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9 March 2011, 09:48 am
Norway's Melleby And Morland Retain BACARDI Cup Lead
Loof and Salminen
Sweden's Freddy Lööf and Max Salminen

2011 Bacardi Cup
Miami, USA

Stronger breeze on day two allowed for the completion of another race at the BACARDI Cup, the headline event of the 2011 BACARDI Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank.
The second day of racing saw the Californian team of Peter Vessella and Rodney Hagebols take an early lead on the first leg of the race, only to be overtaken at the windward mark.

Sweden's Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen, who claimed the silver medal in January at the Rolex Miami OCR, were initially fighting for fifth place when they were able to break away from the group and pull into the lead at the leeward mark.

"We had quite a conservative start," said Lööf. "We worked our way up the left side of the course on the first upwind, and were looking really good, but then, the right came in with quite a decent wind.

At that point, we went to the right side when a lot of the other boats went left and we were able to get a big gain. Peter [Vessella] was leading initially, but we were able to get out in front and pull away from him and the others in the second downwind."


Lööf and Salminen went on to win the race with Irish Olympians Peter O'leary and crew David Burones finishing second. 2007 BACARDI Cup winner Hamish Pepper and crew Craig Monk (NZL) placed third, followed by Vessella and Hagerbols in fourth.

"We have a new boat, so we're just trying to have a good time and see how things go," said Lööf regarding his approach to the 2011 BACARDI Cup. "This will be my third BACARDI Cup. Everyone competing out there is strong and there are a lot of boats this year. It is good to see so many people sharing their passion [for sailing] and it's always nice to be in Miami."

Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen (NOR) followed yesterday's bullet with an eighth-place finish to maintain their position at the top of the overall standings. The Norwegians, however, are tied on points - nine apiece - with O'Leary and Burones.

Standings after day two:

1. Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen (NOR) - 9 points
2. Peter O'Leary andDavid Burones (IRL) - 9 points
3. Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) - 12 points
4. Guillaume Florent and Pascal Rambeau (FRA) - 13 points
5. Maciej Grabowski and Lukasz Lesinski (POL) - 14 points
6. Peter Vessella and Rodney Hagerbols (USA) - 15 points
7. Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk (NZL) - 17 points
8. Mark Reynolds and Rick Peters (USA) - 17 points


Racing for the BACARDI Cup resumes Wednesday, 9 March, and continues through Saturday 12 March. For photos, results and additional information on the 84th Bacardi Cup and 2nd annual BACARDI Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank, visit www.BACARDICup.com and www.MiamiSailingWeek.com

Jan Harley
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