Olympic medallist takes Melges Nationals
Day one brought very light airs and saw Tom Freytag take the overall lead with a 1, 2 scoreline with Jamie Lee hard on his heals with 3, 2. Rob Smith finished the day in third with Mike Budd fourth overall. Day two was a flat calm and an early decision to abandon racing left the crews free to enjoy the delights of St Peter Port and in particular the local golf courses (apologies to those innocent passers by who found themselves caught in the cross fire as the teams demonstrated why their chosen sport is sailing not golf!).
By day three the weather was beginning to improve and it was just possible to get another two races completed. Tom Freytag had a very average day and only managed 11, 9 dropping him down to third overall. Most consistent performers were Neil Harrison with two seconds and Paul Brotherton with two thirds while Jamie Lee and Keith Musto each scored a first and sixth. Overall Lee was now leading by 16 points from Musto with Freytag third and Brotherton fourth.
Day four finally produced some decent sailing conditions and all three scheduled races were run. Tom Freytag saw his hopes of winning the event evaporate when he was black flagged in the first race of the day. Keith Musto was the day's top performer with 4, 1, 2 whilst Jamie Lee managed to maintain the overall lead by 4 points with 2, 5, 4. Paul Brotherton pulled up to third while Rob Smith had a good day bringing him up to fourth overall.
Going into the final day Lee, Musto and Brotherton were all still very much in the frame. Both of the scheduled races were completed and to put the icing on the cake the sun finally came out. Race 8 saw a good old fashioned dog fight between Brotherton and Musto with Brotherton eventually getting the upper hand. Jamie Lee had a disasterous race ending up 11th while Rob Smith slotted in another third. Going into the final race Musto led with 37 points, Lee was in second with 41.4 and Brotherton was third with 44. Battle was commenced and the spectating sponsors were treated to a superb demonstration of Melges sailing. Lee won the race by several lengths but Musto hung on to second to take the Championship overall. Brotherton's third secured his third overall while Rob Smith came 5th to take fourth overall.
|2||White Seal||Richard Thompson / Jamie Lee||5.7||3||11.7||0||3||10||8||17||0||58.4||41.4|
|3||Racketeer||Edward Leask / Paul Brotherton||10||22||5.7||5.7||20||3||0||0||5.7||72.1||50.1|
|4||The New Barbarians||Stuart Simpson / Rob Smith||0||14||14||26||0||13||10||5.7||14||96.7||70.7|
|6||Fiver||Colin Bishop / Neil Harrison||22||19||3||3||5.7||18||16||16||10||112.7||90.7|
|7||Mad Cap||Tom Freytag||3||0||19||15||32||5.7||19||20||19||132.7||100.7|
|9||Gill||Quentin Strauss / Stuart Rix||13||21||25||20||13||8||13||15||11.7||139.7||114.7|
|10||Between the Sheets||Dave Sowry / Dave Hall||14||20||26||18||10||22||5.7||14||15||144.7||118.7|
|11||Clapped Out Toy Boy||Ian Cleaver||15||16||13||21||17||32||14||18||18||164||132|
|12||White Rabbit||Simon Henning||18||8||24||16||21||19||18||10||28||162||134|
|13||Happy Hour||Simon Hughes||19||11.7||8||27||18||20||25||28||17||173.7||145.7|
|14||The Dogs ...!||Allen Brown||24||24||17||29||15||24||15||13||16||177||148|
|15||Team Woolwich||Simon Coleridge||16||26||15||23||12||21||20||22||29||183.7||154.7|
|16||Melancolie 6||Patrick Constant||17||17||18||17||23||17||26||32||20||187||155|
|17||The Drill Squad||Roger Martel||29||18||23||8||29||23||29||19||23||201||172|
|18||Dignity||Rennie Miller / Richard Smith||28||15||21||25||32||29||23||11.7||21||205.7||173.7|
|19||Zig Zag 15||Henri Samuel||21||23||27||22||19||14||27||25||27||205||178|
|20||WKD Blue||Joe Woods||25||25||20||31||26||25||17||23||24||216||185|
|22||Team Panasonic & UK Karaoke||Adrian Peach||27||29||29||19||28||30||30||24||22||238||208|
|24||The Black Pig||Frank Haines / Jo Wotton||30||30||31||28||27||26||21||26||26||245||214|
|25||Wild Thing||David Franks||31||31||30||14||30||32||31||29||31||259||227|