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8 March 2004, 03:12 pm
Tough Start For Some On Day One
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Bacardi Cup
Miami, Florida

Yesterday saw the first day of racing get underway in the Star fleet at the Bacardi Cup with sailing veteran Paul CAYARD and crew Phil TRINTER of America taking the first race victory of the six race series from Marc PICKEL and Ingo BORKOWSKI of Germany.
Racing was delayed three hours as the sailors waited for the light and patchy breeze to develop but eventually the wind filled in and the racing got underway.

With such a large fleet (93 boats) the race committee had trouble getting the race started and were forced to fly a 'black flag', which meant that anyone who started prematurely would be penalised. There were 13 casualties and amongst them was British sailors Iain PERCY and Steve MITCHELL who were forced to return to shore early.

Full results are available on the Star Class website at the address below.

Overall Top Ten

Pos Nation Skipper Crew R1 Tot
1 USA Paul Cayard Phil Trinter 1 1
2 GER Marc Pickel Ingo Borkowski 2 2
3 CAN Ross Macdonald Mike Wolfs 3 3
4 SWE Frederik Loof Anders Ekstrom 4 4
5 USA Rick Merriman Bill Bennett 5 5
6 USA John Dane III Henry Sprague 6 6
7 POR Afonso Domingos Bernardo Santos 7 7
8 AUS Hans Spitzauer Andreas Hanakamp 8 8
9 SWI Flavio Marazzi Enrico De Maria 9 9
10 USA Andy Lovell Magnus Liljedahl 10 10
Sacha Oswald (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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