Bora Gulari Holds Onto First Overall On Tiebreak Advantage At Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta

March 6, 2020 - Miami, FL, USA - After a very stormy morning, with gusts of wind weaving through from all directions and a short postponement ashore for some classes, the fleets headed out to the water for the penultimate day of racing at the Bacardi Invitational Regatta in Miami, Florida. 

The wind eventually settled on all racecourses and the race committees made final course adjustments in response to the shifty breeze, which increased from around 6-7 knots to 10-12 knots. The building breeze backed up the forecast of a strong northerly front for Saturday's final race day.

Three races were sailed in Melges 24 class. Overnight leaders USA 820 (Bora Gulari/Kyle Navin/Norman Berg/Ian Liberty/Taylor Canfield) had to surrender the track performance of the day to Raza Mixta (Peter Duncan/Victor Diaz de Leon/Matteo Ramian/Carlos Robles/Willem Van Waay), who claimed two firsts and a second, but USA820 holds onto first overall on tiebreak advantage. Realistically, unless there is a major change in form, the fight for first and second will be between these two teams.

On an 11 point deficit to the leaders and in third overall going into the final day is Shaka (KC Shannon/Jackson Benvenutti/Ben Lynchi/Tom Sawchuk/Elizabeth Whitener).

Claiming the third race win of the day was Norwegian Team Sebago (Jan Frederik Dyvi/Jan Boro/Herman Horn-Johannessen/Malin Rorvik-Sundelin/Stian Ness Rorvik), who elevate themselves to be first corinthian team and 11th overall.

Top 5 of Melges 24 (One Design - 28 Boats)
1. USA 820, USA820, Bora Gulari / Kyle Navin / Norman Berg / ian Liberty / Taylor Canfield - 1 -1 -2 -[7] -6 -3 ; 13
2. Raza Mixta, USA829, Peter Duncan / Victor Diaz de Leon / Mattero Ramian / Carlos Robles / Willem Van Waay - 5 -4 -[6] -1 -1 -2 ; 13
3. Shaka, USA801, KC Shannon / Jackson Benvenutti / Ben Lynchi / Tom Sawchuk / Elizabeth Whitener - 2 -3 -1 -[17] -10 -8 ; 24
4. Mikey, USA835, Kevin Welch / Jeff Madrigali / Mark Ivy / Serena Vilage / Christina Persson - 3 -9 -12 -2 -5 -[13] ; 31
5. Zenda Express, USA863, Harry Melges IV / Eddie Cox / Judge Ryan / Finn Rowe / Ripley Shelly - 4 -11 -5 -4 -8 -[29] ; 32

Full results

Scoring Website

Source: Rachele Vitello, Yachts and Yachting

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Bora Gulari and his team of Kyle Navin, Norman Berg, Ian Liberty and match racing superstar Taylor Canfield - 2020 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta

Shaka USA801 of KC Shannon with Jackson Benvenutti, Ben Lynchi, Tom Sawchuk andElizabeth Whitener - 2020 Bacardi Cup Invitational regatta

Mikey of Kevin Welch with Jeff Madrigali, Mark Ivy, Serena Vilage and Christina Persson - 2020 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta

Zenda Express with Harry Melges IV at the helm - 2020 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta

Team Sebago of Jan Frederik Dyvi, Jan Boro, Herman Horn-Johannessen, Malin Rorvik-Sundelin and Stian Ness Rorvik - 2020 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta