by Joy Dunigan
The Melges 32 North American Championship 2011 was hosted by Sail Newport in Newport, RI, USA from the 29th to the 31st July 2011.
Melges 32 North American Championship 2011
Melges 32 North American Championship's final day has resulted in a stunning victory for 20 year old Ryan DeVos aboard Volpe. Ed Baird called tactics while Dick DeVos, Scott Nixon, Sam Rogers, Mike Hill, Drew Weirda, Alex Clegg and Cary Seigler served as crew. Less than one year ago, the young DeVos captured the U.S. National title, now he carries one of the most prestigious in the international class, that of North American Champion. Steve Howe on Warpath took second place honors while Rod Jabin's Ramrod finished third.
Teams traveled out to the course around 10.30 after a short on land postponement. On the water, they sat around for a little more than two hours before the raceable breeze finally decided to make an appearance. The first race of the day got underway just before 1 o'clock. Howe put the pressure on early as he rounded the top mark in first, followed by Ryan DeVos and John Tyalor's Ninkasi. Schwartz was fourth and Dalton DeVos on Delta was fifth. On the first downwind leg, Schwartz separated from the pack taking him from fourth to third. More pressure up the left side of the course helped him get ahead of DeVos, but not for long. Howe took the win, Ryan DeVos didn't skip a beat to take second and Schwartz took third.
Race two of the day, the final race in the eight-part series witnessed Alexis Michas on Zetiana rounding the top mark in first, Dalton DeVos in second and Steve Rhyne on Mojo in third. Jabin rounded fourth. Downwind, Dalton DeVos gained ground to take over the lead and took it to the finish line for the big win. Rhyne slipped in right at the line to take second ahead of Michas.
After racing, an awards ceremony was held to publicly, officially crown DeVos as North American Champion and the runners up.
Full Results (After six Races, one discard)
1.) Ryan DeVos/Ed Baird, Volpe; 1-4-1-9-1--3-9- = 28
2.) Stephen Howe/Mark Ivey, Warpath; 2-7-6-12-2-3-1- = 33
3.) Rod Jabin/Chris Larson, Ramrod; 5-6-3--4-1-10-5 = 34
4.) Dalton DeVos/Joe Glanfield, Delta; 4-3--1-11-12-4-1 = 36
5.) Steve Rhyne/Johnny Lovell, Mojo; 7-2-8-5-5--8-2 = 37
6.) Alexis Michas/Brian Ledbetter, Zetiana; 8-5-2-4-10-9--3 = 41
7.) Mark Plaxton/Anthony Kotoun; INTAC; -8-5-6-3-2-9-10 = 43
8.) Benjamin Schwartz/Charlie McKee, Pisces; 13-1--2-13-10-2-8 = 49
9.) William Douglass/Brad Read, Goombay Smash; 6-[16/DNF]-10-14-7-5-7-4 = 53
10.) John Taylor/Andy Green, Ninkasi; 9-12--7-9-4-5-7 = 53
International Melges 32 Class Association website
The International Melges 32 Class would like to extend many thanks to PRO Bruce Golison and his team comprised of wife Margo, Taran Teague, Bruce Bingham and scorer Steve Washburn. Special thanks to the entire staff of Sail Newport, especially Brad Read, Anderson Reggio and Kim Cooper. The Newport Shipyard played the great roll of regatta headquarters. A very special thanks to Veronica Brown as we simply could not have done it without her. Thanks to Melges USA Representative Anthony Kotoun and Newport Storm for supplying the thirsty fleet with complimentary beer all weekend long.