Competition couldn’t have been closer at the 2014 Megles 32 U.S. Nationals in Newport, Rhode Island. Cousins Ryan and Dalton DeVos – both powered by Quantum® sails – battled each other for the lead, with Dalton pulling ahead in the final race to win the overall championship.
After an opening day of heavy air conditions, day two of the event offered 8-10 knots of breeze with moderate seas. While others struggled in the light air, Ryan on Volpe and Dalton on Delta rallied ahead of the fleet. The first two races of the day saw the cousins fighting for the top spot, with Ryan working hard to hold on to an early lead. Dalton pulled through, however, inching past Ryan in races four and five.
Ryan went into the final day of racing with a three-point lead over Dalton, but he couldn’t hold on. Richard Goransson’s Inga From Sweden with Quantum® sails took the first victory, leading the track from start to finish. Ryan’s sixth place finish and Dalton’s second place finish tied them at thirteen points each as they entered the final race. Dalton jumped ahead with a great start off the pin, managing to pull ahead and stay in the lead, finishing second and third in the heat for an overall first and second place finish for Dalton and Ryan.
2014 Melges U.S. National Championship results:
1 – Dalton Devos, Delta
2 – Ryan Devos, Volpe
4 – Richard Goransson, Inga From Sweden
For full results of the 2014 Melges U.S. Nationals, click here.