Fort Lauderdale, FL USA – The stage is set for the fifth official running of the Melges 32 Gold Cup, hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Fifteen teams, representing six countries have assembled for what is going to be an amazing regatta, packed with the sport of sailing’s brightest and biggest stars and a clear call for breeze on conditions over the next three days.
Reigning USA Sailing Series Champ and Gold Cup defender Steve Howe on Warpath is back, looking to stake his claim on another big win. All hot competition bets are on Andrea Pozzi’s Bombarda, former Audi Sailing Series Champion Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica, National Champion Jason Carroll on Argo and 2011 World Champion William Douglass on Goombay Smash.
The three day event starting on Friday, will also feature the highly-anticipated Take A Junior Sailing Day, a truly golden opportunity for the who’s who of youth sailing in the USA to ride aboard and race the rocket-powerhouse Melges 32. This worthwhile junior effort is one that Melges 32 owner’s look forward to every year.
The 2012 Melges 32 Gold Cup Press Team will be bringing live reports and updates of the racing via the Melges 32 Blog. Every start, play and finish will be published. In addition, the latest racing developments will post to the Official Melges 32 Facebook Page. A host of photos from the event can be found online at melges32.com.
FULL ENTRY LIST
1.) Phil Lotz/Jeremy Wilmot; Arethusa
2.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton; Argo
3.) Andrea Pozzi/ Lorenzo Bressani; Bombarda
4.) Joel Ronning/Steve Hunt; Catapult
5.) Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee; Delta
6.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti; Fantastica
7.) William Douglass/Chris Larson, Goombay Smash
8.) Richard Goransson/Hamish Pepper; Inga From Sweden
9.) Alex Jackson/Richard Clarke; Leenabarca
10.) Vincenzo Onorato; Mascalzone Latino
11.) John Taylor/Andy Horton; Ninkasi
12.) Joe Woods/Rob Greenhalgh; Red
13.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto; Robertissima 1
14.) Valetin Zavadnikov-Leonid Lebedev/Tomasso Chieffi; Synergy GT
15.) Steve Howe/Charlie Ogletree, Warpath