Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad

Melges 20 U.S. Nationals - Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti Named champion

by Joy Dunigan on 26 Aug 2013
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship Meredith Block http://www.blocksail.com/
With a frontal system on its way to the Michigan coast and all the forecast models in agreement, the 26 racing teams from around the U.S. and the world knew before they left the dock that the final day of the 2013 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship presented by Audi Muskegon would feature big waves and white knuckle speeds.

Race Officer Bruce Golison planned for three races to decide the championship, and the battle began at 10 a.m. less than a mile from Holland's famous 'Big Red' lighthouse in 10 knots of breeze.

Race five of the championship, the first of the day, saw the all-amateur team aboard Brian Hill's Atlas punch through the starting line, turning their advantage to a big lead at the top mark. Hill and Argo's Jason Carroll fought tooth and nail for the position down the first run, with Carroll squeezing inside Hill for the lead at the gate. The two worked their way up the right side of the course while Wilmot chose the left, while a shift and gust gave Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti the lead at the final mark that they refused to relinquish. Hill took third, while Kiss finished a distant fourth, still with a slim but solid lead over Carroll, Ryan Devos on Volpe, and Kilroy.

In Race six, the wheels fell off the bus for Bacio; Kiss's first real misstep of the event. While Kilroy took a fourth and Devos a sixth, Kiss finished 12th. After the race, Golison read the scores over VHF radio, the call crackling through the air as it repeated over dozens of speakers. 'Tied For First: Samba Pa Ti and Bacio with 17 points each!.'

A busy spectator fleet crowded the start line as the teams converged for the final and deciding race of the National Championship, and at the top mark, the first and second-placed Kiss and Kilroy were separated by a single boat length.

As the boats jumped up on plane and surged through the waves downwind, a slight misstep from Kiss let Jeff Ecklund's STAR get close enough to affect his wind while Kilroy reveled in the breezy, choppy conditions, and the race was effectively over. 'I misjudged where we needed to be, and let Samba Pa Ti get away,' said Kiss. 'There aren't a lot of second chances when it's all on the line with a team as good as Kilroy's.' The three-time National Champion was disappointed but charged up. 'This definitely motivates us to train harder for Worlds in December,' he said.

Meanwhile, Kilroy was busy tearing through the remaining boats, working his way to a big lead on the final leg. As the team crossed the line, Wilmot, Reynolds and Kilroy pumped their fists with sails flapping around them. Kilroy was overjoyed with the victory, his second major sportboat title in less than a year. It was also payback for Kilroy'ssecond-place against Kiss during last year's Nationals in San Francisco.

'Winning against someone as skilled and gracious as Michael makes this trophy mean a lot more,' said Kilroy, who also won the 'Masters' trophy for best performance by a skipper over 60 years old. 'This was an incredible regatta - one of the best I have ever been to - and we're looking forward to a lot more Melges racing in the months ahead.'

Taking eighth place overall, Toronto's Brian Hill won the Corinthian National Championship for the top all-amateur team. 'We're very happy with our performance, and barring one bad hoist we'd have done even better,' said Hill. 'I think we proved that your profession isn't what gets you results in this Class; All you need are good sailors, a well-prepared boat, and lots of time on the water.'

Twenty-one year old Ian Hollerbach aboard Fuku and 20 year-old Morgan Kiss on Baciami traded places all week long only to find themselves tied on exactly 77 points at the end of the regatta. Kiss won the tiebreaker to get 13th place overall. 'It was awesome to have Morgan out there to use as a barometer for how we were doing,' said Hollerbach.

The younger Kiss plans to compete right through the World Championship, while Hollerbach's plans are less definite. 'I think I'm going to be asking [mom] Karen soon if I can do it,' he said. Kiss also went on to claim the trophy for 'top performance by a female skipper.'

Top ten results (After Seven Races, One Discard)

1.) John Kilroy, Samba Pa Ti; 2-[13]-4-6-1-4-1 = 18

2.) Michael Kiss, Bacio; 1-4-7-1-4-[12]-3 = 20

3.) Jason Carroll, Argo; 7-1-[8]-4-2-7-2 = 23

4.) Ryan DeVos, Volpe; 3-6-6-2-6-6-[16] = 29

5.) Richard Davies, Section 16; [15]-8-5-3-10-8-5 = 39

6.) Cesar Gomes Neto, Portobello; 17-9-1-[22]-11-1-6 = 45

7.) Travis Weisleder, Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team; [23]-7-3-10-12-3-10 = 45

8.) Brian Hill, Atlas (Corinthian); 6-11-13-12-3-5-[17] = 50

9.) Marc Hollerbach, Fu; 8-10-12-5-8-[14]-8 = 51

10.) Rob Wilber, Cinghiale; 18-3-2-15-[22]-10-7 = 55

For the first time ever, the U.S. National Championship Opening Ceremony was streamed live on the internet. It's available for viewing or embedding at Audi Melges 20 Ustream Channel

