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
|Pos||Country||Team||Skipper||Day 1||Day 2||Tot Pts|
|2||USA||XS Energy||Ryan DeVos||28||25||53|
|6||USA||Extreme 2||Dan Cheresh||38||30||68|
|9||ITA||Vitamine Veloce||Andrea Lacorte||45||45||90|
Day 1 Results
|2||USA||XS Energy||Ryan DeVos||3||8||1||5||2||4||5||28|
|6||USA||Extreme 2||Dan Cheresh||4||6||8||3||4||11||2||38|
|8||ITA||Vitamine Veloce||Andrea Lacorte||9||3||4||6||9||6||8||45|
Day 2 Results
|3||USA||XS Energy||Ryan DeVos||7||2||5||7||3||1||25|
|5||USA||Extreme 2||Dan Cheresh||3||5||1||9||7||5||30|
|9||ITA||Vitamine Veloce||Andrea Lacorte||8||7||8||8||6||8||45|