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MELGES 32 SAILING – Victory For Marc De Antonio’s Bribon-Movistar that is… at the 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Torbole Edition. Plus a cool Melges 32 video above!
Torbole, Italy – A full order of congratulations are in place for Spain’s Marc de Antonio aboard Bribon-Movistar. Never once over the course of three days and eight races did de Antonio, along with tactician Gustavo Martinez Doreste and crew members Victor Marino, Giorgio Tortarolo, Filippo La Mantia, Nicola Pilastro, Albero Viejo Puga, Javier Ibanez and Sofia Bertrand, let up on speed and the ability to be fastest around the track ensuring them the title of 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Torbole edition Champions!
Roberto Tomasini Grinover’s Robertissima 1 and Jason Carroll aboard Argo maintained their positions as well overnight to finish the event respectively in second and third. Edoardo Lupi aboard Torpyone and Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino rounded out the top final five.
With Lake Garda’s ‘wind factory’ in place, two additional, final races were completed on Sunday with Lupi coming on super strong to win both heats, naming them ‘Boat of the Day’. The first race of the day saw the advancement of Keisuke Suzuki on Swing finishing second with Carroll in third. Onorato took second place honors in the final race of the day followed by IM32CA Vice President Richard Gorannson on Inga From Sweden III HH.
Also on the final racing day, B.Plan Sport&Events and Melges Europe have welcomed at the Audi Village Debra Südtirol’s “butterfly children”, a non-profit organization founded in 2004 aimed at assisting “butterfly children”, affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa, enjoying together with their families an open air day in close contact with the sailing world and Melges 32 teams. At the prize giving, the organization received donations offered by Melges 32 owners and sailors collected during the weekend.
In the overall Series rankings, Lanfranco Cirillo’s Fantastica remains at the top, however the points gap has been closed ever so slightly. Andrea Pozzi’s Bombarda is seated in second after four events with Lupi now in third. View The Full 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Rankings.
Torbole was graciously hosted by Circolo Vela Torbole and organized by BPSE B.Plan Sports & Events in full coordination with the IM32CA and Melges Europe.
MELGES 32 RACING – Portoferraio, Italy – After five races, Alessandro Rombelli aboard STIG with 2012 Melges 32 World Champion tactician Paul Goodison and fellow Gold Cup Champion crew member Giorgio Tortarolo has won the Portoferraio edition of the 2013 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series. Giancarlo Capolino on Legionario had a smashing good regatta to finish second overall. Guido Miani on Out of Reach is third.
The second day of racing in Portoferraio commenced with a short postponement due to shifty breeze. Eventually the wind filled in to a sailable 15 knots under overcast skies for the start for Race Three. Marco Francini on Mezza Luna, Andrea Pozzi on Shimmer and Rombelli lead the fleet single file around the top mark. The fleet surfed downwind while the three fought fiercely with Rombelli proving to be too much to hold off for Francini and Pozzi. Rombelli ultimately grabbed the win, placing him in the overall event lead. Capolino pulled up to overtake and place second. Pozzi settled for third.
Race Four delivered more success for Rombelli as he took an immediate lead for the win. Renato Vallivero’s Audi Ultra Giacomel finished second and Francini stayed strong to place third.
With Race Five in play, heavy rain settled in for the start with Marco Zaoli on Shadow rounding the top mark in first, then Francini and Pozzi respectively in second and third. Overnight leader Miani hit the mark trying for fourth and Rombelli in fifth. Zaoli stayed strong to pass through the gate holding on for the lead, leaving Pozzi and Rombelli to battle for second and third. Francini found some nice upwind speed to overtake for the lead at the final mark with Rombelli on his heels. Zaoli slipped back to third. Capolino pulled out all the stops in the final run to the finish taking a grand win at the line just ahead of Achille Onorato on Mascalzone Latino Jr., Zaoli placed third.
Post Portoferrio, Miani maintains his Series leadership, with Onorato now in second. Rombelli moves up to third, and Francesco Farnetti on ITA-157 now in fourth. Mirko de Falco on Peccere is fifth.
The 2013 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series is organized by B-Plan Sport&Events in full collaboration with the International Audi Melges 20 Class Association and Melges Europe. A maximum of six races are scheduled over the next two days.
The remaining Series events are Torbole (6-7 July) and Porto Rotondo (29 August – 1 September) where the very first Audi Melges 20 European Championship will take place.
TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL – After Five Races)
1.) Alessandro Rombelli/Paul Goodison, STIG; 4-10-1-1-4 = 20
2.) Giancarlo Capolino/Francesco Ivaldi, Legionario; 11-5-2/ZULU-3-1 = 27
3.) Guido Miani/Gabriele Benussi, Out of Reach; 1-3-12-8-7 = 31
4.) Renato Vallivero/Enrico Fonda, Audi Ultra Giacomel; 2-14-6-2-13 = 37
5.) Mirko de Falco/Guglielmo Giordano, Peccere; 8-1-11-6-17 = 43
6.) Francesco Farneti/Alberto Bolzan, ITA-157; 3-8-9-19-5 = 44
7.) Marco Francini/Sandro Montefusco, Mezza Luna; 10-17-3-7-10 = 47
8.) Robert Wilber/Anthony Kotoun, Cinghiale; 9-4-15-12-8 = 48
9.) Manfredi Vianini Tolomei/Lorenzo Bodini, Maolca; 6-2-7-22-12 = 49
10.) Achille Onorato/Lorenzo Bressani, Mascalzone Latino Jr.; 12-13-10-14-2 = 51
MELGES 32 RACING – Portoferraio, Italy – What was to be a dramatic final day of racing in Portoferraio drew to a close with nothing. Due to the complete absence of wind, the very patient Race Committee was unable to start Race Six, the round that would have enabled teams to discard their worst score. Portoferraio is now complete with only five valid races on the scoreboard. Saturday’s scores stand as final.
Again, it is with great congratulations to Lanfranco Cirillo aboard Fantastica and his tactician Michele Paoletti, with crew comprised of Daniele De Luca, Claudio Celon, Riamondo Tonelli, Eros Paghera, Enrico Verdinelli and Enrico Turrini as they are Portoferraio Audi Sailing Series winners. For Cirillo and team, this is their second win in a row as they also claimed victory in Porto Ercole about three weeks ago.
In second overall is Portoferraio first day leader Roberto Tomasini Grinover with tactician Vasco Vascotto on Robertissima. Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latinofinished in third, Andrea Pozzi’s Bombarda was fourth and Naofumi Kamei onMamma Aiuto! rounded out the top five.
Following Cirillo’s success in Portoferraio, he is now seated first overall in the 2013 Audi Sailing Series Ranking, ahead of Pozzi by one point. The two have placed a massive gap in points between themselves and Edoardo Lupi’s Torpyone in third and Onorato fourth. Tomasini Grinover is now seated fifth overall.
Portoferraio was organized by BPSE B.Plan Sports & Events in full coordination with the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) and Melges Europe. The next Audi Sailing Series event takes place in Torbole (Event No. 4 on 12-14 July). The final event will be the 2013 Melges 32 World Championship on 18-22 September in Porto Rotondo, Italy. Photo by BORLENGHI
TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL – After Five Races)
1.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica; 16-3-4-3-1 = 27
2.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 2-4-9-6-6 = 27
3.) Vincenzo Onorato/Gabriele Benussi, Mascalzone Latino; 5-5-2-2-19 = 33
4.) Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda; 17-2-3-10-3 = 35
5.) Naofumi Kamei/Manuel Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!; 6-16-6-7-2 = 37
6.) Mauro Mocchegiani/Branko Brcin, Audi Ultra Giacomel; 3-13-13-5-5 = 39
7.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo; 1-8-10-11-10 = 40
8.) Andrea Ferrari/Mirko Bargolini, Spirit of Nerina; 7-18-1-9-7 = 42
9.) Malcolm Gefter/Sam Rogers, Celeritas; 11-6-12-8-12 = 49
10.) Edoardo Lupi/Pietro Sibello, Torpyone; 13-1-7-13-16 = 50
MELGES 32 CLASS – Get your boat and crews ready for some good sailing in Holland Mi
MELGES 32 RACING – Cirillo’s ‘Fantastica’ Crowned 2013 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series Porto Ercole Edition Champion. Taking advantage of great weather conditions, the Race Committee in Porto Ercole issued three more races to complete the second leg of the 2013 Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series. A very special thanks to the excellent work and hospitality offered by Circolo Nautico e della Vela dell’Argentario, as with a final tally of eight races, the event celebrates the grand success of Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica with tactician Michele Paoletti and crew comprised of Daniele De Luca, Claudio Celon, Riamondo Tonelli, Eros Paghera, Enrico Verdinelli and Enrico Turrini as Porto Ercole Champions.
Cirillo’s single-digit scoreline, including a bullet in Race One of the series can be attributed to his victory. Paoletti called an almost perfect regatta as the especially light and tricky air were, from a tactical standpoint, very challenging.
