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PD Staff
03-02-2011, 04:16 PM
Sam Rogers of 42 Marine provides a little insight into The Melges 32 Miami Championships coming up this weekend:

When Premiere-Racing canned its version of Miami Race Week in late December of 2010, the Melges 32 class took matters into its own hands formed its own Miami event strictly for the 32 class. With over 20 boats signed up, this not only will be another hard fought event, but the 32 class continues to post impressive numbers following what most thought would be a dropoff after a successful worlds in September. The Miami Championship will also serve as the final stop in the Melges 32 Winter Series, and with several boats close in the standings, the series title is still up for grabs.

The crew list (http://www.melges32.com/raceready/2011/im32ca_miamichamp_cleared.htm) once again boasts a line-up of some of the top Melges 32 teams, as well as premiere sailing talent. Many of the class heavyweights like Ramrod, Samba Pa Ti and Full Throttle will be in attendance and continuing their preparations for the 2011 Worlds in September, while the 2013 America’s Cup Challenger of Record, Mascalzone Latino will be revamping their Melges 32 program and using this as a training platform for their Cup campaign. Of course, there are a handful of “snakes in the grass” that can steal a race, or regatta win at anytime.

Our team on Volpe returns from a 3 month hiatus after our 3rd place finish at the Gold Cup in hopes of closing the deal in Miami. With most of the team intact, we will have to make the most of a short practice session and be ready to race come Friday morning. We were able to weigh in on Weds which is always a nice thing to get out of the way, especially wining and dining in South Beach. The forecast is for ripping breeze all weekend, and with the light air we have seen at the previous two winter events, I’m guessing there will be plenty of keel bulbs poking out of the water downwind.

Stay tuned to 42marine.com for reports from the Melges 32 race track in Miami


03-02-2011, 04:28 PM
some big names there. Go the Heartbreaker!

PD Staff
03-04-2011, 10:49 PM

Miami, Fla. - The first day of racing at the 2011 Melges 32 Miami Championship, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, sponsored by Melges Performance Sailboats was filled with plenty of thrills, three races and three different race winners. Topping the leader board is John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti (Nathan Wilmot, tactician) with a three point lead. In second overall, no stranger to Series success is Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica (Vasco Vascotto, tactician) and in third, Ryan DeVos on Volpe (Ed Baird, tactician).

The first race of the day delivered the harshest of conditions. Wind speeds of 18-20 and very gnarly seas took its toll as the race committee struggled to set the line. Once set, the fleet anxiously got off clean as the breeze was pumping full on at 20+ knots. Around the top mark in first was Japanese charterer and first time helmsman Makoto Uematsu (Tony Rey, tactician) on Yasha Samurai, followed by the very Italian Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica in second and Dalton DeVos' Delta in third. Making great strides in the first race, and taking full advantage of great breeze and pure pressure was Bob Hughes on Heartbreaker (Joe Ganldsfield, tactician). Hughes put Cirillo to the test, but Cirillo's tactician Vasco Vascotto outsmarted to take the win. Hughes was second, followed by D. DeVos in third.


For race two of the day, gorgeous conditions prevailed, and the monster sea conditions began to tame. This time, John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti poured on the speed to win race two. "It was a pretty good day for us." said Nathan Wilmot, tactician aboard Samba Pa Ti. "The boat seemed really fast, crew work was good. It's going to be another great year in the Melges 32." Vincenzo Onorato'sMascalzone Latino pulled up for second place and in third, was Jason Carroll on Argo (Charlie Ogletree, tactician).

"It is so nice to see everyone here, and really, you can't ask for better than this." said Kilroy, post racing. "We are very excited to welcome everyone at the beer party tomorrow. It will be amazing. I think everyone will be quite excited about the entertainment we have planned."


The final race of the day featured a nice win by the young, and eager Ryan DeVos on Volpe. DeVos led from start to finish, holding off a heavy-duty assault from Kilroy and Rod Jabin on Ramrod (Chris Larson, tactician). "This was really fun. In the first race, the breeze was really blowing and we got a fifth. Which was pretty nice. We mainly just focused on going fast." said DeVos. Race three confirmed that winning in the Melges 32 class is no easy task. For America's Cup Challenger Onorato, race three was dissappointing to say the least. As if being called OCS at the start wasn't enough, on the first downwind run, Onorato limped around the course with no spinnaker after destroying the two he had declared. Kilroy claimed second and Jabin was third.

