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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

PosCountryTeamSkipperDay 1Day 2Tot Pts
1USAConvexityDonald Wilson311950
2USAXS EnergyRyan DeVos282553
3USAREVRick DeVos283058
4USAConvergenceJennifter Wilson372259
5NEDBliksemPieter Taselaar233760
6USAExtreme 2Dan Cheresh383068
7USAGravediggerJames Prendergast422971
8USAArgoJason Caroll453378
9ITAVitamine VeloceAndrea Lacorte454590
10USAMagentaSarah Lihan6859127

Day 1 Results

PosCountryTeamSkipper12345678PPTot Pts
1NEDBliksemPieter Taselaar526711123
2USAREVRick DeVos142933628
2USAXS EnergyRyan DeVos381524528
4USAConvexityDonald Wilson215475731
5USAConvergenceJennifter Wilson799152437
6USAExtreme 2Dan Cheresh4683411238
7USAGravediggerJames Prendergast853887342
8ITAVitamine VeloceAndrea Lacorte934696845
8USAArgoJason Caroll677268945
10USAMagentaSarah Lihan10991010101068

Day 2 Results

PosCountryTeamSkipper12345678PPTot Pts
1USAConvexityDonald Wilson11645219
2USAConvergenceJennifter Wilson23328422
3USAXS EnergyRyan DeVos72573125
4USAGravediggerJames Prendergast69214729
5USAREVRick DeVos46962330
5USAExtreme 2Dan Cheresh35197530
7USAArgoJason Caroll54459633
8NEDBliksemPieter Taselaar98731937
9ITAVitamine VeloceAndrea Lacorte87886845
10USAMagentaSarah Lihan1010910101059
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