Melges 24 World Championship day 2 and a new leader

Melges 24 World Championships, Corpus Christi Texas. Day 2
Rick Tomlinson - copyright
The 2011 Melges 24 World Championship is underway in Corpus Christi, Texas. The event continues until Saturday May 21st.

Day two of the 2011 Melges 24 Worlds in Corpus Christi, Texas delivered two spectacular races sailed in near perfect conditions, under crystal clear skies and in a solid breeze which built from 15 up to around 19 knots throughout the day. Lorenzo Bressani on ITA 817 Uka Uka Racing, and Brian Porter on USA 749 Full Throttle, traded blows at the front of the fleet in both races, with Bressani winning ahead of Porter in Race 3 and then Porter holding off Bressani to take the win in Race 4. Bressani's near perfect performance today means that he tops the leaderboard tonight with an 11 point lead over Kristen Lane on USA 812 Brick House 812, whose 10, 3, scoreline sees her in second overall, tied on points with Flavio Favini on SUI 596 Blu Moon in third, and Andrea Racchelli on ITA 735 Altea. Yesterday's overnight leader Nathan Wilmot on IRL 607 Embarr could only manage a fifth and an eleventh today, dropping him down to fifth overall.

Melges 24 World Championships, Corpus Christi Texas. Day 2
Rick Tomlinson - copyright

Reveling in the windier conditions on Day 2, Brian Porter on USA 749 Full Throttle and Lorenzo Bressani on ITA 817 Uka Uka Racing, spent both of today's races engaged in their own private battle at the front of the fleet. Bressani led the first race of the day from start to finish, with Porter chasing hard throughout in second. In the second race of the day, it was Porter who led at the windward mark ahead of Bressani who arrived at the buoy on port tack, just a couple of boat lengths behind. With no gap to tack into, Bressani was forced to duck behind two boats before then rounding in fourth. By the leeward gate, a charging Bressani was up to second and clearly focused on closing Porter down even further. As the leading pair blasted down the final run, Bressani had reduced Porter's lead to just a few lengths, and the Italian appeared to be gaining with every gust. In the last few feet to the finish, Porter, coming in at pace from the right, just managed to pull off a gybe in front Bressani, who was hurtling in from the left. With Bressani arriving at full speed on the layline to the finish, Porter was just able to complete his gybe in time enough to surf home, only a few feet ahead.

Despite finishing tenth in the first of today's races, Kristen Lane at the helm of USA 812 Brick House 812, proved that her race win on the opening day was no flash in the pan, when in the second race of the day she clawed her way back from a poor windward mark rounding to ultimately take third. Rounding the final windward mark in seventh place, Lane showed blistering pace down the last leg to move within striking distance of the pack of boats all scrapping for third. Nailing the port layline into the finish with absolute precision, Lane came in very hot from the left to snatch third place, after just managing to thread herself between the pin end line boat and the fast approaching bowsprits of Andrea Racchelli on ITA 735 Altea, Flavio Favini on SUI 596 Blu Moon and Bora Gulari on USA 820 New England Ropes/West Marine. Lane's gutsy maneuver has earned her second place in the overall standings at the end of Day 2.

It is a testimony to the extremely close nature of the racing at this championship that second placed Lane is in a three way tie on points with both Favini and Racchelli, who are in third and fourth places respectively. Indeed just six points separate second from seventh overall. A fifth and an eleventh today for yesterday's regatta leader Nathan Wilmot on IRL 607 Embarr sees him drop to fifth place overall, with a four point advantage over Alec Cutler on BER 655 hedgehog in sixth. After a poor opening day by his own standards, Brian Porter on USA 749 Full Throttle has moved up to seventh by way of his 2,1 performance today.

Melges 24 World Championships, Corpus Christi Texas. Day 2
Rick Tomlinson - copyright

Now holding an eleven point advantage at the top of the standings, the reigning world champions on Uka Uka Racing, were looking understandably calm and relaxed after racing today. 'Yes it was a good day for us.' commented their tactician Jonathan McKee. 'We are obviously very happy with the way things went today. We managed to get off the line quickly and we felt we had good boatspeed in those conditions.' Asked if he had been following a particular strategy today, he had this to say 'It was all surprisingly subtle out there. The wind was pretty steady and there wasn't a consistent side of the racecourse which seemed to pay. It was more about finding the best pressure downwind and avoiding the bad sets of waves upwind.' Trimmer Federico Michetti, paid this tongue in cheek tribute to his helmsman. 'Rufo (Lorenzo Bressani) likes the breezy conditions, so this makes it very easy for the rest of us. He is like a racehorse, we just take the blinkers off his eyes at the start, and off he goes!'

