Rev win the double at Miami final

in a hotly contested 10-strong fleet

Rev win the double at Miami final in a hotly contested 10-strong fleet
April 8, 2017 Ben Blake

Miami, USA (April 10th, 2017) – An impressive sight of 10 M32 catamarans took to Biscayne Bay for the final event of the M32 Miami Winter Series this weekend. The event was rounded off in style as strong winds blew over the racecourse on Sunday allowing boats to fly at over 20knots. REV proved themself as the team to beat this winter, skippered by Rick DeVos, winning both the event and the overall Series title.

When asked what to attribute the regatta win to, Rick DeVos commented, “We have a fantastic team, today was shifty and tricky. The big takeaway this event was on the final approach to the start, I tend to get tense during the last 5 seconds. I got better at carving smooth turns and accelerating appropriately. It’s a fun boat to drive!” Rick now returns home with the coveted Miami Rooster, something a little different than traditional trophy silverware!

Friday’s practice session saw new teams getting their hands on boats and testing new crew configurations. A steady 12-15knot breeze kept crews on their toes over the day, before some R&R (and perhaps a few cocktails) at the official event party hosted by E11EVEN in downtown Miami. Saturday was twisted into a sunbathing day as mother nature refused to play fair and delivered becalmed conditions over Miami.

Conditions of the final day more than made up for Saturday’s disappointment with steady 15-20knot winds, allowing this record 10 strong fleet for the Series to race in the foreground of downtown Miami’s impressive skyline.

A big draw to the class is the short, intense racing. As a well vetted monohull sailor, this weekend Pieter Taselaar spread his wings in the M32 catamaran, “It’s exciting to be flying at 20-25 knots above the water. As a driver you really have to focus on maintaining speed and nailing the manoeuvres, the proper rate of turn is critical.”

As a hugely successful winter draws to a close, we look forward to a strong summer season of M32 sailing in North America with the full program to be announced soon. We’d like to thank all those involved with the Series this year and look forward to welcoming you along for the 2018 M32 Miami Winter Series.

Results from M32 Series Scandinavia: Goes Gothenburg

Pos Country Skipper Team E1 E2 E3 E4 Tot Pts
1 USA Rick DeVos REV 15 14 15 24 68
2 USA Donald Wilson / Jason Carroll Convexity 14 13 11 22 60
3 USA Ryan DeVos XS Energy 12 15 14 16 57
4 USA Malcolm Gefter Liftoff 11 10 13 18 52
5 USA Pieter Taselaar Bliksem 13 11 - 8 32
6 USA Jim Prendergast TBA 0 - 9 20 29
7 USA Charles Tomeo 102BFAST 0 12 12 - 24
8 USA Ron O'Hanley Escape Velocity 10 - 8 - 18
9 USA Markus Edegran E11EVEN RACING 0 - - 14 14
10 USA Drew Wierda Peshmerga 0 - - 12 12
11 USA Jennifer Wilson Convergence 0 - - 10.1 101
12 USA Carson Crain Next Generation 0 - 10 - 10
13 USA Dan Cheresh Extreme 2 Sailing Team 0 - - 6 6