Honours for Robertissima
The last and final day of competition at the Melges 32 Miami Winter Regatta brought on classic conditions with top honours going to Roberto Tomasini Grinover's Robertissima. Aboard with Tomasini Grinover was tactician Vasco Vascotto, Federico Michetti, Giovanni Cassinari, Gunnar Bahr, Simone Spangaro, Stefano Nicolussi and Nevio Sabadin.
Second overall is newly appointed Class President Jason Carroll and his Argo team, while third place went to John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti.
Joe Woods' Red team had a phenomenal regatta taking fourth overall. The last time Woods competed in the class was more than a year and a half ago. He returned to Miami with some fresh, brand new crew proving that his Red Melges 32 has still got it where it counts.
Tony Buckingham on Ngoni, who only just became active over the 2013 racing season, completed the event nicely in fifth overall making this his best finish yet in the Melges 32 Class.
Up next for the North American fleet is the final stage of the 2014 Miami Winter Series - the Spring Challenge taking place on 4-6 April. More teams are expected to attend as everyone ramps up their programs in an effort to capture the top trophy later in the year, that of World Champion. Teams are encouraged to make plans to attend all Miami events sooner rather than later. Miami is busy all year long, so make your arrangements promptly and register now .
The 2014 Miami Winter Regatta was hosted at Miami Beach Marina and proudly supported by Coconut Grove Sailing Club and Melges USA.
The 2014 Melges 32 Miami Winter Series consists of three events - Quantum Key West Race Week, Miami Winter Regatta and will conclude with the Spring Challenge over 4-6 April. 15 teams are currently competing in the Series with Bermuda's Alec Cutler on hedgehog in first place. Cutler won the Key West Race Week and competed this weekend at the Miami Winter Regatta. This combined participation puts him ahead by five points over Deneen Demourkas' Groovederci in second. Richard Gorranson on Helly Hansen Inga from Sweden is currently ranked third. Fleet newcomers Dieter Schoen on Momo from Germany is fourth and Chris Wientjes on Stormvogel rounds out the top five.
Full results here