepper and crew Jim Turner (NZL) with 23 points.

"It was a really great day," said Xavier Rohart while admitting that he and Ponsot - with whom he has been sailing since 2008 - did not expect to do this well. "This was not our favorite weather, but we had good work with our coach. Miami is good training for Weymouth. It's why we are here, and to know the people we will be sailing against. To win would be a very good end for our training." When Rohart races in Weymouth, it will be his sixth Olympic Regatta. His best finish - a bronze medal - was earned at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Full results, photos and additional information on the 85th BACARDI Cup and BACARDI Miami Sailing Week is available at and

Jan Harley
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