KOHLHAUS and SCOTT held a comfortable 20 second lead over Fredrik LOOF and Anders EKSTROM (SWE), the winners of the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR, at the fourth and final mark. LOOF and EKSTROM tacked aggressively during the final leg and were within striking distance, when KOHLHAUS and SCOTT slipped upwind of them. KOHLHAUS and SCOTT rode a strong northern wind to the finish line, edging the Swedish duo by less than half a boat length.
'We went the right way from the start and on the second beat we picked up the wind shift and then hung on,' said KOHLHAUS who is competing in his 15th BACARDI Cup regatta.
'To date in my Star Class campaign, the smartest thing I've done is to get the best people around me; and having a veteran crew like David GILES has been huge for me,' said PEPPER, who made his Star Class debut just over a year ago at the 2006 Bob Levin Memorial in Miami. 'We've had two good results, but it's a strong fleet, and we have four important races to go. One slip-up and we can be at the back of the pack.'
Defending Bacardi Cup Champions John DANE and Austin SPERRY (USA), sailing out of Gulfport, Mississippi, are currently 16th in the overall standings.
More than 75 teams representing 23 countries are competing in the 80th Bacardi Cup Star Class Regatta, one of the most competitive and highly anticipated Star Class events in the world.
The Bacardi Cup Star Class Regatta is co-hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club and the U.S. Sailing Centre, both based in Coconut Grove, and is sponsored by BACARDI U.S.A., Inc.
Bacardi Cup participants sail one race per day from Sunday through to Friday on a 10.5-mile course in Biscayne Bay. Sailors are allowed to drop their worst performance of the six races in the regatta.