"Today's racing was a real testament to our builder. Considering the conditions, these boats are really great." said John Taylor, North American Fleet President and owner of Ninkasi. "People did really well today. I think it shows just how far this fleet has really progressed since it was first introduced."

ŠAll photos JOY melges 32 class association

Saturday's forecast calls for a more civilized approach to sailing. A pleasant 80+ degrees and breeze in the 14-18 knots range - again, it should be another perfect day of sailing. Three points separate first from third and the DeVos' are tied with 17 point a piece. Tune in for some great conversation on Facebook at the official page for the Melges 32.

The Melges 32 class is the most popular sportboat in the world, and through the process of earning its reputation as an incredible, fun, fast competitive sportboat, it has also caught the attention of sailing's younger generation, perhaps the next generation. Ryan DeVos (20) on Volpe, his younger cousin Dalton (17) on Delta, and just recently, Jason Michas (19) on Zetiana are among the forming a league of young guns helming in the Melges 32 class. The Melges 32 class is already populated by some of the world's most exceptional amateur helmsmen, who have chosen to surround themselves with only the best sailors in the world. Now, the experience diversifies as these aspiring young sailors can be found taking a hold the tiller on a regular basis. "I love this boat, it's a great boat," explained Ryan DeVos, who just celebrated his birthday last Monday, and happens to be the class' reigning National Champion. "The Melges 32 is easy enough that you can jump into it, and do well, or a least do your best at it. It took us a little while to get up to speed, but it's starting to come together for sure."

Miami Championship Entry List (Owner/Tactician)
1.) Samba Pa Ti, John Kilroy/Nathan Wilmot; 4-1-2 = 7
2.) Fantastica, Lanfranco Cirillo/Vasco Vascotto; 1-4-5 = 10
3.) Volpe, Ryan DeVos/Ed Baird; 5-11-1 = 17
4.) Delta, Dalton DeVos/Terry Hutchinson; 3-6-8 = 17
5.) roXanne, Kip Meadows/Andy Horton; 8-7-4 = 19
6.) Full Throttle, John Porter/Jonathan McKee; 10-5-7 = 22
7.) Ramrod, Rod Jabin/Chris Larson; 13-10-3 = 26
8.) Heartbreaker, Bob Hughes/Joe Glandfield; 2-12-13 = 27
9.) Mascalzone Latino, Vincenzo Onorato/Francesco Bruni; 6-2-10 = 28
10.) Argo, Jason Carroll/Charlie Ogletree; 15-3-10 = 28

PD Staff
03-06-2011, 08:18 PM
ŠJoy / Melges Class Association

Miami, Fla. - All eight races scheduled for the 2011 Melges 32 Miami Championship, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, sponsored by Melges Performance Sailboats have completed leaving John Kilroy on his famous Samba Pa Ti as champion. Kilroy's team consisted of tactician Nathan Wilmot and crew members Morgan Reeser, Federico Michetti, Martino Tortarolo, Justin Smart, Luca Faravelli and Dean Curtis. He won by an impressive 11 points. Reigning Melges 32 U.S. National Champion, 20-year-old Ryan DeVos on Volpe (Ed Baird, tactician) was second, and Jason Carroll onArgo (Charlie Ogletree, tactician) was third.

The first race of the day took place under, what was considered, more civilized conditions than days past. The seas were still pretty lumpy, yet the breeze was absolutely perfect. Sunshine and 15-18 knots at the start allowed Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino (Francesco Bruni, tactician) to get into a winning groove. He rounded the top mark in the lead and extended throughout the race. By the final run, on his way to the finished, his Melges 32 was launched by a mile. Onorato won, Dalton DeVos on Delta found some success taking second, while Kilroy maintained a solid third place position."

ŠJoy / Melges Class Association

Jason Carroll had another great day on the water scoring another bullet in the final race of the day and event. Kilroy, ultimately sealed the overall deal with a second place finish, while Dalton DeVos continued his top three streak finishing in third.

