Melges 32 Miami Championship - Classic Miami conditions

Full Throttle - Melges 32 Miami Championship 2012
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.

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.

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Mojo - Melges 32 US Championship 2012

   1.233JPN 233SwingMelges 32Keisuke Suzuki 131  5.0
   2.28USA 128ArgoMelges 32Jason Carroll 375  15.0
   3.49USA 49Full ThrottleMelges 32John Porter 1144  19.0
   4.700IVB 007INTACMelges 32Mark Plaxton 4610  20.0
   5.74USA 174LeenabarcaMelges 32Alex Jackson 896  23.0
   6.1BER 1HedgehogMelges 32Alec Cutler 1752  24.0
   7.13USA 13131Samba Pa TiMelges 32JOHN Kilroy 1087  25.0
   8.134USA 134CatapultMelges 32Joel Ronning 71013  30.0
   9.21ITA 2121Mascalzone LatinoMelges 32Vincenzo Onorato 14116  31.0
   10.603USA 32917WarpathMelges 32Stephen Howe 61314  33.0
   11.18USA 180Volpemelges 32Ryan DeVos 15218  35.0
   12.0USA 184BroncoMelges 32Michael Dominguez 21123  36.0
   13.12USA 1215DeltaMelges 32Dalton DeVos 9209  38.0
   14.111AUT 1Robertissima 1Melges 32Roberto Tomasini Grinover 21622  40.0
   15.15USA 1315NinkasiMelges 32John Taylor 161412  42.0
   16.206USA 206RamrodMelges 32Rodrick Jabin 181121  50.0
   17.2ITA 212FantasticaMelges 32Lanfranco Cirillo 201915  54.0
   18.57USA 157MojoMelges 32Steve Rhyne 24238  55.0
   19.33USA 201HeartbreakerMelges 32Robert Hughes 192511  55.0
   20.208USA 208CeleritasMelges 32Malcolm Gefter 131824  55.0
   21.11USA 211ArethusaMelges 32Phil Lotz 122123  56.0
   22.66GBR 275RedMelges 32Joe Woods 251517  57.0
   23.4USA 169BliksemMelges 32Pieter Taselaar 527/DNS27/DNC  59.0
   24.126USA 126Flat StanleyMelges 32T. Sheehan / T. McSweeney 221720  59.0
   25.77USA 77UnoMelges 32Hasip Gencer 232419  66.0
   26.130USA 130ElementMelges 32Jim Grundy 262225  73.0

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