Rounding out the podium, in second overall is Edoardo Lupi aboard Torpyone with Pietro Sibello as tactician, and Andrea Pozzi’s Bombarda with tactician Lorenzo Bressani finished an impressive regatta in third. Filippo Pacinotti and tactician Nathan Wilmot aboard Brontolo HH slipped to end the day in fourth overall. Edoardo Pavesio’s FRA MARTINA with Chris Rast on tactics completed the top five.
It is with Pozzi’s amazing finish in Porto Ercole that he proudly leads the overall Series Ranking after two events. Lupi follows in second, then Cirillo in third.
Porto Ercole was hosted by the Circolo Nautico e della Vela dell’Argentario, organized by B-Plan Sport & Events in collaboration with the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) and Melges Europe. The next events are Portoferraio (Event No. 3 on 31 May-2 June), and Torbole (Event No. 4 on 12-14 July). The final event will be the 2013 Melges 32 World Championship on 18-22 September in Porto Rotondo, Italy.
TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL – After Eight Races)
1.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica; 1-7-4--4-6-9-5 = 36
2.) Edoardo Lupi/Pietro Sibello, Torpyone; 8-2--4-6-1-6-15 = 42
3.) Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda; -1-17-15-1-2-1-7 = 44
4.) Filippo Pacinotti/Nathan Wilmot, Brontolo HH; 3-11-1-2--11-11-10 = 49
5.) Edoardo Pavesio/Chris Rast, FRA MARTINA; 2/SPI-3--10-8-10-12-3 = 50
6.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima 1; -12-8-1-14-3-10-8 = 56
7.) Marc de Antonio/Gustavo Martinez Doreste, Bribon-Movistar; 4-9-2-12-5-15--9 = 56
8.) Yukihiro Ishida/Richard Clarke, Yasha Samurai; 6-5--8-12-4-8-14 = 57
9.) Richard Goransson/Hamish Pepper, Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden; 10-17-11-11/SPI-3-5-3-2 = 58
10.) Deneen Demourkas/Mark Mendelblatt, Groovederci; 15-15-3-6-10-7-2- = 58
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MELGES 32 CLASS – Thanks to its great media success, the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) and the Audi Sailing Series is ready for big fleet racing in Porto Ercole. Event No. 2, happening May 10-12 will commence with twenty-one teams on the starting line, representing 8 nations. The first event held in Gaeta organized by BPSE – B.Plan Sport & Events, have shown an increase in audience and media interest three-times higher in comparison to years past. These results are the reward of strong commitment of many partners that also include the IM32CA and Melges Performance Sailboats worldwide who keep promoting and strongly supporting one design racing.
Adding to the media excitement, BPSE has just released and Audi Sailing Series App,
compatible with all smartphones and tablets. The App is easily downloaded online at Apple’s App Store and Google Play. This newly born App is a useful tool that can keep everyone up to date on everything Audi Sailing Series, including sailing instructions, useful accommodation facilities close to the regatta sites and much, much more.
Needless to say, everyone’s attention will be focused on Gaeta Champion Valentin Zavadnikov’s Team Synergy. Currently seated second overall in the Series is
Andrea Pozzi at the helm of Bombarda (who is just back from the victories at the Pirelli-Coppa regattas with Carlo Negri aboard a TP52, chartered for the special occasion), and third place Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica are equally two very strong teams that should not be overlooked.
This stage will be a great opportunity for the Audi Ultra Giacomel of Mauro Mocchegiani to get back on track. Marc de Antonio’s Bribon-Movistar, Carlo Alberini’s Calvi Network and last, but certainly not least is Deneen Demourkas’ Groovederci from the USA are all expected to have big roles in the results this weekend.
Returning to the European stage is newly appointed IM32CA Vice President Richard Goransson on Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden 3, Yukihiro Ishida aboard Yasha Samurai and Wolfgang Stolz on Opus One from Germany.
Porto Ercole happens this weekend hosted by the Circolo Nautico e della Vela dell’Argentario. The next events are Portoferraio (Event No. 3 on 31 May-2 June), and Torbole (Event No. 4 on 12-14 July). The final event will be the 2013 Melges 32 World Championship on 18-22 September in Porto Rotondo, Italy.
