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crowded house

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The forecast is ‘breeze-on’ all week as Monday ushers in the start of the 2012 Ronstan A-Cat Worlds in Florida, and the crowd at the top is a big one.  Current World Champions Steve Brewin is looking to defend the title he won in Aarhus, Denmark last year, while fellow Aussies Jack Benson, Andy Landenberger and Brad Collett are all gunning for the top spot after scoring top five finishes last year. Lars Guck and Matt Struble of the United States, having sailed the 2011 event in chartered boats, are back again with quicker bits of machinery, and Australian expat and Florida local Ben Moon, Germany’s Bob Baier and New Zealand’s Mike Drummond are all looking to climb the ladder after scoring top ten finishes in 2011. But if that weren’t enough, now Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Rob Greenhalgh and Artemis Racing’s Nathan Outteridge are both throwing their hats into the ring, and rumors are even circulating that Team Oracle’s Jimmy Spithill is looking to get in on the fun. Add in 49er silver medalist Blair Tuke of New Zealand, American Olympian Brad Funk, current European Champion Chris Field, America’s Phil Kinder, and top European gunners Thilo Keller and Thomas Paasch and there are legitimately 20 competitors with top 10 potential. Anyone claiming that they know who is going to win, or thinks that this event actually has a clear favorite, is kidding himself.  

Videos will pop up daily here, and event news and on-the-water blog action will be here.  Photo of practice race thanks to Will Clark.