Photos: Jan Söderström

Wallén Racing still ahead

A report from the penultimate day of M-32 catamaran racing in Miami

Sunday March 2nd 2014, Author: Peter Gustaffson, Location: United States

Day three of racing between the seven Marstrom catamarans at the M32 Gold Cup in Miami proved tighter than ever. Dominating Wallén Racing sailed more conservatively with a 3-1-2-2-2-3 scoreline, but still maintained her lead over second placed Mattias Rahm.

London 2012 Star Gold medallist Freddy Lööf, with tactician Daniel Wallberg, struggled again, but finished the day with two wins. Being third overall isn’t what they came here for, so we might see some changes to get back on track tomorrow.

The US boats are getting up to speed. Gradient V started the day with a close second place after leading the fleet around the course. And there was a win for Peter Dentons Ultimate Pressure (helmed today by Luke Lawrence) in the fourth race.

Everywhere M32 Cup goes, they’re trying to do something special together with the local community. This can be a charity or just get young sailors out sailing to inspire them to stay in the sport. To sail with Olympic Champions and up-and-coming young sailors on fast catamarans, help kids to see a natural path from dinghy sailing to America’s Cup.

As a new class on Biscayne Bay, it was important to work with local initiatives. So when Bacardi Miami Sailing Week invited the M32 Class to their pro-am regatta, it was a perfect opportunity to help out. 20 guest racers bid for, and got, spots on board during racing, and the money went to three different organizations: Shake-A-Leg Miami, Team Paradise and Sailing Heals.


Pos Team Skipper D1-2 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 Tot Net
1 Wallén Racing Hans Wallén 15 3 1 2 2 2 3 28 25
2 Rahm Racing Mattias Rahm 32 1 2 1 4 4 2 46 40
3 Lööf Racing Fredrik Lööf 34 4 3 3 5 1 1 51 44
4 Gradient Vee Randy Miller 52 2 4 7 3 5 5 78 71
5 Ultimate Pressure Peter Denton 57 6 7 4 1 7 4 86 78
6 Sail Racing Klabbe Nylöf 58 7 5 5 6 3 6 90 83
7 Lift Off Malcolm Gefter 61 5 6 6 7 6 7 98 91

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