Update 9.45pm 25.1.12.
Day 3 at the 2012 Rolex Miami OCR ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta and once again the Irish sailors continued to progress further up the leader board. Three of the teams had their best day of the regatta so far which included a race win and four other top 10 results. Conditions remained light on Biscayne Bay with a steady breeze of between 9 and 13 knots.
Currently sitting in 6th overall, up three places from yesterday, are Peter O’Leary and David Burrows in the Star class. Having found their form yesterday they continued to achieve top results today finishing 3rd in both of their races. They are now 6th overall following their discard which came into effect after their fifth race today.
Similarly Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial also found her form with her first race win of the regatta followed by an 11th place. With the discard applied, Annalise moves up two positions to 9th overall. The US Sailing Rolex six-day event is the second of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas and the only one of those to be sailed in North America. In its 23rd edition, it is hosting 529 sailors from 41 countries sailing on 354 boats.
Yesterday’s 8-11 knot breeze on Biscayne Bay allowed three of the Rolex Miami OCR’s 10 Olympic classes to catch up on the races they lost due to dying winds on Monday afternoon, and 529 sailors from 41 countries now have two days behind them in this important ISAF Sailing World Cup event. Three Paralympic classes also are competing here, adding to a total of 354 boats
The Irish sailors had to battle with light conditions of between 5 and 9 knots at the second day of the 2012 Rolex Miami OCR ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta but that didn’t prevent the ISA Olympic Squad who have already qualified for Weymouth from climbing the leader board.
Improving on their results from yesterday were Peter O’Leary and David Burrows in the Star class who have now entered the top ten and sit in 9th place overall. Their first race of the day saw them finish in 15th place but they remained at the top of the fleet for their second race finishing in 2nd place. Elsewhere Annalise Murphy moved from 13th to 11th overall in the Laser Radial fleet. She finished in 8th and 19th place respectively in her two races of the day amongst the 60 boat fleet.
Independent non-carded sailor James Espey remains in the top 20 in what is the largest of the classes, the 78 boat Laser fleet. He is currently 19th overall having secured a 6th followed by a 14th.
The Irish Paralympic trio John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello in the Sonar class slipped one place from 6th to 7th overall following a 6th and a 7th in their two races. They two have already qualified for Weymouth.