Kiss Wins Bacardi, Lalli Earns 2012 Miami Winter Series Top Honors

10 March 2012

March 10 (Miami, FL) - Sunday was the final day of racing at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) with Macatawa Bay, Michigan's Michael Kiss on Bacio, with tactician Chris Rast and crew Willie McBride claiming the Championship title. For Kiss and crew, this is the very first time they have won Bacardi. They won the one and only race conducted on Sunday, sealing the Championship deal by nine points.

"This is good. The racing this week was fantastic, as always," said an ecstatically happy Kiss at the awards ceremony. "I really have to thank Chris and Willie. They were both fantastic, but I also have to really thank my wife Tovi. She is the one that always takes care of us, makes us look so nice and fed so well. She makes it all possible and is the engine that drives the Bacio program. Tovi and Melges ROCKS!" 

Kiss continued, "We were really happy to do well in the heavy breeze earlier in the week and the light air today. Lighter is always trickier, and this fleet is loaded with really good sailors. If you get behind it is so hard to catch up. Our goal was to get off the line and try to keep up with Red Sky and the Eagans. We knew we need to keep them close."

Paul Reilly's Red Sky finished second overall and the all-Corinthian, family based team Cajun Underwriting helmed by Marcus Eagan came third. The two were tied with 29 points each.

Tons of Melges sailors rocked the night in Coconut Grove at Moe's Restaurant and Bar on Friday evening! Teams partied well into the wee-hours of the morning! The Melges girls were on hand to meet and greet sailors. There are plenty of photos too — posted online at the Official Facebook Page of Melges USA. Melges would like to thank every team that came to Miami to celebrate the greatest one design, sportboat racing in the world!

TOP TEN RESULTS (After eight races — FINAL)
1.) Michael Kiss, Bacio; 1-2-1-7-7-[41/BFD]-1-1 = 20 
2.) Paul Reilly, Red Sky Sailing Team; [9]-1-3-3-9-4-3-6 = 29
3.) Marcus Eagan, Cajun Underwriting; 2-4-11-2-5-3-[16]-2 = 29
4.) Luca Lalli, B-Linsailing.com; 8-3-4-5-[13]-5-6-5 = 36
5.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG; 19-7-2-[28]-1-7-7-3 = 46
6.) Luke Mueller, Vaya Con Dios; 3-13-15-1-[20]-1-2-14 = 49
7.) Renato Vallivero, Turnover; 13-6-7-12-2-2-13-[18] = 55
8.) Mary Anne Ward, M&M Sailing; 6-[21]-5-17-11-6-4-13 = 62
9.) Chuck Holzman, Flyer; 7-10-14-4-[31]-13-9-9 = 66
10.) Mark Plaxton, INTAC; 12-18-9-15-4-[20]-11-7 = 76
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Bacardi Miami Sailing Week marked the end to the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series (MWS). Over 50 teams participated (54 to be exact) in the three-part MWS. On top of the ranking scoreboard is 28-year old Luca Lalli onBLinsailing.com, with tactician Lorenzo Bressani and crew Federico Michetti, two points ahead of Kiss in second. Reilly celebrated third.

TOP FIVE RESULTS (After three events — FINAL)
1.) Luca Lalli, B-Linsailing.com; 296 pts.
2.) Michael Kiss, Bacio; 294 pts.
3.) Paul Reilly, Red Sky; 293 pts.
4.) Marcus Eagan, Cajun Underwriting; 282 pts.
5.) Russell Lucas, Shimmer; 277 pts.
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The International Audi Melges 20 Class would like to thank Coconut Grove Sailing Club, especially Ron Rostorfer and his entire race committee team, and Bruce Golison and team. Last, and most certainly not least, special thanks to the full on support of Melges USA and the Melges Team!

Full race reports, interviews and photo galleries will be posted online each day after racing. Stay tuned to the Official Audi Melges 20 Web Site and Melges.com for all the latest details. You can also friend the Audi Melges 20 onFacebook, follow on Twitter and/or subscribe to the Official Audi Melges 20 You Tube Channel.