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John Pollard GBR 2nd after day 2 at Acura Key West

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Under mostly overcast skies, moderate temps and fluctuating wind speeds from 10-15 at times and gusting higher, the Melges 24 fleet officially got racing underway at Acura Key West 2008 presented by Nautica. In the overall spot after three races is 2007 Melges 24 European Champion Flavio Favini helming for Switzerland's Franco Rossini on 'Blu Moon'. Seated comfortably in second overall is Great Britain's John Pollard on 'Xcellent' and in third is 2007 Melges 24 World Champion Dave Ullman on 'Pegasus 505'.

Due to yesterday's absence of racing the fleet enjoyed three great races on today. Consistency is apparently on the minds of some competitors as this five day event not only serves up a variety of conditions to test everyone's skills, but also requires a high level of endurance in order to prevail as winner.

The first race of the day proved Favini to be a true athlete fresh off of his 2007America's cup work and great successes in Torbole at Race Week as well as Europeans. He nailed out a 1-1-2 finish for the day, fulfilling early predictions that he would be favored to do well. France's Benoit Charon on '' scored a second place finish, followed by Ullman in third.

In race two, Favini simply found a gear that others clearly put forth an effort to challenge however found very difficult to overcome. The last downwind run of the race put Favini across the line first, then 2007 U.S. Melges 24 National Champion Brian Porter from Winnetka, Illinois on 'Full Throttle' in second and in third position Pollard.

The third race offered up continued lumpy seas and winds somewhat less than what the day started with. The very punchy fleet took it in stride with several entries over early including Porter. International Melges 24 Vice Chairman and 2007 Key West defending Champion Riccardo Simoneschi on 'Fratelli Giacomel Audi' from Italy pulled ahead of the fleet determined to outrun Favini. Simoneschi managed to hold on until the finish with Favini settling for second. Pollard was hot on their heels as he took third.

Going into tomorrow's racing Favini leads by a substantial eleven points, ahead of Pollard. One point back is Ullman. Porter and Charon share the fourth and fifth spots with seventeen points each.

Melges 24 - Overall positions after 3 races

1 Franco Rossini Lugano, SUI 1 1 2 4 pts
2 John Pollard Torquay, GBR 7 3 3 13 pts
3 David Ullman Newport Beach, CA 3 5 6 14 pts
4 Brian Porter Lake Geneva, WI 4 2 11 17 pts
5 Benoit Charon Granville, FRA 2 10 5 17 pts
6 Alan Field Marina Del Rey, CA 6 4 8 18 pts
7 R. Simoneschi Genova, ITA 15 8 1 24 pts
8 Argyle Campbell Newport Beach, CA 9 15 4 28 pts
9 Peter Lane Tiburon, CA 10 13 9 32 pts
10 Chuck Holzman Detroit, MI 5 9 20 34 pts
11 Bruce Ayres Newport Beach, CA 20 6 15 41 pts
12 Miles Quinton Hamble, UK 16 20 7 43 pts
13 Loren Colahan Santa Barbara, CA 23 7 18 48 pts
14 Tony Wetherell Snaith, GBR 8 19 23 50 pts
15 Bob Tennant San Francisco, CA 29 14 13 56 pts
16 Kristen Lane Newport, RI 30 17 12 59 pts
17 Tom Kassberg San Francisco, CA 22 16 22 60 pts
18 Henry Colie Mantoloking, NJ 18 24 19 61 pts
19 Gary Schwarting Naples, FL 27 23 14 64 pts
20 John Downing San Diego, CA 31 18 17 66 pts
21 O. M.v. Blumencron Annapolis, MD 46 p40 11 10 67 pts
22 Jack Jennings Chicago, IL 12 22 33 67 pts
23 Bent Dietrich Hamburg, GER 17 23 avg1 29 69 pts
24 Shawn Grisham Dallas, TX 14 27 30 71 pts
25 Thomas Ritter Bayview YC, MI 35 12 25 72 pts
26 Martin Wedge Torquay, GBR 26 25 21 72 pts
27 Yevgeniy Burmatnov Oyster Bay, NY 11 26 36 73 pts
28 Blair Ross Chicago, IL 19 32 28 79 pts
29 Simon Strauss Larchmont, NY 47 ocs 21 16 84 pts
30 Richard Mallinson Oklahoma City, OK 25 29 31 85 pts
31 Dave Brede Seattle, WA 13 47 dsq 27 87 pts
32 Lasse Kjus Oslo, NOR 21 34 37 92 pts
33 Mark Beck Novelty, OH 33 36 24 93 pts
34 Arthur Anosov Oyster Bay, NY 34 28 35 97 pts
35 Hank Wissenz NOLSC, CAN 38 31 34 103 pts
36 Bradford Jungels Ocean City, NJ 36 33 38 107 pts
37 David Happ Madison, WS 47 dnc 35 26 108 pts
38 Rick Bernstein CSA, St. Louis, MO 32 38 39 109 pts
39 Lance Smotherman Detroit, MI 24 39 47 dnc 110 pts
40 Chris Johnson Seattle, WA 39 37 42 118 pts
41 Richard Reid Port Credit, CAN 47 dnf 40 32 119 pts
42 Guy Mossman Charleston, SC 37 41 41 119 pts
43 Kyle Hintze Salt Lake City, UT 40 42 40 122 pts
44 Carl Sylvan Gšteborg, SWE 47 dnc 47 dnc 47 dnc 141 pts
45 Arne Larssen Onsala, SWE 47 ocs 47 dnc 47 dnc 141 pts
46 John Hamilton Newport, RI 47 dnc 47 dnc 47 dnc 141 pts


In the Corinthian division, competition is stiff with Argyle Campbell on 'Rock n' Roll' from Newport Beach, California leading the charge. Onboard with Argyle is Matt McKinlay, Dwight Belden and Andy Casey. This sensational team is seated eighth overall and in first position as Corinthians! Following closely in eleventh place overall is 2007 Key West Corinthian Champion Bruce Ayres on 'Monsoon' — also from Newport Beach, California. Bruce is in the second position as Corinthian and in third is Loren Colehan on 'Lounge Act'.

1.) Argyle Campbell, Rock n'Roll
2.) Bruce Ayres, Monsoon
3.) Loren Colehan, Lounge Act
4.) Othmar Mueller Von Blumencron, Gannet
5.) Tom Kassberg, Flygfisk
6.) Dave Brede, 12happythoughts
7.) Gary Schwarting, Obsession
8.) Kelly Gough/Shawn Grisham, Bulls Eye
9.) Martin Wedge, Eric
10.) Richard Mallinson, Speedemon
11.) Mark Beck, Risky Business
12.) Hank Wissenz, The Rodent
13.) Chris Johnson, Wiggleroom
14.) Guy Mossman, Riot Act

For more information visit the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA, and the International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA, on the web.

by Joy Dunigan


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