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11 March 2005, 09:24 am
BROMBY Takes The Lead
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Bacardi Cup 2005
Miami, FL, USA

Olympian Peter BROMBY (BER) and crew Rick PETERS (USA) sailed their Star to victory in race five of the Barcardi Cup to take the lead of the series. An OCS for runaway overnight leaders Mark MENDELBLATT and Mark STRUBE (USA) now sees them in second and the battle for the lead on again.
BROMBY and PETERS had a neck-a-neck race from the start to finish line with Howie SHIEBLER and Anson STOOKEY (USA) in race five of the Barcardi Cup. Two-time Bacardi Cup champion BROMBY won it and is now in first place overall.

'Good things happened to us today,' said BROMBY. 'We had a good lead on most of the fleet from the start and at the windward mark we were pleasantly surprised to see two of our closest competitors on the board.'

Both Mark MENDELBLATT (USA) and Vince BRUN (USA), who were first and second place overall on day three, were disqualified for false starts today. MENDELBLATT drops to second overall and BRUN takes a tumble down the leaderboard from second to seventh. 'I felt it was pretty darn close, but I was called at the line. We had a good first beat, but then they told us about the OCS and we had to drop out,' said BRUN.

According to SHIEBLER who finished in the number two spot today, 'we caught Peter [BROMBY- Ed] on the run and got even halfway up the beat. I thought we had him at the end, but he had more pressure left of us. We tried to play the averages, but it didn't work out.' SHIEBLER's second place was enough to see him soar up the leaderboard from 17th overall to third.

George SZABO (USA) and crew Christian FINNSGARD (SWE) finished in third place today and held onto their ninth position overall. John MacCAUSLAND and crew Brian FATIH (USA) came in fourth in yesterday's race and are another partnership who have risen suddenly through the field from 18th to fourth overall.

Andy MacDONALD and crew Austin SPERRY (USA) took fifth today and are in eighth position overall.

Predicting what may happen on day six, SHIEBLER said it best : 'Tomorrow will be refreshing; no one can afford a throw out and Peter [BROMBY- Ed] and Mark [MENDELBLATT - Ed] will have the advantage.'

Results:

Pos Nation Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1 BER Peter BROMBY PETERS Rick 3 (19) 2 6 1 12
2 USA Mark MENDELBLATT Mark STRUBE 2 5 1 4 (71) OCS 12
3 USA Howie SHIEBLER Anson STOOKEY 1 (71) OCS 6 8 2 17
4 USA John MacCAUSLAND Brian FATIH 6 (71) OCS 7 5 4 22
5 USA Rick MERRIMAN Brad NICHOL 9 3 5 (14) 6 23
6 POR Afonso DOMINGOS Bernardo SANTOS 5 (23) 10 2 7 24
7 USA Vince BRUN Doug BROPHY 4 1 4 18 (71) OCS 27
8 USA Andy MacDONALD Austin SPERRY 10 (27) 12 1 5 28
9 USA George SZABO Christian FINNSGARD 12 (18) 3 11 3 29
10 USA Augie DIAZ Bob SCHOFIELD 7 2 (21) 10 16 35
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