Samba Pa Ti Crowned 2012 Melges 32 World Champion
30 September 2012
Newport, RI - USA - The final day of competition at the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), had spectators on the edge of their seats for the last race of the ten part racing series. John Kilroy, Jr. on Samba Pa Ti triumphed over the thirty-three strong fleet to claim the class' most coveted trophy and title — that of Melges 32 World Champion.
"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 onboard by tactician Paul Goodison and crew Federico Michetti, Harry Melges III, Luca Faravelli, Martino Tortarolo, Justin Smart and Marco Carpinello.
Proudly seated second overall is Alec Cutler on Hedgehog with tactician Richard Clarke and in third, is 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.
TOP TEN RESULTS (Final)
1.) John Kilroy, Jr./Paul Goodison, Samba Pa Ti; -8-1-12-1-1-1-2-8-5 = 39
2.) Alec Culter/Richard Clarke, Hedgehog; 5-7-2-4-7-6-4-4--10 = 49
3.) Steve Howe/Morgan Larson, Warpath; 2-15-4-7-8-3-8-3-12- = 62
4.) Benjamin Schwartz/Chris Rast, Pisces; 4-1--2-4-13-11-14-2 19 = 70
5.) Pieter Taselaar/Nick Thompson, Bliksem; 7-16-6-11-5-11-7-1-9- = 73
6.) William Douglass/Chris Larson, Goombay Smash; 3-3-12--9-9-3-21-7-14 = 81
7.) Vincenzo Onorato/Nathan Wilmot, Mascalzone Latino; 12-2-13-19-19-7-6-5-1- = 84
8.) Andrea Pozzi/Gabriele Benussi, Bombarda; 1-6-9-3-2-26-21-6--16 = 90
9.) Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone; 8-4-3-6--22-22-19-6-2 = 92
10.) Roberto Tomassini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 6-21-5-20-3-14-16-9-3- = 97
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HOWE AWARDED 2012 USA SAILING SERIES CHAMPION
With the completion of the Melges 32 World Championship, the 2012 USA Sailing Series also draws to a close. California’s Steve Howe on Warpath was appropriately awarded 2012 Melges 32 USA Sailing Series Champion. Howe won the Gold Cup Regatta last December and continued to excel throughout the season, ultimately putting him atop of the list of an impressive 44 qualifying teams. Newly crowned World Champion John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti took second place honors, while Benjamin Schwartz’s Pisces came third.
On behalf of the IM32CA, we thank every team that competed in the circuit making it one of the most successful ever.
USA SAILING SERIES, TOP FIVE RESULTS (Final)
1.) Steve Howe, Warpath = 353
2.) John Kilroy Jr., Samba Pa Ti = 349
3.) Benjamin Schwartz, Pisces = 349
4.) Jason Carroll, Argo = 346
5.) Ryan DeVos, Volpe = 345
AN EXTRAORDINARY THANKS
As with any World Championship, many months of preparation, hard work and tireless efforts make it a great success. The IM32CA would like to thank the entire NYYC Race Committee including PRO Hank Stuart and all the volunteers, by which without the generosity of their time and love of the sport of sailing, this event would not have been possible. In particular, the support staff in place at the NYYC is impeccable. A very special thanks to Brad Dellenbaugh, Susan Daly, Daniela Burton, Beth Duggan, Alex Egan and many others that without their help, we simply could not have done it.
And lastly, but most certainly not least — many thanks to all the competitors that traveled from around the globe to attend. Without you this Championship would not have been possible. Thank you for coming and making it the largest ever!
Again, very special thanks to Roberto Tomasini Grinover on Robertissima for letting the World Championship fleet be a part of his fabulous birthday extravaganza that officially, has gone down in Melges 32 Class (and possibly Newport, RI) history.
ABOUT THE NEW YORK YACHT CLUB
The New York Yacht Club was formed in 1844 onboard the yacht Gimcrack anchored off the Battery in New York Harbor. The Club's first Cruise was held later that summer bound for Newport, Rhode Island. A year later, the Annual Regatta was begun and the 158th edition was held in 2012. In 1901, the Club's burgee was hoisted over the spectacular beaux-arts style building, designed by Whitney Warren and known for its Model Room and Library, which serves as the Club's home in the heart of Manhattan. Harbour Court, the Club's first permanent waterfront facility commissioned in 1988, overlooks Brenton Cove and Newport Harbor and has become the focal point of many premier regional, national and world sailing championships. The original clubhouse, a small gingerbread trimmed house constructed in 1845 in Hoboken, NJ, now sits on the sloping lawn at Harbour Court. The history and tradition of New York Yacht Club is rich and storied, from winning and defending the America's Cup from 1851 to 1983, to running transatlantic races, cruising, racing, teaching, leading... all distinguished by an enduring passion for yachting. Visit the New York Yacht Club on the web at www.nyyc.org.
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