Melges 32 World Championship - Hedgehog claims the lead

Alec Cutler - Hedgehog - 2012 Melges 32 World Championship
Day two of the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York YC was a long day featuring one race and a new overnight leader - Bermuda's Alec Cutler and tactician Richard Clarke aboard Hedgehog. 'We just wanted to get through the two windiest days in good position.' said Cutler. 'Today was great, but it's still a little too early to get excited about where we are at in the standings. We still a long way to go.'

Moving from fourth place overnight into the second position is Edoardo Lupi's Torpyone with Branko Brcin on tactics and in third overall, Andrea Pozzi with Gabriele Benussi as tactician on Bombarda.

Edoardo Lupi, Torpyone - 2012 Melges 32 World Championship

The day started with teams anticipating racing on the outside (offshore) again, but the Race Committee, due to very harsh conditions, relocated racing to the inside course (bay). When teams arrived they found 18-20+ knots of breeze and a steep chop. As the Race Committee worked hard to set the course, the breeze gradually built to a healthy 20+ for the first start of the day, which resulted in a general recall. The breeze only increased further, prompting PRO Hank Stuart to send the fleet ashore while he and his NYYC Race Committee Team remained on station. At 12.30, Stuart reported a solid 27 knots with gusts to 33, clearly exceeding the IM32CA Rule racing maximum.

At 14.00, the AP ashore was lowered and the fleet went racing again, in the same place as before but with more overcast skies and chop. The one and only race of the day, a course five with a bearing of 230 at 2.0 nm, kicked off a little after three o'clock, with Cutler, Steve Howe on Warpath, Lupi and John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti battling the entire race. Cutler took the early lead with Kilroy and Howe chasing for the lead but in the end, Kilroy took command at the final windward mark of the race and held on for the win. Cutler settled for second and Lupi finished a solid third.

'Our first place finish today proved that we are a strong team and that we can compete at a very high level.' commented Kilroy. 'Yesterday was not a good day as we broke a spinnaker and we did a penalty turn which caused us to end with a 20th place finish. Our win today put us in the top ten, but we hope to not stop there. Sailing the Melges 32 in Newport, hosted by NYYC has been just fantastic.'

Cutler now possesses one of the few single digit score lines at the event thus far, moving into the lead by one point.

Two more races, with the option for a third, are scheduled for Thursday, September 27 with a start of 11.00.

John Kilroy Jr., Samba Pa Ti - 2012 Melges 32 World Championship

William Douglas, Goombay Smash - 2012 Melges 32 World Championship

Steve Howe, Warpath - 2012 Melges 32 World Championship


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 Bow Sail NumberYacht NameYacht DesignOwner/SkipperRace1Race2Race3Total
World Championship Racing
 One Design Division
  Melges 32
  1.1 BER 1HedgehogMelges 32Alec Cutler57214.0  
  2.487 ITA 487TorpyoneMelges 32Edoardo Lupi84315.0  
  3.42 ITA 229BombardaMelges 32Andrea Pozzi16916.0  
  4.88 USA 2Goombay SmashMelges 32William Douglass331218.0  
  5.603 USA 32917WarpathMelges 32Stephen Howe215421.0  
  6.230 USA 230PiscesMelges 32Benjamin Schwartz411924.0  
  7.21 ITA 2121Mascalzone LatinoMelges 32Vincenzo Onorato1221327.0  
  8.13 USA 13131Samba Pa TiMelges 32John Kilroy208129.0  
  9.69 USA 169BliksemMelges 32Pieter Taselaar716629.0  
  10.111 SUI 1Robertissima 1Melges 32Roberto Tomasini Grinover621532.0  
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