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Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20

by Melges 20 on 12 Apr 2014
2014 Audi Melges 20 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week JOY-International Audi Melges 20 Class Association
2014 Charleston Race Week - As promised, the conditions were very challenging and downright random at times on day one of Sperry Top-sider Charleston Race Week. With a developing southeast seabreeze fighting a soft southwest gradient wind, the edges of the course paid off handsomely as large left and right lines of pressure descended on the course. Posting his most consistent day in quite some time, veteran Audi Melges 20 owner Daniel Theilman on Kuai summed up the racing, 'Today was the best racing conditions we have had in a while. We had our rig really well tuned, vang sheeted harder than we ever have and kept making changes for the conditions. We tried our best to win our side, and always be positioned well for the next line of pressure.'


The first race saw a six - eight knot southwest breeze with a strong ebb tide, making it seem the fleet was sailing on a treadmill going upwind. Conversations on boats centered around trying to find current relief on the right side under Castle Pickney, a narrow sand-spit island, or ignore the current and play the left side in anticipation of a forecasted seabreeze from the southeast. Up the first beat, the left shift beat out the current relief, and it was Grace Lucas on Bombardo and her team that started at the pin, extended left and took advantage of nice shift along with Jason Michas' Midnight Blue and Theilman who led around the mark. Lucas managed to snipe the race win, putting her local knowledge from the College of Charleston to good use.


As the southeast seabreeze built, the course was shifted left to 190 for Race Two with a slack current. Despite the starting line being moved it had a strong boat-end bias, resulting in several general recalls, while Z Flag penalties were handed out to a few disappointed teams. Big shifts on the left and right sides continued to rumble down the course, and what would turn out to be a theme of the day, Michas and his team of Mark Mendelblatt and Trevor Moore found their groove on the right side, grabbed the lead and never looked back. John Brown on Blind Squirrel and Declan Whitmyer on Slingshot followed closely in suit.


As many teams found out, once you thought you had a handle on what the breeze was doing, it was time for another assessment. Race Three saw the current now flooding back into the harbor moving left to right across the course, and again it was a battle of which side would be the last shift into the mark with huge angle changes on both sides. Russ Lucas on Shimmer found his form, and with calling Hans Melges off the bench to come sail this event, the Shimmer beef was hauling the mail as the breeze increased with gusts up to 15 knots. Brown and Whitmeyer again posted nice keeper results finishing again in second and third.


By the time the fourth and final race of the day got underway, most teams had experienced some sort of pain and confusion with what the wind was doing, with the exception Michas who continued his steady streak of top five finishes. With a nicely settled seabreeze, the left was more favored, and Travis Weisleder on Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team had a solid leeward end start, was patient on the left side and stepped into a leftie to get him in first around the top mark. Richard Davies and his Section 16 team got left the hardest on the second upwind beat and were able to steal the race win, followed by Weisleder and Michas.


After four exciting, streetball type races, Michas never finished out of the top four, and has a commanding lead over the fleet heading into day two. With a similar direction but lighter breeze forecasted tomorrow, it will be interesting to see if the teams who found their way on day one, can have a repeat performance on day two.




Top five results :(After Four Races)
1.) Jason Michas/Mark Mendleblatt, Midnight Blue; 2-1-4-3 = 10
2.) Daniel Thielman/Justin Hood, Kuai; 4-5-11-6 = 26
3.) Grace Lucas/Sam Rogers, Bombardo; 1-8-13-5 = 27
4.) Travis Weisleder/Scott Nixon, Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team; 8-10/ZFP-7-2 = 27
5.) Declan Whitmyer Jr./Max Fraser, Slingshot; 6-3-3-16 = 28



Complete Results:

2014 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Preliminary Cumulative Results:


      Bow Sail Number Yacht Name Yacht Design Owner/Skipper Race
1
Race
2
Race
3
Race
4
Total
STCRW14 Inshore Circle 1 Racing
  One Design Division
    J 80
    1. 18 USA 1486 Do It for Denmark J 80 Will & Marie Crump / Thomas Klok 1 1 1 1 4.0
    2. 14 USA 1150 Cool J J 80 Alexander Kraus 4 3 4 3 14.0
    3. 12 USA 59 Church Key J 80 Chris & Liz Chadwick 3 2 2 8 15.0
    4. 23 USA 19 Rumor J 80 John Storck, Jr 2 6 5 2 15.0
    5. 17 USA 286 Mango J 80 Ken Mangano 5 4 6 4 19.0
    6. 15 USA 357 Dragonfly J 80 Chris Johnson 8 5 3 5 21.0
    7. 22 USA 1483 Wild Horses J 80 Dave Manheimer 6 7 8 9 30.0
    8. 20 USA 11 USA 11 J 80 Bert Carp 7 9 7 7 30.0
    9. 19 USA 1314 Stacked J 80 Ramzi Bannura 9 8 9 6 32.0
 
