Flat Out Racing
30 March 2016
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The final stage of the 2015-16 Melges 32 Blue Water Series (BWS) is just days away from commencement, hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC) at Bahia Mar Marina. Three days and eight races are scheduled for the post-Easter weekend and the weather/breeze forecast looks to be superb.
After two events complete, the overall Blue Water Series Ranking shows 2016 Gold Cup Champion Richard Goransson on Inga From Sweden in first overall. Jason Carroll on Argo is second, tied with International Class President Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio on G-SPOT in third. Ryan DeVos' Volpe also claims equal points as well in fourth. Dalton DeVos on Delta is seated fifth.
What will make this forthcoming weekend a very interesting mix is that both Goransson and Serena di Lapigio will be absent, having transferred back to Europe to prepare for the start of the 2016 Melges 32 World Series on 10-12 April in Porto Venere, Italy. The stage is set as Carroll and Ryan DeVos will square-off and go head-to-head, hard and clean for the top prize.
The aspiring Team Hydra helmed by Morgan Kiss leads the Corinthian division. For sure, Canada's Grant Hood and his Quest team will be pouring on the speed in hopes of capturing their very first Corinthian Championship title.
YOUTH = FUTURE
The Melges 32 is forever a fountain of youth with its very popular regatta inclusion, Take A Junior Sailing day, thanks to the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation (LYCSF). As with the first two BWS events, each Melges 32 team will carry a youngster aboard on Saturday, 02 April (weather permitting). Some of the most talented, brightest, up-and-coming junior sailors in the country clamor to be selected to ride aboard the Melges 32s. The fleet couldn't possibly be more proud and happy to welcome them aboard at the 2016 Lauderdale Cup.
MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
As with all other Melges 32 events around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the Official Melges 32 Facebook Page. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews, and photos. Race reports, press releases and photos will be available online each day post racing at melges32.com.
2015-16 Melges 32 Blue Water Series Ranking (Overall, After Two Events)
1.) Richard Goransson, Inga From Sweden: 6 pts
2.) Jason Carroll, Argo: 7 pts
3.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio, G-SPOT: 7 pts
4.) Ryan DeVos/Dick DeVos, Volpe: 7 pts.
5.) Dalton DeVos/Dick DeVos/Rick DeVos, Delta: 11 pts
6.) Benjamin Schwartz, Pisces: 14 pts
7.) Morgan Kiss (C), Team Hydra: 15 pts
8.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG: 15 pts
9.) Christian Schwoerer/Veit Hemmeter, La Pericolosa: 17 pts
10.) Andrea Lacorte, Vitamina Amerikana: 17 pts
11.) Grant Hood/Jon Messenger (C), Quest: 19 pts
12.) Chris Wienjtes, Stormvogel: 23 pts
13.) Edward Tillinghast, Dark n'Stormy: 23 pts
View Full Ranking Results
For more information about the 2016 Melges 32 Blue Water Series, visit these Official Yachtscoring Event Websites:
2015-16 Blue Water Series Event No. 1: U.S. National Championship
2015-16 Blue Water Series Event No. 2: Gold Cup
2015-16 Blue Water Series Event No. 3: Lauderdale Cup