Samba Pa Ti claims the title
John Kilroy Jnr on Samba Pa Ti triumphed over the 33 strong fleet to claim the Melges 32 World Champion ship title.
"We've worked so hard for so long to accomplish this," commented Kilroy during the awards ceremony. "We won in Key West, then felt as though we were a little off track. Officially, we are back where we need to be with this incredible win, a win I consider one of the most treasured I have ever won."
Kilroy was joined on board by tactician and Laser Gold medallist Paul Goodison and crew Federico Michetti, Harry Melges III, Luca Faravelli, Martino Tortarolo, Justin Smart and Marco Carpinello.
Second overall was Alec Cutler on Hedgehog with tactician Richard Clarke and in third, a deserving Steve Howe on Warpath with Morgan Larson on tactics.
Race number ten provided more surprises under overcast skies, light and shifty breezes out of the Northeast. Keisuke Suzuki from Japan on Swing, with tactician Jesper Radich put the fleet on alert when he challenged and overtook John Taylor's Ninkasi with Jeff Madrigali on tactics. Suzuki slowly but surely acquired a monster lead as the race progressed, then gained more momentum and extended furthermore earning over a two minute lead at the finish for the win. Edoardo Lupi's Torpyone had a great race finishing second, while Alex Jackson on Leenabarca claimed third.
Full results below