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Melges 24 World Championship 2011 day three - Leader extends

by Justin Chisholm on 19 May 2011
Melges 24 World Championships Corpus Christi, Texas. Day 3 Wednesday, May 18, 2 races sailed in 17-20 knots. Rick Tomlinson - copyright
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas reached its midpoint today.

Races 5 and 6 were completed in fresh conditions and the racing was characteristically tight throughout the fleet. Each start and every mark rounding was fiercely contested on day three of competition.


Overnight leader Lorenzo Bressani at the helm of ITA 817 Uka Uka Racing, won both of today's races to establish a 15 point lead and an effective stranglehold on the championship. A fourth and a seventh for Kristen Lane on USA 812 Brick House 812, sees her retain her second place overall, tied on points now with Flavio Favini helming SUI 596 Blu Moon in third. Also tied just one point adrift of Favini, in fourth and fifth respectively are Brian Porter on USA 749 Full Throttle and Nathan Wilmot on IRL 607 Embarr.

Race 5 started bang on time on in a solid 15 knots of breeze. The fleet got away to a clean start at the first time of asking, with the boats quickly splitting into two distinct groups on either side of the first beat. Lorenzo Bressani on ITA 817 Uka Uka Racing soon established an advantage in the group on the left, whilst Kristen Lane on USA 812 Brick House 812 led the pack on the right. When the fleet converged on the approach to the first windward mark it was Bressani who led around the buoy, with Lane close behind in second and Eivind Melleby on NOR 804 Full Medal Jacket and Brian Porter on USA 749 Full Throttle overlapped in third and fourth. Alec Cutler on USA 655 hedgehog was hot on their heels in fifth.


Down the first run Bressani showed some remarkable off-wind pace to extend his lead considerably by the leeward gate. With the breeze ratcheting up to around 17 knots, behind Bressani there was a real scrap on for second place. Alan Field, who had rounded the previous mark in seventh place, sailed a remarkable leg to move up to second at the gate, just ahead of a large gaggle of boats who arrived at the buoys en masse. Alec Cutler led the group into the left hand buoy but broached in the process of dropping his chute, causing Nathan Wilmot on IRL 607, who was right on his transom, to do the same. The ensuing chaos allowed Andrea Racchelli on ITA 735 Altea, Porter and Flavio Favini on SUI 596 Blu Moon, to sneak through inside them at the buoy. Meanwhile, almost simultaneously at the other gate mark, Melleby, Lane and Bora Gulari on USA 820 New England Ropes/West Marine were rounding three abreast.

With Bressani leading comfortably at the second top mark, and Field also looking relaxed in second, attention turned to the street fight for third place between Lane and Melleby. These two converged right at the mark with Melleby coming in on port and tacking in closely in front of Lane on starboard, forcing her to throw her bow up to avoid a collision and subsequently fly a protest flag. Despite Lane pushing Melleby hard down the final run there were no changes to the top four positions at the finish, with Bressani taking the gun, Field second, Melleby third and Lane fourth. Cutler came home fifth with Favini in sixth. Later in the day Lane's protest against Melleby for the incident at the top mark was upheld by the protest committee, resulting in the Norwegian receiving his second disqualification of the championship.

The second race of the series also got away cleanly with the fleet once again splitting left and right in the early stages of the beat. Bressani made another good start and initially led the group on the left before choosing to work his way to the middle soon after the half way point. A significant left shift in the second half of the beat rewarded Wilmot and Favini, who had been working that side of the beat and they rounded in first and second at the first windward mark. Bressani rounded a couple of lengths behind in third, with Porter, Guy Mossman on USA 786 Battle Rhythm, and Melleby rounding in quick succession behind. With the breeze now up at 18 knots plus, the first run was a high speed affair which saw Wilmot holding off Favini right up until the final approach to the leeward gate. As the two boats gybed together, Favini's slicker execution enabled him to roll over the top of Wilmot and lead around the left buoy. Wilmot peeled off to the right buoy and rounded just ahead off Bressani.


On the second beat, despite Bressani and Wilmot appearing to be engaged in a private match race on the right, they arrived at the top mark ahead of Favini who had been sailing his own race on the left. In the final few boat lengths, Wilmot led Bressani in on the port layline, with the Italian close enough behind to prevent the Irish boat from tacking. Rounding the top mark locked together, they continued their match race down the run, with Bressani eventually prevailing to take another race win and Wilmot closing out the rapidly advancing Favini just before the finish line to take second.

