Melges 32 Gold Cup - Wild and windy day 1 in Ft. Lauderdale
by Joy Dunigan on 2 Dec 2012
The first day of competition for the Melges 32 Gold Cup, hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida was ushered in by a steady 15-20 knots of breeze and monster seas. Italy's Roberto Tomasini Grinover's Robertissima 1 with Vasco Vascotto on tactics holds the overall championship lead after aquiring an impressive daily 2-2-3 scoreline. Eleven points behind and in second place, is Jason Carroll's Argo and tactician Cameron Appleton. Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda with Lorenzo Bressani as tactician complete the top three, one slim point behind Carroll.
2012 Melges 32 Gold Cup © 2012 JOY
Three races were completed with wind speeds not so much an issue as was the sea states. Big waves of 5-7 and occasional nine footers across the course made for challenging conditions and great downwind rides.
Race one winner, Joel Ronning on Catapult stunned the competition by taking the lead at the first top mark, then extending for the win. Tomasini Grinover grabbed a close second, while Carroll settled for third.
Lanfranco Cirillo's Fantastica came on strong to win race two, with Tomasini Grinover in second and Joe Woods' Red in third.
The last and final heat of the day seemed to come easy to Tomasini Grinover as he stood steadfast and strong to win. Steve Howe's Warpath finished second and Pozzi came third.
Weather forecasts call for much of the same on Saturday where three more races will be conducted.
2012 Melges 32 Gold Cup
Preliminary Cumulative Results
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