    J 24
    1. 31 USA 4103 5443 J 24 Mike Ingham 1 1 3 1 6.0
    2. 44 USA 5277 Rudie / Gill Race Team J 24 Skip Dieball 2 3 2 2 9.0
    3. 32 USA 1829 Bash J 24 Ron Medlin, Jr. 10 4 1 3 18.0
    4. 41 CAN 4025 Lifted J 24 Evan Petley-Jones 3 6 6 5 20.0
    5. 30 USA 5351 Murder, Inc. J 24 Juan E. Maegli 5 7 5 8 25.0
    6. 40 USA 2260 Level Pelican J 24 Rob Bowden 8 5 7 6 26.0
    7. 46 USA 5476 Velocidad J 24 Christopher Stone 16 2 4 9 31.0
    8. 35 USA 4094 Bones J 24 Robert Harf 14 8 9 7 38.0
    9. 38 USA 3492 Footloose J 24 Maarten Zonjee 11 12 13 4 40.0
    10. 39 USA 3266 Jo Mamma J 24 Mike Palazzo 4 11 11 15 41.0
    11. 45 USA 5274 Tutakrnaut J 24 Roger Dougal 9 9 10 14 42.0
    12. 33 USA 176 Blind Date J 24 Jay Adams 12 13 8 13 46.0
    13. 42 USA 4242 Mobile HOme J 24 Tim Rathbun 6 16 14 12 48.0
    14. 36 USA 2349 Chicora J 24 Don Hill 7 17 15 20/DNF 59.0
    15. 47 USA 1572 Dirty White Boy J 24 David Moffly 17 15 17 10 59.0
    16. 34 USA 423 Blowin Smoke J 24 David Eggleton 15 14 12 20/DSQ 61.0
    17. 48 USA 2215 Sea Plane J 24 Randy Tilly 13 18 20/DNF 11 62.0
    18. 37 USA 555 Core Bump J 24 Alex Bolan 18 18/SCP 16 17 69.0
    19. 49 USA 3321 Bounce J 24 Jack Roberts 19 19 18 16 72.0
 
    J 22
    1. 0 USA 1051 Torqeedo J 22 Arthur Libby 1 1 3 2 7.0
    2. 8 USA 1504 Battub J 22 Aden King 2 3 1 5 11.0
    3. 2 USA 2 CofC 2 J 22 Sue McIntyre 3 6 4 1 14.0
    4. 6 USA 6 Quick Beat J 22 Chris Sands 5 5 2 4 16.0
    5. 4 USA 4 CofC 4 J 22 James Reynolds 4 2 6 6 18.0
    6. 9 USA 9 Flashpoint Charleston J 22 Reggie Fairchild 6 4 5 3 18.0
    7. 5 USA 5 CofC 5 J 22 Adam Coker 7 7 7 9/DNF 30.0
    8. 7 BAH 6 TBD J 22 Jay Greenfield 9/DNS 9/DNS 9/DNS 9/DNS 36.0
 
