In the last race of the series a fifth place was enough for John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti to triumph over the thirty-three strong fleet to claim the Melges 32 World Championship.
Kilroy was joined onboard by tactician Paul Goodison and crew Federico Michetti, Harry Melges III, Luca Faravelli, Martino Tortarolo, Justin Smart and Marco Carpinello. Second overall was Alec Cutler on Hedgehog with tactician Richard Clarke and in third, Steve Howe on Warpath with Morgan Larson on tactics.
Race number ten provided more surprises under overcast skies, light and shifty breezes out of the Northeast. Keisuke Suzuki from Japan on Swing, with tactician Jesper Radich put the fleet on alert when he challenged and overtook John Taylor's Ninkasi with Jeff Madrigali on tactics.
Suzuki slowly but surely acquired a monster lead as the race progressed, then gained more momentum and extended furthermore earning over a two minute lead at the finish for the win. Edoardo Lupi's Torpyone had a great race finishing second, while Alex Jackson on Leenabarca claimed third.
With the completion of the Melges 32 World Championship, the 2012 USA Sailing Series also draws to a close. California's Steve Howe on Warpath was appropriately awarded 2012 Melges 32 USA Sailing Series Champion. Howe won the Gold Cup Regatta last December and continued to excel throughout the season, ultimately putting him atop of the list of an impressive 44 qualifying teams. Newly crowned World Champion John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti took second place honors, while Benjamin Schwartz's Pisces came third.
Melges 32 - World Championship, Final overall Leaders after 10 races (33 entries)
1.) John Kilroy, Jr./Paul Goodison, Samba Pa Ti; -8-1-12-1-1-1-2-8-5 = 39 pts
2.) Alec Culter/Richard Clarke, Hedgehog; 5-7-2-4-7-6-4-4--10 = 49 pts
3.) Steve Howe/Morgan Larson, Warpath; 2-15-4-7-8-3-8-3-12- = 62 pts
4.) Benjamin Schwartz/Chris Rast, Pisces; 4-1--2-4-13-11-14-2 19 = 70 pts
5.) Pieter Taselaar/Nick Thompson, Bliksem; 7-16-6-11-5-11-7-1-9- = 73 pts
6.) William Douglass/Chris Larson, Goombay Smash; 3-3-12--9-9-3-21-7-14 = 81 pts
7.) Vincenzo Onorato/Nathan Wilmot, Mascalzone Latino; 12-2-13-19-19-7-6-5-1- = 84 pts
8.) Andrea Pozzi/Gabriele Benussi, Bombarda; 1-6-9-3-2-26-21-6--16 = 90 pts
9.) Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone; 8-4-3-6--22-22-19-6-2 = 92 pts
10.) Roberto Tomassini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 6-21-5-20-3-14-16-9-3- = 97 pts
Full Melges 32 results here
30 September 2012 10:11 GMT