FULL ENTRY LIST
1.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio/Andrea Fornaro, Atlantica 19
2.) Mauro Mocchegiani/Enrico Fonda, Audi Rush Diletta
3.) Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda
4.) Marc de Antonio Altimira/Gustavo Martinez Doreste, Bribon Movistar
5.) Filippo Pacinotti/Nathan Wilmot, Brontolo
6.) Carlo Alberini/Flavio Favini, Calvi Network
7.) Malcolm Gefter/Sam Rogers, Celeritas
8.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica
9.) Edoardo Pavesio/Chris Rust, Fra Martina
10.) Deneen Demourkas/Mark Mendelblatt, Groovederci
11.) Richard Goransson/Hamish Pepper, Inga from Sweden
12.) Roberto Pardini/Lucio Gelsi, Celedrin Janas
13.) Diasuke Kimura/Manuel Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!
14.) Vincenzo Onorato/Gabriele Benussi, Mascalzone Latino
15.) Wolfgang Stolz/Jesper Radich, Opus One
16.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima
17.) Andrea Ferrari/Carlo Fracassoli, Spirit of Nerina
18.) Valetin Zavadinkov/Tommaso Chieffi, Team Synergy
19.) Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone
20.) Andrea Massi/Francesco Cruciani, ULIKA
21.) Yukihiro Ishida/Richard Clarke, Yasha Samurai
MELGES 32 RACING – Peter Island, BVI – Congratulations to Roberto Tomasini Grinover aboard Robertissima, as he is the first ever and newly crowned 2013 OTTERBOX® MELGES 32 VIRGIN ISLAND SAILING SERIES (M32VISS), CARIBBEAN CHAMPION.
Tomasini Grinover was accompanied by tactician Vasco Vascotto and crew comprised of Gaetano Figlia di Granara, Giovanni Cassinari, Gunnar Bahr, Armin Raderbauer, Pablo Torrado and Nevio Sabadin.
Second overall in the Series was Dalton DeVos on Delta with tactician Jonathan McKee, followed by Ryan DeVos with Ed Baird as tactician on Volpe in third.
Click on the link above for full results and pictures.
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MELGES 32 – From the moment that Valentin Zavadnikov’s Team Synergy with tactician Tommaso Chieffi arrived on the Gulf of Gaeta they commanded the event. As the final day of racing unfolded, Zavadnikov held off attacks from a combative, second place finisher Andrea Pozzi onBombarda alongside of tactician Lorenzo Bressani to take the overall win. Zavadnikov, in addition to Chieffi were accompanied by Anton Sergeev, Pavel Mshenski, Konstantin Besputin, Alexander Ekimov, Valeriy Zatsarinskiy and Filippo Ardito as crew.
The 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Gaeta edition was organized by B-Plan Sport&Events in full collaboration with the INTERNATIONAL MELGES 32 CLASS ASSOCIATION, MELGES EUROPE and Yacht Club Gaeta EVS. It was a first class event that in the end, separated the overall winner and the rest of the fleet by one point after a fully completed schedule of eight races.
Rounding out the top three was 2011 Series Champion Lanfranco Cirillo aboardFantastica. Spain’s Marc de Antonio’s Bribon Movistar finished fourth, followed by Carlo Alberini’s Calvi Network in fifth. Deneen Demourkas on Groovederci closed the event in sixth.
It was a very disappointing day for Edoardo Lupi on Torpyone and Edoardo Pavesio’s Fra Martina and as they fell from top three positions overnight to end the event in seventh and eighth.
The next Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series event takes place in Porto Ercole on May 10-12, and promises to summon a higher number of participants. The arrival of more teams from the United States as well as Europe and abroad are expected to attend.
TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL, After eight races and one discard) 1.) Valetin Zavadinkov/Tommaso Chieffi, Team Synergy; 3-1-3-8-3-6-4- = 28 2.) Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda; -3-6-7-6-2-1-4 = 29 3.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica; -11-1-9-4-3-3-7 = 38 4.) Marc de Antonio/Gustavo Martinez Doreste, Bribon Movistar; -12-7-4-8-1-7-3 = 42 5.) Carlo Alberini/Flavio Favini, Calvi Network; 2-14-9-11-2--5-1 = 44 6.) Deneen Demourkas/Mark Mendelblatt, Groovederci; 6-2-16-6--5-2-8 = 45 7.) Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone; 1-10-8-2-7-11-9- = 48 8.) Edoardo Pavesio/Chris Rust, Fra Martina; 4 (ZULU)-4-2-3-11-13--12 = 52 9.) Vincenzo Onorato/Gabriele Benussi, Mascalzone Latino; 8-5-13--1-10-6-10 = 53 10.) Naofumi Kamei/Manuel Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!; 7-6-12-5(DPI)-5-8-8- = 54
AUDI MELGES 32 SAILING SERIES – The 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series will officially start its sailing season this coming Friday, April 12th.
