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Miami Sailing Week Melges 24 - Razor sharp performance

by Melges 24 Class Association on 9 Mar 2012
Blu Moon - Melges 24 - Bacardi Miami Sailing Week © JOY / U.S. Melges 24 Class Association http://www.melges32.com
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) day one for the 20+ strong Melges 24 fleet was nothing short of spectacular.

Thanks to Bruce Golison, and his superior race management team and Coconut Grove Sailing Club's impeccable racing staff, Melges 24 teams enjoyed three races filled with thrilling downwind rides that exceeded every on-the-water expectation.

Former America's Cup helmsman Flavio Favini at the helm of Franco Rossini's Blu Moon handed down a razor sharp 2-1-1 performance to lead the fleet over Ireland's Conor Clarke with Nathan Wilmot driving Embarr. Rounding out the top three was Riccardo Simoneschi's Audi.

The Melges 24s kept spectators on their feet as they ripped up and down the course, making for great displays of speed and fun. Today's partly sunny, shifty and very breezy conditions provided the perfect playground for the class' biggest and most ferocious sportboat speed demons.

The top five players, which also included Kristen Lane's Brickhouse 812 and Alan Field's WTF really put on a show.

More breeze and an additional three races are scheduled for Friday. The points spread is very tight with Favini ahead by a very slim margin — interpretation — this game is still very much up for grabs.



Melges 24
      1. 10   SUI 825 Blu Moon Melges 24 Franco Rossini / F.Favini, T.Nava, S.Rizzi, M.Ivaldi, N.Dal Ferro 2 1 1     4.0
      2. 14   IRL 607 Embarr Melges 24 Conor Clarke 1 2 4     7.0
      3. 19   ITA 819 Audi Melges 24 Riccardo Simoneschi / lucia giogetti / vittorio rosso / g. benssi / federico buscalia 3 5 2     10.0
      4. 12   USA 812 Brick House 812 Melges 24 Kristen Lane / charli mckee/ jonny golsberry/ willien van way / matt pistay 5 3 3     11.0
      5. 11   USA 811 WTF Melges 24 Alan Field / strur hunt / rrik shampain / stuart curran 4 11 5     20.0
      6. 47   USA 747 Monsoon Melges 24 Bruce Ayres / Brian Hutchinson/ dan Smigth/ Oliver Otool/ danielle sariano 7 7 7     21.0
      7. 30   GBR 830 Black Seal Melges 24 Richard Thompson / ahawn burke/ nigel young / krista pascaton / anette viborg 12 4 6     22.0
      8. 16   USA 795 Rock N Roll Melges 24 Argyle Campbell / bill wiggens / charlies smythe / charlie enrght / stephanie roble 6 9 8     23.0
      9. 86   USA 786 Battle Rhythm Melges 24 Guy Mossman / peter cranford / scott norris / 8 8 11     27.0
      10. 13   USA 619 Convexity Melges 24 Don Wilson / jennifer wilson/ taylor confield/josh mccaffrey /janes reynods 9 12 9     30.0
      11. 33   USA 533 High Voltage Melges 24 August Hernandez / susan Oneal / zack hernandez / david hernandez / maritn jhonsson 13 6 12     31.0
      12. 15   USA 829 Navega Racing Melges 24 Kurt Winkelmann / brad bostur / ed furry / chris lay 11 15 10     36.0
      13. 21   CAN 629 Zingara Melges 24 Richard Reid / bill goodrham / rossi miler / dave wright 15 10 13     38.0
      14. 18   USA 118 Hot Mess Melges 24 Rob Britts / mak liebon/ steve liebel/ dawn engozzi 17 13 14     44.0
      15. 80   USA 680 Rocksteady Melges 24 Cary Siegler / seth siegler/cary sigler/ tom coutne/ quin tobin 10 14 22/OCS     46.0
      16. 25   USA 125 Just Add Water Melges 24 Roger Counihan / peter rich / todd wilson / chris dold 14 16 16     46.0
      17. 44   USA 744 Betty Melges 24 Jeremy Tudor / jonie tedor/ doug nickles / scott gregory / mike nicolette 16 17 18     51.0
      18. 22   USA 622 Obsession Melges 24 Gary Schwarting / collin wallsh / John jennins / james jennigs / sue mc morron 18 19 15     52.0
      19. 17   USA 312 Shockwave Melges 24 Steven Boho / Catherine Boho 19 18 20     57.0
      20. 20   USA 720 Relentless Melges 24 Scott Foxman / thomas word/ Fred Siegert/ brian huntman 20 21 17     58.0
      21. 87   USA 687 Firewater Melges 24 George Haynie / jesse combs/ j booker/ a. dalton 21 20 19     60.0


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