In the Farr 40 class, Massimo Mezzaroma's Nerone of Savon, Italy posted a fourth place finish to leapfrog past Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory of Novato, CA, who finished eighth in today's race, to claim the Farr 40 class title by two points.
"We knew what we had to do today to win," said Mezzaroma. "The Acura SORC is always a very competitive regatta and this year's fleet was no exception, we had some excellent races."
In the Mumm 30 class, Luigi Parente's Moby Maga Joanna, of Naples, FL, registered a third place finish which was enough to claim the class title ahead of Bent Dietrich's Rainbow of Hamburg, Germany, who finished second in today's race.
As further proof of the competitive atmosphere at the 2003 Acura SORC, three class titles, the J/105, Melges 24 and Multihulls crowns, were decided by just one point. In the J/105 class, Thomas Coates' Masquerade of San Franscisco, CA, finished third in today's race, knocking runner-up Jim Sorenson's Wet Leopard of Sag Harbour, NY, out of the penthouse, to claim the 2003 title.
In the Multihulls, a win in today's race by Don Mcgetrid's, Team Raider US, of Miami, proved too little, too late as Peter Fruedenberg's, Condor, of Harvey Cedars, NJ, placed third today to wrap-up the class title.
In the Melges 24 class, Peder Nergaard's Baghdad Rejects, of Oslo, Norway, held off Luca Santena's, Joe Fly, of Olgiate Comasco, Italy, with a fifth place finish in today's race to take home the hardware.
Additional class titles awarded today were George David's Idler of Hartford, CT, claiming the IMS class title; and Roger Sturgeon's, Rosebud, of Santa Cruz, CA, and Terrance Smith's, Raincloud, Isle of Palms, SC winning their sixth straight races to secure the PHRF 1 and PHRF 2 classes titles, respectively; and S.A. Spencer's, Triptease, of Miami, FL, winning PHRF 3.
Winners of the following perpetual awards were recognized at the 2003 Acura SORC prize giving ceremony at Monty's:
- Acura Trophy for Winner of Team Competition - Team Saltine (Bandolier, Javelin, Caroline)
- Mark H. Baxter Trophy (Best Performance by a Farr 40) - Nerone
- Florida Governor's Perpetual Trophy (PHRF class, low point boat) - Rosebud
- Acura SORC Trophy (Best Performance by a Series Yacht) - Baghdad Rejects
The 2003 Acura SORC completed all ten scheduled races with only a slight delay on Saturday as breeze built just off Miami Beach. "The weather really made the event," said Peter Reggio, Principal Race Officer. "Miami came through with great conditions and we had an awesome week."
Provisional results, Acura SORC, Day 4, March 2, (owner name, boat name, city, state, places, points):
Massimo Mezzaroma, Nerone, Savon, Italy, 6-3-10-9-1-5-8-4-2-4, 52
Hasso Plattner, Morning Glory, Novato, CA, 4-1-8-14-12-2-1-3-1-8, 54
Robert Hughes, Heartbreaker, Ada, MI, 11-6-3-1-5-10-2-13-4-2, 57
George David, Idler, Hartford, CT, 1-1-1-2-2-1-3-1-3-1, 13
Marco Birch, Talisman, New York, NY, 3-4-2-1-4-4-1-4-1-2, 22
Doug Croker, Canvasback, Easton, MD, 4-2-4-4-1-2-4-2-2-3, 24
Thomas Coates, Masquerade, San Francisco, CA, 1-2-5-1-2-3, 9
Jim Sorenson, Wet Leopard, Sag Harbor, NY, 2-1-1-3-3-5, 10
Donald Priestly, Wet Paint, Mashpee, MA, 3-5-3-4-1-1, 12
Peder Nergaard, Baghdad Rejects, Oslo, Norway, 3-2-2-1-1-1, 7
Luca Santena, Joe Fly, Olgiate Comasco, Italy, 2-1-1-4-2-2, 8
Roger Peacock, Black Seal, Sorognl, England, 10-4-3-3-3-3, 16
Luigi Parente, Moby Maga Joanna, Naples, FL, 1-4-1-1-7-3, 17
Bent Dietrich, Rainbow, Hamburg, Germany, 7-3-2-3-3-2, 20
David Koski, Go Figure, Highland Heights, OH, 3-2-8-2-1-6, 22
Peter Fruedenberg, Condor, Harvey Cedars, NJ, 1-4-1-2-3-3, 10
Don Mcgetrid, Team Raider, US, Miami, FL, 6-3-5-1-1-1, 11
David Bowman, Ultraviolet, Chelsea, MA, 4-2-3-4-2-2, 13
Roger Sturgeon, Rosebud, Santa Cruz, CA, 1-1-1-2-1-1-1-1-1-1, 9
Charles Burnett, III, Bandolier, Seattle, WA, 2-2-2-1-3-3-2-5-3-2, 21
Terrance Smith, Raincloud, Isle of Palms, SC, 5-1-1-2-1-1-1-1-1-1, 10
Geoff Stagg, Tazo, Annapolis, MD, 2-3-10-7-5-2-2-2-3-3, 28
James Bishop, Gold Digger, New York, NY, 8-5-2-1-2-6-8-4-4-7, 39.5
S.A. Spencer, Triptease, Miami, FL, 2-1-1-1-2-2-2, 13
Scott Taylor, Defiance, Long Beach, CA, 1-4-6-3-1-2-2-1-1-3, 18
Gordon Ettie, Sazerac, Miami, FL, 3-3-2-2-4-3-3-6-4-1, 25