Melges 24 Pre-Worlds win to Melleby on Full Medal Jacket + images

Melges 24 World Championship - Pre-Worlds
The concluding day of the Pre-Worlds Regatta at the 2011 Melges 24 World Championship in Corpus Christi, Texas, saw an unexpected return to the breezier conditions with which the venue is more synonymous, with the final two races being completed in 15 - 18 knots.

A 6,2 scoreline today for overnight leader Eivind Melleby on NOR 804 Full Medal Jacket, was enough to seal an overall win in the Pre Worlds Regatta. Melleby finished the two day series tied on points with second placed Lorenzo Bressani on ITA 817 Uka Uka Racing, who chalked up a win in the first race today before finishing fourth in the second race. A seventh and a sixth score today saw Nathan Wilmot at the helm of IRL 607 Embarr take the final Pre-Worlds podium position. The winning Corinthian, all amateur team was USA 15 Abordage owned and helmed by Erwan Le Gall from San Francisco.

The Melges 24 World Championship will take place at the Corpus Christi Yacht Club from May 11 to 21.
With racing in the main World Championship series scheduled to start in the morning, most teams spent the afternoon after racing today on boat preparation, final sail selection and planning for the week of racing ahead.

Soling Olympian and America's Cup sailor Espen Stokkeland, tactician aboard Full Medal Jacket, said that the Norwegian team were looking forward to the coming week. 'There are so many great teams here this week. The racing is going to be intense, with all of the top guys battling it out against each other. We expect the racing to be really close. It's going to be great.'

470 Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Wilmot seemed content with his team's preparation in the lead up to the championship. 'This is my first Melges 24 regatta. It's been interesting so far. I think I need to learn to stay behind the line a bit more as we have managed two recalls in three races. The boats are great though - great fun to sail and close racing, a pretty similar style to the 470, other than you also have a backstay to deal with. All in all the Melges 24 experience has been really nice and we are looking forward to the week'.

Melges 24 World Championship - Pre-Worlds

AUDI helmsman Ricardo Simoneschi (ITA) appeared confident and relaxed on the eve of the main championship. 'As a team we are happy with the job we have done up to now. In terms of the venue, I think it is a very interesting place. We were told that the winds were generally very strong and quite steady here, but in the last few days we have already seen a variety of conditions and some quite big windshifts. So I think there will be plenty of tactical options and the racing will actually be quite open.' Simoneschi also noted that the steep chop which prevails in Corpus Christi presented it's own challenges. 'For sure the wave patterns here make life very challenging for the helmsman upwind in particular. It is very easy to let the boat slow down and you have to do lots of work with the mainsheet and the tuning of the boat to counter this.'

With so many strong teams competing, there is little doubt that this year's championship will be one of the most closely fought ever, and picking a clear favourite at this point is virtually impossible. The general consensus amongst the competitors at this evening's Opening Ceremony held at the Corpus Christi Yacht Club, was that consistency, starting ability and downwind speed were likely to be the key factors in determining the overall winner. There was also a general anticipation of some spectacular sailing ahead when the inevitable classic big breeze Corpus Christi conditions make an appearance.

Racing in the 2011 Melges 24 World Championship main series begins on Monday May 16 and runs through until Saturday May 21, with two races per day scheduled.

