Samba Pa Ti dominates in Miami
All eight races scheduled for the 2011 Melges 32 Miami Championship, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, sponsored by Melges Performance Sailboats have been completed, leaving John Kilroy on his 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 on Argo (Charlie Ogletree, tactician) was third.
The first race of the day took place under, what was considered, more civilised 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.
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.
|1||Samba Pa Ti||John Kilroy, Jr.||4||1||2||1||2||2||3||2||||13|
|7||Full Throttle||John Porter||10||5||7||9||8||6||6||11||||51|
|10||Mascalzone Latino||Vincenzo Onorato||6||2||20||11||15||17||1||5||||57|
|11||Dark N'Stormy||Edward Tillinghast||17||14||6||5||9||12||15||17||||78|
|15||Yasha Samurai||Makoto Uematsu||7||16||15||16||11||13||14||15||||91|
|16||Dawn Raid||Oscar Strugstad||19||18||9||12||13||14||11||16||||93|
|20||Lake Effect||Bob Hesse||14||15||19||14||20||16||18||19||||115|
The 2011 Melges 32 Midwinter Series concluded with the Miami event with Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica the winner. In second overall, Joel Ronning on Catapult and Newport's Phil Lotz on Arethusa takes third.
Top Five Midwinter Series Results (After 3 events)
1.) Lanfranco Cirillo, Fantastica = 284
2.) Joel Ronning, Catapult = 267
3.) Phil Lotz, Arethusa = 264
4.) Alexis Michas, Zetiana = 257
5.) Geoff Pierini, Shakedown = 255