Race 2 – Platoon Grabs the Win and the Overall Lead After Day 1
Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon team displayed poise under pressure to win Race 2 of the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup and grab the overall lead after two of 10 races in the second event of the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES circuit. The finish of Race 2 couldn’t have been much closer with Platoon finishing four seconds in front of Azzurra and six seconds ahead of Provezza. The Roemmers family’s Azzurra finished second in both races and will start Day 2 on even points with Platoon, though the German boat will sit alone at the top of the scorecard courtesy of a tiebreak.
Quantum Racing, winners of Race 1, had to fight for every spot in the second race after not getting the start they wanted. The defending champions can never be counted out and the fourth in Race 2 places them just one point back in the overall standings. Provezza stands fourth overall with Rán Racing, who suffered a gear failure on the final run, in fifth.
The big development of the race however, occurred near the end of the first beat when Sled, on port tack, clipped the transom of Gladiator, on starboard. Both boats had to withdraw from racing. It’s not yet clear whether the collision will impact their ability to race tomorrow.
The hard-luck boat of the race was again Bronenosec, who was in – or near – the lead for the first half of the race before coming up just inches short of making the second windward mark. The penalty circle for hitting the mark cost them a shot at the win and some much needed redemption after the botched takedown.
The 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup will take place from 7-11 March. Live commentary and boat tracking via the Virtual Eye is available Tuesday and Wednesday. 52 SUPER SERIES TV powered by Quantum Sails goes live THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY with live action streamed from the race course supported by tracking, commentary and comment from 15-minutes before racing starts each day. All available at www.52SUPERSERIES.com/LIVE and the the app.
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