California's John Kilroy showed winning form in the Acura Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC) regatta.
Kilroy led from rounding the leeward mark on the first round of the 12-mile triple windward/leeward course and ensured his victory with careful covering and conservative sailing for the rest of the race, extending his lead to 40 seconds at the finish. Kilroy's closest competition came from George Andreadis who took second place with Atalanti X. Andreadis, one of the top skippers in the highly competitive Farr 40s, won the class last month at Yachting Key West Race Week.
An almost total lack of wind caused a considerable delay for all eight classes racing today, but the longest wait of three and a half hours happened on the Acura Circle, where the Farr 40s and 1D35 one-designs were only able to sail one race. When the southeaster finally filled in, conditions were ideal, with the breeze starting at eight knots and building to 14 knots before the last boat surfed over the finish line.
In the other classes racing off Miami Beach, there was an interesting mix of return winners and new names scattered through the results. In the 1D35 Class, David Pyles in Loose Ruck bested perennial winner Robert Hughes' Heartbreaker. Ken Read and Makoto Vermatsu campaigned the latter's new Farr 50 Esmeralda to two first places in the seven-boat IMS Class. In the PHRF big-boat class, George Collins, from Fisher Island, FL, scored two second places to lead on points at the end of the first day.