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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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MELGES 32 – Opening day at the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) was nothing short of spectacular with NYYC member Benjamin Schwartz on Pisces securing the lead after two races. Schwartz, with tactician Chris Rast currently leads the championship by one point. Chasing hard in second place is defending champ William Douglass on Goombay Smash with Chris Larson on tactics, and in third is Andrea Pozzi with Gabriele Benussi as tactician aboard Bombarda.
With big seas and a steady 18-20 knots blowing throughout the day, Pozzi creamed the competition in the first race of the day leading from start to finish. “Leading the first race of the World Championship from start to finish is thrilling as I only started sailing just one year ago. The conditions were quite challenging – the hard choppy sea and strong wind, but my crew was more than perfect.” commented Pozzi. “We were very fast and with a sixth place finish in the second heat of the day, we have started this event in the very best way possible. I hope that the weather forecast will give us more days like this! Racing the Melges 32 is an absolute adrenaline rush.”
Steve Howe, with tactician Morgan Larson on Warpath came second and Douglass was third.
Race two proved to be equally exciting with Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino and Nathan Wilmot as tactician punched the second start hard. Onorato took the lead at the top mark with Schwartz in second and Douglass in third. The breeze built ever so slightly and the wave action increased for the final downwind run. Onorato poured on the speed, while Schwartz chased him down to take the win right at the finish line. “The European teams are super aggressive and these boats are so fast downwind,” said a simply elated Schwartz post racing. “We caught a couple of really great waves, the surfing was so incredible and once the boat lifted up and out of the water it was so much fun. This is such a great ride. Today proved that the passing lanes are really, really wide. It was just great.”
“The first time I sailed with Ben was in Ft. Lauderdale at the Gold Cup last December, and immediately I felt very comfortable and confident on the boat.” commented Rast. “Ben is a great helm, George ‘Bear’ Peet does an awesome job trimming and Marty (Kullman) pulls all the remaining pieces together. Everyone really knows what needs to be done in order to win and that there is no time to ever feel we are not in control. Which for me, as a tactician, it really sets me up in a nice spot. I can ask for things and it’s usually delivered. So, like on the last run today, we needed to go lower and slightly faster than the guys in front of us, which set us up perfectly to gybe on top of them and win. This team is delivering right now.”
Two more races are scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 with a start of 11.00.
MELGES 32 – Newport, RI – USA – With a record-breaking fully confirmed thirty-three Melges 32s representing eight countries, the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) is proud to present its largest World Championship ever, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC).
Boat measurement came to a close early Saturday morning, while registration, crew weigh-in and sail measurement is scheduled to wrap up on Monday afternoon, just in time for the World Championship opening ceremony at NYYC later in the evening.
“The New York Yacht Club is proud to be the host of this magnificent Championship. The caliber of owner and crew is spectacular, as it perfectly complements our strong sailing heritage, and stature, and commitment to one design sailing.” commented NYYC Commodore Robert C. Towse Jr. “We wish the best to all the competitors and look forward to crowning the next Melges 32 World Champion next Saturday.”
PRO Hank Stuart will conduct the racing, beginning on Tuesday, September 25. The first warning signal is at 11.00.
“Yesterday’s practice racing was just incredible. The sight of thirty-three Melges 32s was amazing. Every boat has a rock star onboard – Ken Read, Steve Benjamin, Jonathan Mckee – the best of the best are here in Newport.” say Stuart. “The long range weather forecast looks pretty good, however Wednesday may be a little questionable as some rain and storms are expected. But, regardless we’re planning on two races per day with the option to do three.”
MELGES 32 – Congratulations to 2012 Melges 32 U.S. National Champion Jason Carroll (New York, NY) and the Argo Team comprised of tactician Cameron Appleton and crew members Peter Crawford, Scott Norris, Andy Koch, Charles Swanson and Lindsay Bartel. With this win, Carroll becomes the first owner to hold the coveted U.S. National Championship title for a second consecutive time. “This was not easy. It was light and the conditions were tricky. Cameron was scratching his head all three days,” Carroll commented just before the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon. “It was not until the very last race, that we finally got ahead.”
