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Taylor, Lucas and Brown Awarded Top Honors To Conclude 2014 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series

8 March 2014

Miami, FL - Congratulations are in order for Audi Melges 20 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2014 (BMSW) Champion John Taylor aboard Ninkasi. Taylor sailed the event with tactician Bill Hardesty and crew Joey Mello.

“I feel a little bit bad for John (Kilroy) as he and his team sailed really, really well at the first part of the regatta.” commented Taylor. “But we also sailed well on Thursday, working through some tough starts and shifty conditions. Sailing on Friday was a hoot! More people need to sail Melges 20s. It was really fast. Really fun!”

Additional congratulations go out to Russ Lucas on Shimmer as he rose to the top of the standings to become 2014 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Champion. Lucas beat 2013 winner Richard Davies on Section 16 by one point. Michael Kiss on Bacio, and John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti completed the series in third and fourth respectively, tied with equal points. Cesar Gomez Neto from Brazil on Portobello rounded out the top five.
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John Brown on Blind Squirrel was also crowned 2014 Audi Melges 20 Corinthian Miami Winter Series Champion. It is only his second year in the class, and he and his team made up of  Will and George Demand have worked very hard to acquire the title.

There was no racing on the last day of BMSW due to lack of breeze, therefore Friday’s final results stand as is.

As always the most sincere and special thanks go to Coconut Grove Sailing Club and Melges USA for the impeccable race management support, the incredible parties and the simply, unmatched, far-superior customer service and product support. Additional thanks go to PRO Bruce Golison and his entire Race Management team. 2014 has been the absolute best!

MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
As with other Audi Melges 20 events in North America and around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the Official Audi Melges 20 Facebook Page. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews, and photos. Race reports, press releases and photos will be available online each day post racing at melges20.com.

TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL)
1.) John Taylor/Bill Hardesty, Ninkasi; 9-13-5-3-5 = 35
2.) Drew Friedes/Charlie Smythe, Pacific Yankee; 15-4-2-10-6 = 37
3.) Russ Lucas/Harry Melges, Shimmer; 4-15-3-6-13 = 41
4.) Cesar Gomez Neto/Paulo Ribiero, Portobello; 11-2-10-12-9 = 44
5.) Michael Kiss/Chris Rast, Bacio; 21-5-13-5-1 = 45
6.) Richard Davies/Charlie McKee, Section 16; 10-1-15-19-3 = 48
7.) John Kilroy/Paul Goodison, Samba Pa Ti; 3-3-4-1-42/DNF = 53
8.) Marc Hollerbach/Jonathan McKee, Fu; 8-7-7-10-16/ZFP = 57
9.) Wes Whitmyer/Max Fraser, Slingshot; 22-6-8-21-8 = 65
10.) Bruce Ayres/Mike Buckley, Monsoon; 6-8-16-23-17 = 70
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