Miami Sailing Week Melges 24 - Razor sharp performance

Blu Moon - Melges 24 - Bacardi Miami Sailing Week
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) day one for the 20+ strong Melges 24 fleet was nothing short of spectacular.

Thanks to Bruce Golison, and his superior race management team and Coconut Grove Sailing Club's impeccable racing staff, Melges 24 teams enjoyed three races filled with thrilling downwind rides that exceeded every on-the-water expectation.

Former America's Cup helmsman Flavio Favini at the helm of Franco Rossini's Blu Moon handed down a razor sharp 2-1-1 performance to lead the fleet over Ireland's Conor Clarke with Nathan Wilmot driving Embarr. Rounding out the top three was Riccardo Simoneschi's Audi.

The Melges 24s kept spectators on their feet as they ripped up and down the course, making for great displays of speed and fun. Today's partly sunny, shifty and very breezy conditions provided the perfect playground for the class' biggest and most ferocious sportboat speed demons.

The top five players, which also included Kristen Lane's Brickhouse 812 and Alan Field's WTF really put on a show.

More breeze and an additional three races are scheduled for Friday. The points spread is very tight with Favini ahead by a very slim margin — interpretation — this game is still very much up for grabs.

West Palm Beach Regatta 2012. Melges 32 East Coast Championship

Melges 24
   1.10 SUI 825Blu MoonMelges 24Franco Rossini / F.Favini, T.Nava, S.Rizzi, M.Ivaldi, N.Dal Ferro211  4.0
   2.14 IRL 607EmbarrMelges 24Conor Clarke124  7.0
   3.19 ITA 819AudiMelges 24Riccardo Simoneschi / lucia giogetti / vittorio rosso / g. benssi / federico buscalia352  10.0
   4.12 USA 812Brick House 812Melges 24Kristen Lane / charli mckee/ jonny golsberry/ willien van way / matt pistay533  11.0
   5.11 USA 811WTFMelges 24Alan Field / strur hunt / rrik shampain / stuart curran4115  20.0
   6.47 USA 747MonsoonMelges 24Bruce Ayres / Brian Hutchinson/ dan Smigth/ Oliver Otool/ danielle sariano777  21.0
   7.30 GBR 830Black SealMelges 24Richard Thompson / ahawn burke/ nigel young / krista pascaton / anette viborg1246  22.0
   8.16 USA 795Rock N RollMelges 24Argyle Campbell / bill wiggens / charlies smythe / charlie enrght / stephanie roble698  23.0
   9.86 USA 786Battle RhythmMelges 24Guy Mossman / peter cranford / scott norris /8811  27.0
   10.13 USA 619ConvexityMelges 24Don Wilson / jennifer wilson/ taylor confield/josh mccaffrey /janes reynods9129  30.0
   11.33 USA 533High VoltageMelges 24August Hernandez / susan Oneal / zack hernandez / david hernandez / maritn jhonsson13612  31.0
   12.15 USA 829Navega RacingMelges 24Kurt Winkelmann / brad bostur / ed furry / chris lay111510  36.0
   13.21 CAN 629ZingaraMelges 24Richard Reid / bill goodrham / rossi miler / dave wright151013  38.0
   14.18 USA 118Hot MessMelges 24Rob Britts / mak liebon/ steve liebel/ dawn engozzi171314  44.0
   15.80 USA 680RocksteadyMelges 24Cary Siegler / seth siegler/cary sigler/ tom coutne/ quin tobin101422/OCS  46.0
   16.25 USA 125Just Add WaterMelges 24Roger Counihan / peter rich / todd wilson / chris dold141616  46.0
   17.44 USA 744BettyMelges 24Jeremy Tudor / jonie tedor/ doug nickles / scott gregory / mike nicolette161718  51.0
   18.22 USA 622ObsessionMelges 24Gary Schwarting / collin wallsh / John jennins / james jennigs / sue mc morron181915  52.0
   19.17 USA 312ShockwaveMelges 24Steven Boho / Catherine Boho191820  57.0
   20.20 USA 720RelentlessMelges 24Scott Foxman / thomas word/ Fred Siegert/ brian huntman202117  58.0
   21.87 USA 687FirewaterMelges 24George Haynie / jesse combs/ j booker/ a. dalton212019  60.0

International Melges 24 Class Association website