The weather stole the show during the second race of the second day. The race was started in 9-10 knots at about 240 degrees. The sky was overcast and cumulus clouds with very dark bottoms marched their way from the Everglades to Biscayne Bay. The anvils grew higher as the fleet sailed back upwind in light chop toward a dirty grey wall that swallowed the shoreline behind it. ROHART and RAMBEAU rounded the weather mark first.
They rounded the offset mark just as the first lightning bolt hit. LÖÖF and EKSTRÖM were a thunder clap behind them. The first ten boats bore away and took off on a plane on the leading edge of the front. Those who followed had a hard time handling the 30 knot gust that came through. Clean up crews dodged lightning bolts as they followed the fleet toward the finish line and Coconut Grove.
At the end of four races PEPPER and WILLIAMS, ROHART and RAMBEAU and Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA) have 12, 13, and 23 points, respectively. Andy HORTON and Brad NICHOL (USA) are the leading North American contenders, sitting in fourth with 42 points. Defending champions George SZABO and Mark STRUBE (USA) are in sixth, ten points behind HORTON and NICHOL.
|1||NZL||Hamish PEPPER||Carl WILLIAMS||1||1||3||7||12|
|2||FRA||Xavier ROHART||Pascal RAMBEAU||5||3||4||1||13|
|3||BRA||Robert SCHEIDT||Bruno PRADA||7||6||5||5||23|
|4||USA||Andy HORTON||Brad NICHOL||25||2||2||13||42|
|5||GER||Marc PICKEL||Ingo BORKOWSKI||9||7||8||19||43|
|6||USA||George SZABO||Mark STRUBE||20||12||9||11||52|
|7||SUI||Flavio MARAZZI||Michael HERRMANN||21||10||6||24||61|
|8||NZL||Rohan LORD||Peter FOX||24||5||13||20||62|
|9||USA||Andrew MACDONALD||Brian FATIH||4||19||16||27||66|
|10||USA||John MACCAUSLAND||Robert SCHOFIELD||15||18||23||10||66|
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