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2014 Melges 32 Miami Spring Challenge - Red light special

by Melges 32 on 6 Apr 2014
2014 Melges 32 Miami Spring Challenge JOY - International Melges 32 Class Association http://melges32.com/
After a brief consultation with his Race Committee scouting the race course in the early morning hours, PRO Anderson Reggio sent the Melges 32 fleet out for an 11 a.m. start despite a bleak forecast for light wind. It was the right call as only one light air race was completed before the hot Florida sun squelched off any remaining gradient breeze.


Fortunately, the steep lump experienced on Friday had smoothed itself resulting in flat water conditions in the seven - nine knot range making morning tune-up sessions very pleasant. Sail selection was a topic of discussion as the pre-race breeze was just enough to fly a medium jib and bigger kite. However, with the light forecast in mind, most selected their light jibs and small kites which in the end was the right call.


Without a lot of indicators as to which side of the course would pay biggest, the pre-start sequence saw a handful of tacticians standing on their booms looking for signs of advantage. With the course set at 180 and 1.2 nautical miles, the fleet went racing on time with Dalton DeVos' Delta, Dieter Schoen's Momo, Alec Cutler's Hedgehog and Deneen Demourkas' Groovederci all being called OCS.


In what would be solid conditions for a comeback, the fleet split right and left with each side getting their turn at looking strong. The lead pack of Chris Wienjtes' Stormvogel, John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti, Joe Woods' Red and Tony Buckingham's Ngoni started on the leeward half of the line, tacked two-thirds to the left corner and found a nice vein of pressure, catapulting them to the top of the course in good shape.


With a rapidly dying, shifty breeze and the fleet approaching the gate, Reggio called for a course change to starboard along with a shortened course. With Woods' safely through the gate, the Race Committee accidentally dropped the Charlie Flag overboard. Race Committee member Andi Hoffman went in after it, and just in the nick of time, as she was dangling off the side of the boat, got the flag back in place for the next boat to round through the gate. Hoffman quickly jumped back onboard, grabbed her sign and went back into place as if nothing even happened - talk about a dedicated, on-their-toes Race Committee!


From the very first mark, Woods was in control and with each turn extended his lead. 'We got a bit lucky on the start finding a hole late and being able to pop out with a clean lane. Our plan was to be to the left of everybody and with the team up front doing a great job keeping the boat moving, we were able to take the lead. From there we had a better view of the pressure. We were able to be conservative and minimize maneuvers which was crucial.' said Red tactician and current America's Cup Sailor Chris Draper.


Woods hung onto his lead to win despite huge variations in pressure sweeping down the course. Kilroy and Cutler battled hard to take second and third respectively.


Buckingham's Ngoni posted his third consecutive top five finish while DeVos' Delta and Jason Carroll's Argo struggled to maintain their day one form. DeVos slipped to second overall, while Carroll fell to sixth. Fleet newcomer, Wientjes found his best result yet in the highly competitive Melges 32 fleet grabbing a seventh place finish.


With three more races, better breeze and an initial warning of 11 a.m. scheduled for Sunday, a single discard will kick in. Surely this will shake up the results and leave the winner of this event, most likely to be decided on the last run of the last race.

The Miami Spring Challenge is hosted at Miami Beach Marina in Miami, Florida, supported by Coconut Grove Sailing Club and Melges USA.


Top five results: (After Four Races)
1.) John Kilroy/Paul Goodison, Samba Pa Ti; 2-6-5-2 = 15
2.) Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee, Delta; 1-1-8-9 = 19
3.) Tony Buckingham/John Kostecki, Ngoni; 13-2-2-4 = 21
4.) Alec Cutler/Richard Clark, hedgehog; 7-10-4-3 = 24
5.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 8-5-1-11 = 25

Top Five 2014 Miami Winter Series results: (After Two Events and Four Races)
1.) Alec Cutler, Hedgehog = 292 pts
2.) Richard Gorranson, H/H Inga From Sweden = 282 pts
3.) Deneen Demourkas, Groovederci = 279 pts
4.) Dieter Schoen, Momo = 279 pts
5.) Chris Wientjes, Stormvogel = 269 pts

View full 2014 Miami Winter Series results here.
View full crew list here.
View Official Yachtscoring event website.
View photo gallery – JOY here.

2014 Miami Spring Challenge - Melges 32 Event No. 3 Preliminary Cumulative Results:


      Bow Sail Number Yacht Name Yacht Design Owner/Skipper Race
1
Race
2
Race
3
Race
4
Total
Miami Spring Challenge Racing
  One Design Division
    Melges 32
    1. 13 USA 13131 Samba Pa Ti Melges 32 John Kilroy 2 6 5 2 15.0
    2. 12 USA 1215 Delta Melges 32 Dalton DeVos 1 1 8 9 19.0
    3. 219 GBR 5869 ngoni Melges 32 Tony Buckingham 13 2 2 4 21.0
    4. 1 BER 1 Hedgehog Melges 32 Alec Cutler 7 10 4 3 24.0
    5. 111 SUI 1 Robertissima Melges 32 Roberto Tomasini Grinover 8 5 1 11 25.0
    6. 128 USA 128 ARGO Melges 32 Jason Carroll 5 4 3 13 25.0
    7. 66 GBR 275 Red Melges 32 Joe Woods 12 7 6 1 26.0
    8. 322 SWE 322 HH Inga From Sweden Melges 32 Richard Goransson 4 8 10 6 28.0
    9. 18 USA 180 Volpe Melges 32 Ryan DeVos 3 11 7 12 33.0
    10. 164 GER 164 MOMO Melges 32 Schoen Dieter 6 12 12 5 35.0
    11. 233 JPN 233 Swing Melges 32 Keisuke Suzuki 10 3 9 14 36.0
    12. 201 USA 201 Groovederci Melges 32 Deneen Demourkas 9 13 11 8 41.0
    13. 151 USA 151 Dark N'Stormy Melges 32 Edward Tillinghast 11 9 13 10 43.0
    14. 155 USA 155 Stormvogel Melges 32 Chris Wientjes 14 14 14 7 49.0
 
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