“We are very happy to be in Newport now and will be doing a lot of sailing here in August, especially with Pre-Worlds and Worlds coming up in September,” says Carroll. “We have a lot of people on the boat that know the area and the waters well, so with this we feel pretty good. Now, we just have to keep our nose to the grindstone, continue to work very hard and hopefully, we can come up with a nice result at Worlds.”
Despite the light air conditions and overcast skies, it was an exciting day of yacht racing in Newport. The day commenced with second-runner up Ryan DeVos (Macatawa Bay, MI) on Volpe leading the overalls, tied with Steve Howe (San Diego, CA) on Warpath in points. Carroll was seated third just a shy three points behind.
Spectators were firmly poised on the edge of their seats for the last two races of the eight-part series. Carroll came on strong early, taking the lead at the top mark chased by John Kilroy’s (Los Angeles, CA) Samba Pa Ti. Kilroy remained strong overtaking the lead position about a hundred yards from the finish line. Carroll slipped to finish second, Pieter Taselaar (Scarsdale, NY) on Bliksem came third, Lanfranco Cirillo’s (Roncadelle, Brescia, Italy) Fantastica was fourth, while DeVos remained close finishing fifth.
Going into the final race, teams were on edge. At this stage, DeVos was still leading the event yet tied in points with Carroll in second, Howe third. The first start resulted in a general recall, with PRO Bruce Golison announcing an I-Flag start for the next warning. Alec Cutler’s (Pembroke, Bermuda) Hedgehog battled into the mark, fighting off Mark Plaxton’s (Tortola, BVI) INTAC and Phil Lotz’s (Newport, RI) Arethusa. As the race progressed, Plaxton eventually took the lead with Cutler following. At the final weather mark, with an awesome F-16 fighter jet giving the fleet a little fly-by action (afterburners and all), INTAC proceeded to extend their lead for the win, leaving Cutler in second. Taselaar pulled up to finish third just ahead of Carroll in fourth. DeVos finished tenth, while Howe scored a disappointing eighteenth.
MELGES 32 – Newport, RI – USA – The last two major events for the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) in North America revealed that the young and experienced can prevail in thrilling, competitive conditions, such as the one that the Melges 32 fosters worldwide. The fledging Ryan DeVos on Volpe (Macatawa Bay, MI) with Ed Baird as tactician took top East Coast Championship honors in West Palm Beach, FL. Prior to that, a final-day blow out at the Melges 32 Miami Championship resulted in only two days of racing leaving Alec Cutler’sHedgehog (Pembroke, Bermuda) with Richard Clarke on tactics holding the trophy atop a fleet 26-strong. On July 27-29, 2012, the fleet will rise to the occasion once more in Newport, R.I. to compete for the coveted U.S. National Championship title. Twenty-five teams will assemble for what will be the final event leading up to the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship. Hosted by the New York Yacht Club, the Worlds will take place on September 20-29 where an unprecedented, record-breaking attendance level is expected. MORE STORY
AUDI MELGES 32 UPDATE – Event leader since day one, Audi F.lli Giacomel supported by Eberhard & Co – Fra Martina wins the penultimate event of the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series, held in Malcesine (Lake Garda) and organized by B-Plan Sport&Events in collaboration with Fraglia Vela Malcesine and Melges Europe.
Three heats were sailed in the last day of racing, completing the scheduled program of eight races. The first, in the morning, with a wonderful Peler conquered by Mauro Mocchegiani’s Rush Diletta. The final two completed in the early afternoon with Ora, won respectively by Vincenzo Onorato’sMascalzone Latino and Lanfranco Cirillo’s Fantastica.
The crew of Edward and Vanni Pavesio was awarded by their consistency and ability to keep a high level of concentration, even in the most delicate moments, as at the final stage, when the umpire made provision for a penalty during the starting procedure. Audi Fra Martina show her substance thanks to the expert afterguard composed by Gabriele Benussi (tactician) and Riccardo Simoneschi (mainsail trimmer) catching up with the rival Filippo Pacinotti on Brontolo HH who finished fourth.