So at the halfway point in the championship, Lorenzo Bressani on ITA 817 Uka Uka Racing now holds a 15 point lead over second placed Kristen Lane on USA 812 Brick House 812, with Flavio Favini on SUI 596 Blu Moon moving up to third, tied on points with Lane. Brian Porter on USA 749 Full Throttle moves up to fourth, tied on points with fifth placed Nathan Wilmot on IRL 607 Embarr.

In the amateur only Corinthian Division, Eiichiro Hamazaki on JPN 783 Esprit continues to dominate with two more wins today to maintain his perfect score so far. By way of two third places today, Christof Wieland on GER 635 Unsponsored moves up to second overall ahead of Scot Holmgren on USA 674 Rosebud, whose pair of second places today sees him ease into the Corinthian top three.








Bow/Sail   Boat   Skipper Yacht Club                 Total Pos
21 / ITA 817   UkaUka Racing   Lorenzo Bressani   Club Vela Portocivitanova     [6]   2   1   2   1   1     7  
1  
02 / USA 812   Brick House 812   Kristen Lane   St. Francis Yacht Club     8   1   [10]   3   3   7     22T  
2  
20 / SUI 596   Blu Moon   Flavio Favini   YCL     3   6   [8]   5   5   3     22T  
3  
29 / USA-749   FULL THROTTLE   Brian Porter   Lake Geneva Yacht Club.     [16]   9   2   1   7   4     23T  
4  
04 / IRL 607   Embarr   Conor Clarke   Royal Jamaica Yacht Club     2   5   5   [11]   9   2     23T  
5  
17 / BER655   hedgehog   Alec Cutler   Royal Bermuda Yacht Club     [9]   8   3   7   4   5     27  
6  
01 / USA 811   WTF   Alan Field   California Yacht Club     1   [11]   11   8   2   9     31  
7  
15 / ITA 735   ALTEA   Andrea Racchelli   CVCI     4   7   7   4   10   [13]     32  
8  
16 / ITA 819   AUDI   Riccardo Simoneschi   YCCS     7   [12]   4   9   12   10     42  
9  
32 / JPN 783   Esprit   Eiichiro Hamazaki
[Corinthian]  
Seabonia Yacht Club     11   4   9   [15]   11   11     46  
10  
25 / USA 820   New England Ropes/West Marine   Bora Gulari   Bayview Yacht Club     15   10   12   6   8   [18]     51  
11  
06 / USA 623   Brick House 623   Peter Lane   St. Francis Yacht Club     [18]   18   6   10   6   12     52  
12  
27 / NOR 804   Full Medal Jacket   Eivind Melleby   Royal Norwegian Yacht Club     5   3   [33/DSQ]   12   33/DSQ   6     59  
13  
08 / AUS 553   Bandit   Warwick Rooklyn   CYCA     14   13   13   13   14   [17]     67  
14  
24 / USA 786   BATTLE RHYTHM   Guy Mossman   Carolina Yacht Club     [22]   15   17   14   16   8     70  
15  
22 / FRA 644   ZIG ZAG 18   Henri Samuel   YACHT CLUB DE DINARD     12   16   15   17   [23]   23     83  
16  
31 / USA 379   Team Velocitek   Daniel Kaseler   Port Madison Yacht Club     20   [21]   20   18   13   16     87T  
17  
28 / GER 635   Unsponsored   Christof Wieland
[Corinthian]  
Bayrischer Yacht Club     [33/RAF]   19   18   16   19   15     87T  
18  
07 / AUS 686   Coco   Heath Walters   Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club     13   17   19   [26]   22   20     91  
19  
05 / USA 700   ARDOR/C.R.E.A.M.   David O'Reilly   ChYC     19   20   [23]   20   15   19     93  
20  
10 / USA 533   High Voltage   August Hernandez
[Corinthian]  
Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club     [28]   14   14   19   24   25     96  
21  
26 / USA 604   Tom Slick   Jeff Wittenberg   Columbia     10   23   16   22   [26]   26     97  
22  
03 / USA 674   Rosebud   Scott Holmgren
[Corinthian]  
OCBC     23   [26]   22   23   17   14     99  
23  
13 / USA 615   Funtech Racing   Charlie Hess
[Corinthian]  
BYC     24   [27]   21   21   20   22     108  
24  
12 / USA675   12happythoughts   David Brede   CYC Seattle     [25]   25   24   25   18   21     113  
25  
14 / USA 24   Smokin   Kevin Clark
[Corinthian]  
Encinal     21   24   [28]   24   21   24     114  
26  
09 / USA 344   Cold Shot   Steve Eller
[Corinthian]  
Austin Yacht Club     17   28   25   [29]   29   28     127  
27  
11 / CAN 121   Black Dog   Dave Black
[Corinthian]  
Etobicoke Yacht Club     27   22   27   28   28   [30]     132  
28  
18 / USA 494   Wee Jaggie   Andrew Walford
[Corinthian]  
Oklahoma City Boat Club     30   [31]   29   27   25   27     138  
29  
33 / USA 480   Monsoon II   Mark Hulings
[Corinthian]  
Corpus Christi Yacht Club     26   30   26   [31]   27   31     140  
30  
23 / USA 15   Abordage   Erwan le Gall
[Corinthian]  
Golden Gate Yacht Club     29   29   [30]   30   30   29     147  
31  
30 / USA 201   Mako   Stephen McMillan   Tahoe City Yacht Club     31   [32]   31   32   31   32     157  
32


