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Miami Sailing Week Melges 24 - The gap closes

by Melges 24 Class Association on 10 Mar 2012
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week - Melges 24 © JOY / U.S. Melges 24 Class Association http://www.melges32.com
The Melges 24 fleet competing at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) sailed four more races today.

Flavio Favini at the helm of Franco Rossini's Blu Moon, hung on to be first overall.

Closing the gap by another point was Riccardo Simoneschi aboard Audi taking three out of four possible bullets on day 2, inching ever closer to the top spot. Nathan Wilmot at the helm of Conor Clarke's Embarr kept in time with the two all-Italian front-running teams to finish the day in third.

PRO Bruce Golison hinted to the fleet early on that four races may be the way to go since the breeze forecast for Saturday, the final day of Bacardi, might be extremely light in comparison to days past.


Warm temps, 10-15 knots of breeze and classic Biscayne Bay conditions enabled Simoneschi to serve up nothing but speed and great tactics from tactician Gabriele Benussi.

'It was a very good day for us,' said Simoneschi. 'We have not sailed very much this winter, so we are still shaking off the rust. I have been here so many times and the conditions are just incredible. Gabriele really did a terrific job, placing us in all the right places and we had a couple of very good starts.'

'Sunday will be lighter and surely, the approach will be more like match racing with Favini,' continued Simoneschi. 'We are already first and second. It will be very interesting to see what happens tomorrow. Flavio has to finish fourth and we have to win.'

Only one race is scheduled on Saturday.




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 2 4 2 2 [4]   10.0
    2. 19   ITA 819 Audi Melges 24 Riccardo Simoneschi / lucia giogetti / vittorio rosso / g. benssi / federico buscalia 3 5 2 1 1 5 1 [5]   13.0
    3. 14   IRL 607 Embarr Melges 24 Conor Clarke 1 2 4 6 2 6 4 [6]   19.0
    4. 12   USA 812 Brick House 812 Melges 24 Kristen Lane / charli mckee/ jonny golsberry/ willien van way / matt pistay 5 3 3 14 3 4 5 [14]   23.0
    5. 11   USA 811 WTF Melges 24 Alan Field / strur hunt / rrik shampain / stuart curran 4 11 5 10 7 3 6 [11]   35.0
    6. 47   USA 747 Monsoon Melges 24 Bruce Ayres / Brian Hutchinson/ dan Smigth/ Oliver Otool/ danielle sariano 7 7 7 3 8 14 8 [14]   40.0
    7. 16   USA 795 Rock N Roll Melges 24 Argyle Campbell / bill wiggens / charlies smythe / charlie enrght / stephanie roble 6 9 8 8 12 8 3 [12]   42.0
    8. 30   GBR 830 Black Seal Melges 24 Richard Thompson / ahawn burke/ nigel young / krista pascaton / anette viborg 12 4 6 4 10 15 9 [15]   45.0
    9. 80   USA 680 Rocksteady Melges 24 Cary Siegler / seth siegler/cary sigler/ tom coutne/ quin tobin 10 14 22/OCS 15 6 1 7 [22]   53.0
    10. 13   USA 619 Convexity Melges 24 Don Wilson / jennifer wilson/ taylor confield/josh mccaffrey /janes reynods 9 12 9 9 5 9 12 [12]   53.0
    11. 86   USA 786 Battle Rhythm Melges 24 Guy Mossman / peter cranford / scott norris / 8 8 11 12 9 10 14 [14]   58.0
    12. 18   USA 118 Hot Mess Melges 24 Rob Britts / mak liebon/ steve liebel/ dawn engozzi 17 13 14 5 11 7 11 [17]   61.0
    13. 15   USA 829 Navega Racing Melges 24 Kurt Winkelmann / brad bostur / ed furry / chris lay 11 15 10 7 15 13 10 [15]   66.0
    14. 33   USA 533 High Voltage Melges 24 August Hernandez / susan Oneal / zack hernandez / david hernandez / maritn jhonsson 13 6 12 11 13/Protest 12 13 [13]   67.0
    15. 21   CAN 629 Zingara Melges 24 Richard Reid / bill goodrham / rossi miler / dave wright 15 10 13 16 19 16 20 [20]   89.0
    16. 44   USA 744 Betty Melges 24 Jeremy Tudor / jonie tedor/ doug nickles / scott gregory / mike nicolette 16 17 18 20 18 11 17 [20]   97.0
    17. 20   USA 720 Relentless Melges 24 Scott Foxman / thomas word/ Fred Siegert/ brian huntman 20 21 17 13 13 19 15 [21]   97.0
    18. 25   USA 125 Just Add Water Melges 24 Roger Counihan / peter rich / todd wilson / chris dold 14 16 16 18 16 21 19 [21]   99.0
    19. 22   USA 622 Obsession Melges 24 Gary Schwarting / collin wallsh / John jennins / james jennigs / sue mc morron 18 19 15 19 17/Protest 17 21 [21]   105.0
    20. 17   USA 312 Shockwave Melges 24 Steven Boho / Catherine Boho 19 18 20 17 17 20 16 [20]   107.0
    21. 87   USA 687 Firewater Melges 24 George Haynie / jesse combs/ j booker/ a. dalton 21 20 19 21 14 18 18 [21]   110.



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