Gaeta will be the hosting town for the opening edition dedicated to one of the largest boats produced by Melges Performance Sailboats in Zenda, Wisconsin USA.
Yacht Club Gaeta Egeo Vittorio Simeone at the Base Nautica Flavio Gioia has worked diligently, step-by-step with B-Plan Sport&Events in the planning of this big event, ultimately highlighted by the presence of the International Melges 32 Class.
On Thursday, some of the world’s highest level athletes that engage in a variety of different sports will be aboard some of the Melges 32s during its regatta training session.
In the afternoon a Competitors Briefing will take place, while Audi presents The Sport, The Sailing and the On Top of the World with extreme mountain climber Daniele Nardi as speaker.
The three-day regatta will feature a fleet composed of sixteen Melges 32s. A significant number that by virtue, six nations are represented giving the event true international appeal.
There is a high level of curiosity among all enthusiasts and sailing personnel to discover the new balances in the 2013 fleet.
In addition to the long-standing teams, ready to kick off the season with unchanged members, there are boats that during the winter have engaged in more than one key leader roles and then there are others that are completely new, that had a glorious past in other classes.
Unless there are some surprises, the leading role will be played by reigning Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Champion Vincenzo Onorato, owner of the famous Mascalzone Latino. Onorato is joined by a well trained and very experienced team, most especially the great talent of Gabriele Benussi.
Andrea Pozzi aboard Bombarda with Lorenzo Bressani as tactician, commenced 2013 with a great victory in Key West, Florida at Key West Race Week. Lanfranco Cirillo’s Fantastica with Michele Paoletti on tactics, and Edoardo Lupi on Torpyone with tactician Branko Brcin are two of the most enduring teams over the last regatta seasons.
One of the most highly favored teams is Mauro Mocchegiani on his Audi Rush Diletta Melges 32. Together, with Riccardo Simoneschi, Massimo Gherarducci, Enrico Fonda and Vittorio Rosso as crew, this will be a team to watch.
Other teams that have first place as a main objective is Roberto Tomasini Grinover on Robertissima, fresh off of a hot win in Virgin Gorda at the 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series, and Marc de Antonio aboard Bribon Movistar with Gustavo Martinez Doreste proudly represents Spain.
Other teams that deserve high recognition are Filippo Pacinotti’s Brontolo, Carlo Alberini’s Calvi Network and Edoardo Pavesio’s Fra Martina as they have gained much experience from competing in the Melges 32 Class for many years.
As the International fleet builds in excitement for the 2013 World Championship scheduled for late September in Porto Rotondo, Italy, an influx of teams from all across the planet commence racing at this event. The one and only lady helm in the class and former Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year nominee Deneen Demourkas on Groovederci will have a go at the competition, New Englander Malcolm Gefter will race his heart out on Celeritas, and Naofumi Kamei from Japan on Mamma Aiuto! returns to the heated European arena.
The International Class is thrilled to welcome Andrea Massi aboard ULIKA as this events fleet newcomer.
The first warning will take place on Friday, April 12 at 10.30 weather permitting. Racing will continue thru Sunday in which 14.30 will be the latest start time. A maximum of eight races will be held with a discard after six completed races.
Gaeta is the first of five stages in the 2013 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series. The remaining events will be held in Porto Ercole (Event No. 2 on 10-12 May), Portoferraio (Event No. 3 on 31 May-2 June), and Torbole (Event No. 4 on 12-14 July). The final event will be the 2013 Melges 32 World Championship on 16-22 September in Porto Rotondo, Italy.
FULL ENTRY LIST
1.) Mauro Mocchegiani/Enrico Fonda, Audi Rush Diletta
2.) Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda
3.) Marc de Antonio Altimira/Gustavo Martinez Doreste, Bribon Movistar
4.) Filippo Pacinotti/Nathan Wilmot, Brontolo
5.) Carlo Alberini/Flavio Favini, Calvi Network
6.) Malcolm Gefter/Sam Rogers, Celeritas
7.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica
8.) Edoardo Pavesio/Chris Rust, Fra Martina
9.) Deneen Demourkas/Mark Mendelblatt, Groovederci
10.) Naofumi Kamei/Manuel Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!
