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Miami Winter Regatta - Great start for Robertissima

by Melges 32 Class Association on 1 Mar 2014
2014 Melges 32 Miami Winter Regatta | Winter Series Event No. 2 - DAY 1 JOY - International Melges 32 Class Association
At the 2014 Miami Winter Regatta, hosted at Miami Beach Marina supported by Coconut Grove Sailing Club and Melges USA, overcast and damp, cool morning conditions gave way to a spectacular day of racing. Three races were completed leaving Roberto Tomasini Grinover on Robertissima in first overall, setting a great precedent for his team and their start to the season.

Second overall is reigning World Champion Jason Carroll and his Argo team, followed by John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti in third.

Racing commenced on time with Tomasini Grinover claiming the strongest team performance of the day. His two-one-four scoreline has him seated quite comfortably in the lead - for now, some nine points ahead of Carroll. The Robertissima team battled endlessly against Carroll, Kilroy, Tony Buckingham aboard Ngoni, Richard Goransson's Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden and Joe Woods on Red.

Kilroy, a former Melges 32 World Champion (2012), after a one year hiatus from the class lashed out at the competition in Race One of the day like he had never left. He and his team worked hard all race long to keep/acquire an impressive lead, ultimately extending for the win.

The last and final race of the day brought on more shifty conditions with Japan's Keisuke Suzuki on Swing coming on super strong to take an early lead, trailed by Alec Cutler's hedgehog and Woods. Suzuki, currently sitting ninth overall grabbed the win. Cutler was second while Woods finished an impressive third - a team that is back, fresh on the track. Tomasini Grinover finished fourth and Kilroy in fifth.

With Tomasini Grinover in the overall lead, happily the Robertissima team hosted a previously planned cocktail social hour after racing. Every team attended with lots of smiles all around. For almost two hours, drinks and food were served leaving every thirst and hunger fully satisfied.

Three more races are scheduled for Saturday with a first warning of 11.00.

Top five results (After three races)
1.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 2-1-4 = 7
2.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo; 6-3-7 = 16
3.) John Kilroy/Paul Goodison, Samba Pa Ti; 1-11-5 = 17
4.) Joe Woods/Chris Draper, Red; 13-2-3 = 18
5.) Richard Goransson/Morgan Larson, Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden; 3-5-10 = 18

View full results here.
View full crew List here.
View Official Yachtscoring event website.

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