Friday night, six Audi Melges 20 racers got together with http://sailinganarchy.com/?utm_source=Kilroy%27s+Samba+Pa+Ti+Named+2013+Audi+Melges+20+U.S.+National+Champion+After+Come&utm_campaign=AM20+NATS+4&utm_medium=email!Sailing_Anarchy.com's Alan Block for a live, 30 minute talk show about tuning the Melges 20, the winter schedule and Worlds, the new mast, just how open the class is with information and tips, tips for newbie helmspersons, and much more. The video can be found at the Audi Melges 20 Ustream Channel.
Barz Optics - Kids rangeWildwind 2016 660x82Zhik AkzoNobelb 660x82

Related Articles

Wild Day 2 at Sperry Charleston Race Week
For a second day, Charleston Harbor and open ocean just offshore provided near-perfect conditions for over 200 teams For a second straight day, Charleston Harbor and the open ocean just offshore provided near-perfect conditions for over 200 competing teams at Sperry Charleston Race Week 2017. Boats across all six courses faced brisk southerly winds of 15-20 knots, while the offshore boats saw five-foot waves and big gusts on the second day of the biggest multiclass keelboat regatta in the Americas.
Posted on 23 Apr
The Vendée Globe skippers hosted at the Elysée Palace
The Elysée Palace yesterday hosted a grand ceremony where the Head of State honoured the heroes of offshore racing. The Elysée Palace yesterday hosted a grand ceremony where the Head of State honoured the heroes of offshore racing. Twenty-three of the twenty-nine Vendée Globe skippers attended the event, gathering around winner Armel Le Cléac’h, appointed Knight of the Legion of Honour.
Posted on 22 Apr
Boat International partners with NZ Millennium Cup 2018
Boat International partners with NZ Millennium Cup 2018 to celebrate superyacht regatta’s tenth anniversary Boat International Media, the global authority on superyachts and the luxury lifestyle that goes with them, has today announced that it will be partnering with the NZ Millennium Cup superyacht regatta, to be held in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands in January 2018.
Posted on 22 Apr
48th anniversary of Sir Robin’s Golden Globe victory
Robin Knox-Johnston set off for Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, striving to be the first person to sail single handed In 1968, when 29 year-old Robin Knox-Johnston set off for the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, striving to be the first person to sail single handed, nonstop around the world was not the only challenge he had to overcome.
Posted on 22 Apr
Golden Globe Race Plymouth start confirmed
The 2018 Golden Globe Race will start from Plymouth on Saturday June 30, 2018. The 2018 Golden Globe Race will start from Plymouth on Saturday June 30, 2018. The Race marks the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s victory in the Sunday Times Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world Race back in 1968/9.
Posted on 22 Apr
Just a perfect Day 1 of Melges 24 European Sailing Series
The Race Committee under the supervision of PRO Bojan Gale managed to execute three great races for the first event Just a perfect day! What else can you say about the day where all matches: wonderful weather with blue skies and sunshine, nice sea breeze up to 13 knots from South-West and happy Melges 24 sailors enjoying all of it at the first regatta
Posted on 21 Apr
World Cup Series Hyères – Returning to action
There will be a Riou partnering Besson, but this time it will be in the shape of former Laser Radial competitor, Amélie. Besson, along with partner Marie Riou, won all four Nacra 17 World Championship titles in the Rio 2016 quadrennial but failed to capitalise on that dominance as a back injury hampered any Olympic medal ambitions the pair harboured.
Posted on 21 Apr
Bella Mente Racing revving up for a challenging European Race Circuit
With rigorous Caribbean circuit in the rearview mirror, Bella Mente Racing looks ahead to even more challenging battles At Les Voiles de St. Barth, there is no option for a premature starter to return to the line and restart; instead, a 10% penalty is added to the boat’s final time upon finishing the race. Bella Mente continued to sail a fantastic race, taking first place on corrected time, but due to the penalty fell to sixth, which ultimately hurt the team’s overall ranking.
Posted on 21 Apr
It's time for Qingdao and China round of the Extreme Sailing Series
The countdown is on as the teams prepare to take to the water for the second Act in China's Olympic Sailing City Following an epic season opener in Muscat in March, the racing reconvenes over China's May Labour Day holiday weekend, with open water racing on day one followed by Stadium Racing in Fushan Bay, a venue notorious for its temperamental weather that has previously seen multiple capsizes caused by its unexpected gusts.
Posted on 21 Apr
The Queen’s Cup will include an ORR Fleet in 2017
We are pleased to announce that we will be accepting registrations for fully crewed boats with a current ORR certificate Calling all fully crewed boats with ORR certificates. We are pleased to announce that we will now be accepting registrations for fully crewed boats with a current ORR certificate for the 2017 Queen’s Cup Race. We have just updated the website and entry form. Please go to our website at www.ssyc.org, to the Queen’s Cup tab, for the amended NoR and revised entry form.
Posted on 21 Apr