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Melges 24 North American Championship day 1 - Australians on top

'Day 1 at the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club, CA, USA, from 22-26 August 2012.'    Fiona Brown ©

On the opening day of competition at the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship, San Francisco produced spectacular conditions. Competitors enjoyed three fantastic races in near perfect conditions.

With the breeze up at around 18-20 knots throughout the day it was the bold and the brave who made it to the top of the heap and tonight Australians Warwick Rooklyn, sailing Bandit, and Nathan Wilmot, helming Embarr for Ireland's Connor Clark, head the leader board.

Rooklyn and his team reveled in today's strong conditions, giving a master class in heavy weather Melges 24 sailing to win the opening two races and take second in race three. With great starts, great boat speed and impressive boat handling this team barely put a foot wrong all day. Wilmot's day got off to a moderate start with a seventh, but it wasn't long before he found his rhythm, and he went on to take second in race two followed by a very confident win in race three. Rooklyn now leads the fleet by six points with Wilmot second on 10 points.

Day 1 at the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club, CA, USA, from 22-26 August 2012. -  Fiona Brown ©  

Just a single point back lies Newport Harbour's Argyle Campbell, aboard Rock N Roll, and Italy's Flavio Favini, helming Blu Moon for Switzerland's Franco Rossini, who both count 11 points. Alan Field aboard WTF completes the top five and is just a single point behind his rivals.

In the Corinthian Division for the all amateur crews it is local hero Shawn Bennett sailing Melges 49 who heads the fleet with a 1, 3, 1 scoreline. Don Jesberg, also from San Francisco and sailing Viva, is a single point behind him in second with Main's Scott Holmgren sailing Rosebud four points further back in third.

It was an eventful day on the water with plenty of drama throughout the fleet. Flavio Favini and his team trawled their kite severely at the leeward gate of race two loosing a number of places in the process and had to fight their way back up to fourth place. But the Pusser's Rum/Regatta Ginger Beer Award for the most spectacular photo opportunity of the day was won hands down by Edward Massey and his crew aboard Sweet As Bro! who executed a truly spectacular broach on the first run of race one. Despite attempts by several other teams to out broach them Sweet As Bro!'s was without doubt the best effort of the day and at the daily prize giving the crew collected a Pusser's/Regatta gift pack with which to drown their sorrows.

With two more days and up to eight races ahead plus a weather forecast for more classic San Francisco conditions we're all set for a knock out championship.

2012 MELGES 24 North American Championship   
 
Overall  
1 Bandit Warwick Rooklyn AUS 21 4.00 1 1 2  
2 Embarr Nathan Wilmot IRL 4 10.00 7 2 1  
3 Rock N' Roll Argyle Campbell USA 3 11.00 2 6 3  
4 Blu Moon Flavio Favini SUI 5 11.00 3 4 4  
5 WTF Alan Field USA 11 12.00 4 3 5  
6 Full Throttle Brian Porter USA 6 19.00 6 7 6  
7 Monsoon Bruce Ayres USA 1 20.00 5 5 10  
8 Mikey Ian Sloan USA 7 25.00 9 8 8  
9 Melges 49 Shawn Bennett USA 14 27.00 8 12 7  
10 Wilco Doug Wilhelm USA 10 33.00 12 10 11  
11 Viva Donald Jesberg USA 15 33.00 10 11 12  
12 Black Seal Derek Ratteray GBR 17 35.00 13 13 9  
13 Rosebud Scott Holmgren USA 8 36.00 11 9 16  
14 Nauti Girl Tim Stamper CAN 2 43.00 14 16 13  
14 Pickled Beets John Rahn USA 22 43.00 15 14 14  
16 Relentless David Joyner USA 9 50.00 20 15 15  
17 Personal Puff Dan Hauserman USA 12 52.00 16 19 17  
18 Bones Robert Harf USA 20 54.00 18 18 18  
19 Scotch Bonnet Tony Beale USA 18 55.00 17 17 21f  
20 Sweet as Bro! Edward Massey USA 16 60.00 19 20 21c  

 


The 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship continues until Sunday 26 August with up to eight races scheduled.

Day 1 at the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club, CA, USA, from 22-26 August 2012.\ -  Fiona Brown ©  

Day 1 at the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club, CA, USA, from 22-26 August 2012.\ -  Fiona Brown ©  

Day 1 at the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club, CA, USA, from 22-26 August 2012. -  Fiona Brown ©  

Day 1 at the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club, CA, USA, from 22-26 August 2012. -  Fiona Brown ©  

Day 1 at the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club, CA, USA, from 22-26 August 2012. -  Fiona Brown ©  

Day 1 at the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club, CA, USA, from 22-26 August 2012.\ -  Fiona Brown ©  

Day 1 at the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club, CA, USA, from 22-26 August 2012. -  Fiona Brown ©  


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