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Melges 32 World Championship - Spectacular opening day of action

'2012 Melges 32 World Championship'    © 2012 JOY

The first day at the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) was nothing short of spectacular with NYYC member Benjamin Schwartz on Pisces securing the lead after two races. Schwartz, with tactician Chris Rast currently leads the championship by one point. Chasing hard in second place is defending champ William Douglass on Goombay Smash with Chris Larson on tactics, and in third is Andrea Pozzi with Gabriele Benussi as tactician aboard Bombarda.

Andrea Pozzi, Bombarda (foreground) and Vincenzo Onorato, Mascalzone Latino (background) - Melges 32 World Championship 2012 Day 1 -  http://melges32.com/!©2012_JOY_|_International_Melges_32 Class Association  

With big seas and a steady 18-20 knots blowing throughout the day, Pozzi creamed the competition in the first race of the day leading from start to finish. 'Leading the first race of the World Championship from start to finish is thrilling as I only started sailing just one year ago. The conditions were quite challenging - the hard choppy sea and strong wind, but my crew was more than perfect.' commented Pozzi. 'We were very fast and with a sixth place finish in the second heat of the day, we have started this event in the very best way possible. I hope that the weather forecast will give us more days like this! Racing the Melges 32 is an absolute adrenaline rush.'

Steve Howe, with tactician Morgan Larson on Warpath came second and Douglass was third.

2012 Melges 32 World Championship -  © 2012 JOY  

Race two proved to be equally exciting with Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino and Nathan Wilmot as tactician punched the second start hard. Onorato took the lead at the top mark with Schwartz in second and Douglass in third. The breeze built ever so slightly and the wave action increased for the final downwind run. Onorato poured on the speed, while Schwartz chased him down to take the win right at the finish line.

Benjamin Schwartz, Pisces - Melges 32 World Championship 2012 Day 1 -  http://melges32.com/!©2012_JOY_|_International_Melges_32 Class Association  

'The European teams are super aggressive and these boats are so fast downwind,' said a simply elated Schwartz post racing. 'We caught a couple of really great waves, the surfing was so incredible and once the boat lifted up and out of the water it was so much fun. This is such a great ride. Today proved that the passing lanes are really, really wide. It was just great.'

2012 Melges 32 World Championship -  © 2012 JOY  

'The first time I sailed with Ben was in Ft. Lauderdale at the Gold Cup last December, and immediately I felt very comfortable and confident on the boat.' commented Rast. 'Ben is a great helm, George 'Bear' Peet does an awesome job trimming and Marty (Kullman) pulls all the remaining pieces together. Everyone really knows what needs to be done in order to win and that there is no time to ever feel we are not in control. Which for me, as a tactician, it really sets me up in a nice spot. I can ask for things and it's usually delivered. So, like on the last run today, we needed to go lower and slightly faster than the guys in front of us, which set us up perfectly to gybe on top of them and win. This team is delivering right now.'

Two more races are scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 with a start of 11.00.

     

Bow

 

Sail Number

Yacht Name

Yacht Design

Owner/Skipper

Race
1

Race
2

Total

World Championship Racing

 

One Design Division

   

Melges 32

   

1.

230


USA 230

Pisces

Melges 32

Benjamin Schwartz

4

1

5.0

   
   

2.

88


USA 2

Goombay Smash

Melges 32

William Douglass

3

3

6.0

   
   

3.

42


ITA 229

Bombarda

Melges 32

Andrea Pozzi

1

6

7.0

   
   

4.

487


ITA 487

Torpyone

Melges 32

Edoardo Lupi

8

4

12.0

   
   

5.

1


BER 1

Hedgehog

Melges 32

Alec Cutler

5

7

12.0

   
   

6.

21


ITA 2121

Mascalzone Latino

Melges 32

Vincenzo Onorato

12

2

14.0

   
   

7.

603


USA 32917

Warpath

Melges 32

Stephen Howe

2

15

17.0

   
   

8.

23


USA 136

Rougarou

Melges 32

Andy Lovell Burt Benrud

14

5

19.0

   
   

9.

18


USA 180

Volpe

Melges 32

Ryan DeVos

13

9

22.0

   
   

10.

69


USA 169

Bliksem

Melges 32

Pieter Taselaar

7

16

23.0

   

Full results here

Alec Cutler, Hedgehog - Melges 32 World Championship 2012 Day 1 -  http://melges32.com/!©2012_JOY_|_International_Melges_32 Class Association  

Melges 32 World Championship 2012 Day 1 -  http://melges32.com/!©2012_JOY_|_International_Melges_32 Class Association  

Michael Dominguez, Bronco - Melges 32 World Championship 2012 Day 1 -  http://melges32.com/!©2012_JOY_|_International_Melges_32 Class Association  

New York Yacht Club website


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