Melges 24 Corinthian

Sail  

Boat  

Skipper

Yacht Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

Pos

JPN 783  

Esprit  

Eiichiro Hamazaki/
Kentaro Ishiguro
Tatsuhito Kawanishi
Makoto Nagahashi
Yasuhiro Tabuchi

[Corinthian]  

Seabonia Yacht Club/ Seabonia Yacht Club
/ Seabonia Yacht Club
/ Seabonia Yacht Club
/ Seabonia Yacht Club  

[1]  

1  

1  

1  

1  

1  

5  

1  

GER 635  

Unsponsored  

Christof Wieland/
Giulia Della Rosa
Jens altern Wathne
Jorgen Wathne

[Corinthian]  

Bayrischer Yacht Club/ Lega Navale Italiana, sez. Milano
/ Haugesund SF
/ Haugesund Yacht Club  

[12/RAF]  

3  

3  

2  

3  

3  

14  

2  

USA 674  

Rosebud  

Scott Holmgren/
Alan Nakanishi
Frank Beling
Justin Howard
Justin Adams

[Corinthian]  

OCBC/ Waikiki Yacht Club
/ OCBC
/ OCBC
/ Arlington yacht club  

4  

[6]  

5  

5  

2  

2  

18  

3  

USA 533  

High Voltage  

August Hernandez/
Martin Johnsson
Michael Hoey
Mike Schroff
Susan O'Neil

[Corinthian]  

Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club/ Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club
/ Bayveiw Yacht Club
/ Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club
/ Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club  

[8]  

2  

2  

3  

6  

6  

19  

4  

USA 615  

Funtech Racing  

Charlie Hess/
Greg McCliment
Thac Nguyen
Thomas Murray

[Corinthian]  

BYC/ Bayview Yacht Club
/ Edison Boat Club
/ Eastport Yacht Club  

5  

[7]  

4  

4  

4  

4  

21  

5  

USA 24  

Smokin  

Kevin Clark/
Mahalynn Lu
Michael Andrews
Tom Rankin

[Corinthian]  

Encinal/ none
/ Encinal Yacht Club
/ SOBYC  

3  

5  

[9]  

6  

5  

5  

24  

6  

USA 344  

Cold Shot  

Steve Eller/
Jeff Jones
Ray Shull
Karen Owens

[Corinthian]  

Austin Yacht Club/ Austin Yacht Club
/ Austin Yaht Club
/ Austin Yacht Club  

2  

8  

6  

9  

[10]  

8  

33  

7  

CAN 121  

Black Dog  

Dave Black/
Paul Dennis
Eric Schaefer
David Hymers

[Corinthian]  

Etobicoke Yacht Club/ Royal Canadian Yacht Club
/ EYC
/ Etobicoke Yacht Club  

7  

4  

8  

8  

9  

[10]  

36  

8  

USA 494  

Wee Jaggie  

Andrew Walford/
Kevin Smith
Kendall Helm
Jake Dragoo
Richard Walford

[Corinthian]  

Oklahoma City Boat Club/ Kevin Smith
/ Oklahoma City Boat Club
/ Oklahoma City Boat Club
/ OCBC  

10  

[11]  

10  

7  

7  

7  

41  

9  

USA 480  

Monsoon II  

Mark Hulings/
Meredith Rummel
Paul Arntson
Michael Davidson
Chloe Childs

[Corinthian]  

Corpus Christi Yacht Club/ Corpus Christi Yacht CLub
/ Corpus Christi Yacht Club
/ Corpus Christi Yacht Club
/ Corpus Christi Yacht Club  

6  

10  

7  

[11]  

8  

11  

42  

10  

USA 15  

Abordage  

Erwan le Gall/
Lance Kim
Amanda Kawamura
Geoffrey Byrne

[Corinthian]  

Golden Gate Yacht Club/ Cal Sailing Club
/ None
/ King Harbor Yachy Club  

9  

9  

[11]  

10  

11  

9  

48  

 

 




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