WATCH LIVE | CBS4 News This Morning

Bella Mente Wins Championship At Key West Regatta

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter

KEY WEST (AP) – Bella Mente, with Minneapolis skipper Hap Fauth at the helm, won the IRC 1-class championship Friday at the Quantum Key West sailing regatta off the Florida Keys.

With twice-Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, Md., calling tactics, Bella Mente won both races during Friday’s final day of the five-day regatta.

Numbers, with skipper Gunter Buerman of Highland Beach, Fla., finished two points behind Bella Mente for second place in IRC 1. Shockwave, skippered by George Sakellaris of Framingham, Massachusetts, was third.

Swiss-flagged Armin Strom, with Flavio Marazzi  at the helm, goes almost completely airborne Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at the Quantum Key West sailing regatta in Key West, Fla. Following the fifth and final day of racing, Armin Strom won the Great Cup 32 class that is inspired by America's Cup multi-hulled boats (Ken Stanek/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Swiss-flagged Armin Strom, with Flavio Marazzi at the helm, goes almost completely airborne Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at the Quantum Key West sailing regatta in Key West, Fla. Following the fifth and final day of racing, Armin Strom won the Great Cup 32 class that is inspired by America’s Cup multi-hulled boats (Ken Stanek/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Bella Mente, began Friday’s race with only a slight edge over Numbers.

On Wednesday, Bella Mente hit a shipwreck. Hutchinson successfully argued to the race jury the wreck was not on their chart and avoided a penalty.

But early Thursday, the other two crews had the decision reversed, proving the wreck was charted and pointing out an official had cited the obstacle at a pre-race meeting before Monday’s first race day. Bella Mente relinquished a sizeable lead.

“We basically tanked two races and that was hard to overcome, especially against this caliber of competition,” said Fauth. “Our plan was to be in a position to win going into the last day and that is what happened.”

Despite Wednesday’s poor performance, Bella Mente won six of 10 races.

“The one constant we had all week was superb starting and tremendous boat-handling,” Hutchinson said. “Every member of the crew did a great job.”

Italian-flagged Calvi Network, skippered by Carlo Alberini, won the 54-boat J/70 class, the largest contingent of the 114-boat fleet.

J/70 boats sail under spinnakers Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, during the fifth and final day of racing at the Quantum Key West sailing regatta off Key West, Fla. The five-day event off the Florida Keys featured 114 sailing vessels and their crews who competed in 10 different classes. (Ken Stanek/Florida Keys News Bureau)

J/70 boats sail under spinnakers Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, during the fifth and final day of racing at the Quantum Key West sailing regatta off Key West, Fla. The five-day event off the Florida Keys featured 114 sailing vessels and their crews who competed in 10 different classes. (Ken Stanek/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Swiss boat Armin Strom, steered by Flavio Marazzi, won the Great Cup 32 class featuring foiling catamarans, small replicas of America’s Cup racing boats.

(© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Miami

Are You The Ultimate Football Fan?
Weather Forecast 24/7

Watch & Listen LIVE