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Further solid showing from Delta

Another tricky day for the Melges 32s at the International Rolex Regatta

Saturday March 23rd 2013, Author: Joy Dunigan, Location: Virgin Islands

The second day of the racing at the International Rolex Regatta, proved to be just as challenging as the first, this time not only for the nine participating Melges 32 teams, but also for the Race Committee. Despite the hardships, Dalton DeVos aboard Delta delivered a 1-5-1 daily result to further secure first place overall with seven races now complete and one discard in effect. He sits six points ahead of Jason Carroll's Argo now in second, while Richard Goransson on Inga From Sweden slips back one slot to finish third.

From the moment the teams stepped into the race arena, they could see it was not going to be an easy day. The breeze was funneling in essentially from two directions caused mainly by St John's Island (which also influenced the fleet decision to do more windward/leeward configurations rather than distance races). The Race Committee put the fleet under immediate postponement, and eventually pulled up anchor from their original position to better accommodate the breeze angle. This enabled them to fire off the first race of the day.

DeVos gave a carbon copy performance winning Race One. Roberto Tomasini Grinover's Robertissima appeared to be back on track, finishing up in second and Ryan DeVos' Volpe took third.

As the Race Committee worked to get the second race underway, the breeze took a huge swing in direction and not in favour of the fleet start. The Race Committee had no other choice but to abandon the race and relocate once more in a general offshore direction. Goransson got off the line fast in the 8-10 knots of breeze with a slight chop. He lead the fleet around the track for the win. Carroll hung in to claim second and DeVos' Volpe took third.

For the start of final race of the day, the breeze was still unsettled. But, with a quick reset of the starting line, race three produced quite a traffic jam at the committee boat with several leaders getting caught up in the shuffle, Dalton DeVos and Goransson among them. Thanks to some quick thinking by DeVos' tactician Jonathan McKee, Delta immediately found a right side hole at the start, port tacking out for some clean air. This one specific move put DeVos back out front at the top ahead of Tony Buckingham's Ngoni and Carroll. DeVos ran away with the lead, while Buckingham and Carroll battled for second, the two finishing respectively in second and third.

The final day of racing in St Thomas will be nothing short of spectacular.

Results (top five):

1.) Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee, Delta; 1-2-3-[6]-1-5-1 = 13
2.) Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, Argo; [7]-4-1-3-6-2-3 = 19
3.) Richard Goransson/Hamish Pepper, Inga From Sweden; 3-5-2-4-5-1-[6] = 20
4.) Ryan DeVos/Ed Baird, Volpe; [8]-3-5-5-3-3-7 = 26
5.) Mark Plaxton/Richard Clarke, INTAC; 2-[9]-6-1-7-7-5 = 28

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