Wild And Windy Fort Lauderdale Makes For Grand Gold Cup Start
1 December 2012
Fort Lauderdale, FL USA - A steady 15-20 knots of breeze and monster seas ushered in the first day of competition at the 2012 Melges 32 Gold Cup, hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Italy's Roberto Tomasini Grinover's Robertissima 1 with Vasco Vascotto on tactics holds the overall championship lead after aquiring an impressive daily 2-2-1 scoreline. Eleven points behind and in second place, is Jason Carroll's Argo and tactician Cameron Appleton. Andrea Pozzi's Bombarda with Lorenzo Bressani as tactician complete the top three, one slim point behind Carroll.
Three races were completed with wind speeds not so much an issue as was the sea states. Big waves of 5-7 and occasional 9 footers across the course made for challenging conditions and great downwind rides.
Race one winner, Joel Ronning on Catapult stunned the competition by taking the lead at the first top mark, then extending for the win. Tomasini Grinover grabbed a close second, while Carroll settled for third.
Lanfranco Cirillo's Fantastica came on strong to win race two, with Tomasini Grinover in second and Joe Woods' Red in third.
The last and final heat of the day seemed to come easy to Tomasini Grinover as he stood steadfast and strong to win. Steve Howe's Warpath finished second and Pozzi came third.
Weather forecasts call for much of the same on Saturday where three more races will be conducted.
The 2012 Melges 32 Gold Cup Press Team will be bringing live reports and updates of the racing via the Melges 32 Blog. Every start, play and finish will be published. In addition, the latest racing developments will post to the Official Melges 32 Facebook Page. A host of photos from the event can be found online at melges32.com.
TOP TEN RESULTS (After 3 Races)
1.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima 1; 2-2-1 = 5
2.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo; 3-7-4 = 14
3.) Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda; 8-4-3 = 15
4.) Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee, Delta; 4-6-5
5.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica; 9-1-6 = 16
6.) Steve Howe/Charlie Ogletree, Warpath; 10-5-2 = 17
7.) William Douglass/Chris Larson, Goombay Smash; 7-10-8 = 25
8.) Joe Woods/Rob Greenhalgh, Red; 15/DNS-3-9 = 27
9.) Valetin Zavadnikov/Tomasso Chieffi, Synergy GT; 12-8-7 = 27
10.) John Taylor/Andy Horton, Ninkasi; 6-12-10 = 28