The podium of the fourth event of the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2012 sees Pacinotti in second, a happily greeted result due to the return of tactician Daniele Cassinari. Onorato finishes third and maintains the overall leadership of the Audi Sailing Series with 19 points on Cirillo, that in the home waters of Lake Garda, failed to achieve anything above eighth place.
On Sunday morning two members representing each crew attended to the Audi Day, a challenge of dynamic tests on Audi R8 and RS3 Kontra. Congratulations to Ferdinando Battistella, owner of Quantum Diva, who reached the goal in the Regularity Rally on R8 and Armin Raderbauer, bowman on Robertissima, was the best in the Kontra Special Slalom.
In addition to Audi, the Audi Sailing Series are supported by Eberhard & Co watches, official timekeeper of the season, and Musto, involved as technical sponsor.
TOP TEN RESULTS (after 8 races, 1 discard)
1.) Edoardo and Vanni Pavesio/Gabriele Benussi, Audi F.lli Giacomel Fra Martina; 4-2-1-7-5-(10*)-4-5 =28
2.) Filippo Pacinotti/Daniele Cassinari, Brontolo HH; 7-3*-2-2-(9)-4*-6-4 = 32
3.) Vincenzo Onorato/Nathan Wilmot, Mascalzone Latino; 9-(10*)-6-6-1-3*-1-8 = 36
4.) Jason Carroll/Charlie Ogletree, Argo; 6-4-9-5-6-2*-(11)-2 = 36
5.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Flavio Favini, Robertissima; 2-7*-5*-4-3-(8*)-5-7 = 37
6.) Marc De Antonio/Gonzalo Araujo, Bribon Movistar; 1-6*-4-9-10-(11)-3-3 = 38
7.) Mauro Mocchegiani/Matteo Ivaldi, Rush Diletta; 10-(9*)-8-3-2-1-7-9 = 40
8.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica; 8-1-(10*)-10-4-9*-8-1= 43
9.) Carlo Alberini/Enrico Fonda, Calvi Network; 5-5*-(12)-1-8-6*-2-12= 43
10.) Ferdinando Battistella/Carlo Fracassoli, Quantum Diva; 3-8-(11)-11-7-10-6= 52
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In addition to Audi, the Audi Sailing Series is supported by the official timekeeper Eberhard & Co watches and Musto, the official technical supplier.
LIVE FROM MALCESINE
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RACE NEWS – 2012 U.S. National Championship July 27 – 29 in Newport Rhode Island.
MELGES 32 – Two more crazy races were conducted in Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday leaving Ryan DeVos on Volpe with winning America’s Cup helmsman Ed Baird as tactician and crew of Scott Nixon, Sam Rogers, Mike Hill, Drew Weirda and Scott Martins as 2012 Melges 32 East Coast Champions. In second overall, Jason Carroll on Argo finished with equal points, yet lost the tiebreaker to DeVos. From Italy, Lanfranco Cirillo’s Fantastica remained in the hunt all day to finish third overall.
The 2012 East Coast Championship was graciously hosted by the Sailfish Club of Florida in conjunction with Rybovich Marina, consisting of eight races over three days.
Sunday marked the final showdown with only five points separating the overnight leaders. The first race was key as DeVos came on strong, loving the big 18-20 knots of breeze, most notably on the last downwind run to win. John Kilroy’s Samba Pa Ti led for most of the race, but was overtaken right at the line by DeVos. Mark Plaxton’s INTAC had a great race to finish third and Cirillo was fourth. Carroll, who was OCS at the start recovered well to take fifth.
The last race brought on rain showers and a building breeze. Big waves made for great planing conditions downwind. Plaxton took an early lead only to be overtaken by Alec Cutler on Hedgehog late in the game. Cutler found just the right groove in Race Two commanding the lead at the final top mark to extend for the win. DeVos was fast upwind, rounding second, chasing Cutler to the finish. They finished first and second, while Carroll grabbed third ahead of Kilroy in fourth and Cirillo in fifth.
