Brun was the first around all three marks leading up until the fourth leg where Miamian Augie DIAZ and crew Bob SCHOFIELD of Annapolis, Md. made a valiant attempt to catch him but ended up in second place.
'Vince dominated right from the start,' said Diaz. 'On a day like today, you have to have speed, luck and you have to do things right. Vince had speed and smarts,' he added.
Rick MERRIMAN of San Diego, CA and crew Brad NICHOL of Lake Sunapee, NH sailing a brand new Star, took third, trailed by Arthur ANOSOV of St. Petersburg, FL and crew David CAESAR of Toronto, Canada in fourth. Anosov said this is his eighth Bacardi Cup race and it is his best yet, 'even though it was a tough and slow start.'
For Merriman, all of his gains were made on the first beat by jibing early. 'At the second and third marks, we closed up on Augie and Vince,' he said.
Floridians Mark MENDLEBLATT of St. Petersburg, and crew Mark STRUBE of West Palm Beach, finished in fifth place. This is Mendleblatt's first Bacardi Cup.
First day top five finishers skippers Howie SHIEBLER (USA) and Peter BROMBY (BER) were stuck in the middle of the pack for most of the race, with the Portuguese team of Afonso DOMINGOS and Bernardo SANTOS even further back. Bromby stands in sixth place overall with Domingos holding tenth overall.
Racing continues through until Friday 11 March and full results are available via the Star Class website via the link below.
Top Ten After Two Races
|Position||Nation||Helm||Crew||Race 1||Race 2||Points|
|1||USA||BRUN Vince||BROPHY Doug||4||1||5|
|2||USA||MENDELBLATT Mark||STRUBE Mark||2||5||7|
|3||USA||DIAZ Augie||SCHOFIELD Bob||7||2||9|
|4||USA||MERRIMAN Rick||NICHOL Brad||9||3||12|
|5||USA||ANOSOV Arthur||CAESAR David||8||4||12.0001|
|6||BER||BROMBY Peter||PETERS Rick||3||19||22|
|7||USA||ALLEN Bill||LICHTER Brad||18||6||24|
|8||GER||ROTERMUND Philipp||HOLWEG Nils||13||11||24.0001|
|9||GBR||BEADSWORTH Andy||CARR David||11||14||25|
|10||POR||DOMINGOS Afonso||SANTOS Bernardo||5||23||28|