Vince Brun of San Diego and crew Doug Brophy win first race of Star Bacardi Cup yesterday
Light and shifty air delayed the second day start of the Bacardi Cup in Biscayne Bay yesterday. The international fleet of 70 Star boats waited on the water for almost an hour before a light breeze arrived.
Six-time Bacardi Cup winner, Vince Brun of San Diego and crew Doug Brophy were the first to catch a breeze and they never let it go winning the second day race. The California skipper is now in first place overall.
Brun was the first around all three marks leading up until the 4th leg where Miamian Augie Diaz and crew Bob Schofield 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 and crew Brad Nichol sailing a brand-new Star boat, took third trailed by Arthur Anosov and crew David Caesar in fourth. Anosov said this is his 8th Bacardi Cup race and it is his best yet.
For Merriman, all of his gains were made on the first beat by gybing early. Floridians Mark Mendleblatt and crew Mark Strube finished in fifth place.
First day top five finishers skippers Howie Shiebler and Peter Bromby 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 6th place overall with Domingos holding 10th overall.
Racing continues until Friday.