MELGES 32– Miami, Fla. – Amidst the towering mega yachts of Rybovich Marina in West Palm Beach, Florida, sixteen high-powered Melges 32s are fully locked and loaded, ready to race just off the shore of Palm Beach, Florida. Hosted by the Sailfish Club of Florida, the West Palm Beach Regatta is the fourth in a series of six North American events scheduled in 2012 and also serves as the class’ East Coast Championship.
Rybovich’s south dock is a star-studded sailing walk of fame populated with the likes of Jonathan McKee, Cameron Appleton, Eric Doyle, Dave Armitage, Andy Horton, Bill Hardesty, Skip Baxter, Hayden Goodrick, Michele Paoletti, Tom Burnham, Peter Holmberg, Charlie McKee, Johnny Lovell, Charlie Ogletree, Jeff Madrigali, Vasco Vascotto, Lorenzo Bressani and Ed Baird, just to name a few.
2012 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series leader and winner of Marina di Loano, Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica is expected to fair well. “We try to do every regatta in the U.S. and Italy,” says Cirillo. “The competition here is very tough. We were happy to win Marina di Loano, but now, the time has come to really focus on doing well at Worlds and race as much as we can against the boats that will be there.”
Other front-runners include 2011 U.S. National Champion Jason Carroll and his tenacious Argo team, 2012 Key West division winner John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti and most recently crowned Miami Champion Alec Cutler on Hedgehog.
Wednesday and Thursday rounded out the preparations for battle including final crew weigh-in, boat prep and practice. At the skipper’s meeting, PRO Hank Stuart briefed competitors on what was to be expected of the event — plentiful sunshine, warmth and a potential eight terrific races. MORE STORY
MELGES 32 – Marina di Loano, Italy – The end was spectacular thanks to great weather conditions throughout the first leg of the 2012 Audi Sailing Series organized by BPSE – B-Plan Sports & Events, in collaboration with Melges Europe, Club Nautico Loano and Yacht Club Marina di Loano.
On the last day, finally the sun and an easterly wind of nearly 20 knots and waves created the perfect setting for the 17-strong Melges 32 fleet to take on three more races. The ending was incredible, because of the early morning, no one could have imagined such an overwhelming showdown. In conclusion, there was a lot of fun and satisfaction in the eyes of every owner and their crews, beyond the individual results.
Winner of the first stage of the season is the defending champion Lanfranco Cirillo with Michele Paoletti as tactician aboard Fantastica. Today, thanks to a first, third and sixth, Cirillo’s Fantasticamade certain to keep a safe distance from Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino with Olympic medallist Nathan Wilmot as tactician. Onorato had some satisfaction of victory by winning the last race of the event ensuring second place overall.
In third is Rush Diletta helmed by Mauro Mocchegiani with tactician Matteo Ivaldi. They were by far the most consistent team discarding an eighth place finish in race two of the Marina di Loano edition. Standing just outside the podium is Edoardo
Lupi’s Torpyone who got the chance to discard the DSQ they received yesterday. Spain’s Marc de Antonio aboard Bribon-Movistar came fifth and Filippo Pacinotti’s Brontolo HH finished sixth overall.
With Marina di Loano now complete, the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series will continue onward to Portoferraio (24-27 May), then the European Championship in Porto Cervo (28 June-1 July), Malcesine (19-22 July) and lastly, Naples (18-21 October), where the season will find its conclusion.
MELGES 32 – Miami, Fla. – Congratulations to Alec Cutler aboard Hedgehog as he and his team of tactician Richard Clarke, crew members Max Skelley, Mike Wolfs, Eric Dorman, Charlie Pucciariello, Sarah Callahan and Alan ‘Budda’ Nakanishi are 2012 Miami Champions. In second overall is Full Throttle’s John Porter with tactician Jonathan McKee alongside his ‘boys’ – Vincent, Corbett and Clifford Porter as well as Kelly McKenna assisted by Andy Burdick, and Fritz Lanzinger. Keisuke Suzuki aboard Swing rounded out the top three.
It was decided early on Sunday morning to call off all racing as a fast approaching cold front surged ever closer, ushering in the potential for severe weather and high winds, some above and beyond class rule limitations.
