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A Pacific Yankee Doodle Dandy opening day at Melges 20 Nationals

by Melges 20 on 18 Aug 2017
2017 Melges 20 National Championship IM20CA - Double Shot Studios
On a traditional sunny, summer day, Newport is known for giving sailors a headfake with a weak, northerly, morning breeze, only to have that fade into a solid, southwest seabreeze. Knowing the conditions well and despite the solid northerly morning gradient, PRO Anderson Reggio wisely postponed the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship fleet, and settled on a 2 o'clock start on the 'outside' race course to take full advantage of that seabreeze.

Once the wind direction settled into the 200 degree heading, Reggio got the fleet underway to kick off the 2017 National Championship. Judging by the first top mark rounding, it was clear that some Melges 20 teams have upped their game as the majority of the fleet arrived to the first windward mark overlapped. Showing no signs of slowing down from their European Championship victory a few weeks ago, Vladimir's Prosikhin sailing on Russian Bogatyrs took the bullet in the first race, followed by Liam Kilroy on Wildman in second and a very fast Jason Michas on Midnight Blue in third.



With the seabreeze hovering in the 9-11kt range, Race Two started clean and making no mistake about his intentions, Drew Freides and his team on Pacific Yankee started at the pin, extending to the left corner to sail a nice port tack angle and lead at the top mark. Behind Freides, a heated battle was underway with Alexis Michas' Midnight Sun, former World Champion John Kilroy on Samba PA TI , Rob Wilber's Cinghiale, Michas and Prosikhin fighting for position in the top group. On the final beat, Daniel Thielman's KUAI legged it out to the right side to snag a nice right shift sneaking into third place, behind Kilroy in second and Freides in first.



Teams were grateful for two solid races despite potentially missing out on a marginal morning race in a fading northerly. The forecast for Day Two is for plenty of wind... and rain, but as the Melges 20s have conditions to get up and go, there will be smiles all around rain or shine.

After racing teams were treated to post race cocktails at New York Yacht Club (NYYC) Harbour Court by Melges 20 owners John Bailey and Alexis Michas. There are few vistas more breathtaking than from atop the hill at NYYC, and having the fleet be able to experience this first hand on a beautiful Newport summer evening was very special. Thanks to John and Alexis for making it possible.

Special thanks to goods provided by Farmer Willies Ginger Beer and BoatBrim.



Top Five Results (Preliminary - After Two Races)

1.) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE; 4-1 = 5
2.) John Kilroy, SAMBA PA TI; 5-2 = 7
3.) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA; 1-7 = 8
4.) Jason Michas, MIDNIGHT BLUE; 3-5 = 8
5.) Liam Kilroy, WILDMAN; 2-8 = 10

Top Five 2017 Melges World League Results (After Ten Events)

1.) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS = 116 pts.
2.) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA = 72 pts.
3.) Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO = 64 pts.
4.) Krzysztof Krempec, MAG TINY = 62 pts.
5.) Rodney Jones, AUDI SUNSHINE COAST; 58 pts.

Top Five 2017 Melges World League, North America Results (After Three Events)

1.) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE = 57 pts.
3.) Liam Kilroy, WILDMAN = 49 pts.
4.) Rob Wilber, CINGHIALE = 46 pts.
2.) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS = 46 pts.
5.) Daniel Thielman, KUAI = 44 pts.

2017 Melges 20 National Championship - Preliminary Cumulative Results




Bow Sail Number Yacht Name Yacht Design Owner/Skipper Race
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Race
2
Total
National Championship Racing

One Design Division


Melges 20


1. 300 North Sails  USA 300 PACIFIC YANKEE Melges 20 Drew Freides 4 1 5.0


2. 313 North Sails  USA 13131 Samba Pa Ti Melges 20 John Kilroy 5 2 7.0


3. 898   RUS 898 RUSSIAN BOGATYRS Melges 20 Vladimir Prosikhin 1 7 8.0


4. 228 Quantum Sails  USA 228 Midnight Blue Melges 20 Jason Michas 3 5 8.0


5. 311 North Sails  USA 311 WILDMAN Melges 20 Liam Kilroy 2 8 10.0


6. 76   USA 7676 KUAI Melges 20 Daniel Thielman 9 3 12.0


7. 414   USA 414 CINGHIALE Melges 20 Rob Wilber 8 4 12.0


8. 305 Quantum Sails  USA 305 Midnight Sun Audi Melges 20 Alexis Michas 7 6 13.0


9. 250 North Sails  USA 250 OLEANDER Melges 20 James Wilson 6 9 15.0


10. 15   ISV 1315 CRUZAN RHODE Melges 20 Timothy Pitts 12 11 23.0


11. 306 North Sails  USA 306 TALISMAN Melges 20 John Bailey 14 10 24.0


12. 225   USA 225 Flygfisk Melges 20 Tom Kassberg 10 16 26.0


13. 200   JPN 271 Gimlet Melges 20 Tamotsu Aritomo 11 15 26.0


14. 265   RUS 265 RUSSOTRANS Melges 20 Yurii Morozov 13 13 26.0


15. 308 North Sails  AUS 308 Dark Star Melges 20 John Bacon 15 12 27.0


16. 280 Quantum Sails  USA 280 BOBSLED Melges 20 Bob Moran 16 14 30.0


17. 227 North Sails  USA 227 KINETIC Melges 20 Bob Hayward 17 17 34.0


18. 196 North Sails  JPN 224 TEMPUS Melges 20 Koji Matsumoto 18 18 36.0

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