Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Melges 32 North American Championship title decided

by Joy Dunigan on 1 Aug 2011
Melges 32 North American Championship 2011 © JOY / IM32CA http://melges32.com/
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'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-[11]-3-9- = 28
2.) Stephen Howe/Mark Ivey, Warpath; 2-7-6-12-2-3-1-[13] = 33
3.) Rod Jabin/Chris Larson, Ramrod; 5-6-3-[13]-4-1-10-5 = 34
4.) Dalton DeVos/Joe Glanfield, Delta; 4-3-[12]-1-11-12-4-1 = 36
5.) Steve Rhyne/Johnny Lovell, Mojo; 7-2-8-5-5-[13]-8-2 = 37
6.) Alexis Michas/Brian Ledbetter, Zetiana; 8-5-2-4-10-9-[13]-3 = 41
7.) Mark Plaxton/Anthony Kotoun; INTAC; [11]-8-5-6-3-2-9-10 = 43
8.) Benjamin Schwartz/Charlie McKee, Pisces; 13-1-[15]-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-[13]-7-9-4-5-7 = 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.
North Technology - Southern SparsBarz Optics - FloatersNewport Boat Show 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Phoenix returns and Cayard is back for the TP52 World Championships
Richard Cohen will compete at the championships in Mahón, Menorca, with Phoenix, which will be skippered by Paul Cayard. The carefully assembled team includes a core group of sailors who have many years of experience in the class, but Cayard cautions that their initial objective is to learn and improve together in line with their long term goal, to be competitive on the 2017 52 Super Series.
Posted today at 11:52 am
Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted on 25 Aug
Best pictures of the first 4 Acts of the Extreme Sailing Series™
An influx of fresh talent have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40. An influx of fresh talent, new venues and a revised race format have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40 by a smaller, faster catamaran: the flying GC32.
Posted on 25 Aug
Return to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series™
Joining the fleet as the season heads into its second half is Gazprom Team Russia, led by WMRT champion, Phil Robertson. With one week to go, the fleet returns to St Petersburg for the fifth Act of the season, presented by SAP, 35 of the world’s best sailors are getting their heads in the game and preparing for the one of the trickiest venues of the season so far.
Posted on 25 Aug
Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug
FAST40+ Class to be the first to have honour of racing for One Ton Cup
14 FAST40+ racing yachts are expected, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the USA 14 high performance FAST40+ racing yachts are expected for the One Ton Cup, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the United States of America. The crew, of which only five can be professionals, come from countries all over the world.
Posted on 22 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club dominates Hinman Trophy Team Race
Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. 2016 Hinman Trophy Team Race - Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. This was the case for Noroton Yacht Club as they won the Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy for the second straight year, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.
Posted on 22 Aug