Key West Melges 32 - Goombay Smash and Leenabarca rule

Alex Jackson | Leenabarca - Key West Race Week 2011
Positioned in first and second respectively, Doug Douglas’ Goombay Smash (Chris Larson, tactician) and Alex Jackson’s Leenabarca (Rob Greenhalgh, tactician) lead the twenty-one strong Melges 32 fleet with five points a piece. Steve Howe’s Warpath (Morgan Larson, tactician) finished nicely three points behind to place third overall.

Light breezes, warm temps, a Course 4 at 180 degrees and lumpy, bumpy seas set the stage under partly- to mostly-cloudy skies for the opening day. Great Britain’s Peter Rogers on Highlife (Ruaridh Scott, tactician) managed to get off the line well taking the early lead with Douglas and Jackson fighting for the top spot slot. While Rogers maintained his lead, Jackson and Douglas also had second place runner Howe to contend with. Howe, like Rogers, held steadfast and true the entire race defending his fleet position. Rogers took the win with Howe in second and Jackson beat Douglass for third. Defending Key West Champion John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti (Nathan Wilmot, tactician) finished fifth sporting a new paint job, new gear, new everything for his return to Key West and the 2011 Melges 32 racing circuit.

The final race of the day was a Course 5 providing lighter winds, and the seas sort of calmed as well. With a shift right at the start of race two, a couple of teams found themselves instantly in trouble being called OCS. Douglas was quick to advance up the first beat to round behind race leader Geoff Pierini on Shakedown (Gavin Brady, tactician).

William 'Doug' Douglas | Goombay Smash - Key West Race Week 2011

The key moment of the race took place at the last leeward gate when Douglas had just barely caught up with Pierini, the two splitting the difference. Pierini’s mistake was that he chose the left gate, while Douglas took the right and the right is where the pressure was. Taking full advantage of the situation, Douglas and Jackson gained substantial ground back upwind to surpass Pierini, finishing first and second. Phil Lotz on Arethusa (Ed Baird, tactician) moved up to take third, while Pierini slipped to fourth and Oscar Strugstad’s Dawn Raid (Andy Beadsworth, tactician) rounded out the top five.

TOP TEN RESULTS (After two races)
1.) William Douglas/Chris Larson, Goombay Smash; 4-1 = 5
2.) Alex Jackson/Rob Greenhalgh, Leenabarca; 3-2 = 5
3.) Steve Howe/Morgan Larson, Warpath; 2-6 = 8
4.) Oscar Strugstad/Andy Beadsworth, Dawn Raid; 6-5 = 11
5.) Phil Lotz/Ed Baird, Arethusa; 11-3 = 14
6.) John Kilroy, Jr./Nathan Wilmot, Samba Pa Ti; 5-10 = 15
7.) Joel Ronning/Bill Hardesty, Catapult; 9-8 = 17
8.) Joe Woods/Paul Goodison, Red; 8-9 = 17
9.) Yukihiro Ishida/Tony Rey, Yasha Samurai; 13-7 = 20
10.) Peter Rogers/Ruaridh Scott, Highlife; 1-20 = 21

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William 'Doug' Douglas | Goombay Smash - Key West Race Week 2011

John Kilroy | Samba Pa Ti - Key West Race Week 2011

William 'Doug' Douglas | Goombay Smash - Key West Race Week 2011

Geoff Pierini | Shakedown - Key West Race Week 2011

Melges 32 Start of Race 2, Day 1 - Key West Race Week 2011

Oscar Strugstad | Dawn Raid - Key West Race Week 2011


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