Melges 32Melges 32


8 March 2007

Day one of the 2007 ACURA Miami Grand Prix Regatta was nothing short of fantastic as the fleet experienced racing conditions that could be best described as 'epic.' Out front is Jeff Ecklund from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on 'USA-32 STAR' with a so called 'home court advantage'. Ecklund triumphed over the sixteen boat strong Melges 32 fleet with a 4-1-1 finish for the day.

Not far behind was Claudio Recchi from Italy and his 'ITA-093 Let's Roll' crew of diehard one design racers including Gabrielle Brunessi calling tactics and multi-Melges 24 Champion sailor Federico Michetti, came out swinging right away with a solid 3-2-2 performance. They trail Ecklund by one slim point in second place overall. "It's always nice to be in sunny Florida. We are back to see if we still have the boat speed we had in Key West," said Recchi, who deflects credit to Brunessi. "We had good fortune in Key West. It will be difficult to repeat. The gap in this class is very close."

'GBR-121 Highlife', owned by relative class newcomer Peter Rogers from Hamble, UK had a terrific day — a 1-7-3 finish! They are seated in third overall, four points behind Recchi.

The top three could definitely get a challenge from Rick Orchard from Flowery Branch, Georgia on 'USA-126 Grins'. Orchard missed Key West for the first time this year because he was heli-skiing in Canada with some boyhood friends from California. "From what I heard, 'Let's Roll' won Key West with good execution. It wasn't the rig, it wasn't the sails, it was time on the water and time in the boat," said Orchard, in fourth place overall. "We haven't spent as much time in the boat as we should but feel we can be very competitive."

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