11.) Vincenzo Onorato/Gabriele Benussi, Mascalzone Latino
12.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima
13.) Andrea Ferrari/Carlo Fracassoli, Spirit of Nerina
14.) Valetin Zavadinkov/Tommaso Chieffi, Team Synergy
15.) Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone
16.) Andrea Massi/Francesco Cruciani, ULIKA
RACE ANNOUNCEMENT! – Crew Declarations for the 2013 Audi Sailing Series Event No. 1 – Gaeta are due on Friday, March 29, 2013. If you and your team are planning on participating a crew declaration form must be submitted to the class by tomorrow!
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MELGES 32 -The final day of racing at the 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series Event No. 2, held in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary edition of the International Rolex Regatta, hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC) awarded 21-year old Dalton DeVos on Delta division honors. In addition to winning his first ever Melges 32 regatta, he also went home with one of four Rolex watches presented as International Regatta trophies.
DeVos first sailed in the fleet at the raw age of 18, alongside of his father Doug. Now, some three years later, Dalton has driven his Delta Melges 32 to victory in St. Thomas accompanied by none other than world famous tactican Jonathan McKee and crew comprised of Morgan Reeser, Zach Hurst, Cody Schlup, William Sleeman, Linda Lindquist-Bishop and Nate Smith.
Finishing a proud second overall was Jason Carroll aboard Argo, followed by Richard Goransson’s Inga From Sweden in third.
The last triptych of races were held offshore in comparison to the previous days ‘bay style’ racing. Windward/leeward configurations, a solid 2-3 feet of chop and an absolutely near perfect 12-15 knots of breeze greeted the nine-strong fleet for the final Sunday afternoon showdown. From the very start, it appeared that boat speed would play a big part in the success of whoever came out on top. It would be an absolute necessity to win.
Ryan DeVos on Volpe came out with all guns firing upwind. After a great start, he took an immediate lead to round the mark in first, chased by Roberto Tomasini Grinover’s Robertissima and Mark Plaxton on INTAC. Ryan extended throughout the race taking the win, Tomasini Grinover was second while Plaxton settled for third.
Race Two placed Carroll out front fast. He punched it on the starting line extending almost instantly. Ryan DeVos tried chasing him down but his effort was futile despite his own separation from the fleet in an effort to catch Carroll. Carroll easily took the win, followed by Ryan DeVos, and Tomasini Grinover finished up in third.
The stage was now set for a grande finale style face-off. Dalton DeVos had finished a disappointing sixth in the second race of the day. This result, combined with Carroll’s bullet meant the two were tied in points – 24 each. It was going to be do or die, as every spectator held their breath for the start. Carroll was hot off the pin end, while DeVos took to the committee boat side, splitting the difference from the get go – Carroll left and DeVos right. Tomasini Grinover beat the fleet to the top mark to take a solid lead ahead of Goransson in second. Carroll and Dalton DeVos battled hard as the two rounded almost dead last. DeVos found some clean air on the first run to the gate eventually leaving Carroll behind. Tomasini triumphed to take the race bullet, Goransson claimed second while DeVos rallied to finish third and won the overall regatta title and trophy.
Fantastic prizes awaited the Melges 32 teams at the beachside awards ceremony held during the early evening at STYC. Prizes included gorgeous event trophies, OtterBox® Virgin Island Sailing Series and a beautiful Rolex watch for the overall division winner. OtterBox® prizes were also supplied to the other winning teams at the prize giving such as defender cases, lanyards and product vouchers.
THE BEAT GOES ON
The International Rolex Regatta marks the second stop on the OtterBox® Virgin Island Sailing Series. With two events complete, Jason Carroll is now the new series leader, ahead of Roberto Tomasini Grinover by one little point. Seated third and fourth are Ryan DeVos and Richard Goransson with equal points. Thanks to a nice win in St. Thomas, Dalton DeVos rounds out the top five.
MELGES 32 – The International Melges 32 Class Association will usher in round two of competition at the 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series (VISS) this weekend, March 22-24, held in conjunction with the International Rolex Regatta, hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club in beautiful St. Thomas, USVI. Day one leader Dalton DeVos on Delta speaks with Andy Burdick apres racing.
MELGES 32 – Roberto Tomasini Grinover aboard Robertissima are 2013 Otterbox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series Champions! Congratulations Roberto!
Photo: ©2013 JOY
Photo by Joy Dunigan
MELGES 32 – The first day of racing at the2013 OTTERBOX® MELGES 32 VIRGIN ISLANDS SAILING SERIES, EVENT NO. 1 IN VIRGIN GORDA, British Virgin Islands was nothing short of stunning on all accounts. The day produced simply gorgeous, sunny and warm island conditions, stellar racing action, and only par excellence on shore from host YACHT CLUB COSTA SMERALDA (YCCS).
