Idyllic Melges 32 conditions in Ft. Lauderdale
Ft. Lauderdale – The sun finally arrived on Day Three of the 2015 Melges 32 National Championship hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC) and Bahia Mar Marina, with a NE breeze at 18-23 kts and 6-8 ft seas capping a wet, yet stellar weekend of racing. After a race committee boat confirmed conditions weren’t too gnarly, the Melges 32 fleet put on their chin straps and made way to the racing area, taking notes from lessons learned from a humbling Day Two and applying them to the final day of racing.
As race seven of the eight race series began, minimizing tacks was a priority for most teams, as one bad wave during a maneuver could be very costly. Jason Carroll’s Argo team led at the first top mark followed closely by Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio’s G-Spot and Richard Goransson’s Inga. The top five boats stayed tight after the first lap, then di Lapigio jumped into the passing lane at the next top mark and surfed to the victory in the first race of the day. Charging hard right behind was Ryan DeVos’ Volpe which passed three boats on the final run. Carroll placed in third.
With the regatta victory secured based on results from the previous races, team Argo decided preserving their equipment was the prudent decision and took a victory sail into the Bahia Mar. The remaining fleet quickly started Race 8 with similar conditions and with five teams separated by single digit points, the podium was anything but decided. Inga showed stellar speed in the final race of the Championship, taking the bullet.
Argo – Jason Carroll
G-Spot – Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio
Volpe – Ryan DeVos
The Blue Water Series will continue in Fort Lauderdale with the 2016 Gold Cup February 12-14 and the 2016 Lauderdale Cup April 1-3, 2016.