The International Melges 32 Class Association would like to extend special thanks and appreciation to the Devos family for the use of their two 40-foot tenders on Friday and Saturday for race committee. The class is especially grateful for their kindness and generosity, on the course, at a split second notice, went above and beyond the call of duty to assist. Hopefully, everyone has had an opportunity to see, or at least sample the almost 200+ photos captured this weekend. This too, would have not been possible with out access to their protectors, but also, the very careful and experienced hand of driver Tom Geisler.

ŠJoy / Melges Class Association

The race committee work, provided by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, was exceptional, on- and off-the water. This is where the Miami Championship really came together. Without Ron Rostorfer, along with his league of 25+ Coconut Grove Sailing Club based volunteers, this event would not have been possible. Thanks especially to scorer JoAnn Mattieu and race desk officer Mary Ann Elkin. They made the days go by smooth, especially at registration and weigh-in.

Special thanks also to Hank Stuart, who's expertise served the fleet well at the Miami Championship. All eight races scheduled were completed and on time!

ŠJoy / Melges Class Association

The 2011 Melges 32 Midwinter Series concluded with the Miami event. Congratulations to Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica as he is the winner! In second overall, Joel Ronning on Catapult and Newport's Phil Lotz on Arethusa takes third.

1.) Samba Pa Ti, John Kilroy/Nathan Wilmot; [4]-1-2-1-2-2-3-2 = 13
2.) Argo, Jason Carroll/Charlie Ogletree; [15]-3-10-6-1-1-8-1 = 30
3.) Volpe, Ryan DeVos/Ed Baird; 5-[11]-1-2-5-4-5-9 = 31
4.) Fantastica, Lanfranco Cirillo/Vasco Vascotto; 1-4-5-[7]-7-7-7-7 = 38
5.) Delta, Dalton DeVos/Terry Hutchinson; 3-6-8-[18]-12-5-2-4 = 40
6.) roXanne, Kip Meadows/Andy Horton; 8-7-4-3-3-[20]-12-14 = 51
7.) Full Throttle, John Porter/Jonathan McKee; 10-5-7-9-8-6-6-[11] = 51
8.) Heartbreaker, Bob Hughes/Joe Glandfield; 2-12-13-4-6-9-[19]-6 = 52
9.) Ramrod, Rod Jabin/Chris Larson; 13-10-3-13-[18]-3-10-3 = 55
10.) Mascalzone Latino, Vincenzo Onorato/Francesco Bruni; 6-2-[20]-11-15-17-1-5

ŠJoy / Melges Class Association

It is always amazing how bad a finish can feel when you move the wrong way in the standings, regardless of what the overall result was. Although our 3rd place finish at the Melges 32 Miami Championship was not as far of a fall as we experienced at the Gold Cup late last year, we once again found ourselves feeling disappointed with a very well sailed regatta. Unlike the Gold Cup where we struggled the entire last 3 races, we started off the final day in Miami reasonably with a 5th place, and we even managed to add more points between us and the team who was chasing our 2nd place on Argo. In the final race however, Argo showed that if they could execute a clean start, they had the wheels and the boathandling to take a few bullets throughout the weekend which meant we would need our “A” game to maintain our position.

As forecasted, the breeze did drop off slightly (15-18 kts) from the previous two days, and it was more of a SE direction which left a very confused sea-state on the course from the previous five days of strong easterly winds. On starboard tack, the main mission was to keep the boat rumbling through the waves without giving up too much height, and on port tack, we were able to trim a bit harder and sail the boat more in a flat water setting with the waves almost coming at the boat in a perpendicular direction. The fleet was stacked as tight as it had been all weekend, and there was a premium at the top mark of setting, establishing yourself in the high lane and ripping downwind.

Heading into the 2nd race of the day, Samba had sealed the regatta win and we had a 7 pt lead on Argo, which meant if they won the race, we had to finish 7th or better. We knew Argo could put up a bullet since they won the last two races of Day 2, but we felt confident if that happened, we could manage a 7th or better. Shortly after the gun, we flopped onto port near the boat end of the line with the majority of the fleet joining us. We quickly established ourselves with the front group, including Argo who was punched in the middle of the course. Once to the right corner, we got the heading we needed to tack onto starboard, and it was simply a matter of maintaining our position, regardless if Argo won.

Full 42 Marine Report from Sam Rogers (http://42marine.com/a-painful-3rd-place/)

ŠJoy / Melges Class Association