With two races left in the 88th Bacardi Cup on Biscayne Bay, Brazilians Jorge Joao Zarif and Bruno Prada still top the 55-boat Star fleet — but by only one point.
Defending champs and fellow Brazilians Lars Grael and Samuel Goncalves won Thursday’s race to advance from third to the runner-up spot after four races with a total of seven points. Americans Mark Reynolds of San Diego and Magnus Liljedahl of Miami dropped to third after a sixth-place finish Thursday. They trail by eight.
Lars Grael’s brother Torben and crew Guilherme de Almeida are fourth, followed by Miami skipper Augie Diaz and crew Arnis Baltins in fifth.
The Stars had to share the bay with four other one-design classes at Thursday’s midpoint of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank.
The Viper 640 class got off four races with Great Britain’s Bubbles, skippered by Lawrence Crispin, taking the lead in the 32-boat fleet.
Mexico’s Flojito y Cooperando, skippered by Julian Fernandez Neckelmann, leads the 45-boat J/70 fleet after three races.
Miamian Taylor Canfield’s US One tops the new M32 catamaran fleet of seven boats. And in the 22-boat VX One fleet, Flash Rider, skippered by Philip Norris of Plymouth, Massachusetts, is in front after four races.
Racing continues for all classes Friday and Saturday.
The USA Knockouts return to South Florida for a World Series of Boxing home match against the Argentina Condors on Friday night at Miccosukee Resort and Gaming.
USA is currently second in group B of the WSB standings behind leader Kazakhstan. The Knockouts, who currently have 16 points in the group, will attempt to overcome a 3-2 loss against Puerto Rico in their previous match Feb.28.
Friday’s five-bout match will begin at 8 p.m. For information, call 305-222-4600.
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Lynn University’s Danny Riggs recorded a 6-4, 6-1 win against Armand Levandi, the No.2 singles player in Division II, as host Lynn defeated Lewis 8-1.
Ninth-ranked Lynn improved to 8-1 and is on a five-match winning streak.
Rosalie Willig played at the No.1 singles spot for the first time this season, defeating Nora Mindiyarova 6-2, 6-0 as the Lynn women beat Lewis 9-0.
▪ Led by twin 8-2 victories by the doubles teams of Sabrina Kierberg and Francesca Sella at No.1, and Irina Constantinide and Petra Jurova at No.2, the No. 10 Nova Southeastern University women won their ninth consecuting match of the spring, defeating No. 39 Grand Valley State 8-1 in Orlando.
FIU forward Marita Davydova was selected to the Conference USA All-Academic team, the league office announced.
Davydova, who has a 3.70 grade-point average as an economics major, plans to graduate in the spring and has ambitions to play professionally overseas while pursuing a master’s degree in economics in Russia.