February 20, 2008 -
For Immediate Release
2008 Acura Miami Grand Prix –
Good As It Gets!
-- March Regatta to Feature
World Class Competition
Miami Beach, Fla. –
Rivalries and rematches will be the order of the day when racing
beings on Thursday March 6 off of South Beach. At press time over 60
boats from 13 different countries had entered the 2008 Acura
Miami Grand Prix. The competition promises to be fierce and
A Farr 40 class
approaching 30 boats, two IRC classes and over 20 Melges 32s,
teeming with international talent and world champions, make up this
extraordinary grand prix fleet.
Class championships and
bragging rights for this four day, 10-race regatta are not all that
is at stake. The Acura Grand Prix trophies for the best
combined Key West and Miami scores will be awarded at the conclusion
of racing, and the Farr 40s will have taken another step toward
their Rolex World Championship at this same venue later in April.
January’s Key West event set the
stage for the 2008 Acura Grand Prix trophies. These
prestigious awards debuted in 2005, recognizing the top performing
boats with the best combined score from the celebrated Key West and
Miami regattas. The Farr 40, Melges 32 and IRC classes are eligible.
recent years, winning in Key West has been one of the paramount
achievements for sailing in this country. Now the level of
competition in Miami is equally as high," Event Director Peter Craig
said. "Winning the Acura Grand Prix Trophy demonstrates
excellence on a very consistence basis against the best in the
Here’s how things look heading into the regatta:
of the top twelve Key West finishers will be on the line. Jim
Richardson’s Barking Mad (USA) won the January series on a
last race tie-breaker over Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino
(Italy). Erik Maris’ Twins (France) and Massimo
Mezzaroma’s Nerone (Italy) finished 3rd and 4th
respectively. Onorato is the defending World Champion.
Peter de Ridder’s Mean Machine (Monaco) and Fred and Steve
Howe’s Warpath (USA) tied for 6th place at Key
West, with de Ridder’s race 2 win breaking that tie. The Howes are
defending their 2007 Miami Farr 40 class win. De Ridder took Mumm 30
2007 class honors, and the Acura Grand Prix combined trophy.
Prince Frederik (Nanoq, Denmark) continues to move up in the
Key West standings, having finishing a respectable 11th,
just 4 points behind Taskashi Okura’s SLED (Japan). Class newcomer
William Douglas (Goombay Smash) had the thrill of finishing
ahead of Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi (Switzerland).
Bertarelli won the Farr 40 Acura Grand Prix trophy last year, but
will not be back to defend. Prince Frederik finished 3rd
last March in Miami.
there a closer three boat rivalry around than that of Jeff Ecklund’s
Star (USA), Mike Carroll’s New Wave (USA) and Claudio
Recchi’s Let’s Roll (Italy)?
Placing 1, 2 and 4 at Acura Key West in January and 2, 3 and
1 at last year’s Acura Miami Grand Prix respectively, these
top tier crews will again be keeping tabs on one another. Last year,
Recchi was unbeatable, winning Key West and Miami and the combined
Acura Grand Prix trophy.
Seven of the top ten Key West boats will resume racing in the waters
off Miami Beach.
IRC 1 and IRC 2
Meyer’s new J/V 66, Goetz built rocket Numbers is again the
scratch boat in IRC. He took IRC 1 class honors in Key West,
finishing four points clear of Colm Barrington’s J/V 52 Flash
Glove (Ireland). Close behind was John Kilroy’s IRC optimized
TP52 Samba Pa Ti.
year’s Acura Miami Grand Prix witnessed a very tight contest between
Kilroy and Barrington, with Kilroy ultimately taking class and the
combined trophy. Doug DeVos’ TP52 Windquest finished just
behind Kilroy in Key West and was 3rd last March in
Swan 42s will race in the IRC 2 class. Twelve of these cruiser
racers made a spectacular one design debut in Key West last month.
The top two Swans in Key West, Andrew Fisher’s Bandit and
Mark Watson’s Tiburon (both hailing from Newport, RI) will be
a handful, though Jim Bishop’s Gold Digger (J/44) and Robin
Team’s Teamwork (J/122) had podium finishes in Key West last
Acura Grand Prix Standings after Acura Key West 2008, presented by
Boats in each Class
Richardson – 29 points
Vincenzo Onorato –
Erik Maris – 37 points
Massimo Mezzaroma - 42 points
Peter de Ridder – 61 points
Fred & Steve Howe –
Jeff Ecklund – 25 points
Mike Carroll and Marty Kullman – 27 points
Claudio Recchi – 34 points
John Sherlock – 41 points
Michael Illbruck – 47 points
Dan Meyers – 10 points
Colm Barrington – 14 points
Samba Pa Ti,
John Kilroy Jr. – 16 points
Jim Bishop – 20 points
Robin Team – 24 points
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Miami Race Week and the SORC for the previous 8 years. They are joined by
supporting sponsors Mount Gay Rum (Official Rum) and
(Official Technical Gear and Retailer).
Miami Beach Marina is the Official Site for this 2008 grand
prix event. The Avalon and South Seas Hotels are the Official
first entry deadline
(for no late fee) is February 8.
entries and past results are available at
Shake-A-Leg Miami is the official charity of
both the Acura Miami Grand Prix and Acura Key West. For information
about them please visit:
Acura Key West 2008
and the 2008 Acura Miami Grand Prix are
US Sailing sanctioned events and
are included in the
US-IRC Gulf Stream Series.
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bring their support through a program that is now in its 7th
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the Industry Partners and the Program on the event web site.
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