William Douglass' Goombay Smash Crowned World Champion

24 September 2011

Palma de Mallorca, Spain - Congratulations to newly crowned Melges 32 World Champion William Douglass on Goombay Smash. Douglass was accompanied by tactician Chris Larson and crew members Marco Constant, Andy Escourt, Stu Pollard, Mark Towill, Chris Welch and Alan Nakanishi. After a long, nerve-racking, rainy on land postponement, around two o'clock a short trip out to the race course left the 29-strong fleet waiting for the wind. Unfortunately, it never arrived and no racing was able to take place leaving Douglass and his incredible team World Champions.

A fine congratulations also goes to second overall finisher John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti as he fought hard to win the Championship, but lost by a single point. Lanfranco Cirillo aboard Fantastica, with Michele Paoletti and team are happy with their third place finish, however like Kilroy, would have loved the opportunity to have another go at the title.

In retrospect, Saturday, the final day of racing was the polar opposite of days past. Teams awoke to cloudy skies with heavy dark clouds and light fickle breezes on the last day of the 2011 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma (RCNP). Every few minutes or so, the Race Committee and staff of RCNP worked very hard to first, keep teams well-informed of the course conditions and, importantly were on key for fast changing racing possibilities. In the meantime, sailors spent the morning gathered in the bar and enclosed patio areas glued to rugby on television.

In the end, racing on Saturday was not meant to be. The results after day four, stand as final.

Top Ten Results (FINAL)
1.) William Douglass/Chris Larson, Goombay Smash; [28]-3-12-6-1-7-10-2 = 41
2.) John Kilroy/Vasco Vascotto, Samba Pa Ti; 5-1-10-1-13-2-[28]-10 = 42 
3.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica; 10-9-3-2-2-[23]-3-13 = 42
4.) Yukihiro Ishida/Hamish Pepper, Yasha Samurai; 1-[24]-2-13-7-4-7-18 = 52
5.) Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone; [18]-18-6-3-18-1-6-4 = 56
6.) Vincenzo Onorato/Francesco Bruni, Mascalzone Latino; 2-5-20-12-[21]-1-1 = 59
7.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, ARGO; 3-12-13-4-[22]-3-21-6 = 62
8.) Joe Woods/ Paul Goodison, Red; [15]-10-15-8-12-14-5-5 = 69
9.) Filippo Pacinotti/Danielle Cassinari, Brontolo HH; 13-11-1-[17]-17-9-4-16 = 71
10.) John Porter/Jonathan McKee, Full Throttle; 7-[15]-5-15-15-8-13-8 = 71
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Photo Galleries
Real Club Nautico de Palma, Nico Martinez
International Melges 32 Class Association, Joy Dunigan
Professional Photographer, Max Ranchi
Professional Photographer, Ainhou Sanchez
Professional Photographer, Ruben Ballester

Video Interviews - Courtesy of Zerogradinord.it
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The International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) would like to extend the greatest of gratitude and special thanks to Real Club Nautico de Palma, in particular Vivi Mainemare, PRO Gaspar Morey, Arianne Mainemare as well as Jury Chair Luciano Giacomi and team, RCNP Press Coordinator Nicolas Terry, for the most sensational championship ever. As always, the class is ever grateful for the dedicated staff of Melges Europe and One Design Service. Ms. Luisa Bambozzi and Paola Spreafico have served class members non-stop making it by far, the easiest and most enjoyable event ever held.

A very special thanks to all the owners and teams that have traveled from afar to Palma to make the World Championship the very best ever. It is your dedication for the Melges 32 that makes it the best sportboat and style of performance racing in the world.

The class appreciates greatly the extraordinary talents of RCNP Official Photographer Nico Martinez, and the continued support of IM32CA Video Team Mauro and Janna Melandri with Zerogradinord.it. Additional thanks to professional photographers Max Ranchi, Ruben Ballester and Ainhou Sanchez for sharing their beautiful work.

For the International Class, 2012 will commence in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the prestigious Gold Cup Regatta. This event is slated to be as successful as in past years, as the fleet prepares to work toward the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship scheduled for Newport, Rhode Island USA, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) on September 25-29, 2012. Pre-Worlds will take place on September 22-23.