After getting blocked off at the start in the first race, Andy HORTON and Brad NICHOL (USA) fought back strongly in race two.
'In between races we reassessed our tactics and our boat set up and made some good changes,' explained the American duo. 'On the first attempt at a start of the second race we felt much faster. We decided to start more in the middle and work the shifts. We had a great start and executed our plan, rounding the first mark in first. The wind built as we sailed downwind and the lead pack made it to the leeward gate at once.'
'Upwind, Mark REYNOLDS [(USA)] went hard left, Hamish PEPPER went hard right and we went up the middle. At the top of the course, PEPPER had made huge gains and was able to cross us and round the mark in first. Down the run we decided to hold with the pack of boats closest to us. PEPPER, jibed out early, sailing downwind all alone in the lead. We continued to work the left and were the first in the pack to jibe out. We made great gains on PEPPER but in the end Hamish PEPPER was able to hold us off.'
In the overall standings, PEPPER and WILLIAMS have a six point lead over Xavier ROHART and Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA), who were 5,3 for the day. MACDONALD and WOLFS are third after finishing eighth in race two. World number one crew Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA) are fourth ahead of Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ and Dominik ZYCKI (POL). Luna Rossa helm James SPITHILL (AUS), who has teamed up with Olympic gold medal winning crew Magnus LILJEDAHL (USA), scored DNS in race one before posting a 15th in race two.
Today should be interesting with a cold front coming through Miami that will bring more wind for the end of the week.
|1||NZL||Hamish PEPPER||Carl WILLIAMS||1||1||2|
|2||FRA||Xavier ROHART||Pascal RAMBEAU||5||3||8|
|3||CAN||Ross MACDONALD||Mike WOLFS||2||8||10|
|4||BRA||Robert SCHEIDT||Bruno PRADA||7||6||13|
|5||POL||Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ||Dominik ZYCKI||11||4||15|
|6||GER||Marc PICKEL||Ingo BORKOWSKI||9||7||16|
|7||USA||Andrew MACDONALD||Brian FATIH||4||19||23|
|8||USA||Mark REYNOLDS||Skip DIEBOLD||12||11||23|
|9||USA||John DANE||Austin SPERRY||3||21||24|
|10||USA||Andy HORTON||Brad NICHOL||25||2||27|
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