In the all amateur Corinthian Division, Eiichiro Hamazaki on JPN 783 continued to dominate with another pair of bullets to give him an 11 point overall lead over August Hernandez on USA 533 High Voltage in second and Christof Wieland on GER 635 Unsponsored in third.

With the normal weather system in Corpus Christi now appearing to have re-established itself, local opinion suggests that tomorrow may bring windier conditions still. Racing on Day 3 is scheduled to start at 11 AM local time with two more races scheduled.

Melges 24 World Championships, Corpus Christi Texas. Day 2
Rick Tomlinson - copyright

Melges 24 World Championships, Corpus Christi Texas. Day 2
Rick Tomlinson - copyright

Melges 24 World Championships, Corpus Christi Texas. Day 2
Rick Tomlinson - copyright

Melges 24 World Championships, Corpus Christi Texas. Day 2
Rick Tomlinson - copyright

Melges 24 World Championships, Corpus Christi Texas. Day 2
Rick Tomlinson - copyright

Melges 24 World Championships, Corpus Christi Texas. Day 2
Rick Tomlinson - copyright

Melges 24 World Championships, Corpus Christi Texas. Day 2
Rick Tomlinson - copyright


RESULTS

Bow/Sail  Boat  SkipperYacht Club  1  2  3  4  TotalPos
21 / ITA 817  UkaUka Racing  Lorenzo Bressani  Club Vela Portocivitanova   6  2  1  2   11  1  
02 / USA 812  Brick House 812  Kristen Lane  St. Francis Yacht Club   8  1  10  3   22T  2  
20 / SUI 596  Blu Moon  Flavio Favini  YCL   3  6  8  5   22T  3  
15 / ITA 735  ALTEA  Andrea Racchelli  CVCI   4  7  7  4   22T  4  
04 / IRL 607  Embarr  Conor Clarke  Royal Jamaica Yacht Club   2  5  5  11   23  5  
17 / BER655  hedgehog  Alec Cutler  Royal Bermuda Yacht Club   9  8  3  7   27  6  
29 / USA-749  FULL THROTTLE  Brian Porter  Lake Geneva Yacht Club.   16  9  2  1   28  7  
01 / USA 811  WTF  Alan Field  California Yacht Club   1  11  11  8   31  8  
16 / ITA 819  AUDI  Riccardo Simoneschi  YCCS   7  12  4  9   32  9  
32 / JPN 783  Esprit  Eiichiro Hamazaki[Corinthian]  Seabonia Yacht Club   11  4  9  15   39  10  
25 / USA 820  New England Ropes/West Marine  Bora Gulari  Bayview Yacht Club   15  10  12  6   43  11  
06 / USA 623  Brick House 623  Peter Lane  St. Francis Yacht Club   18  18  6  10   52  12  
27 / NOR 804  Full Medal Jacket  Eivind Melleby  Royal Norwegian Yacht Club   5  3  33/DSQ  12   53T  13  
08 / AUS 553  Bandit  Warwick Rooklyn  CYCA   14  13  13  13   53T  14  
22 / FRA 644  ZIG ZAG 18  Henri Samuel  YACHT CLUB DE DINARD   12  16  15  17   60  15  
24 / USA 786  BATTLE RHYTHM  Guy Mossman  Carolina Yacht Club   22  15  17  14   68  16  
26 / USA 604  Tom Slick  Jeff Wittenberg  Columbia   10  23  16  22   71  17  
07 / AUS 686  Coco  Heath Walters  Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club   13  17  19  26   75T  18  
10 / USA 533  High Voltage  August Hernandez[Corinthian]  Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club   28  14  14  19   75T  19  
31 / USA 379  Team Velocitek  Daniel Kaseler  Port Madison Yacht Club   20  21  20  18   79  20  
05 / USA 700  ARDOR/C.R.E.A.M.  David O'Reilly  ChYC   19  20  23  20   82  21  
28 / GER 635  Unsponsored  Christof Wieland[Corinthian]  Bayrischer Yacht Club   33/RAF  19  18  16   86  22  
13 / USA 615  Funtech Racing  Charlie Hess[Corinthian]  BYC   24  27  21  21   93  23  
03 / USA 674  Rosebud  Scott Holmgren[Corinthian]  OCBC   23  26  22  23   94  24  
14 / USA 24  Smokin  Kevin Clark[Corinthian]  Encinal   21  24  28  24   97  25  
09 / USA 344  Cold Shot  Steve Eller[Corinthian]  Austin Yacht Club   17  28  25  29   99T  26  
12 / USA675  12happythoughts  David Brede  CYC Seattle   25  25  24  25   99T  27  
11 / CAN 121  Black Dog  Dave Black[Corinthian]  Etobicoke Yacht Club   27  22  27  28   104  28  
33 / USA 480  Monsoon II  Mark Hulings[Corinthian]  Corpus Christi Yacht Club   26  30  26  31   113  29  
18 / USA 494  Wee Jaggie  Andrew Walford[Corinthian]  Oklahoma City Boat Club   30  31  29  27   117  30  
23 / USA 15  Abordage  Erwan le Gall[Corinthian]  Golden Gate Yacht Club   29  29  30  30   118  31  
30 / USA 201  Mako  Stephen McMillan  Tahoe City Yacht Club   31  32  31  32   126  32

