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Acura Miami Race Week 2005
Miami, USA

Racing begins 10 March and for the following four days there will be plenty of sailing with 140-plus boats on the line and plenty of star names.
Chris LARSON (USA) from the Volvo Ocean Race's Assa Abloy, is Michael BRENNAN's (USA) Transpac 52 Sjambok tactician. Triple America's Cup winning tactician Brad BUTTERWORTH (NZL) teams up with Dan MEYERS (USA) on his CM60 Numbers. Also look out for Olympic competitor and Team New Zealand afterguard Tom DODSON (NZL) on Peter DE RIDDER's (NED) Farr 40 Mean Machine.

There is more Olympic pedigree of the highest order on George and Stratis ANDREADIS' (GRE) Farr 40 Atalanti with Athens gold medallist and ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2004, Sofia BEKATOROU, (GRE) making the transition from her 470 to call tactics.

Oscar STRUGSTAD, new owner of the Melges 32 Dawn Raid and 2001 Farr 40 European Champion, teams up with Adrian STEAD (GBR), two time Olympian and GBR Challenge America's Cup tactician.

Jesper BANK (DEN), three time Olympic medallist, America's Cup helmsman, and 'a cult hero in Denmark' is tactician on Wolfgang SCHAEFER's (GER) Farr 40 Struntje Light.

'Miami is a great venue for racing and this regatta is well-organized, fun and the competition is tough,' according to America's Cup Hall of Fame tactician Brad BUTTERWORTH. 'What is unique about racing in Miami is you have the city very close to the effects of the Gulf Stream where you are quickly into the challenges of ocean racing. It makes it very exciting.'

For those boats racing four days, ten races are scheduled. Biscayne Bay racing begins on Friday with eight races planned.

It is a true international fleet with boats from Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Bermuda, Italy, Greece, Mexico, Monaco and of course the United States.

Ocean Racing hosts four PHRF classes and four one design classes. J/105s are the largest ocean class, with 18 boats entered. 16 of these boats competed in Key West 2005, presented by Nautica and are eligible for the new Florida Grand Prix scoring and award.

Four additional classes qualify for Florida Grand Prix awards - Transpac 52s, Farr 40s, Mumm 30s, and Melges 24s. Honours will go the boat with the lowest combined cumulative score from Key West and Miami race weeks.

Biscayne Bay racing is back and the numbers speak to its attraction. 26 Melges 24s, 30 Etchells, 9 J/24s, and a PHRF class hit the line on Friday.

Race dates for Acura Miami Race Week 2005 are 10-13 March.

Laurie Fullerton (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© Premiere Racing, Inc. 2005
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