Samba Pa Ti Wins 2012 Melges 32 Midwinter Championship Series

5 March 2012

Miami, Fla. - With the conclusion of the Melges 32 Miami Championship came the end of the 2012 Midwinter Championship Series (MCS). The Series consisted of combined scores from the 2011 Gold Cup in Fort Lauderdale, Key West and Miami. A total of thirty-two teams competed in the Series and atop the field is Champion John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti.

"The fleet here in Miami shows what level of competition there is in this class. There are so many great sailors. You absolutely cannot take anything for granted," commented Kilroy. "In this fleet, in order to win you have to have everything going just right. It all has to come together perfectly — boat speed, handling, great crew or otherwise you just get tossed out the back. And, for me that's what makes this exciting and fun. The Melges 32 is the best fleet racing I've ever done."

"The other great aspect of this fleet are the people. The Porter's are a great example of just how really good the people are here," said Kilroy. "To see John sailing the boat with half of his family and doing so well is pretty amazing. A total class act."

Steve Howe on Warpath place second overall and initially lead the Series starting with a big win at Gold Cup and a fifth in Key West. A disappointing 13th in Miami surrendered his MCS lead. Rounding on the top three was Joel Ronning's Catapult

TOP TEN RESULTS (After three events, FINAL)
1.) John Kilroy, Samba Pa Ti = 288 pts
2.) Steve Howe, Warpath = 284 pts
3.) Joel Ronning, Catapult = 276 pts
4.) Mark Plaxton, INTAC = 273 pts
5.) Bob Hughes, Heartbreaker = 262 pts
6.) Steve Rhyne, Mojo = 261 pts
7.) Phil Lotz, Arethusa = 254 pts
8.) Malcolm Gefter, Celeritas = 251 pts
9.) Alec Cutler, Hedgehog = 197 pts
10.) Keisuke Suzuki, Swing = 192 pts
Full Series Results