by Joy Dunigan
The first ever OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Island Sailing Series (M32VISS) championship went to Roberto Tomasini Grinover aboard Robertissima. Caribbean Champion Tomasini Grinover was accompanied by tactician Vasco Vascotto and crew comprised of Gaetano Figlia di Granara, Giovanni Cassinari, Gunnar Bahr, Armin Raderbauer, Pablo Torrado and Nevio Sabadin.
Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series, Caribbean Championship 2013
Second overall in the Series was Dalton DeVos on Delta with tactician Jonathan McKee, followed by Ryan DeVos with Ed Baird as tactician on Volpe in third.
The last day of racing concluded in the British Virgin Islands under simply gorgeous conditions. A beautiful 8-10 knots held steady for the teams to squeeze in four final races, in which the youngest DeVos, Dalton claimed bullets in Race Four and Seven. Other race winners included the BVI's own Mark Plaxton on INTAC who ended up in third overall at the event. Alex Jackson's Leenabarca championed Race Five.
Endless Thanks: The list is long, but it has to be said. PRO Hank Stuart and the IM32CA partnership with the Royal BVI Yacht Club was a match made in racing heaven. Sheer perfection on the course enabled racers to focus on going fast, so a huge round of thanks to the Race Committee for an impeccable past three days of racing. A very special thanks to Peter Island Resort and Spa and their brilliant staff for making the host venue the absolute best!
On behalf of the IM32CA, special thanks to Tom Geisler as his very steady hand at the helm of the Volpe tender, as without his talents the beautiful photos and media coverage of the event would not have been possible!
Dalton DeVos, Delta - 2013 OtterBoxÂ® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series
2013 OtterBoxÂ® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series Champion, Roberto Tomasini Grinover, Robertissima
Mark Plaxton, INTAC - 2013 OtterboxÂ® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series - Peter Island
2013 OtterBoxÂ® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series Teams
Top three results (Final - After Seven Races)
1.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 1-4-1-2-3--3 = 14
2.) Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee, Delta; 3-1-5-1-4--1 = 15
3.) Mark Plaxton/Richard Clarke, INTAC; 2-3-6--2-1-6 = 20
Top five overall Ranking Results (Final - After Three Events)
1.) Roberto Tommasini Grinover, Robertissima = 296 pts.
2.) Dalton DeVos, Delta = 292 pts.
3.) Ryan DeVos, Volpe = 289 pts.
|1.||Bow||Sail Number||Yacht Name||Yacht Design||Owner/ Skipper||Race|
|2.||12||USA 1215||Delta||Melges 32||Dalton DeVos||3||1||5||1||4||6||1||||15.0|
|3.||700||IVB 007||INTAC||Melges 32||James Mark Plaxton||2||3||6||7||2||1||6||||20.0|
|4.||40||PUR 11||Smile and Wave||Melges 32||Jaime Torres||5||2||2||5||5||2||4||||20.0|
|5.||74||USA 174||Leenabarca||Melges 32||Alex Jackson||4||5||3||3||1||7||5||||21.0|
|6.||18||USA 180||Volpe||Melges 32||Ryan DeVos||6||6||4||4||6||4||2||||26.0|
|7.||113||PUR 113||SOCA||Melges 32||Luis Juarbe||7||7||7||6||7||3||7||||37.0|