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Bacardi Cup Racing cancelled yesterday due to Tornado Warning

No racing yesterday (Friday) due to Tornado warning. Hopefully they will get in a race today.

Update: March 12th, 2010:Peter O’Leary O’Leary and crew Stephen Milne had an excellent third place in the 84 boat fleet at the Bacardi Cup yesterday (Thurs) thus maintaining their second overall position. To day will mark a crucial stage with a discard applying after five races have been sailed. Competition is very tight at the top so it is impossible to predict what may happen. However, one thing is certain, they are doing us all proud with their outstanding performance to date.  Keep up the good work lads!

March 11th, 2010

Royal Cork’s Peter O’Leary and his crew Stephen Milne from the Royal Ulster took first place yesterday in race three of the Bacardi Cup in Miami, Florida, and now lie in second position overall midway through the series.

Skipper Andy Horton and Crew James Lyne edged up from their fifth place finish in the standings to secure the overall top placing in the 84 boat fleet Wednesday in the third day of Star Class sailing for the Trofeo Bacardi. Wind conditions increased slightly later in the afternoon to about a 10 knot high in a field that was spread out in comparison to the tight group on Tuesday. With three more days of Star Class sailing to go in the Bacardi Cup, Wednesday’s midway point has U.S. Team Horton-Lyne in first place overall with Ireland’s Skipper Peter O’Leary and Crew Stephen Milne taking second. Yesterday’s leader, American Skipper Rick Merriman and Crew Phil Trinter faded slightly with a still solid third place finish today while Brazilian Skipper Lars Grael with Crew Ronald Seifort placed fourth and first day victors American Augie Diaz alongside sailing phenomenon Crew Bruno Prada came in fifth place overall to round out the top five in the Bacardi Cup standings.

“The breeze was light again today, but we’re expecting the wind to become stronger later in the week with the weather. Today, the real challenge was getting over to the wind, which was tough today, but we managed to spring out of jail and really get out there,” commented Skipper Andy Horton.

Wednesday marked the third of six total days of Star Class sailing as competitors reach the halfway point in Bacardi Cup competition. The Bacardi Cup will run on Biscayne Bay through Saturday, March 13th as the flagship event for the inaugural Bacardi Miami Sailing Week.

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