Bora Gulari moves into the lead at Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta 2022 after Day 2
March 11, 2022 - Miami, FL, USA - On the penultimate day of racing at the Bacardi Cup and Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, Miami turned on another day of exhilarating sailing, with a consistent southerly breeze of 12-17 knots across the race courses.
The second day of racing kicked off at 1100 hours for the Melges 24 fleet with three races completed in a stunning 13-17 knot breeze.
Going bold was 2021 and 2020 BCIR champion Bora Gulari on 'Mavi', who is back where he belongs after two race wins and a discard of yesterday's UFD penalty pitch him into the lead, from 10th at the start of the day.
"It went well," said 'Mavi' crew Michael Menninger. "We had decent starts, just kept it really tight and had really good speed downwind. I think most legs we passed boats and we just tried to sail really well. We had good crew work and team work, and had a good day, so it feels good."
Gulari is on an 11-point tiebreak with 2nd placed Brian Porter on 'Full Throttle', who led going into the day, with both owning a 10-point advantage over the two teams on tiebreak in 3rd and 4th, Drew Freides on 'Pacific Yankee' and Harry Melges IV's 'Zenda Express'.
Leading the Corinthian teams in 11th overall is 'Team RRH' of Jan Frederik Dyvi from Norway, who have Herman Horn-Johannessen, the 2000 Olympic bronze medallist in the Soling Class, onboard. Most things stay the same with the exception of Counihan's Jaws moving up and into third ahead of Fargo. It's a perfect set-up for down-to-the-wire racing on the final day of competition.
Three races are schedule on Saturday's final day of racing, getting under way at 1100 hrs for the Melges 24.
Provisional Top 5 Results: (after 6 races)
- Mavi - Bora Gulari / Kyle Navin / Norman Berge / Ian Liberty / Michael Menninger (USA 820) - 11 pts
- Full Throtttle - Brian Porter / RJ Porter / Bri Porter / Matt Woodworth (USA 849) - 11 pts
- Pacific Yankee - Drew Freides / Charlie Smythe / Morgan Reeser / Federico Michetti / Lara Poljsak (USA 865) - 20 pts
- Zenda Express - Harry Melges IV / Finn Rowe / Ripley Shelley / Carlos Robles / Nick Muller (USA 866) - 20 pts
- Lucky Dog - Travis Weisleder / John Bowden / Hayden Goodrick / Mark Mendleblatt (USA 858) - 27 pts
Provisional Top 3 Corinthian Results:
- (11) Team RRH, NOR732, Jan Frederik Dyvi / Jan Borø / Herman Horn-Johannessen / Stian Ness Rørvik / Malin Rørvik-Sundelin - 9 -  - 9 - 9 - 5 - 12 ; 44 pts
- (17) 3 1/2 Men, USA862, Steve Suddath / Shawn Burke / Steve Burke / Jack Smith - 16 - 17 - 13 - 15 -  - 18 ; 79 pts
- (18) Jaws, USA775, Roger Counihan / Travis Maier / Todd Wilson / Bev Cady -  - 19 - 16 - 20 - 17 - 16 ; 88 pts