Newport, RI – USA – PRO Hank Stuart fired off three more great races at the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) on Wednesday. With two more days left to race, the pressure to do well is extremely intense as Bombarda’s Andrea Pozzi with tactician Gabriele Benussi sit atop the leaderboard ahead by two. In second overall, is John Kilroy Jr. on Samba Pa Ti who felt the full effects of a great day of successful racing with Paul Goodison on tactics. Ben Schwartz on Pisces with Chris Rast as tactician is now third. Tied in points with Schwartz, seated fourth and fifth respectively is Steve Howe’s Warpath and Alec Cutler’s Hedgehog.
The day started out with light, challenging and very shifty conditions. With the breeze at only 5-7 knots, every mark rounding meant that the NYYC Race Committee had to work just that much harder to keep up with the ever shifting wind. Japan’s Keisuke Suzuki with tactician Jesper Radich on Swing played the shifts just right enabling him to turn up the heat in Race One and establish a massive lead from the get-go. Suzuki lead, then extended throughout the race securing an almost 10-boat length advantage to win over second place finisher Schwartz on Pisces. Pozzi was third.
Kilroy claimed an event milestone as his team currently is the first challenger at Worlds to carry three bullets in their scoreline. With Goodison on tactics, Kilroy came on strong and focused in the second and third race of the day taking both wins, landing him an impressive second place overall, up from yesterday’s eighth position.
Pozzi had a great first two races, which ultimately helped him sustain the lead, finishing third and second. Roberto Tomasini Grinover on Robertissima had a nice day to take third in Race Two. Finally, Jason Carroll’s Argo Team looked to be back on track as they finished second in Race Six of the championship, followed by Howe in third.
SPECTACLE OF THE DAY GOES TO…
Defending Melges 32 World Champion William Douglass showed up on the course today with the most unusual of sailing attire – complete head-to-toe, day-glo orange, skin-tight body suits (with matching shoes nonetheless). Thanks to modern technology, images were quickly posted of the glow-in-the-dark sailors on the class’ Facebook page. As one can imagine, the comment meter went off the chart with thoughts and feedback. Check out the absolutely hilarious commentary for yourself at the Official Melges 32 Facebook Page.
Two more races, with the option for a third, are scheduled for Friday, September 28 with a start of 11.00.
The 2012 Melges 32 World Championship Press Team will be bringing live reports and updates of the racing via the Melges 32 Blog. Every start, play and finish will be published, and as connection allows, video from the race course may be provided too. In addition, the latest racing developments will post to the Official Melges 32 Facebook Page. A host of photos from the event can be found online at melges32.com.
TOP TEN RESULTS (As of Tuesday, September 25, after two races)
1.) Andre Pozzi/Gabriele Benussi, Bombarda; 1-6-9-3-2- = 21
2.) John Kilroy/Paul Goodison, Samba Pa Ti; -8-1-12-1-1 = 23
3.) Benjamin Schwartz/Chris Rast, Pisces; 4-1--2-4-13 = 24
4.) Steve Howe/Morgan Larson, Warpath; 2--4-7-8-3 = 24
5.) Alec Cutler/Richard Clarke, Hedgehog; 5--2-4-7-6 = 24
6.) William Douglass/Chris Larson, Goombay Smash; 3-3-12--9-9 = 36
7.) Pieter Taselaar/Nick Thompson, Bliksem; 7--6-11-5-11 = 40
8.) Andy Lovell/Steve Benjamin, Rougarou; 14-5--13-6-4 = 42
9.) Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone; 8-4-3-6--22 = 43
10.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 6--5-20-3-14 = 48