North Sails NEWS
TORPYONE PROVES CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY TO WINNING AT THE MELGES 32 EUROPEANS
The Melges 32 Europeans, hosted in Sibenik, Croatia brought 17 teams together for three days of some highly competitive and close racing. This was the final test event for the class before the Worlds in Monte Argentario, Italy in late August.
The first day of racing was tough racing in light air with only two races completed before the wind completely shut down. The fleet went back ashore in hopes the weather would cooperate the next day. Day two unfortunately was very light again, and only one race was completed leaving all-to-play for the series on the final day of racing. With no discard on the scoreboard yet, the podium positions were an open to anyone, making things exciting as the stakes were very high coming into the final day for the European title.
On the last day, the weatherman delivered! The wind was oscillating out of the South at 18-20 knots, which gave the competitors a thrilling day on the water. While conditions were prime, this allowed teams to push the boundaries in speed downwind and be much more physical upwind while hiking.
Torpyone scored a 9-3-4, using up their only discard. Despite having to discard their 9th place, their incredible consistency showed that winning races is not essential to winning a regatta, but that achieving consistent podium results is. With all but one race finishing in the top three, the European Championship title was theirs this time around. This win is their best result in the Melges 32 fleet to date. G-spot skippered by Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio fought hard on the final day scoring 2-1-2 making them runners up, followed by Richard Goransson’s team on board Inga. Both teams discarded a 12th place, but G-Spot was able to keep 2nd overall with a 1st place finish in race five, winning the tiebreaker.
Congratulations to all North-powered customers in the Melges 32 fleet and good luck at the World Championships in August!