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Melges 32 Gold Cup - LIVE!

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Melges 32 – Pick 'Em

 

With all that's depressing in the world today, it's refreshing to see a bunch of hard core sailboat racer/owners saying "piss off" to the economy. It's even more poignant when the former 'king-of;the-hill' Farr 40 Class just finished a pathetic 8-boat North American Championship just down the road in Miami last week, underscoring the passing of the baton that's happened between the 40 and the M32 in 2008. The 32 is what's happening here in Fort Lauderdale, where twenty of the lightning-quick sportboats will square off Friday to Sunday for the Melges 32 Gold Cup.

 

We made it to the Lauderdale Yacht Club just in time to get some free beverages, and to watch the fireworks amongst the first ever Annual General Meeting of the newly ISAF-ratified International Melges 32 Class. AGMs are always interesting, and when you combine some serious 'Type-A' businessmen with the mellow vibe from Wisconsin boatbuilders, things get interesting – interesting enough for new-to-the-class owner John Kilroy to actually walk out. Kilroy was obviously frustrated at the meeting's lack of direction, but despite the Class's success, the 32 class is still figuring things out as they go. With Melges Europe President Federico Michetti explaining his formula for the success they've seen in Europe, the majority of the owners listened and offered their input to the scheduling and rules issues that the Class will work with over the coming months. Michetti may be the man to lead this class – he's got the kind of experience dealing with the kind of personalities that make up some of the bigger programs and as he's not afraid to admit, knows how to be an asshole when necessary - Neither Andy Burdick nor Harry Melges is quite so well equipped.

 

We are beyond stoked stoked to bring you all the live action from Lauderdale. It's going to be 75-80 degrees, with a moderate 8-12 knots most of the weekend, and we're expecting some ridiculously close racing from start to finish. It took the Farr 40 a decade to see the kind of parity that we'll see here – and you are all along for the ride.

 

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Our Call

 

When Pinta, Mescalzone Latino, and Joe Fly's entries were canceled it messed up our mojo, so we've had to rethink our picks for the event.

 

Here are our revised picks, based on the entry list today.

 

Third: We see Jeff Ecklund on Star taking the tail end of the podium here in Liquordale. Though he has, by far, the most experienced M32 crew here, that experience will not necessarily translate into wins without a big breeze day to knock the newbies into place. Just pulling a third in this fleet will be an accomplishment, especially with the "curse of the organizer" that Ecklund's got to deal with.

 

Second: Morgan Reeser's got the hot hand lately, and calling tactics for quick helmsman Joe Woods aboard the GBR boat RED will be a quick combination. Morgan's also got a lot of local knowledge, and the team has at least one hot pommie sailor chick on board...that's always fast.

 

First: We picked an Italian boat to beat Quantum at the recent M24 NA's, and Terry Hutchinson made a fool of us, winning by over 30 points. There's just no way to look past the man this year in any racing class. That said, it's a world of difference when owners are helming, as seen last week when Barking Mad could barely manage a podium finish amongst only 8 Farr 40s despite the magic that Hutch brings. Still, along with Morgan Trubovich and long time Samba pro Eric Arndt, we expect John Kilroy to helm Samba Pa Ti to the top place in this moderate-air event.

 

Amateur Hour

 

We've got two sentimental favorites down here – one of them totally amateur, and one of them nearly. The boys from New Wave have Q sailmaker Scott Nixon on board, but otherwise, this is a no-pro boat. Co-owner Marty Kullman told us how the Wave rolls: "These teams have been here since Monday practicing, but we had to work! We rolled up tonight, put the boat together, and launched her on the ramp." Kullman and co-owner Mike Carroll waxed the hull themselves. "How many owners are waxing their hulls themselves?" asked Kullman. Answer? None. Regardless of their largely Corinthian entry in the moderate breeze, we're looking for good things out of them. With an incredibly successful Henderson 30 program and lots of Melges 24 experience, look for New Wave to shine beyond a lot of the rock stars. The only completely amateur entry is Jason Carroll's Argo out of somewhere up north that is very cold right now. There are plenty of talented sailors aboard Argo, and Carroll's proven very fast in this fleet, most notably last year at Key West.

Eyes Out

 

You never know who will surprise you in a class that is this thick with talent, though we'd love to see our pal Jeremy Wilmot and the boys on Bliksem do well. Marco Constant and Willem Van Waay are awesome sailors, and owner Pieter Taselaar has shown plenty of speed at times.

 

Cleveland-based Lake Effect has added some raw skill from Canada, with superstar bowman Curtis Florence, rock star trimmer Greg Noakes, and tactician Max Skelley guaranteed to make things messy for some of the programs from more high-end hailing ports.

 

The most talented boat may just be Alex Jackson's Leenabarca, though we may just call her Speedboat this weekend for the hell of it. Jackson has some of his maxi crew aboard, including Anarchist Flip Wehrheim, though the real juice in the program comes from Jackson's skill (he was a multiple college all-american), Dave Ullman on tactics, and Brad Boston on speed.

 

However it turns out, it is sure to be close and exciting racing on a beautiful day in South Florida – be sure to watch it all in real time right here.

 

12/05/2008

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Why is this here and not at OTW?

 

Oh yea, I am the only on the Forum.... maybe because everybody is tired of you CLean

 

I'm weary of Clean, but not tired...I can handle of few more of the OTW Anarchy dealios - After all World- You Ain't got no Job, you ain't got no car and it's Friday and you ain't got shit to do..

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However it turns out, it is sure to be close and exciting racing on a beautiful day in South Florida – be sure to watch it all in real time right here.

 

12/05/2008

 

Linky no worky?

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However it turns out, it is sure to be close and exciting racing on a beautiful day in South Florida – be sure to watch it all in real time right here.

 

12/05/2008

 

Linky no worky?

 

Worky just fine for me -

 

try here http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php...t&p=2023748

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no worky for me either!

 

Really ?

 

Hold on...we all know sailmakers aren't brightest bulbs in the box - Are you clicking the right mouse button?

 

J/K Homie - I'll call the tower and see if the pattern is full

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Ok Hold tight -

 

Just got off the phone with Senor Clean and he's on route out to the course at the moment and said he would flip the switch to the 'On' position with the quickness.

 

 

For the soooper low res version of Video you can go here and see the boats heading out to the course http://www.a1aweather.com/all-in-one.php

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Here's the link again if any of you are having trouble getting to OTW Anarchy.

 

Wind Shift to the right will continue. Diurnal heating will max out at 1:40PM local time. Winds 4-7 knots. From 090-130.

 

Great coverage CLEAN. Thanks for the shots!

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