by Joy Dunigan
Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta, one of the International Melges 32 Class's most prestigious events, is being hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC) in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
2010 Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta
The Gold Cup Regatta presents the perfect opportunity for teams to steer south and enjoy some warmer weather, while offering three solid days of the best and most challenging racing conditions in the world. Gold Cup also marks the start of a very exciting 2012 international racing calendar and is designated as event number one of the three-part Midwinter Championship Series. Key West Race Week (January 15-20) and the Miami Championship (March 2-4) will complete the speed triptych.
Making the Gold Cup a little more than extra special is its signature attribute, the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation’s Take A Junior Sailing Day happening on Saturday, December 3. Several of the USA’s top junior sailors will experience sailing with and racing against the very best in sailors in the industry for an entire day.
Twenty of the fleet’s finest teams will compete and amongst those expected to attend is World Championship runner-up John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti with tactician Vasco Vascotto, 2011 Copa Del Rey and reigning U.S. National Champion Jason Carroll’s Argo team with Cameron Appleton on tactics, and Audi Sailing Series Champion Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica with tactician Michele Paoletti. The barely-21-year-old 2011 Melges 32 North American Champion Ryan DeVos on Volpe will have Ed Baird calling tactics, Steve Howe on Warpath and tactician Morgan Larson join forces once more, and lastly, but certainly not least, is two-time, back-to-back Gold Cup Champion Rod Jabin on Ramrod with 2011 World Champion tactician Chris Larson.
Weather conditions for this weekend are forecasted to be optimum for the Melges 32. With twenty teams on the line it should be a fantastic event!
Almost every team racing in Fort Lauderdale will be joining the fleet for the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club in Newport, R.I. on September 25-29. As the 2012 season progresses in the U.S.A., Europe and Australasia, teams will be ramping up their programs with their sights set on the class’ highest honor, trophy and title - that of World Champion.
Full Entry List
1.) Phil Lotz/Eric Doyle, Arethusa
2.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo
3.) Joel Ronning/Bill Hardesty, Catapult
4.) Malcolm Gefter/John Mollicone, Celeritas
5.) Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee, Delta
6.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michelle Paoletti, Fantastica
7.) Robert Hughes/Tovar Mirsky, Heartbreaker
8.) Mark Plaxton/Anthony Kotoun, INTAC
9.) Alex Jackson/Charlie McKee, Leenabarca
10.) Vincenzo Onorato/Francesco Bruni, Mascalzone Latino
11.) Steve Rhyne/Johnny Lovell, Mojo
12.) Tony Buckingham, Ngoni
13.) John Taylor/Andy Green, Ninkasi
14.) Benjamin Schwartz/Chris Rast, Pisces
15.) Rod Jabin/Chris Larson, Ramrod
16.) Joe Woods/Geoff Carveth, Red
17.) John Kilroy/Vasco Vascotto, Samba Pa Ti
18.) Geoff Pierini/Phil Werheim, Sicktrix32
19.) Ryan DeVos/Ed Baird, Volpe
20.) Steve Howe/Morgan Larson, Warpath
View full crew list
Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta official event website