The grand Rolex Miami OCR has reached the middle action point with more than 600 sailors representing as much as 45 nations having been half way through. US Sailingâ€™s 2010 Rolex Miami OCR which hold the honor of being the second of seven stops of the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup. Rolex, who is the driving force behind this unique event, has been standing dignified for ages in support of excellence in the field of sports. 2010 Rolex Miami OCR is taking the very same tradition forward with pride.
Monday witnessed the initiation of the much awaited event which is to continue until Friday for the three Paralympic events while Saturday will see 10 Olympic events happening. Wednesday resulted in a supremely magnificent day with Biscayne Bay brimming with adventure. Although the day started off on an airy note but the determined sailors tuned it to their advantage, with Spainâ€™s Marina Alabau hitting the finish position of 4, 2 in Wednesdayâ€™s two Womenâ€™s RS:X windsurfer races. Marina Alabau, who was titled as RS: X World and European Champion piped Blanca Manchon to take up the first position following who were Charline Picon (FRA) and Laura Linares (ITA) at the Second and Third positions while Blanca Manchon had to settle at the fourth position. The Principal Race Officer for the RS: X race course, John Craig spoke about the race and felt that participantsâ€™ health plays a huge part in determining their success for, racing among top 10 in each class is very close. He went on to add that their aggressive nature more often brings them â€œBlack Flagâ€ which results in disqualification from the race.
Menâ€™s RS :X, saw Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) winning the races on first two days, maintaining his lead on the third with finish positions of 2,7 leading over Ivan Pastor(ESP) by five-points. Ed Wright (GBR), winner of ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta and World Cup series last year, dodged Giles Scott (GBR) to sit at the top of the Finn Leader Board, with 1,4,1 from the three races. Emmanuel Dyen as well as Stephane proceeded from second to first. Brazilâ€™s ace racer Bruno Fontes made it to the top in the Laser smoothly making way past Britainâ€™s Nick Thompson. While World Champions Nic Asher and Elliot Willis in Menâ€™s 470 fleet had their way to overall lead, Americans Amanda Clark and Sarah Chin secured the pole position in Womenâ€™s fleet. The Elliot 6m Womenâ€™s Match Racing event, Lucy MacGregor, Annie Lush and Ally Martin (GBR) secured a place in quarter-finals beating champions like Claire Leroy and Sally Barkow. The gold medal wining performers of last yearâ€™s Rolex Miami OCR, dynamic SKUD18 team of Scott Whitman and Julia Dorsett added two more achievements. The day ended with Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birell securing second place with 3, 2 and Jennifer French and Jean-Paul Creignou stood third. This brilliant event like every year is proving out to be loaded of achievers and holds full potential of exploiting their talents which in turn helps them set new standards and grow. With this thereâ€™s a lot more adventurous stuff lined up in the second half of Rolex Miami OCR.