Melges 32 World Champs – Snakes and Ladders, new tricks for Trapani
Any sailor thinking they were going to have a shorter day after an on-shore postponement on the fourth day at the 2015 Melges 32 Worlds Championships in Trapani were sorely mistaken. The plan was to delay the start, wait for the breeze to build and bang off three quality races, but instead a weak northerly wind tricked and teased the twenty-two boat fleet, eventually completing two races under a setting sun that shook up the standings for a second day in a row.
Once assembled at the race area around 2:30 pm, PRO Anderson Reggio set a course for 300 degrees, presenting the sailors with a direction not previously seen ultimately setting forth new challenges. After a general recall and another Z-flag start, the fleet quickly spread out with those still thinking the right was the place to be, while a pack started at the pin and raced to the left corner in the search of fresh wind.
With the fleet looking even halfway up the beat, it was Alec Cutler’s Hedgehog who headed to the left side, and took advantage of more pressure at the top left and rounded in first. After gybing early however, Cutler would fall victim to those who extended to the right corner downwind and were able to lead into the gates. Holding on to take the win in impressive fashion was Andrea Ferrari on Spirit of Nerina, followed by Andrea Lacorte on Vitamina and Roberto Tomasini Grinover on Robertissima.
After another lengthy delay for the breeze to settle in between races, Race Eight began with another general recall and Z-flag. With the breeze attempting to clock to the comfortable 030 direction putting the right corner back into play, the boat once again was a popular place to be. With a clean start, Yukihiro Ishida’s Yasha Samurai got off clean at the boat and led to the right corner, followed by overnight leader Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG and the fashionable Filippo Pacinotti on Bronotolo HH. Gybe setting at the top mark, it looked like Ishida might have a chink in their armour with a ripped panel on their spinnaker, but they fended off Rombelli all the way around the track to take a well-deserved and much gratifying win.
Two races remain and Rombelli appears to have a solid grip on the Championship lead after Jason Carroll on Argo stumbled posting two disappointing scores. While only a few teams have a mathematical chance to clinch the title, the ball seems to be in Rombelli’s court. If they are able to post a top-three finish in the Race Nine, it would move the World Championship trophy and title a little closer to their grasp.
Sunday’s forecast is slightly more positive, however there is plenty of opportunity for anyone to post a deep score and take a tumble down the standings.
Top Ten Results (Preliminary – After Eight Races, One Discard)
1.) Alessandro Rombelli/Francesco Bruni, STIG; 2-2-4-3-1--4-2 = 18
2.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo; 4-3-1-2-4-4--15 = 33
3.) Ryan DeVos/Mark Mendelblatt, Volpe; 3-4-8-14-9-2--5 = 45
4.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 1--2-13-12-9-3-6 = 46
5.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio/Branko Brcin, G-SPOT; 12-10-5-1-7-1-15- = 51
6.) Andrea Ferrari/Roberto Spata, Spirit of Nerina; 7-7--11-11-10-1-4 = 51
7.) Yukihiro Ishida/Hamish Pepper, Yasha Samurai; 11-6-3-16--3-17-1 = 57
8.) Keisuke Suzuki/Nicolai Sehested, Swing; 14-8-6-5-6-7-12- = 58
9.) Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee, Delta; 13-5-19-4-3--9-7 = 60
10.) Filippo Pacinotti/Gabrio Zandona, Brontolo HH; 9--13-12-2-12-14-3 = 65
|Bow||Sail Number||Yacht Name||Yacht Design||Owner/Skipper||Race
|World Championship Racing|
|One Design Division|
|1.||65||ITA 65||Stig||Melges 32||Alessandro Rombelli||2||2||4||3||1||18||4||2||||18.0|
|2.||128||USA 128||Argo||Melges 32||Jason Carroll||4||3||1||2||4||4||21||15||||33.0|
|3.||18||USA 180||Volpe||Melges 32||Ryan DeVos||3||4||8||14||9||2||19||5||||45.0|
|4.||1||MON 1||Robertissima||Melges 32||Roberto Tomasini||1||21||2||13||12||9||3||6||||46.0|
|5.||181||MON 181||G-Spot||Melges 32||Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio||12||10||5||1||7||1||15||18||||51.0|
|6.||173||ITA 173||Spirit of Nerina||Melges 32||Andrea Ferrari||7||7||16||11||11||10||1||4||||51.0|
|7.||203||JPN 203||Yasha Samuray||Melges 32||Ishida Yukihiro||11||6||3||16||20||3||17||1||||57.0|
|8.||233||JPN 233||Swing||Melges 32||Keisuke Suzuki||14||8||6||5||6||7||12||20||||58.0|
|9.||12||USA 1215||Delta||Melges 32||Dalton DeVos||13||5||19||4||3||20||9||7||||60.0|
|10.||667||ITA 667||Brontolo HH||Melges 32||Filippo Pacinotti||9||20||13||12||2||12||14||3||||65.0|
|11.||321||SWE 321||Inga from Sweden||Melges 32||Richard Goransson||19||9||10||9||5||5||10||22||||67.0|
|12.||77||RUS 13||Synergy||Melges 32||Valentin Zavadnikov||16||11||12||18||21/ZFP||6||6||8||||77.0|
|13.||212||GER 212||Wilma||Melges 32||Fritz Homann||5||14||21||7||14/ZFP||21||8||9||||78.0|
|14.||176||ITA 176||Margherita||Melges 32||Roberto Mazzucato||10||1||9||15||16||16||16||12||||79.0|
|15.||487||ITA 487||Torpyone||Melges 32||Lorenzo Lupi||6||12||11||20||17/ZFP||11||11||11||||79.0|
|16.||111||BER 1||Hedgehog||Melges 32||Alec Cutler||17||13||7||10||19||19||5||10||||81.0|
|17.||194||ITA 194||Vitamina||Melges 32||Andrea Lacorte||15||18||17||6||22/ZFP||17||2||13||||88.0|
|18.||223||RUS 223||Tavatuy-Water Way||Melges 32||Pavel Kuznetsov||8||15||15||19||8||14||13||21||||92.0|
|19.||958||ITA 191||Fra Martina||Melges 32||Edoardo Pavesio||21||19||14||8||14||15||7||16||||93.0|
|20.||187||ITA 187||Audi E-Tron F.lli Giacomel||Melges 32||Mauro Mocchegiani||18||16||18||17||15||8||22||14||||106.0|
|21.||159||TUR 159||EKER||Melges 32||Ahmet Eker||20||17||20||22||23/ZFP||13||18||17||||127.0|
|22.||185||ITA 185||LEA||Melges 32||Marco Calì||22||22||22||21||22||22||20||19||[22|
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