 
STCRW14 Inshore Circle 2 Racing
  One Design Division
    J 70
    1. 76 USA 187 Catapult J 70 Joel Ronning 1 1 1   3.0
    2. 59 USA 45 Wild Child J 70 Henry Filter 6 3 1   10.0
    3. 85 USA 179 Africa J 70 Jud Smith 10 1 2   13.0
    4. 42 USA 167 Kraken J 70 Gary Tisdale / Adam Burns 5 6 3   14.0
    5. 17 USA 2 Helly Hansen J 70 Tim Healy 3 8 4   15.0
    6. 45 USA 248 Scamp J 70 Will Welles 1 7 10   18.0
    7. 18 USA 397 Hot Mess J 70 Rob Britts 3 4 11   18.0
    8. 46 USA 364 School's Out J 70 John Aras 13 5 1   19.0
    9. 50 USA 316 Superfecta J 70 James Barnash 10 2 8   20.0
    10. 19 USA 217 Joint Custody J 70 Jenn & Ray Wulff 7 5 8   20.0
    11. 51 USA 245 USA 245 J 70 Ian Liberty 5 13 3   21.0
    12. 54 CAN 246 Touch2Play J 70 Rob & Sandy Butler 11 7 6   24.0
    13. 72 USA 51 Black River Racing J 70 Doug Strebel 8 9 7   24.0
    14. 44 USA 96 Savasana J 70 Brian Keane 2 20 4   26.0
    15. 39 USA 34 Perseverance J 70 Bennet Greenwald 8 4 15   27.0
    16. 55 USA 185 Turbo Duck J 70 Bodo & Nick von der Wense 4 14 13   31.0
    17. 25 USA 94 Lifted J 70 Jim Cunningham 6 6 19   31.0
    18. 53 USA 159 Torqeedo J 70 Chris Carroll 2 17 14   33.0
    19. 41 USA 151 Reach Around J 70 Thomas Bowen 12 21 2   35.0
    20. 43 USA 171 Running Wild J 70 Peter Vessella 13 12 9   35.0
    21. 62 BER 308 Elusive J 70 Chuck Millican 9 15 12   36.0
    22. 29 USA 174 Magic Bus J 70 Gregg Mylett 19 2 21   42.0
    23. 48 USA 86 Stampede J 70 Loring / Pasquinelli 9 26 9   44.0
    24. 82 USA 11 Menace J 70 Kerry Klingler 7 24 14   45.0
    25. 33 USA 95 Muse J 70 Heather Gregg-Earl / Joe Bardenheier 4 30 13   47.0
    26. 80 BRA 403 Bruschetta J 70 Mauricio Santa Cruz 17 23 10   50.0
    27. 36 USA 68 Noname J 70 Ron Thompson 21 27 5   53.0
    28. 26 USA 97 Loki J 70 Michael Zupon 16 15 22   53.0
    29. 28 USA 62 Lucky Charm J 70 Ken Corsig 28 1 24   53.0
    30. 47 USA 157 Spring J 70 Dave Franzel 18 11 24   53.0
    31. 37 USA 99 Nostalgia J 70 Blake & Lud Kimbrough 20 18 16   54.0
    32. 49 USA 152 Sundog J 70 Kathy Parks 25 25 6   56.0
    33. 79 USA 219 GetMyBoat J 70 Vortex Racing 33 16 7   56.0
    34. 35 USA 335 Nitemare J 70 Amy Neill 15 11 31   57.0
    35. 81 USA 48 Wicked Witch J 70 Larry Landry / Paul McDowell 13 20 25   58.0
    36. 31 USA 035 Moxie J 70 Cole Allsopp 19 13 26   58.0
    37. 22 USA 15 Junior J 70 Don & Tim Finkle 22 25 12   59.0
    38. 52 USA 87 Tick Tock Croc J 70 Richard Nesbett 18 31 11   60.0
    39. 27 USA 46 Loonatictu J 70 R Noel Clinard 11 33 16   60.0
    40. 21 USA 26 Jungleland J 70 Chris and Carolyn Groobey 15 23 22   60.0
    41. 73 USA 37 Grizzly J 70 Charles Bayer 22 10 28   60.0
    42. 38 USA 410 Perfect Ten J 70 Joe & Jeff Pawlowski 21 26 15   62.0
    43. 13 USA 169 Empeiria J 70 John Heaton 14 31 17   62.0
    44. 9 USA 488 Convexity J 70 Donald Wilson 24 22 17   63.0
    45. 69 USA 184 VLLN J 70 Patrick Nichols / Mark Nichols 16 18 30   64.0
    46. 74 USA 238 Zuni Bear J 70 Rich Bergmann 26 9 32   64.0
    47. 4 USA 326 Aquaholiks J 70 Martin Johnsson 12 10 42/DSQ   64.0
    48. 68 USA 425 USA 425 J 70 Joe Baggett 29 8 29   66.0
    49. 5 USA 510 Button Fly J 70 Andrew and Melissa Fisher 23 14 29   66.0
    50. 10 USA 369 Cool Story Bro. J 70 John Brigden 23 22 23   68.0
    51. 24 USA 207 Leading Edge J 70 Todd Hiller 26 24/SCP 19   69.0
    52. 12 USA 340 Rimette J 70 John Brim 27 19 23   69.0
    53. 7 USA 497 Chinook J 70 Frank McNamara 17 24 28   69.0
    54. 86 USA 420 E.L.E. J 70 Matt Braun 35 17 18   70.0
    55. 34 USA 194 Napoleon J 70 Patrick Byrne 30 16 25   71.0
    56. 61 USA 28 Misson Impossible J 70 David Malkin 28 28 18   74.0
    57. 32 USA 379 Mummbles J 70 Brad Kauffman 32 19 27   78.0
    58. 40 USA 220 Phoenix J 70 Peter Firey 32 21 27   80.0
    59. 3 USA 378 378 J 70 Jeff Schaefer 27 29 26   82.0
    60. 11 USA 357 Danger Mouse J 70 Kristen Berry 31 32 21   84.0
    61. 23 USA 236 Layla J 70 Tim Gibbs 20 30 34   84.0
    62. 1 USA 390 20/20 Racing J 70 John Arendshorst 31 36 20   87.0
    63. 16 USA 100 Gemini J 70 Blane Shea 34 34 20   88.0
    64. 56 USA 168 USA 168 J 70 Marty McKenna 30 27 31   88.0
    65. 30 USA 199 Mojito J 70 Catharine Evans 25 32 32   89.0
    66. 65 USA 36 Taipan SB J 70 Lloyd Karzen 24 34 36   94.0
    67. 67 USA 388 US 388 J 70 Jack Neades 33 33 30   96.0
    68. 6 USA 358 Bucephalus J 70 Andrea Krasinski 29 35 33   97.0
    69. 66 USA 367 US 367 J 70 Tiller Halfhill 34 29 34   97.0
    70. 75 CAN 361 emiLee J 70 Hadrian Corning 37 28 35   100.0
    71. 64 USA 392 Slinky J 70 Scott Bursor 35 35 33   103.0
    72. 2 USA 91 Carlos J 70 Vinnie Pattavina 36 37 36   109.0
    73. 60 USA 382 Zombie J 70 Kristen Robinson 39 36 35   110.0
    74. 14 USA 204 Eowyn J 70 Peter Winkelstein 36 37 37   110.0
    75. 58 USA 345 White Rabbit J 70 Steve Kiemele 38 38 38   114.0
    76. 77 USA 486 smokin'j J 70 don trask 42/DNC 42/DNC 42/DNC   126.0
    77. 63 USA 208 Shamrock J 70 Jim Flaherty 42/DNC 42/DNC 42/DNC   126.0
    78. 15 USA 64 Exit Strategy II J 70 Jack Martin 42/DNC 42/DNC 42/DNC   126.0
    79. 8 USA 309 CloudSourced J 70 Ronald Copfer 42/DNC 42/DNC 42/DNC   126.0
    80. 78 GBR 557 Boats.com J 70 Ian Atkins 42/DNC 42/DNC 42/DNC   126.0
    81. 20 USA 211 Juicy J 70 Alwin Brunner 42/DNC 42/DNC 42/DNC   126.0
 
