For the past two weeks, much attention has been focused on San Francisco Bay and the Melges 32 class. The action started during the St. Francis Yacht Club's annual Rolex Big Boat Series, and continued on to the Melges 32 Worlds, also hosted by the SFYC, which concluded this past Saturday. Both the Bog Boat Series—which served as an excellent warm-up for the Worlds—and the class' championship itself are excellent test-pieces for sportboat sailing: All of the top names—from AC legend Russell Coutts to 2009 Melges 32 World Champion Pieter Taselaar—were on hand, giving serious clout to these already-prestigious regattas.
Ultimately, the 26-year-old sailing phenom, Luca Lalli (ITA), himself a relative newcomer to the Melges 32 class, managed to walk away with first-place trophies in both the competitive Big Boat Series and the Melges 32 Worlds. Lalli, accompanied by his ultra-competitive crew including tactician Lorenzo Bressani, Flavio Favini, Federico Michetti, Carlo Zermini, Luca Faravelli, Lorenzo Del Rio and Stefano Nicolussi, were likely the youngest—and certainly most successful—boat on the starting line.
2010 Melges 32 World Champion Luca Lalli + Team Sarah Proctor
Amazingly, Lalli is also a newcomer to San Francisco Bay's tricky—and often breezy—sailing conditions, but he and his talented crew still managed to edge out John Porter's Full Throttle, (USA), with Pacific Northwest ace Jonathan McKee calling tactics, by an eleven-point margin. Jeff Ecklund's Star, with Buddy Melges calling tactics, filled out the third podium position, some four points astern of Full Throttle.
And while the Champaign bottles have probably yet to stop flowing in several winning Melges 32 camps (rightly so!), the dates for the 2011 Melges 32 World Championships have already been announced. So, if you care to dance in this hyper-competitive field, circle September 20-25, 2011—in Palma de Mallorca (and hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma)—as next year's peak-performance period. Just be prepared to meet Lalli and his B-Lin sailing team, this time on waters a touch closer to home.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
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