North Sails: News Details

2/12/2013

Melges 20 Miami Winter #2

Report by Andy Burdick

Hollerbach Wins 2013 Audi Melges 20 Winter Regatta!

John Browm 1st Corinthian at the event #2 - Miami Winter Series
 

The 2013 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC) named Marc Hollerbach aboard Fu with tactician Jonathan McKee and crew member Ben Allen overall champion for Event No. 2 of the series. Hollerbach, a former International Class Chairman, had a great weekend in Miami finishing day one second overall. On day two, Fu finished fifth in race four. His final race of the day was discarded, ultimately knocking off overnight leader Paul Reilly on Red Sky Sailing Team by one point who finished second overall respectively followed by Richard Davies' Section 16 in third.

Race one of the day and four in the series, went to Mark Plaxton's INTAC. Plaxton had a great start and lead rounding the first mark. Plaxton was able to build momentum extending to gain a huge win with major separation from the rest of the fleet. Tony Tabb's Elevation Racing punched the line for a great start and was able to get out early finishing second. Rob Wilber's Cinghiale was in the middle of the fleet for the majority of the race but was able to find a good line downwind and land a third place finish.

John Kilroy's Samba Pi Ti took the final race honors despite a course change and inclement weather with dark clouds and patches of rain. Michael Kiss and crew sailing Bacio excelled this weekend coming in second for the last race of the series, putting up an impressive fourth place finish overall. Kent Haeger on Mach Schnell found his way on the podium for the last race rounding out the top three.

Additional congratulations are in order for John Brown's Blind Squirrel with crew members Will and George Demand as they are 2013 Audi Melges 20 Corinthian Miami Winter Regatta Champions. Brown had a great weekend finishing fourth in race three which helped the team in the standings. Tied with equal points is the second place corinthian team Black Sheep owned by Jon Messenger with crew members Jeremy Edwards and Mark Goodyear. Andy Rasdal's Valkyrie with Michael Anderson-Miterling and Greg Helias rounded out the top three for the corinthians.

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS
The IAM20CA is extremely grateful and incredibly pleased with the event organization and management of the Miami Winter Series Event No. 2 by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club. In particular, the IAM20CA would like to recognize the amazing efforts of Event Chair Ron Rostorfer and PRO Bruce Golison and team who continue to go above and beyond the call of duty, ensuring every event is well planned and beautiful for the Audi Melges 20 Class. Also, a huge thank you for the strong support of Melges USA.

OVERALL
1.) Marc Hollerbach, Fu;
2.) Paul Reilly, Red Sky Sailing Team

TOP 3 CORINTHIAN
1.) John Brown, Blind Squirrel;
2.) Jon Messenger, Black Sheep;
3.) Andy Rasdal, Valkyrie

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