Despite the recent influx of Farr 40/TP 52 talent and mega-rich owners into the burgeoning Melges 32 fleet, Tampa locals Marty Kullman and Mike Carroll took this weekend’s Fort Lauderdale Gold Cup title aboard New Wave with only one pro aboard and an attitude that was all fun and no ego. Blowing off the North status quo, the ‘Wave sported the only set of Quantum sails at the event – not even Terry Hutchinson on Samba Pa Ti sailed with Qs, and they got only third. We had all the gears we needed,” said trimmer Judah Rubin. “If we needed to get bow out and go fast, the sails let us. If we needed to dig up for a lane, they did that too.” Here are the FULL RESULTS.
There’s no need for a regatta recap, because thanks to Latis Yachting Solutions, Point Loma Outfitting, and SLAM, you can relive every start, every mark rounding, every finish, and dozens of interviews all in the Gold Cup On-The-Water Anarchy forum. Just a couple of years ago, we listened to dozens of people tell us, “no one really wants to watch live buoy racing” and “it’s just too boring.” At this event, there were no fewer than 4 live blogs/reports going on at one time from the water just East of the Lauderdale beaches. Of course none of them were worth looking at, and none will ever be nearly as good as what OTW Anarchy has become, but it’s nice to know that everyone who has contributed to our live reporting has helped raise the bar significantly to the point that we have so many imitators.