Monday, March 25, 2013

DeVos Crowned Champion at International Rolex Regatta, OtterBox® Melges 32 - Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands - The final day of racing at the 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series Event No. 2, held in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary edition of the International Rolex Regatta, hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC) awarded 21-year old Dalton DeVos on Delta division honors. In addition to winning his first ever Melges 32 regatta, he also went home with one of four Rolex watches presented as International Regatta trophies.
Photo: © 2013 JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association
DeVos first sailed in the fleet at the raw age of 18, alongside of his father Doug. Now, some three years later, Dalton has driven his Delta Melges 32 to victory in St. Thomas accompanied by none other than world famous tactican Jonathan McKee and crew comprised of Morgan Reeser, Zach Hurst, Cody Schlup, William Sleeman, Linda Lindquist-Bishop and Nate Smith.
Photo: © 2013 JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association
Finishing a proud second overall was Jason Carroll aboard Argo, followed by Richard Goransson's Inga From Sweden in third.
Photo: © 2013 JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association
The last triptych of races were held offshore in comparison to the previous days 'bay style' racing. Windward/leeward configurations, a solid 2-3 feet of chop and an absolutely near perfect 12-15 knots of breeze greeted the nine-strong fleet for the final Sunday afternoon showdown. From the very start, it appeared that boat speed would play a big part in the success of whoever came out on top. It would be an absolute necessity to win.
Photo: © 2013 JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association
Ryan DeVos on Volpe came out with all guns firing upwind. After a great start, he took an immediate lead to round the mark in first, chased by Roberto Tomasini Grinover's Robertissima and Mark Plaxton on INTAC. Ryan extended throughout the race taking the win, Tomasini Grinover was second while Plaxton settled for third.
Photo: © 2013 JOY | International Melges 32 Class Association
Race Two placed Carroll out front fast. He punched it on the starting line extending almost instantly. Ryan DeVos tried chasing him down but his effort was futile despite his own separation from the fleet in an effort to catch Carroll. Carroll easily took the win, followed by Ryan DeVos, and Tomasini Grinover finished up in third.

The stage was now set for a grande finale style face-off. Dalton DeVos had finished a disappointing sixth in the second race of the day. This result, combined with Carroll's bullet meant the two were tied in points - 24 each. It was going to be do or die, as every spectator held their breath for the start. Carroll was hot off the pin end, while DeVos took to the committee boat side, splitting the difference from the get go - Carroll left and DeVos right.

Tomasini Grinover beat the fleet to the top mark to take a solid lead ahead of Goransson in second. Carroll and Dalton DeVos battled hard as the two rounded almost dead last. DeVos found some clean air on the first run to the gate eventually leaving Carroll behind. Tomasini triumphed to take the race bullet, Goransson claimed second while DeVos rallied to finish third and won the overall regatta title and trophy.

Top Five Results (after ten races, one discard)

1.) Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee, Delta; 1-2-3-[6]-1-5-1-5-6-3 = 27
2.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo; 7-4-1-3-6-2-3-4-1-[10/RAF] = 31
3.) Richard Goransson/Hamish Pepper, Inga From Sweden; 3-5-2-4-5-1-6-7-[8]-2 = 35
4.) Ryan DeVos/Ed Baird, Volpe; [8]-3-5-5-3-3-7-1-2-7 = 36
5.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 6-6-4-[9]-2-6-8-2-3-1 = 38

Joy Dunigan

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