 
STCRW14 Inshore Circle 3 Racing
  One Design Division
    Melges 24
    1. 31 USA 747 Monsoon Melges 24 Brucey Ayres 1 1 6 2 10.0
    2. 30 USA 635 Mojo Melges 24 Steve Rhyne 2 6 2 3 13.0
    3. 48 USA 786 Battle Rhythm Melges 24 Guy Mossman 9 2 3 5 19.0
    4. 43 CAN 629 Zingara Melges 24 Richard Reid 11 3 7 6 27.0
    5. 24 USA 568 GiddyUp (c) Melges 24 Kevin Gillman 4 10 5 10 29.0
    6. 34 NOR 800 Party Girl Melges 24 Jens Altern Wathne 6 7 4 14 31.0
    7. 28 USA 115 Leda (c) Melges 24 Chris Field 3 16 10 4 33.0
    8. 25 USA 125 Just Add Water (c) Melges 24 Roger Counihan 10 5 11 9 35.0
    9. 39 USA 839 The 300 Melges 24 Steven Boho 7 15 9 7 38.0
    10. 32 USA 802 None Melges 24 Oakcliff sailing mike komar 8 9 13 11 41.0
    11. 29 USA 835 Mikey Melges 24 Kevin Welch 17 25/OCS 1 1 44.0
    12. 41 USA 832 Vindicator 3 Melges 24 Rick Bernstein 13 11 14 8 46.0
    13. 23 USA 106 Evil Duer Melges 24 Nate Duer 16 4 17 12 49.0
    14. 47 USA 55 Gnarly Ruca (c) Melges 24 Curtis Jazwiecki 12 13 12 15 52.0
    15. 21 CAN 723 CAN 723 Melges 24 Uri Saks 18 8 18 16 60.0
    16. 37 USA 292 Shaka Melges 24 KC Shannon 14 18 15 13 60.0
    17. 36 USA 773 Screaming Mimi Melges 24 Marc Bailey 15 17 16 17 65.0
    18. 38 CAN 262 Surprise (c) Melges 24 Dan Berezin 5 25/DSQ 19 19 68.0
    19. 45 USA 419 HERMES Melges 24 Tony Stanley 20 25/OCS 8 18 71.0
    20. 40 CAN 346 Vapour Trail Melges 24 Marc Steyn 22 12 20 21 75.0
    21. 22 USA 523 Entschuldigen Sie Melges 24 Don Holst 23 14 21 20 78.0