Melges 24 Corinthian (11 boats) Series Standing - 4 races scored
Sail  Boat  SkipperYacht Club  1  2  3  4  TotalPos
JPN 783  Esprit  Eiichiro Hamazaki/Kentaro IshiguroTatsuhito KawanishiMakoto NagahashiYasuhiro Tabuchi[Corinthian]  Seabonia Yacht Club/ Seabonia Yacht Club/ Seabonia Yacht Club/ Seabonia Yacht Club/ Seabonia Yacht Club   1  1  1  1   4  1  
USA 533  High Voltage  August Hernandez/Martin JohnssonMichael HoeyMike SchroffSusan 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   15  2  
GER 635  Unsponsored  Christof Wieland/Giulia Della RosaJens altern WathneJorgen Wathne[Corinthian]  Bayrischer Yacht Club/ Lega Navale Italiana, sez. Milano/ Haugesund SF/ Haugesund Yacht Club   12/RAF  3  3  2   20T  3  
USA 615  Funtech Racing  Charlie Hess/Greg McClimentThac NguyenThomas Murray[Corinthian]  BYC/ Bayview Yacht Club/ Edison Boat Club/ Eastport Yacht Club   5  7  4  4   20T  4  
USA 674  Rosebud  Scott Holmgren/Alan NakanishiFrank BelingJustin HowardJustin Adams[Corinthian]  OCBC/ Waikiki Yacht Club/ OCBC/ OCBC/ Arlington yacht club   4  6  5  5   20T  5  
USA 24  Smokin  Kevin Clark/Mahalynn LuMichael AndrewsTom Rankin[Corinthian]  Encinal/ none/ Encinal Yacht Club/ SOBYC   3  5  9  6   23  6  
USA 344  Cold Shot  Steve Eller/Jeff JonesRay ShullKaren Owens[Corinthian]  Austin Yacht Club/ Austin Yacht Club/ Austin Yaht Club/ Austin Yacht Club   2  8  6  9   25  7  
CAN 121  Black Dog  Dave Black/Paul DennisEric SchaeferDavid Hymers[Corinthian]  Etobicoke Yacht Club/ Royal Canadian Yacht Club/ EYC/ Etobicoke Yacht Club   7  4  8  8   27  8  
USA 480  Monsoon II  Mark Hulings/Meredith RummelPaul ArntsonMichael DavidsonChloe 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   34  9  
USA 494  Wee Jaggie  Andrew Walford/Kevin SmithKendall HelmJake DragooRichard Walford[Corinthian]  Oklahoma City Boat Club/ Kevin Smith/ Oklahoma City Boat Club/ Oklahoma City Boat Club/ OCBC   10  11  10  7   38  10  
USA 15  Abordage  Erwan le Gall/Lance KimAmanda KawamuraGeoffrey Byrne[Corinthian]  Golden Gate Yacht Club/ Cal Sailing Club/ None/ King Harbor Yachy Club   9  9  11  10   39  11  


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