Photos by Joy

Argo closes

After a second day of strong wind racing at the Melges 32 Gold Cup in Fort Lauderdale

Saturday December 1st 2012, Author: Joy Dunigan, Location: United States

With two full days of competition and six of eight scheduled races complete (including a discard), Roberto Tomasini Grinover aboard Robertissima 1 holds the overall Gold Cup lead for a second straight day. In second place is Jason Carroll on Argo, who kept his second place position as well, yet closed the points gap substantially putting him within striking distance of the trophy. Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda stands firm in third.

The first race of the day got underway on time under stunning conditions. A beautiful 15-20 knots, moderate seas, warm temps and lots of sunshine kicked things off. It took the overly aggressive fleet three attempts at a start to get things going with Pozzi sneaking in ahead of Alex Jackson's Leenabarca at the top mark to lead, followed by Carroll and Tomasini Grinover. Pozzi laid down a strong performance to win. Jackson persevered to finish second, while Steve Howe's Warpath made great strides on the final downwind run to finish third. Carroll and Tomasini Grinover rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth.

The last two races of the day witnessed Tomasini Grinover and Carroll waging a fierce war. Tomasini Grinover took his worst score of the event in the second race of the day while Carroll and his spirited Argo team triumphed with a double-bullet afternoon.

In race two, Carroll, along with Dalton DeVos on Delta and Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica kept to the right for pressure, working it back to the middle for the rounding. DeVos grabbed the initial lead with Carroll hot on his heels followed by new boat owner Richard Goransson on Inga From Sweden in third. Downwind, Cirillo overtook Goransson while DeVos and Carroll maintained the top two spots. On the last beat, Carroll got ahead of DeVos, taking the lead at the final weathermark rounding ahead by at least a boat length. Carroll launched his Melges 32 to take the win. Cirillo accelerated past the young DeVos on the final run to take second. DeVos settled for third.

A little more breeze for the start of race three and a slight course adjustment added extra fuel to the Tomasini Grinover/Carroll fire. Ultimately, it was Carroll that had speed and positioning when it mattered most. Carroll lead Tomasini Grinover around the track for a second time, scoring another major win. Tomasini Grinover came second and Pozzi finished third. Cirillo's Fantastica and Howe's Warpath finished fourth and fifth respectively.

With only one more day of racing left, the overall points standing is seriously tight. Tomasini Grinover leads by one point, Pozzi is behind Carroll by three, and Cirillo and Howe are tied with twenty-one points each.

Two more races are scheduled for Sunday with an 11.00 start.


Pos Sail no Boat Owner/Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Net
1 SUI 1 Robertissima 1 Roberto Tomasini Grinover 2 2 1 5 9 2 12
2 USA 128 ARGO Jason Carroll 3 7 4 4 1 1 13
3 ITA 229 Bombarda Andrea Pozzi 8 4 3 1 5 3 16
4 ITA 212 Fantastica Lanfranco Cirillo 9 1 6 8 2 4 21
5 USA 32917 Warpath Stephen Howe 10 5 2 3 6 5 21
6 USA 1215 Delta Dalton DeVos 4 6 5 12 3 11 29
7 SWE 321 Inga From Sweden 3 Richard Goransson 5 13 12 9 4 8 38
8 GBR 275 Red Joe Woods 15/DNS 3 9 13 11 6 42
9 USA 2 Goombay Smash William Douglass 7 10 8 11 7 12 43
10 USA 134 Catapult Joel Ronning 1 15/DNF 15/DNS 6 15/DNF 7 44
11 USA 174 Leenabarca Alex Jackson 11 11 15/DNF 2 10 10 44
12 USA 211 Arethusa Philip Lotz 13 9 11 7 8 15/OCS 48
13 USA 1315 Ninkasi John Taylor 6 12 10 14 12 9 49
14 RUS 13 Synergy GT Valentin Zavadnikov 12 8 7 10 15/DNS 15/DNS 52

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