Melges 32 U.S. National Championship Full On In Newport

23 July 2012

Newport, RI - USA - The last two major events for the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) in North America revealed that the young and experienced can prevail in thrilling, competitive conditions, such as the one that the Melges 32 fosters worldwide. The fledging Ryan DeVos on Volpe (Macatawa Bay, MI) with Ed Baird as tactician took top East Coast Championship honors in West Palm Beach, FL. Prior to that, a final-day blow out at the Melges 32 Miami Championship resulted in only two days of racing leaving Alec Cutler's Hedgehog (Pembroke, Bermuda) with Richard Clarke on tactics holding the trophy atop a fleet 26-strong. On July 27-29, 2012, the fleet will rise to the occasion once more in Newport, R.I. to compete for the coveted U.S. National Championship title. Twenty-five teams will assemble for what will be the final event leading up to the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship. Hosted by the New York Yacht Club, the Worlds will take place on September 20-29 where an unprecedented, record-breaking attendance level is expected.

Melges 32 Nationals week (July 23-29) will be packed full with much preparation for the heated competition ahead — measurement, registration, weigh-in, lots of practice sessions and debriefs. The Nationals roster features only about 80 percent of the anticipated World Championship fleet. In addition to DeVos and Cutler, look for great things from defending National Champion Jason Carroll (New York, NY) and his Argo Team. Carroll is fresh off of a big victory in Porto Cervo, Italy at the European Championship in early June, so needless to say, Team Argo is pumped. 2011 Audi Sailing Series Champion, Lanfranco Cirillo (Roncadelle, Brescia, Italy) with tactician Michele Paoletti onFantastica (currently seated second overall in the 2012 Audi Sailing Series), are the only European entry. Cirillo's efforts are always one of strength and determination as his real sights are set on the Worlds title.

The fleet is laden with the very best in world-class sailing talent. A quick glance down the entry list shows a virtual index of sailing rock stars including match-racing guru Cameron Appleton, Collegiate All-American (1996, 1997, 1998) and America's Cup Sailor Andy Horton, 2011 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Bill Hardesty, multiple world champion and Congressional Cup Winner Chris Larson, reigning Melges 24 U.S. National and World Champion (2002) Harry Melges, as well as former Olympians Charlie Ogletree, Johnny Lovell, and brothers Charlie and Jonathan McKee. The list of headliners goes on to also include Robbie Naismith, Roscoe Halcrow, Brad Read, John Mollicone, Tom Burnham, Peter Holmberg, Steve Hunt, Tony Rey, Jeff Madrigali and Morgan Larson, just to name a few.

The 2012 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship, hosted by Sail Newport and headquartered at theNewport Shipyard, will present three great days of competition and fantastic apres racing social events. On Wednesday, July 25, registration will commence, then conclude on Thursday with a Skipper's Meeting in the afternoon. U.S. Nationals Supporting Sponsor Sentient Jet will host an incredible racing cocktail and hor d'oeuvres party on Friday. On Saturday, the fleet will celebrate 2013 early with a Virgin Islands Sailing Series party. A brief presentation will be made about the upcoming 2013 series along with a Q&A session with food, beer and music.

The 2012 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship is pleased to welcome Sentient Jet as a supporting sponsor. As one of the leading private aviation companies in the country, Sentient Jet looks forward to hosting the fleet with a first day, apres racing cocktail and hor d'oeuvres party at the Newport Shipyard. To find out more about Sentient Jet and their offerings, visit their website atwww.sentient.com.

Full race reports, interviews and photo galleries will be posted each day at the official website of theInternational Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA). Racing updates from the course will be posted online at the Official Melges 32 BlogFacebook and Twitter. If you are unable to attend the 2012 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship, stay in touch by subscribing to the IM32CA RSS Feed.

U.S. National Championship Entry List (Owner/Tactician)
1.) Phil Lotz/Brad Read, Arethusa
2.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo
3.) Pieter Taselaar/Nick Thompson, Bliksem
4.) Michael Dominguez/Andy Horton, Bronco
5.) Joel Ronning/Bill Hardesty, Catapult
6.) Malcolm Gefter/John Mollicone, Celeritas
7.) Ed Tillinghast/Allan Terhune, Jr., Dark N' Stormy
8.) Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee, Delta
9.) Makoto Uematsu/Tony Rey, Esmeralda
10.) Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica
11.) William Douglass/Chris Larson, Goombay Smash
12.) Alec Cutler/Tom Burnham, Hedgehog
13.) Mark Plaxton/Peter Holmberg, INTAC
14.) Alex Jackson/Charlie McKee, Leenabarca
15.) Steve Rhyne/Johnny Lovell, Mojo
16.) Bill Whiston/Karl Kleinschrodt, New Wave
17.) John Taylor/Jeff Madrigali, Ninkasi
18.) Benjamin Schwartz/Mike Buckley, Pisces
19.) John Kilroy/Jeremy Wilmot, Samba Pa Ti
20.) Geoff Pierini, Sicktrix32
21.) Keisuke Suzuki/Jesper Radich, Swing
22.) Ryan DeVos/Ed Baird, Volpe
23.) Steve Howe/Morgan Larson, Warpath
24.) Tyler Davidson/Peter Davidson, Wicked One
25.) Alexis Michas/Brian Ledbetter, Zetiana
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The Melges 32 Class is appreciative of the support from the following 2012 U.S. National Championship sponsors:

Melges Performance Sailboats, the builder of the Melges 32, is the world leader in performance, one design racing. For more than 60 years, Melges has delivered superior-built Scows, Sportboats and Skiffs across the country and around the world. Melges has designed, manufactured and provided continuous customer service and product support unlike anyone else. Now ask yourself, do you believe in speed? Could it be possible to have the luxury of simple sailing that is fun and fast? The answer is without reservation — yes. Signed, sealed, endorsed and delivered by the best, for the best. For more information about Melges, visit their website at melges.com

Sentient Jet is one of the leading private aviation companies in the country. Sentient’s Jet Card and 25-Hour Jet Card offer industry-leading value for private jet travel and protection from the risk of depreciating assets associated with fractional jet ownership.

Sentient has established a strong reputation for outstanding service and a commitment to leading safety programs, guided by the industry’s first and only Independent Safety Advisory Board. Sentient’s extensive network of certified operators ensures that clients will always have access to executive aircraft that meet Sentient’s rigorous standards for safety and quality. For on-demand, individual itineraries, the company also offers the Sentient Jet Charter program as well as the online private jet charter marketplace, www.privatejets.com.

The IM32CA and Team INTAC cordially invite Melges 32s worldwide to participate in the 2013 Virgin Islands Sailing Series (VISS). This exciting, all-new Caribbean winter/spring racing series is designed to provide a high level of sailing venue diversity and competition. The Series consists of three sanctioned events in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands — February 21-24, March 22-24, April 26-28, and one unsanctioned event on March 29-31. Special thanks to the following 2013 VISS Party sponsors: British Virgin Islands Tourism BoardU.S. Virgin Islands Department of TourismThe Moorings/TUI MarineYacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS)International Rolex Regatta 2013BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival and INTAC Global Investments.