We are very excited for the upcoming Melges 32 Gold Cup this week and will be doing our live coverage on Sailing Updates and of course our Sail22 photography of these fast & fun boats. Please check out all of our great sponsors who are helping to make this coverage possible and let them know how much you appreciate their sponsorship of Sailing Updates for the Melges 32 Gold Cup. We wouldn't be there without the generous support of Point Loma Outfitting, Hillman Capital Management, New England Ropes, Gorilla Rigging, Atlantic Yacht Rigging and McConaghy Boats McConaghy 38. We also thank the Melges 32 Class for working with us to make it possible as well.
To get you in the Melges mood, check out some photos from last year's Melges 32 Gold Cup here!
Rod Jabin's Ramrod with Gavin Brady as tactician and crew of Mike Beasley, Joe Gibson, Ray Wulff, Ted Kaczmarski, Kate Torgerson won the Melges 32 Gold Cup 2009. This is the team's first one-design regatta after Rod took delivery of his new boat in June. The team is all made up of local sailors from Annapolis, Maryland. Much of the team comes from Rod's Farr 40 Ramrod team and they are all having a blast figuring out the Melges 32.
Joe Wood's Red from Torquay, UK was a very close second overall and Andy Lovell's New Orleans based Rougarou was third. John Taylor's Ninkasi was one point behind Rougarou and Kip Meadow's RoXanne finished fifth overall.
The final day of racing started with a light first race, which quickly shifted at the first leeward mark rounding and the breeze built to 15-20 knots. The breeze stayed up through the next two races of the day. Dalton DeVoss's Delta won the first race of the day, RoXanne won the second race and Jeff Ecklund's Star scored the third race of the day.