Saturday final results stand as is, for the final results on Sunday.
A very special thanks is extended to the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, especially Commordore Ron Rostorfer and team. As always, a very special thanks to PRO Hank Stuart.
TOP TEN RESULTS (After six races, one discard, FINAL )
1.) Alec Cutler/Richard Clarke, Hedgehog; -5-2-6-1-3 = 17
2.) John Porter/Jonathan McKee, Full Throttle; -4-4-2-7-1 = 18
3.) Keisuke Suzuki/Jesper Radich, Swing; 1-3-1-2--11 = 24
4.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo; 3-7-5-5--5 = 25
5.) Alex Jackson/Charlie McKee, Leenabarca; 8--6-1-3-8 = 26
6.) John Kilroy/Lorenzo Bressani, Samba Pa Ti; -8-7-3-9-6 = 33
7.) Mark Plaxton/Anthony Kotoun, INTAC; 4-6-10--5-12 = 37
8.) Vincenzo Onorato/Adrian Stead, Mascalzone Latino; 14-1-16-4--7 = 42
9.) Joel Ronning/Bill Hardesty, Catapult; 7-10-13-10--2 = 42
10.) Ryan DeVos/Ed Baird, Volpe; 15-2-18-9--9 = 53
PRESS RELEASE – Miami, Fla. – Twenty-six of the International Melges 32 Class’ finest teams are ready to race the 2012 Miami Championship, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, sponsored by Melges Performance Sailboats. Over the next three days (March 2-4), teams are not only looking forward to some intense yacht racing, but also the opportunity to bask in the simply more than perfect Miami weather — sunshine, warmth and classic high-performance breeze.
Up six entries from 2011, the Melges 32 fleet anticipates great competition in North America, and it truly will culminate in Miami.
The field of competitors is deep and diverse, yet runs the gamut when it comes to the class’ biggest and brightest rivalries. Defending Champion John Kilroy aboard Samba Pa Ti is most certainly in the ‘one to watch’ category. Fresh off a brilliant Key West Race Week victory, Kilroy, with Lorenzo Bressani on tactics is poised for further success. Steve Howe’s Warpath won the Gold Cup in early December 2011, but finished a strong fifth in Key West. To counter, he has arrived in Miami fully prepared with legendary tactician Vasco Vascotto at his side. Reigning U.S. National Champion Jason Carroll on Argo with Cameron Appleton on tactics, North American Champion Ryan DeVos on Volpe with America’s Cup legend Ed Baird as tactician, and Vincenzo Onorato with Adrian Stead on tactics aboard Mascalzone Latino surely will all be in the running for the title.
The class is happy to welcome back 2009 World Champion Pieter Taselaar on Bliksem, Michael Dominguez on Bronco and John Porter on Full Throttle to the North American racing scene. CLICK HERE
The 19-strong Melges 32 fleet rallied back into action on Thursday at Quantum Key West 2012. After having the day off on Wednesday due to lack of breeze, they fleet managed to complete three more races.
John Kilroy and tactician Lorenzo Bressani aboard Samba Pa Ti now standa at the top of the leaderboard. In second overall, only four points behind, is Benjamin Schwartz and tactician Ed Baird on Pisces. Bob Hughes’ Heartbreaker with Tovar Mirsky on tactics is third.
After a short, yet expected on-the-water postponement, PRO Peter ‘Luigi’ Reggio sent the fleet racing under warm temps, sun-shiny conditions and a light breeze. Over time, an approaching cold front ushered in more wind making for the perfect start to Race One of the day. At the top, with about 8-10 knots of breeze, Steve Howe’s Warpath took the lead, followed by Hughes in second and Kilroy third.
Terry McSweeney’s Flat Stanley and Schwartz rounded fourth and fifth respectively. Downwind Hughes gained on Howe to take the lead. Howe and McSweeney split the difference passing through the gate dead even with one another for the second and third positions. More breeze pumped in helping the fleet zoom back upwind with Kilroy acquiring the lead for the final mark of the race, Hughes and Howe hot on his heels. Back downwind to the finish, Hughes came on strong once again to overtake for the win, Kilroy landed second and McSweeney had a great race to finish third.
