Brazilian team of Zarif, Prada holds top spot in Bacardi Cup

Skipper Larry Whipple, a former Miami resident relocated to Port Ludlow, Washington, and crew Austin Sperry of Mississippi were first over the finish line in Monday’s opener of the 88th Bacardi Cup on Biscayne Bay, but were disqualified for failing to check in with regatta officials.

That put the Brazilian team of Jorge Joao Zarif and crew Bruno Prada in the top spot in the 57-boat fleet. Ruskin skipper Arthur Anosov and crew Andrey Shafranuk are runners-up, followed by Brazilian defending champs Lars Grael and Samuel Goncalves in third.

Last year’s runners-up, skipper Mark Reynolds of San Diego and crew Magnus Liljedahl of Miami are fourth, leading Lars Grael’s brother Torben and crew Guilherme de Almeida of Brazil in fifth.

Racing continues for the Star fleet Tuesday through Saturday. On Thursday, the Stars will be joined on the bay by four more one-design classes — J/70, Viper 640, VX One, and M32.


The University of Miami women’s team is tied for fifth after one round of the Hurricane Invitational. The Canes carded a first-round score of 7-over-par 291.

The three-day event is being held at the par 71, 6,070 yard Biltmore Golf Course.

Sophomore Delfina Acosta (Nicanor Otamedi, Argentina) and junior Kailey Walsh (Boca Raton, Fla.) led the Hurricanes with rounds of 71, and they are tied for 11th. Rika Park, Leticia Ras-Anderica and Daniela Darquea rounded out UM’s scorecard with scores of 74, 75 and 76, respectively.

No. 8 Northwestern leads at 4-under-par.


Dee Espinosa’s two-run hit in the first inning started Barry (15-5, 3-0 Sunshine State Conference) on its way to a 5-1 win over host St. Leo (13-5, 03), completing a three-game sweep in its opening conference series.