Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Floaters

Key West Melges 32 lead maintained

by Joy Dunigan on 20 Jan 2012
Melges 32 big fleet starting line action - Key West 2012 - Melges 32 ©JOY | IM32CA http://melges32.com/
The 19-strong Melges 32 fleet rallied back into action on Thursday at Quantum Key West 2012.

After having the day off on Wednesday due to lack of breeze, they fleet managed to complete three more races.


John Kilroy and tactician Lorenzo Bressani aboard Samba Pa Ti now standa at the top of the leaderboard.

In second overall, only four points behind, is Benjamin Schwartz and tactician Ed Baird on Pisces. Bob Hughes’ Heartbreaker with Tovar Mirsky on tactics is third.


After a short, yet expected on-the-water postponement, PRO Peter 'Luigi' Reggio sent the fleet racing under warm temps, sun-shiny conditions and a light breeze. Over time, an approaching cold front ushered in more wind making for the perfect start to Race One of the day. At the top, with about 8-10 knots of breeze, Steve Howe's Warpath took the lead, followed by Hughes in second and Kilroy third.

Terry McSweeney's Flat Stanley and Schwartz rounded fourth and fifth respectively. Downwind Hughes gained on Howe to take the lead. Howe and McSweeney split the difference passing through the gate dead even with one another for the second and third positions. More breeze pumped in helping the fleet zoom back upwind with Kilroy acquiring the lead for the final mark of the race, Hughes and Howe hot on his heels. Back downwind to the finish, Hughes came on strong once again to overtake for the win, Kilroy landed second and McSweeney had a great race to finish third.

Alec Cutler's Hedgehog got the upper hand in Race Two for their very first race win competing in the fleet. Cutler got a great start punching the line hard, rounding the top mark one short step behind Hughes. Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino rounded third. Downwind, Cutler turned up the speed a notch to overtake the lead position. He extended just enough to secure the lead for the remainder of the race and ultimately, the win.

Hughes rounded the final mark in second, but downwind Onorato challenged him, stealing second place from him right at the finish line. Kilroy maintained position to finish fourth, behind Hughes in third. Joel Ronning's Catapult grabbed fifth.

After an initial general recall at the start of Race Three, Reggio handed down a black flag to restart the third heat. Howe found himself back out front to turn the top mark in first, with Schwartz alongside and Kilroy close behind.
Approaching in from the right, Kilroy took the lead and held on through the top mark, with Howe and Schwartz in hot pursuit. All things changed on the final downwind stretch as Howe forged ahead to take the win, Schwartz took second and Kilroy finished third.



Friday’s conditions are expected to be a bit more breezy than Thursday's, with two final races scheduled.

Top Ten (after 8 Races, 1 Discard)

1.) John Kilroy/Lorenzo Bressani, Samba Pa Ti; 1-1-[5]-3-4-2-4-3 = 18
2.) Benjamin Schwartz/Ed Baird, Pisces; 3-3-1-1-6-6-[8]-2 = 22
3.) Bob Hughes/Tovar Mirsky, Heartbreaker; 10-[13]-6-8-2-1-3-4 = 34
4.) Steve Howe/Morgan Larson, Warpath; 12-5-[15]-5-3-4-6-1 = 36
5.) Alec Cutler/Richard Clarke, Hedgehog; 4-2-8-4-7-[13]-1-13 = 39
6.) Vincenzo Onorato/Gabriele Benussi, Mascalzone Latino; 2-4-2-[11]-9-11-2-9 = 39
7.) Steve Rhyne/Johnny Lovell, Mojo; 6-12-10-6-8-9-[14]-6 = 57
8.) Keisuke Suzuki/Jesper Radich, Swing; 11-9-4-12-5-10-7-[15] = 58
9.) Joel Ronning/Chris Larson, Catapult; 5-6-13-[14]-13-12-5-7 = 61
10.) Terry McSweeney/Seadon Wijsen, Flat Stanley; 15-[16]-12-9-12-3-9-8 = 68

Full results here


Event website
International Melges 32

upffront 660x82Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82

Related Articles

52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Bouncing back on Day 1
Quantum Racing pretty much carried on from where they left off in Sardinia earlier this month, ferociously consistent Quantum Racing pretty much carried on from where they left off in Sardinia earlier this month, ferociously consistent and proving the value of every point gained on each race course. After their ninth and tenth places respectively at the Audi Settimana delle Bocche Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec and Takashi Okura’s Sled both bounced back with a strong opening day to the third regatta of the five
Posted on 25 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Races 1 and 2 images
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races one and two Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races one and two
Posted on 25 Jul
New challenges for Oman Air at halfway stage of Extreme Sailing Series
Race organisers have extended the race area on the River Elbe to cater for the higher speeds of the new foiling GC32s. Race organisers have extended the race area on the River Elbe to cater for the higher speeds of the new foiling GC32s but Oman Air skipper Morgan Larson says avoiding errors will still be the biggest challenge if they are to extend their overall lead with their third Act victory of the season.
Posted on 25 Jul
Rolex Swan Cup – A noble approach to sailing
Mention the Swan Cup to any sailor and the feelings evoked are common – great competition in an enviable environment Mention the Swan Cup to any sailor and the feelings evoked are common – great competition in an enviable environment, a prevailing spirit of fair play and an opportunity to sail yachts renowned for their grace, enduring appeal and rich heritage.
Posted on 25 Jul
Comanche's Trans-Atlantic record attempt hits soft spot
Light air zones threaten record-breaking pace as 100ft yacht charges across mid-Atlantic With 1,548 nautical miles left to sail to the finish of the Transatlantic record (as of 08:30 GMT today) at Lizard Point, UK, Comanche remains on course to break Mari Cha IV’s 2003 record. Stan Honey, Comanche navigator, noted this morning: Chilly here. Set the A-3 Gennaker to go deeper. Very flat water. Smooth sailing. Not much wind down low near the cold water. Visibility 10meters.
Posted on 25 Jul
World of Sailing in review - July 2016 edition - Round the Island Race
World Sailing present their July 2016 video magazine featuring the Round the Island race World Sailing present their July 2016 video magazine featuring the Round the Island race (around the Isle of Wight) and preview several personalities and aspects of the upcoming Rio Olympics
Posted on 25 Jul
America’s Cup World Series – More final day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from final day Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from final day
Posted on 25 Jul
America’s Cup World Series – Final race day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from final day Ingrid Abery provided this gallery of images from final day
Posted on 25 Jul
PA Consulting and Allen RS Feva Worlds - Practice and opening day
164 boats completed registration and had their practice race just out of the harbour entrance in front of the city beach 2016 PA Consulting/Allen RS Feva World Championship - It’s officially Fiesta Week in Santander! Oh yes, in addition to the traditional massive fair and circus and two public holidays this week there is this year the RS Feva Worlds. 164 boats completed registration and had their practice race just out of the harbour entrance in front of the city beach.
Posted on 25 Jul
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - And not a lot of people know that...
As well as bearing a remarkable resemblance to Michael Caine, RORC Admiral Andrew McIrvine leads an extra-ordinary life. 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - As well as bearing a remarkable resemblance to Michael Caine, RORC Admiral Andrew McIrvine leads an extra-ordinary life.
Posted on 25 Jul