012 Melges 32 Miami Championship day 1 delivered classic Miami conditions. A steady stream of plentiful sunshine and warmth, set the stage for three amazing races.
Full Throttle - Melges 32 Miami Championship 2012
Leading the overnight charge is Japan's Keisuke Suzuki on Swing. Jason Carroll's Argo is seated second and John Porter on Full Throttle is third.
With his 'Good Winds' banner flying high above the course, Roberto Tomasini Grinover on Robertissima lashed out at the competition in the first race of the day, taking the right side upwind to round the weathermark in first. Carroll came on strong to round second, just ahead of Suzuki in third. As the three passed through the gate, they held position. For the final mark rounding, Grinover remained firmly in the lead, with Suzuki overtaking for second while Carroll slipped back to third. Mark Plaxton's INTAC rounded in fourth and Pieter Taselaar aboard Bliksem was fifth. Downwind, Suzuki remained determined to conquer the lead. Coming in strong and fast from the right, Suzuki snatched the victory rug right out from under Grinover a boat length ahead of the line to win. Grinover settled for second, Carroll came third.
The second race of the day proved to be a great success for Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino as he launched off the starting line to round the top mark in first with a substantial lead. Never once did he look back nor worry with contention from start to finish. Suzuki rounded in second, followed by Ryan DeVos' Volpe in third. Downwind, Onorato held on to the lead with Suzuki trying to chase him down. DeVos slipped to fourth giving up third to John Porter on Full Throttle at the gate. With Onorato extending his lead, Suzuki managed to hold onto second with DeVos reclaiming third. It wasn't long before the young DeVos put the ultimate moves on Suzuki grabbing second only moments from the finish.
After one general recall and a solid start, PRO Hank Stuart fired off the third and final race of the day. Alec Cutler on Hedgehog took immediate command of the fleet at the top mark with Michael Dominguez's Bronco in second, and John Taylor's Ninkasi in third. Alex Jackson's Leenabarca was fourth, Porter rounded fifth, and Suzuki lurked in sixth. Downwind Cutler held the lead, with Dominguez rounding almost dead even through the gate. At the final mark, they held position with Suzuki moving up for third. It was a fight to the finish, with Suzuki coming from behind to take the lead from Cutler to win. Cutler settled for second and Dominguez took third.
Three additional races are planned for Saturday.
|1.||233||JPN 233||Swing||Melges 32||Keisuke Suzuki||1||3||1||5.0|
|2.||28||USA 128||Argo||Melges 32||Jason Carroll||3||7||5||15.0|
|3.||49||USA 49||Full Throttle||Melges 32||John Porter||11||4||4||19.0|
|4.||700||IVB 007||INTAC||Melges 32||Mark Plaxton||4||6||10||20.0|
|5.||74||USA 174||Leenabarca||Melges 32||Alex Jackson||8||9||6||23.0|
|6.||1||BER 1||Hedgehog||Melges 32||Alec Cutler||17||5||2||24.0|
|7.||13||USA 13131||Samba Pa Ti||Melges 32||JOHN Kilroy||10||8||7||25.0|
|8.||134||USA 134||Catapult||Melges 32||Joel Ronning||7||10||13||30.0|
|9.||21||ITA 2121||Mascalzone Latino||Melges 32||Vincenzo Onorato||14||1||16||31.0|
|10.||603||USA 32917||Warpath||Melges 32||Stephen Howe||6||13||14||33.0|
|11.||18||USA 180||Volpe||melges 32||Ryan DeVos||15||2||18||35.0|
|12.||0||USA 184||Bronco||Melges 32||Michael Dominguez||21||12||3||36.0|
|13.||12||USA 1215||Delta||Melges 32||Dalton DeVos||9||20||9||38.0|
|14.||111||AUT 1||Robertissima 1||Melges 32||Roberto Tomasini Grinover||2||16||22||40.0|
|15.||15||USA 1315||Ninkasi||Melges 32||John Taylor||16||14||12||42.0|
|16.||206||USA 206||Ramrod||Melges 32||Rodrick Jabin||18||11||21||50.0|
|17.||2||ITA 212||Fantastica||Melges 32||Lanfranco Cirillo||20||19||15||54.0|
|18.||57||USA 157||Mojo||Melges 32||Steve Rhyne||24||23||8||55.0|
|19.||33||USA 201||Heartbreaker||Melges 32||Robert Hughes||19||25||11||55.0|
|20.||208||USA 208||Celeritas||Melges 32||Malcolm Gefter||13||18||24||55.0|
|21.||11||USA 211||Arethusa||Melges 32||Phil Lotz||12||21||23||56.0|
|22.||66||GBR 275||Red||Melges 32||Joe Woods||25||15||17||57.0|
|23.||4||USA 169||Bliksem||Melges 32||Pieter Taselaar||5||27/DNS||27/DNC||59.0|
|24.||126||USA 126||Flat Stanley||Melges 32||T. Sheehan / T. McSweeney||22||17||20||59.0|
|25.||77||USA 77||Uno||Melges 32||Hasip Gencer||23||24||19||66.0|
|26.||130||USA 130||Element||Melges 32||Jim Grundy||26||22||25||73.0|
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