Meadows moves ahead

Solid tactics sees Roxanne take the lead at the Melges 32 Gold Cup

Saturday December 5th 2009, Author: Joy Dunigan, Location: United Kingdom
Day two of the 2009 Melges 32 Gold Cup supported by Henri Lloyd and hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club offered somewhat of a shake-up in the results. Kip Meadows on roXanne now tops the crop by playing the day solid with a 6-3 score line to slide into the overall lead, a nice five points ahead of overnight leader Andy Lovell on Rougarou. Lovell holds one point over John Taylor’s Ninkasi now in third.

Meadows explained after racing that finding a good lane was key. "We had two good starts so we went where we wanted to. RoXanne's tactician Andy Horton really put us in all the right places and made some really good calls. Sean Clarkson is trimming the main and made it much easier to steer through some of the really weird wave angles. Communication on the part of Dave Scott has improved our downwind speed tremendously."

Meadows continued: "We've had a lot of fun over the last two days. Sailing is very much a team sport. When you look around at this fleet, at the owners, many of whom I have sailed against in other classes and having been a part of this class for 3 years, and the new boats that are known to be really good by reputation, and the ‘who’s who’ of sailing walking around on the docks, it's a really nice feeling to be doing well in such strong competition. But, there's more sailing to be done."

Overcast skies greeted the teams, as did an approaching front that handed down some tricky conditions for two additional races. Moderate breeze and comfortable temps with a little rain on the horizon set the stage for the first gun with a course bearing of 205. It was a clean start for the twenty-three strong Melges 32 fleet. Around first was fleet newcomer Phil Lotz on Arethusa, followed by Britain's Joe Woods on Red and Italy’s Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantasticaaa.

Cirillo, with Daniele De Luca as tactician caught up quick downwind, as did Woods and fellow Englishman Stuart Simpson on Team Barbarians. Back upwind and down again for the finish, Woods managed to stay out front and win. Great strides on the final leg of the race by Marty Kullman on New Wave enabled them to take second, Taylor did well finishing in third. Cirillo kept in the game for fourth and Don Jesberg on Viva rounded out the top five.

For what turned out to be the final race of the day, the breeze really softened, yet heated up once more for John Kilroy’s Samba Pa Ti Melges 32 as he led the fleet around the first mark. Trailing right behind was International Class President Jeff Ecklund on STAR. Jason Carroll on Argo, Lotz, Meadows and Alex Jackson on Leenabarca followed respectively. Jackson made all the right moves back upwind, passing both Kilroy and Ecklund taking it to the finish line for the win. Kilroy settled for second, Meadows was third, Ecklund took fourth and Carroll, fifth.

Today was a very special day for the Lauderdale Yacht Club’s Junior Sailing program in which 23 of their top-notch youth sailors got the chance of a lifetime. The famous Take A Junior Sailing Day meant that a junior sailor was placed on each boat and in the direcly line of hot competition. "I liked going fast and I had a lot of fun," said LYC's Wade Waddell who sailed with Rougarou. "I learned that if my boat has a lot of momentum, and if a boat tacks on me, I can just head up and still have a chance for a good race." Great smiles were greeted on the docks afterwards. Some of the juniors actually got to drive and went home with some great swag from the teams.

Tomorrow will be a pivotal day for the Melges 32 fleet with three races scheduled, a very tight points standing as we head into the final day (this isn’t over yet) and more moderate temps and breezes expected. Stay close to melges32.com as there is definitely more excitement and incredible racing to come.

Results:

Pos
Sail no Boat Skipper
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
Tot
1
USA 77 Roxanne Kip Meadows
10
6
4
6
3
29
2
USA 206 Ramrod Rod Jabin
1
2
16
6.5/RDG
7
32.5
3
USA 136 Rougarou Andy Lovell
3
1
9
7
14
34
4
USA 1315 Ninkasi John Taylor
6
3
8
3
15
35
5
USA 128 Argo Jason Carroll
4
8
12
11
5
40
6
USA 153 Lake Effect Bob Hesse
2
15
5
8
11
41
7
GBR 700 Red Joe Woods
9
19
3
1
16
48
8
ITA 212 Fantasticaaa Lanfranco Cirillo
16
4
2
4
22
48
9
USA 32 Star Jeff Ecklund
8
7
15
18
4
52
10
USA 131 New Wave Mike Carroll
15
9
14
2
18
58
11
USA 162 VIVA Don Jesberg
5
11
20
5
17
58

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