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9 March 2012, 09:10 am
Foreign Teams Make Their Mark On Biscayne Bay
Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki
Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL), current overall leaders in the 85th BACARDI Cup

Bacardi Cup
Miami, USA

The Star fleet, competing for the 85th BACARDI Cup, had started racing on Monday but was sidelined for the last two days as a weather system generating high winds and hazardous marine conditions sat over the area.
Today, with easterly winds in the upper teens, the Stars resumed their series, joined by the Melges fleets who shared racing on one circle and the Viper 640 and J/80 classes sharing another.

In the first race of the day for the Star class 2008 Olympian Peter O'Leary and David Burrows (IRL) led around the first leeward mark followed closely by 2008 Star World Champions Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) and Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (FRA).

The positions remained intact as the three teams crossed the finish line. In race two, 2007 BACARDI Cup champion Hamish Pepper and crew Jim Turner (NZL) were leading at the first mark, followed by Kusznierewicz and Zycki and Rohart and Ponsot, but the Polish team succeeded in beating them across the line, with the French team finishing third.

The win of the second race moved Kusznierewicz and Zycki to the top of the overall standings with three points, followed by O'Leary and Burrows with five. Day one leaders Hans Spitzauer, a five-time Olympian, and Gerd Habermueller (AUT) placed 9-5 in today's races and dropped to third overall, where they are tied on points with Rohart and Ponsot. Two points back, Pepper and Turner stand fifth with eight points.

"Overall not a bad day,"
said O'Leary. "After two days on shore we were very happy to be on the water again. Conditions were good, yet a bit tricky with big waves that made sailing interesting. We were first at the first mark and we took it from there to the finish. In the second race we had an excellent start and then had to overcome a big wind shift. We made it to the top mark in the top group, and although we wanted to win we had to settle for fourth."

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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