Alec Cutler’s Hedgehog got the upper hand in Race Two for their very first race win competing in the fleet. Cutler got a great start punching the line hard, rounding the top mark one short step behind Hughes. Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino rounded third. Downwind, Cutler turned up the speed a notch to overtake the lead position. He extended just enough to secure the lead for the remainder of the race and ultimately, the win.
Hughes rounded the final mark in second, but downwind Onorato challenged him, stealing second place from him right at the finish line. Kilroy maintained position to finish fourth, behind Hughes in third. Joel Ronning’s Catapult grabbed fifth.
After an initial general recall at the start of Race Three, Reggio handed down a black flag to restart the third heat. Howe found himself back out front to turn the top mark in first, with Schwartz alongside and Kilroy close behind. Approaching in from the right, Kilroy took the lead and held on through the top mark, with Howe and Schwartz in hot pursuit. All things changed on the final downwind stretch as Howe forged ahead to take the win, Schwartz took second and Kilroy finished third.
The second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2012 proved to overnight leaders (and, the rest of the fleet for that fact) that winning this championship isn’t going to be as easy as yesterday may have made it seem. With three additional races now complete, Benjamin Schwartz with tactician Ed Baird on Pisces now leads the Melges 32 fleet in Key West. Overnight leader John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti is in second place. To make things more than very interesting, the two are tied with 14 points each. Alec Cutler with Richard Clarke as tactician on Hedgehog is third some eleven points back.
In race one, Schwartz found himself in a face off with Geoff Pierini on Sicktrix for top mark honors. Pierini won the mark, but failed to execute on the spinnaker set, allowing Schwartz to roll right past taking first place with him, Keisuke Suzuki with tactician Jesper Radich on Swing followed in second, Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino came third. Schwartz held his own through the gate and back upwind with a change of course being implemented. Schwartz continued his lead of a boat-length-and-a-half around the final windward mark with Onorato in tow, chasing hard for the lead. Suzuki remained third, Pierini rounded fourth with Kilroy in fifth. Downwind, Onorato held Schwartz to the fire, challenging tack-for-tack in an attempt to gain advantage. Schwartz took the win ahead of Onorato, Suzuki finished third.
After a quick reset of the course, race two got underway. PRO Peter Reggio prescribed a Course 4, with a bearing of 125 at 1.5nm. Going into the first mark, brand new Melges 32 owner Makoto Uematsu and tactician Gerry Mitchell on Esmeralda took the lead and held on through the gate. At the last mark of the race, Uematsu was mere moments ahead of Schwartz when he surrendered the lead to perform a penalty turn. Schwartz was quick to seize control of the lead. Schwartz won easily, while Uematsu maintained second place. Kilroy finished third.
The last race of the day went to Malcolm Gefter and tactician John Mollicone on Celeritas. From start to finish, Gefter held off the likes of Bob Hughes’ Heartbreaker and Steve Howe’s Warpath to win his first ever Melges 32 race. Photo Joy Dunigan.
HOTLINK – John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti with tactician Lorenzo Bressani, greeted opening day at Quantum Key West 2012 with a spectacular performance of speed and great tactics to deliver an impressive 1-1 score line. Kilroy sits atop the results with a four point margin, but this event is far from over. Photo Joy Dunigan. More here.
The last day of the Melges 32 World Championship promised to be very exciting with a one point difference between the leader, Goombay Smash over Samba Pa Ti and Fantastica. But the unfortunate wind and weather conditions that crossed Mallorca, did not allow any race to take place and therefore Goombay Smash became the Melges 32 World Champion.
Day two of the 2011 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma (RCNP), was filled with more warm sunshine, but less breeze making for an interesting day of performance sportboat racing. A complete shuffle in the results was in order, in particular the top five, with the exception of two — overnight leader John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti and Jason Carroll’s Argo is holding steadfast in fourth. Photo Max Ranchi. More here.