Brazilian team keeps lead in Bacardi Cup on Biscayne Bay

Officials of the 88th Bacardi Cup Tuesday reversed their disqualification of the U.S. Star team that won Monday’s opener of the six-race series.

But the reversal had little effect as the Brazilian team of skipper Jorge Joao Zarif and crew Bruno Prada won Tuesday’s sole race and remained atop the fleet of 55 boats.

In second place by six points are the 2000 Olympic gold medalists and multiple Bacardi winners Mark Reynolds of San Diego and Magnus Liljedahl of Miami.

Another Brazilian team, skipper Lars Grael and crew Samuel Goncalves, holds third — five points behind the Americans. Two Florida-based teams are tied for fourth, both with 17 points: Miami skipper Peter Vessella and crew Phil Trinter and Ruskin’s Arthur Anosov and crew Andrey Shafranuk.

Monday’s winners, former Miamian Larry Whipple — now of Washington state — and crew Austin Sperry, finished 31st Tuesday to drop to 16th overall.

The Bacardi Cup is the marquee event of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank, which runs through Saturday on Biscayne Bay. Four more one-design fleets join the Stars on the bay Thursday through Saturday.