 Melges 24 Pre-Worlds
Bow/Sail  
Boat  SkipperYacht Club  1  3  4  TotalPos
27 / NOR 804  Full Medal Jacket  Eivind Melleby  Royal Norwegian Yacht Club   1  6  2   9T  
1  
21 / ITA 817  UkaUka Racing  Lorenzo Bressani  SVBG   4  1  4   9T  
2  
04 / IRL 607  Embarr  Conor Clarke  Royal Jamaica Yacht Club   5  7  6   18  
3  
25 / USA 820  New England Ropes/West Marine  Bora Gulari  Bayview Yacht Club   13  13  3   29  
4  
07 / AUS 686  Coco  Heath Walters  Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club   8  19  10   37T  
5  
22 / FRA 644  ZIG ZAG 18  Henri Samuel  YACHT CLUB DE DINARD   12  16  9   37T  
6  
20 / SUI 596  Blu Moon  Flavio Favini  YCL   33/DNF  2  5   40T  
7  
02 / USA 812  Brick House 812  Kristen Lane  St. Francis Yacht Club   2  5  33/DNS   40T  
8  
17 / BER655  hedgehog  Alec Cutler  Royal Bermuda Yacht Club   7  3  33/DNF   43  
9  
15 / ITA 735  ALTEA  Andrea Racchelli  CVCI   33/DNS  10  1   44  
10  
16 / ITA 819  AUDI  Riccardo Simoneschi  YCCS   3  9  33/DNS   45T  
11  
23 / USA 15  Abordage  Erwan le Gall
[Corinthian]  
Golden Gate Yacht Club   9  23  13   45T  
12  
11 / CAN 121  Black Dog  Dave Black
[Corinthian]  
Etobicoke Yacht Club   15  21  12   48  
13  
24 / USA 786  BATTLE RHYTHM  Guy Mossman  Carolina Yacht Club   14  4  33/DNS   51T  
14  
08 / AUS 553  Bandit  Warwick Rooklyn  CYCA   11  33/OCS  7   51T  
15  
18 / USA 494  Wee Jaggie  Andrew Walford
[Corinthian]  
Oklahoma City Boat Club   16  22  14   52  
16  
31 / USA 379  Team Velocitek  Daniel Kaseler  Port Madison Yacht Club   33/DNS  12  8   53  
17  
30 / USA 201  Mako  Stephen McMillan  Tahoe City Yacht Club   17  25  18   60  
18  
12 / USA675  12happythoughts  David Brede  CYC Seattle   33/DNS  18  11   62  
19  
13 / USA 615  Funtech Racing  Charlie Hess
[Corinthian]  
BYC   33/DNS  20  16   69  
20  
06 / USA 623  Brick House 623  Peter Lane  St. Francis Yacht Club   6  33/OCS  33/DNS   72T  
21  
33 / USA 480  Monsoon II  Mark Hulings
[Corinthian]  
Corpus Christi Yacht Club   33/DNS  24  15   72T  
22  
05 / USA 700  ARDOR/C.R.E.A.M.  David O'Reilly  ChYC   33/OCS  8  33/DNS   74  
23  
10 / USA 533  High Voltage  August Hernandez
[Corinthian]  
Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club   10  33/OCS  33/OCS   76  
24  
14 / USA 24  Smokin  Kevin Clark
[Corinthian]  
Encinal   33/DNS  11  33/DNF   77  
25  
03 / USA 674  Rosebud  Scott Holmgren
[Corinthian]  
OCBC   33/OCS  14  33/DNS   80  
26  
32 / JPN 783  Esprit  Eiichiro Hamazaki
[Corinthian]  
Seabonia Yacht Club   33/OCS  15  33/OCS   81  
27  
09 / USA 344  Cold Shot  Steve Eller
[Corinthian]  
Austin Yacht Club   33/OCS  33/DNS  17   83T  
28  
28 / GER 635  Unsponsored  Christof Wieland
[Corinthian]  
Bayrischer Yacht Club   33/DNS  17  33/OCS   83T  
29  
01 / USA 811  WTF  Alan Field  California Yacht Club   33/OCS  33/DNS  33/DNS   99T  
30  
26 / USA 604  Tom Slick  Jeff Wittenberg  Columbia   33/DNS  33/DNS  33/DNS   99T  
30  
29 / USA-749  FULL THROTTLE  Brian Porter  Lake Geneva Yacht Club.   33/DNF  33/DNF  33/DNF   99T  
30  

 

 



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Melges 24 World Championship - Pre-Worlds

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Melges 24 World Championship - Pre-Worlds

Melges 24 World Championship - Pre-Worlds

Melges 24 World Championship - Pre-Worlds

Melges 24 World Championship - Pre-Worlds

Melges 24 World Championship - Pre-Worlds


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