Thursday, February 21st officially kicked off the anticipated four-day race hosted at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) Yacht Club and Marina.
The following teams participated in the first Melges 32 event hosted in the BVI:
1.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton; Argo
2.) Dalton DeVos/Morgan Reeser; Delta
3.) Richard Gorranson/Hamish Pepper; Inga from Sweden
4.) Mark Plaxton/Richard Clarke; INTAC
5.) Alex Jackson/Paul Goodison; Leenabarca
6.) Roberto Tomassini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto; Robertissima III
7.) Jamie Torres/Marty Kullman; Smile and Wave
8.) Valentin Zavadnikov, Tommaso Chieffi; Team Synergy
9.) Ryan DeVos/Ed Baird, Volpe
The above fleet includes a double National Champion, Jason Carroll on Argo
and North American Champion, Ryan DeVos on Volpe
. However, all teams were stacked with well-versed and accomplished talent from around the world.
The week was full of exciting events to end a hard day of racing - Cocktail parties at YCCS, BBQ at Bitter End, and a Dinner/Cocktail Reception at Oil Nut Bay. None as exhilarating as the races themselves.
Day 1: Was taken by Robertissima, winning race 1 and 3, while Volpe took Race 2.
Day 2: Argo stole the lead in Race 3 from Inga from Sweden to win all three races for the day.
Day 3: Robertissima walked away with all three wins.
Day 4: An intense battle for the win of the final race, with Argo taking first.
Overall, Robertissima came out on top and are the first ever 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series, Event No. 1 Virgin Gorda CHAMPIONS!
for a rundown of all races and final results. PHOTO CREDIT: ©2013 JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association