Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Melges Miami Winter Series - Red sky over Miami

by Joy Dunigan on 13 Feb 2011
Miami Winter Regatta ©2011 JOY
Melges Miami Winter Series. More than 30 Melges teams raced on a quite cooler than expected Biscayne Bay today, putting four races on the official scoreboard at the 2011 Miami Winter Regatta, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC). Leading the Audi Melges 20 fleet is Paul Reilly on Red Sky Sailing Team cashing in big with a phenomenal 2-1-2-1 performance.

In second is Tony Tabb on Elevation Racing. Jason Carroll climbed aboard his Argo charter boat to finish third. In the ultra competitive Melges 24 division, to no one's surprise Riccardo Simoneschi on Audi is in first, the lovely Kristen Lane is second racing Team Brickhouse 812 and in third, Cary Siegler on Rock Steady.

Over relatively flat seas, with a solid 10-15 knots of breeze, teams went racing under overcast skies with crisp temperatures in the low sixties. Despite the cool air, the competition was really hot. Short but sweet, one mile beats, course 4s and the last being a 5, Miami delivered the goods.

Reilly is a long-time Melges owner and just this past August, leaped head first into the heavy duty competition of the Audi Melges 20. His first class event was the U.S. Nationals in Macatawa Bay where he finished fifth overall. By the looks of his streamlined performance in Miami, Red Sky Sailing Team is here to stay and quickly becoming a force to reckon with. At the end of the day, Reilly is in first place, eight points ahead of Tabb in second and Carroll is third both with fourteen points each.

The Melges 24 division pulled out all the stops with impressive, blistering speed sprints that were so cool to watch, and for those that have sailed a Melges 24 know just how much fun the downwind run can be. Simoneschi, K. Lane, Seigler, Guy Mossman on Battle Rhythm, Brian Porter on Full Throttle and Peter Lane on Team Brickhouse 623 aggressively vied for position at the starts and electrified the course with upwind speed in every race. Simoneschi clearly had the stronger day, but Lane improved her score race-by-race, putting her team five points out of the lead. USMCA Northeast District Governor Seigler has had a very nice event thus far winding out the day in third. In fourth and fifth respectively, Kristen's husband, Peter Lane and Mossman separate themselves by one point. Rob Butler on The Beaver is the Corinthian division leader.

More racing is on the way for Sunday. Although the morning hours are going to be cool once more, the warm Florida sun is scheduled to make an appearance.

Full race reports, interviews and photo galleries will be posted online each day after racing. Stay tuned to the official class web sites for the Audi Melges 20 and Melges 24 as well as Melges.com for all the latest details. You can also friend the Audi Melges 20 and U.S. Melges 24 on Facebook. Updates from the course will be posted every day.

Top Five Results
Audi Melges 20 (After 1 Miami Winter Series Event)

1.) Paul Reilly, Red Sky Sailing Team; 2-1-2-1 = 6
2.) Tony Tabb, Elevation Racing; 5-5-1-3 = 14
3.) Jason Carroll, Argo; 1-4-5-4 = 14
4.) Michael Kiss, Bacio; 6-3-6-2 = 17
5.) kent Haegar, Mach Schnell; 11-2-3-5 = 21

Melges 24 (After 1 Road To Corpus Series Event)
1.) Riccardo Simoneschi, Audi; 1-2-1-2 = 6
2.) Kristen Lane, Team Brickhouse; 812; 2-5-3-1 = 11
3.) Cary Seigler, Rock Steady; 6-3-5-3 = 17
4.) Peter Lane, Team Brickhouse 623; 3-6-4-4 = 18
5.) Guy Mossman, Battle Rhythm; 4-4-6-5 = 19

http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=415
Protector - 660 x 82Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Zhik Dinghy 660x82

Related Articles

Vendee Globe - From Conrad Colman this evening
I might not be going very fast but I'm certainly keeping busy here on Foresight Natural Energy. I might not be going very fast but I'm certainly keeping busy here on Foresight Natural Energy. Indeed, never have I worked so hard to go so slowly! The problem is that I am sailing upwind in light winds which is never a recipe for breathless speed and certainly not now! Going downwind on a slow boat, the wind pushes against the windward side of the sail
Posted today at 4:34 am
SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Sam Heck and Robert Marcus in action
Sam Heck and Merry Cheers decided that just having bought a new Farr 40 race boat, Viva La Vida, wasn’t quite enough. Sam Heck and Merry Cheers decided that just having bought a new Farr 40 race boat, Viva La Vida, wasn’t quite enough. They wanted to race it, right away. So they entered the 2017 SCYA Midwinter Regatta through Long Beach Yacht Club, which hosted their class, and won in the first racing sailboat that they have ever owned.
Posted today at 4:05 am
Overall winner crowned at Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in St. Petersburg
The first event of 2017 Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta wrapped in St. Petersburg on Sunday. The first event of the 2017 Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta wrapped in St. Petersburg on Sunday. After a weekend of close competition in the Lightning division, the class winner — Steve Hayden, 49, of Lake Mary, Fla. — was awarded the regatta’s overall prize.
Posted today at 2:41 am
The Bay Regatta 2017 wraps with a picture postcard final day
The fourth and final day of The Bay Regatta, Chang Beer Race Day, saw all fleet sail a short loop around islands The fourth and final day of The Bay Regatta, the Chang Beer Race Day, saw all the fleet sail a short loop around islands off Krabi’s Railay Beach before heading out for a straight shot back to the southern end of Koh Yao Yai with the racing boats doing a slightly longer course than the cruisers.
Posted on 19 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 race kicks off tomorrow
The light air forecast is not good news for the Italian ocean racing trimaran which is designed for much stronger winds. Soldini’s men have been monitoring the weather situation closely after the formation of a low-pressure storm system far to the north of Antigua disrupted the normal strong trade wind conditions.
Posted on 19 Feb
Vendée Globe – Roura to finish Monday morning with Super Superbigou
Eleven skippers have already finished and eleven were forced to abandon their race. Seven solo racers were still at sea this Sunday afternoon. Eleven skippers have already finished and eleven were forced to abandon their race.
Posted on 19 Feb
Spectacular opening for the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600
The highly acclaimed Antigua Band 1761 took to the stage and lit the blue touch paper. Sailors enjoyed a traditional Caribbean welcome with the Panache Steel Orchestra opening the musical entertainment, complimentary drinks and fine Caribbean fayre.
Posted on 19 Feb
H.H NOOD Regatta - Local sailors make waves on Tampa Bay during Day 2
Michael Zonnenberg, of the Lightning division, is currently one of only two local skippers leading a class. With sailors from across the country and beyond in town for the annual Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta this weekend, stand-out local skippers were a highlight of Saturday's competition. Michael Zonnenberg, of the Lightning division, is currently one of only two local skippers leading a class.
Posted on 19 Feb
Krabi waters deliver a spectacular Day 3 of the Bay Regatta 2017
Opting for just two starts each day – monohulls / multihulls – has proven a successful strategy for 2017 The Bay Regatta Opting for just two starts each day – monohulls and multihulls – has proven a successful strategy for the 2017 The Bay Regatta, getting the boats off early and enjoying the good breeze and eye-candy that is the Andaman triangle of Phuket-Phang Nga-Krabi.
Posted on 18 Feb
Amedeo writes his own Vendée Globe story
Parisian political journalist turned solo ocean race Fabrice Amedeo secured 11th place when he crossed the finish line Parisian political journalist turned solo ocean race Fabrice Amedeo secured 11th place when he crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne at 09 hrs 03 m UTC this morning Saturday 18th February.
Posted on 18 Feb