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12 March 2005, 07:24 am
Mendelblatt/Strube Claim Victory
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2005 BACARDI Cup
Miami, USA

Mark MENDELBLATT and crew Mark STRUBE (USA) won the 2005 BACARDI Cup, the six-race series sailed annually in Biscayne Bay since 1962.
Howie SHIEBLER of San Francisco, CA and crew Anson STOOKEY of Middletown, RI won the final day's race 6 to keep their second place overall standing from yesterday.

Two-time Bacardi Cup winner Peter BROMBY and crew Rick PETERS came in a disappointing eighth today, moving them down from first to third place overall. Defending Bacardi Cup champions Afonso DOMINGOS and Bernardo SANTOS from Portugal keep their ninth place overall with a finish in 20th place today.

'It feels great to win especially after the stress of our OCS (false start) yesterday,' said Mendelblatt of St. Petersburg, Florida. 'Our strategy was to start close to Peter, but when we saw that Howie was ahead we quickly adjusted and stuck close to him. And follow they did throughout most of the course to take second place in the Day Six race. To beat Peter is an extra bonus in this regatta,' said Mendelblatt.

Mendelblatt and Strube first sailed together in the 2003 America's Cup in New Zealand on One World and this is only their second time together in a Star Class regatta. Both admit that their ultimate goal is the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Star Class.

According to Afonso DOMINGOS, 'The competition at the Bacardi Cup is always very good. I've done well in light winds this year, but you never know in America.'

Rick MERRIMAN of San Diego, CA and crew Brad NICHOL of Lake Sunapee, NH took third today and fourth place overall. Californians Erick LIDECIS and crew Michael MARZAHL took fourth and 16th overall. Andy BEADSWORTH of Great Britain and crew David CARR claimed a fifth in the final race, to move them up to to 11 overall.

Unlike the previous three days of racing, there was little wind on the Bay for the 70 boats representing 10 countries. With a one-hour delay on the start, the fleet finally seized the five-knot gusts coming out of the south. The 10.5-mile course was changed slightly to take advantage of the wind shift to the SE and increase to 10-15 knots.

'The Bacardi Cup is one of the few regattas that offers sailors the opportunity to race against the world's best,' said Jose ARGAMASILLA BACARDI, great grandson of the Bacardi founder. 'This is a world-class competition where sportsmanship and the spirit of racing are the common denominators,' he said.

The Bacardi Cup was first sailed in Havana in 1927 and is the only Cuba-born sporting event to survive in the United States and is sponsored in full by BACARDI U.S.A., Inc.

Janet Maizner (As Amended By ISAF). Image: Mark MENDELBLATT and STRUBE (USA), © Event Media
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