PRO Hank Stuart fired off three amazing races, providing ample opportunity for overall leader Roberto Tomasini Grinover aboardRobertissima 1 and tactician Vasco Vascotto to submit an impressive 1-4-1 scoreline.
“What more can I say. We had a great day of racing. A beautiful regatta, in a beautiful location. This is amazing.” said an elated Tomasini Grinover after a long day of very aggressive racing.
“We had a good day, but I feel as though we still made some mistakes.” says Vascotto. “We did well in the first race and last race today, which is great. Roberto is so happy. But, mistakes in this class can be so costly. So, we have to continue to work hard and go fast.”
Race one of the weekend’s scheduled series of ten commenced on time under glorious sunshine and light, yet quite comfortable breezes. The sea state was a lot calmer that teams were expecting.
Tomasini Grinover got an immediate jump on the competition right off the line. With a pleasant 9-12 knots of breeze, clean left side start and stiff competition from Mark Plaxton’s INTAC and Richard Goransson’s Inga from Sweden, Tomasini Grinover took an early lead, pushing his team to the forefront of the fleet. As the race progressed, he extended nicely followed by a vicious battle between Plaxton and Gorannson for second. The two fought hard on the final run with Plaxton proving he had the speed to hold on for second. Goransson finished third.
The second race of the day went to Dick DeVos at the helm of Volpe. From line-to-line, DeVos alongside of tactician Ed Baird poured on the speed, keeping just ahead of a strong Tomasini Grinover. DeVos worked hard taking the win in front of Alex Jackson’s Leenabarca in second. Valentin Zavadinkov aboard Team Synergy had a great race to finish third.
The final heat was a key race with big moves for both Tomasini Grinover and Jackson. Both grabbed nice starts off the boat end of the starting line. About half way up the first beat it was obvious the two had struck a massive deal with the wind gods. Tomasini Grinover was launched several boat lengths ahead of the fleet. Jackson, running in second offered up some separation of his own rounding second by a sizable margin. The two campaigned nothing but speed finishing respectively first and second. Plaxton maintained position taking third.
More racing is scheduled for Friday, February 20, 2013. First warning is at 11.00 BVI.
TEAM ARGO – Gunboat 62-04 ELVIS at start of the Ft Lauderdale – Key West Race. She won the Multihull Class. She did this with Jason Carroll and his crew from Team Argo. Next up for Team Argo is Key West Raceweek in their Melges 32.
MELGES 32 – The final day of the 2012 Melges 32 Gold Cup, hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale, FL was nothing short of spectacular. Big breeze conditions and moderate-to-monster wave action gave Jason Carroll and his Argo Team comprised of tactician Cameron Appleton and crew members Scott Norris, Anthony Kotoun, Mark Towill, Erik Aakhus, Lindsay Bartel and Peter Crawford their very first Gold Cup victory.
The International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) is extremely grateful of the incredible event organization and management of the Gold Cup by the Lauderdale Yacht Club. In particular, the IM32CA would like to recognize the amazing efforts of Event Chairwoman Lisa Friesecke, PRO Joel Buoy, Clyde Wright, Tom Lihan, Bob Meagher and Mike Toppa just to name only a few. We realize the level and effort it takes to host an event such as the Gold Cup. It was impeccable – again!TOP TEN RESULTS (After 8 Races, One Discard – FINAL)
1.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo; 3-7-4-4-1-1-2- = 22
2.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima 1; 2-2-1-5-9-2-5- = 26
3.) Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda; 8-4-3-1-5-3--4 = 28
4.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica; -1-6-8-2-4-3-6 = 30
5.) Steve Howe/Charlie Ogletree, Warpath; -5-2-3-6-5-4-8 = 33
6.) Richard Goransson/Hamish Pepper, Inga From Sweden; 5--12-9-4-8-8-2 = 48
7.) Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee, Delta; 4-6-5--3-10-12-12 = 52
8.) Joe Woods/Rob Greenhalgh, Red; [15/DNS]-3-9-13-11-6-9-5 = 55
9.) Joel Ronning/Steve Hunt, Catapult; 1-[15/DNF]-15/DNS-6-15/DNF-7-1-13 = 58
10.) William Douglass/Chris Larson, Goombay Smash; 7-10-8--7-11-7-10 = 60
MELGES 32 – Fort Lauderdale, FL USA – The stage is set for the fifth official running of the Melges 32 Gold Cup, hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Fifteen teams, representing six countries have assembled for what is going to be an amazing regatta, packed with the sport of sailing’s brightest and biggest stars and a clear call for breeze on conditions over the next three days.
