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Absolutely Beautiful At The ACURA Miami Grand Prix 2008

8 March 2008

Miami Beach, Fla – Mother Nature is indeed smiling on 2008 Acura Miami Grand Prix. Nasty thunderstorms that were predicted for Saturday came during the wee hours of the morning. By the time racing began around 11 a.m., the sun was shining brightly and a stiff wind was blowing from the west-northwest. Because the wind direction changed dramatically, the steep waves that made racing so challenging on Friday had dissipated.

PRO Dave Brennan and his crack race committee got off three races for the second straight day, almost guaranteeing the four-day series will reach the stated goal of 10. In three of four classes, a discard came into play with Race 7 and allowed skippers to scratch their worst result.

In the 20-boat Melges 32 class, Pinta, the German entry skippered by Michael Illbruck of Munich, tightened its grip on first place. America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veteran John Kostecki is calling tactics on Pinta, which posted a superb score line of 1-1-2 on Saturday and increased its advantage over New Wave to 10 points.

"Pinta is sailing at a very high level right now. They just don't make any mistakes," said Marty Kullman, co-owner of New Wave. "We did not have a good day and now we have some work to do in order to catch up with Pinta. We have to go out tomorrow and put up a good result in the first race and hope Pinta has a bad one. We need to close the gap enough to put pressure on them in the last race."

Results, photos and news: http://www.premiere-racing.com

John Payne is the photographer that brought us the beautiful photos from the 2007 Melges 32 Winter Tune-Up Regatta. Check out these great photos!

March 6 – 9, 2008
Acura has been the proud title sponsor and Official Vehicle of the Miami Grand Prix, Miami Race Week and the SORC for the previous 8 years. They are joined by supporting sponsors Mount Gay Rum (Official Rum) and SLAM (Official Technical Gear and Retailer).

The Miami Beach Marina is the Official Site for this 2008 grand prix event. The Avalon and South Seas Hotels are the Official Host Hotels.

Event details, entries and past results are available at www.Premiere-Racing.com

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: www.ShakeALegMiami.org

Acura Key West 2008 and the 2008 Acura Miami Grand Prix are US Sailing sanctioned events.

Thirty-five Industry Partners bring their support through a program that is now in its 7th year.

Learn more about the Industry Partners and the Program on the event web site.

Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced luxury performance vehicles through a nationwide network of more than 260 dealers throughout the United States. The 2008 Acura lineup features five distinctive models, the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL premium performance sedan, the TSX premium sport sedan, the turbo-charged RDX premium sport CUV and the award-winning MDX premium performance CUV. For more information about Acura vehicles, please visit www.acura.com. For media inquiries, please go to www.acuranews.com.

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