Kiss Assumes The Lead On Day One Of Bacardi

9 March 2012

March 08 (Miami, FL) - Opening day at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) delivered three amazing races to the Audi Melges 20 fleet. Under stunning racing conditions, class stalwart Michael Kiss aboard Bacio perfectly playing the part of resident superstar with a 1-2-1 score line to lead the overalls. Paul Reilly on Red Sky, also a class veteran, worked very hard all day to claim an incredible second place position, just ahead of Luca Lalli on B-LinSailing.com in third.

The races where short and sweet, approximately 1-mile distances with a steady and shifty 18-20 knots of breeze. The hungry-for speed Audi Melges 20 fleet had lots to play with upwind and down. Kiss came on strong from the start, punching the line hard and getting ahead quick. Marcus Eagan on Cajun Underwriting, 16-year old Luke Mueller aboard Vaya Con Dios, Rob Wilber's Cinghaile, and Federico Albano's 3Menda made certain that Kiss did not go challenged.

Reilly won race two, with a heated battle to the finish against Kiss, while Lalli grabbed third. The final race of the day, delivered Kiss his second bullet of the event, followed by reigning Gold Cup Champion Alessandro Rombelli on STIG, Reilly in third, Lalli in fourth and defending Bacardi Champion Mary Anne Ward on M&M Sailing Team in fifth.

Don't forget to attend Melges USA's official Bacardi bash on Friday night, at Mr. Moe’s Restaurant and Bar, from 08.00 p.m. until 10.30 p.m. Melges is sponsoring another edition of its famous Melges Rocks Party.

Three additional races are slated for Friday, day two at Bacardi.

TOP TEN RESULTS (After three races)
1.) Michael Kiss, Bacio; 1-2-1 = 4
2.) Paul Reilly, Red Sky Sailing Team; 9-1-3 = 13
3.) Luca Lalli, B-Linsailing.com; 8-3-4 = 15
4.) Marcus Eagan, Cajun Underwriting; 2-4-11 = 17
5.) Renato Vallivero, Turnover; 13-6-7 = 26
6.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG; 19-7-2 = 28
7.) Sid Gorham, Funner; 17-5-8 = 30
8.) Federico Albano, 3Menda; 5-12-13 = 30
9.) Luke Mueller, Vaya Con Dios; 3-13-15 = 31
10.) Chuck Holzman, Flyer; 7-10-14 = 31
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