Reigning USA Sailing Series Champ and Gold Cup defender Steve Howe on Warpath is back, looking to stake his claim on another big win. All hot competition bets are on Andrea Pozzi’s Bombarda, former Audi Sailing Series Champion Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica, National Champion Jason Carroll on Argo and 2011 World Champion William Douglass on Goombay Smash.
The three day event starting on Friday, will also feature the highly-anticipated Take A Junior Sailing Day, a truly golden opportunity for the who’s who of youth sailing in the USA to ride aboard and race the rocket-powerhouse Melges 32. This worthwhile junior effort is one that Melges 32 owner’s look forward to every year.
The 2012 Melges 32 Gold Cup Press Team will be bringing live reports and updates of the racing via the Melges 32 Blog. Every start, play and finish will be published. In addition, the latest racing developments will post to the Official Melges 32 Facebook Page. A host of photos from the event can be found online at melges32.com.
FULL ENTRY LIST
1.) Phil Lotz/Jeremy Wilmot; Arethusa
2.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton; Argo
3.) Andrea Pozzi/ Lorenzo Bressani; Bombarda
4.) Joel Ronning/Steve Hunt; Catapult
5.) Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee; Delta
6.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti; Fantastica
7.) William Douglass/Chris Larson, Goombay Smash
8.) Richard Goransson/Hamish Pepper; Inga From Sweden
9.) Alex Jackson/Richard Clarke; Leenabarca
10.) Vincenzo Onorato; Mascalzone Latino
11.) John Taylor/Andy Horton; Ninkasi
12.) Joe Woods/Rob Greenhalgh; Red
13.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto; Robertissima 1
14.) Valetin Zavadnikov-Leonid Lebedev/Tomasso Chieffi; Synergy GT
15.) Steve Howe/Charlie Ogletree, Warpath
MELGES 32 – The final day of competition at the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), had spectators on the edge of their seats for the last race of the ten part racing series. John Kilroy, Jr. on Samba Pa Ti triumphed over the thirty-three strong fleet to claim the class’ most coveted trophy and title — that of Melges 32 World Champion.
“We’ve worked so hard for so long to accomplish this.” commented Kilroy during the awards ceremony. “We won in Key West, then felt as though we were a little off track. Officially, we are back where we need to be with this incredible win, a win I consider one of the most treasured I have ever won.”
Kilroy was joined onboard by tactician Paul Goodison and crew Federico Michetti, Harry Melges III, Luca Faravelli, Martino Tortarolo, Justin Smart and Marco Carpinello.
Proudly seated second overall is Alec Cutler on Hedgehog with tactician Richard Clarke and in third, is a deserving Steve Howe on Warpath with Morgan Larson on tactics.
Race number ten provided more surprises under overcast skies, light and shifty breezes out of the Northeast. Keisuke Suzuki from Japan on Swing, with tactician Jesper Radich put the fleet on alert when he challenged and overtook John Taylor’s Ninkasi with Jeff Madrigali on tactics. Suzuki slowly but surely acquired a monster lead as the race progressed, then gained more momentum and extended furthermore earning over a two minute lead at the finish for the win. Edoardo Lupi’s Torpyone had a great race finishing second, while Alex Jackson on Leenabarca claimed third.
TOP TEN RESULTS (Final) 1.) John Kilroy, Jr./Paul Goodison, Samba Pa Ti; -8-1-12-1-1-1-2-8-5 = 39 2.) Alec Culter/Richard Clarke, Hedgehog; 5-7-2-4-7-6-4-4--10 = 49 3.) Steve Howe/Morgan Larson, Warpath; 2-15-4-7-8-3-8-3-12- = 62 4.) Benjamin Schwartz/Chris Rast, Pisces; 4-1--2-4-13-11-14-2 19 = 70 5.) Pieter Taselaar/Nick Thompson, Bliksem; 7-16-6-11-5-11-7-1-9- = 73 6.) William Douglass/Chris Larson, Goombay Smash; 3-3-12--9-9-3-21-7-14 = 81 7.) Vincenzo Onorato/Nathan Wilmot, Mascalzone Latino; 12-2-13-19-19-7-6-5-1- = 84 8.) Andrea Pozzi/Gabriele Benussi, Bombarda; 1-6-9-3-2-26-21-6--16 = 90 9.) Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone; 8-4-3-6--22-22-19-6-2 = 92 10.) Roberto Tomassini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 6-21-5-20-3-14-16-9-3- = 97
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