In the lightest breezes yet over six days of sailing on Biscayne Bay, 10 Olympic classes racing in US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR still managed to put on quite a show as they competed in their final medal races to determine gold, silver and bronze winners.
Following the same format as the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, the event also hosted three Paralympic classes (which determined medal winners) and a total of 529 sailors from 41 countries.
In Star class, Brazil’s two-time Olympic medalists and that country’s most successful and celebrated sailors, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, won the gold.
“When you go into the medal race, many guys can win,” said Scheidt. “You cannot focus only on one guy, so our strategy was to try to make a clean start, especially with speed, because the wind was very light; that was more important than getting to the favored end.”