Evans Mojito Claims Lead At Melges 24 Atlantic Coast Championship, Bacardi Miami Sailing Week

8 March 2013

Miami, FL - The 2013 Melges 24 Atlantic Coast Championship, being held in conjunction with Studio Milano's Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, greeted the fleet with a cool morning. Unfortunately due to little breeze the race committee was only able to run one of the three races scheduled for the 18 teams in attendance.

Due to painfully light air, the start of the race determined the winner for the first race of the series. Catharine Evans on Mojito led the charge early and was able to extend for the win. Evans and crew of Ron Hyatt, Steve Liebel, Doug Nickel, and Coleen Walsh took the bullet as to become both overnight and Corinthian Division leader. A huge congratulations are in order for this phenomenal team.

Also, battling the light air conditions, Field aboard WTF stayed on the stern of of Evans the entire race, followed closely by Don Wilson’s Convexity. Bent Dietrich from Germany on Kleine Rainbow did not go unnoticed barely missing the podium for the first race but is in good standing to do very well in the series.

The runner up for the corinthian division is Rob Britts and crew sailing Hot Mess who have great placement heading into day two, and are followed up by Curtis Jazwiecki and crew on Gnarly Ruca.

The Melges Performance Sailing De-Brief Session presented by EFG Bank was a huge success. Teams picked up their MELGES ROCKS T-Shirts in anticipation of the MELGES ROCKS party happening Friday, March, 8 at 8:30 until at Mr. Moe’s in the Grove. Teams are strongly encouraged to wear their MELGES ROCKS shirt for free drinks! 

Real-time updates will be posted online at the Official Facebook Page of the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association. Look for reports on who is winning and what is going on. Tune in and stay on top of all the latest news from Bacardi.

TOP FIVE RESULTS (After one race)
1.) Catherine Evans, Mojito
2.) Alan Field, WTF
3.) Don Wilson, Convexity
4.) Bent Dietrich, Kleine Rainbow
5.) Bruce Ayers, Monsoon

1.) Catherine Evans, Mojito
2.) Rob Britts, Hot Mess
3.) Curtis Jazwiecki, Gnarly Ruca
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