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FINAL RACE DECIDES M32 MIAMI WINTER SERIES EVENT #2
February 13, 2018 Ben Blake

Miami (FL), USA (February 12th, 2018) – The M32 Miami Winter Series ratcheted up several levels in intensity on Biscayne Bay this past weekend as two days of close racing saw nearly every team score a race win to push the second winter event to a dramatic final race.

 

Five of the nine teams competing stood within striking distance of the top spot with Don Wilson’s Convexity Racing ultimately narrowly crossing XS Energy on the final tack of the final upwind leg.

“The excitement on the water, the level of competition between the teams, the management of the class, is truly unbelievable”, grinned Extreme 2 Skipper, Dan Cheresh of Saugatuck, Michigan.

“The M32 not intimidating. You just need to get out there and give it a chance.”

The weekend saw glamour racing conditions with each day managing to fire off between 6 and 7 races in sustained winds between 15-20 knots.

Standout performances from younger teams, Convergence and Bliksem Racing, punctuated the event with both new teams with limited racing time in the M32 catamaran already threatening experienced crews.

“Even if you’ve never sailed before, these boats are a blast”, said Bliksem Skipper, Peter Taselaar.

“We did half a season last year in the M32 and already we’re challenging the team’s who have been around for a couple years. It’s an easy flight down from New York for a great weekend.”

 

As the M32 class continues to attract newer crews, many whom are crossing over from traditional monohull one-design classes, the pro-am nature of the racing and easy learning curve is proving to be a winning formula with owners providing an easy escape to Miami for a weekend.

Jim Prendergast of Chicago, Illlinois, Skipper of Grave Digger Racing, echoed the sentiment after his young team had a strong showing all weekend including a win in race 4 of day 2.

“The good thing about the fleet is it’s not an arms race. Anybody can win a race and anyone could finish in the medal round. It’s a boat you can grow with and is user friendly. This has been an awesome weekend.”

Two more events will be raced in Miami in March and April before the Series moves on to Newport and Harbor Springs, culminating in September at the 2018 M32 World Championship in Chicago.

Images © M32 World/Felipe Juncadella

RESULTS

Event Leaderboard

Pos Country Team Skipper Day 1 Day 2 Tot Pts
1 USA Convexity Donald Wilson 31 19 50
2 USA XS Energy Ryan DeVos 28 25 53
3 USA REV Rick DeVos 28 30 58
4 USA Convergence Jennifter Wilson 37 22 59
5 NED Bliksem Pieter Taselaar 23 37 60
6 USA Extreme 2 Dan Cheresh 38 30 68
7 USA Gravedigger James Prendergast 42 29 71
8 USA Argo Jason Caroll 45 33 78
9 ITA Vitamine Veloce Andrea Lacorte 45 45 90
10 USA Magenta Sarah Lihan 68 59 127

Day 1 Results

Pos Country Team Skipper 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 PP Tot Pts
1 NED Bliksem Pieter Taselaar 5 2 6 7 1 1 1 23
2 USA REV Rick DeVos 1 4 2 9 3 3 6 28
2 USA XS Energy Ryan DeVos 3 8 1 5 2 4 5 28
4 USA Convexity Donald Wilson 2 1 5 4 7 5 7 31
5 USA Convergence Jennifter Wilson 7 9 9 1 5 2 4 37
6 USA Extreme 2 Dan Cheresh 4 6 8 3 4 11 2 38
7 USA Gravedigger James Prendergast 8 5 3 8 8 7 3 42
8 ITA Vitamine Veloce Andrea Lacorte 9 3 4 6 9 6 8 45
8 USA Argo Jason Caroll 6 7 7 2 6 8 9 45
10 USA Magenta Sarah Lihan 10 9 9 10 10 10 10 68

Day 2 Results

Pos Country Team Skipper 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 PP Tot Pts
1 USA Convexity Donald Wilson 1 1 6 4 5 2 19
2 USA Convergence Jennifter Wilson 2 3 3 2 8 4 22
3 USA XS Energy Ryan DeVos 7 2 5 7 3 1 25
4 USA Gravedigger James Prendergast 6 9 2 1 4 7 29
5 USA REV Rick DeVos 4 6 9 6 2 3 30
5 USA Extreme 2 Dan Cheresh 3 5 1 9 7 5 30
7 USA Argo Jason Caroll 5 4 4 5 9 6 33
8 NED Bliksem Pieter Taselaar 9 8 7 3 1 9 37
9 ITA Vitamine Veloce Andrea Lacorte 8 7 8 8 6 8 45
10 USA Magenta Sarah Lihan 10 10 9 10 10 10 59
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