Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik AzkoNobel 728x90

Melges 32 Quantum Key West Race Week - Spectacular final day

by International Melges 32 Class Association on 25 Jan 2014
Dalton DeVos, Delta - 2014 Quantum Key West Race Week Melges 32 JOY - International Melges 32 Class Association http://melges32.com/
At 2014 Quantum Key West Race Week (KWRW) the final day of Melges 32 racing was spectacular. Premium conditions paired with right-down-to-the-wire racing between Alec Cutler on hedgehog and Dalton DeVos on Delta had spectators on the absolute edge of their seats. With DeVos in the lead by one, it was do or die for the two teams as they clearly raced their hearts out, each yearning for the Class' first win of the year.


Full congratulations are in order for Cutler, along with tactician Richard Clarke, and crew members Mike Wolfs, Max Skelley, Eric Dorman, Alan 'Budda' Nakanishi, Chafee Emory and Sarah Callahan as they are 2014 Quantum Key West Race Week Melges 32 Champions!

For Cutler and his 'hogs', this was their first event back on the Melges 32 circuit, after a year-long Melges 24 campaign in 2013.

'I hope that every regatta this year, comes down to the last race like it did here. That's the way it should be.' said Cutler. 'It's nice to sail against a team like Delta. They are for sure, a hard working team, constantly busting their butts, doing the very best that they can to excel. The best crew is going to be the team that wins events this year. We're happy to win the first.'


In second place with equal points on count back is DeVos, followed by Richard Goransson's Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden seated in third overall.

Big breeze conditions gave way to one last heat - a Course 5 set at 025 for 1.7nm. Plentiful sunshine and 20+ knots gave way to a midday start in which DeVos simply pulled the trigger too early, charging the starting line and being called OCS along with Dieter Schoen's Momo and Eduardo Souza-Ramos' Phoenix. The OCS cost DeVos dearly as Cutler, who had one of his best starts all week sailed away, working diligently to acquire a comfortable lead.

Once out front, Cutler stayed out front. DeVos and his Delta team made an impressive effort to recover, eventually finding second place at the final windward mark. DeVos was not alone in the hunt for a win. Goransson wasn't giving up easily as he too chase Cutler for the lead.

With each turn, Cutler extended his lead, practically sealing the deal for the title win. DeVos finished second with Goransson close behind in third.

'Delta has been going really great. They have been tough and certainly getting faster throughout the week.' commented Clarke post racing. 'We had to step up our game for sure. It is certainly nice for the hog to get back into the Melges 32 fleet on a winning note.'

Full Results (FINAL - Ten Races, One Discard)
1. Alec Cutler/Richard Clarke, hedgehog; 1-1-[4]-2-2-1-3-2-2-1 = 15
2. Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee, Delta; 2-3-[5]-1-1-2-2-1-1-2 = 15
3. Richard Goransson/Morgan Larson, Helly Hanson Inga From Sweden; [6]-2-3-5-3-3-1-6-4-3 = 30
4. Deneen Demourkas/Cameron Appleton, Groovederci; 3-4-1-[6]-5-4-6-3-3-5 = 34
5. Dieter Schoen/Markus Wiesser, Momo; 4-5-[6]-3-4-5-4-4-6-4 = 39
6. Eduardo Souza-Ramos/Andrea Fonseca, Phoenix; 5-6-2-4-6-6-5-5-5-[7] = 44
7. Chris Wientjes/Benz Faget, Stormvogel; 7-7-8/DNS-7-7-7-8/DNF-7-7-6 = Full Results

Protector - 660 x 82RS Sailing 660x82C-Tech Emirates TNZ

Related Articles

Clipper Race - British Olympians swap sports for new challenge at sea
Joining this year’s Great Britain entry in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race are two athletes Joining this year’s Great Britain entry in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race are two athletes who have already spent their lives representing their country at the highest level.
Posted on 19 Aug
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Three sleeps to go!
With less than 72 hours before Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet line up on River Mersey to start 2017-18 edition With less than 72 hours before the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet line up on the River Mersey to start the 2017-18 edition of the 40,000 nautical mile race around the globe, anticipation is building in Albert Dock with crowds gathering to wish the fleet well.
Posted on 19 Aug
2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Day 2 - Newport long haul
The sunny skies on Day One of 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship were replaced with low flying southerly squalls The sunny skies on Day One of the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport were replaced with low flying southerly squalls and an on-time 1100 start. PRO Anderson Reggio sent the fleet to the 'inside' Halfway Rock racecourse for what would be a very exciting, four-race day of Melges 20 sailing.
Posted on 19 Aug
29er Hong Kong Open – Notice of race released
With competitors due to start unloading containers of 29ers from the 21 December, a great turn out is expected With mild winter conditions of warm sea and air temperatures, great breeze and boasting some of the best race tracks available anywhere, all eyes will be on the world’s best 29er sailors competing here in Hong Kong
Posted on 18 Aug
Tasar World Championship in Gamagori
As Libby said after the first race day of three races and five hours on the water, it was one of their toughest days The five race day event saw the outstanding North American crew from Seattle YC, former gold and bronze medal Olympians in the Flying Dutchman and 49’er Classes, Jonathan and Libby Johnson McKee, take out their fourth World Tasar Title
Posted on 18 Aug
A Pacific Yankee Doodle Dandy opening day at Melges 20 Nationals
On a traditional sunny, summer day, Newport is known for giving sailors a headfake with a weak On a traditional sunny, summer day, Newport is known for giving sailors a headfake with a weak, northerly, morning breeze, only to have that fade into a solid, southwest seabreeze. Knowing the conditions well and despite the solid northerly morning gradient, PRO Anderson Reggio wisely postponed the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship fleet, and settled on a 2 o'clock
Posted on 18 Aug
Admiral’s Cup Regatta will span the generations
Excitement in the yachting community surrounding the Admiral’s Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta has spread to all corners Excitement in the yachting community surrounding the Admiral’s Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta has spread to all corners of the sailing world. News of the event, to be held in Sydney this December, has also inspired some remarkable reunions.
Posted on 18 Aug
41st Annual Wooden Boat Festival - Overall report
Tall ships and everything in between—North America’s largest wooden boat festival celebrates its 41st year Tall ships, paddleboards, kayaks, tugboats, and everything in between—North America’s largest wooden boat festival celebrates its 41st year on September 8–10, 2017. Demonstrations, presentations, plays, music, dancing, and great food—this is a weekend of fun for all ages
Posted on 17 Aug
2017 U.S. National Championship - Newport Pow Wow
Summer sailing and racing in Newport is at its seasonal high point and smack dab in the middle of it all Summer sailing and racing in Newport is at its seasonal high point and smack dab in the middle of it all, is the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport happening on August 17-19. Three days of competitive sailing will take place under the careful management of PRO Anderson Reggio and his legion of local sailing and race committee volunteers.
Posted on 17 Aug
Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup - Racing postponed for Day 3
As forecast, winds in excess of 30 knots off the Old Head of Kinsale forced the abandonment of the programme for Day 3 As forecast, winds in excess of 30 knots off the Old Head of Kinsale forced the abandonment of the programme for Day 3 of the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club, Ireland.
Posted on 17 Aug