Ullman vs Porter

Just two points in it going into the last day of the Fullpower Melges 24 Worlds

Friday May 11th 2007, Author: Rich Roberts, Location: United Kingdom
Italy’s Joe Fly team faces a bittersweet ending Saturday to the 2007 Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship, hosted by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club. That’s how it is when the hottest team has little chance of winning.

Helmsman Gabrio Zandona said after driving to first- and second-place finishes on Friday, “We’re still out of the game,” echoing his words from Day 1 when two aborted starts cost him scores in the 20s. “Check the results and the good guys always finish in the top 10.”

Dave Ullman still leads the good guys after he and Zandona swapped wins for the second day in a row. The ageless one continued his consistency of one victory a day - four in all - and followed that with an eighth but lost two points to Brian Porter (5-2), whom he now leads, 28 to 30, followed by France’s Francois Brenac at 41, Italy’s defending champion Nicola Celon at 44 and Zandona at 46.

So playing catch-up has been a futile chase for the Joe Fly guys, with their colorful graphics but regrettable start. “We have less chance now,” Zandona said.

However, it’s worth noting that in last year’s Melges 24 Worlds at Hyeres, France, Celon was 15 points out of it when he came back to win on the last day.

The key to victory may be the deadline forbidding any race to start after 3 p.m. on the last day.

Harry Melges III, Porter’s tactician, said, “If we start as late as we did today, there may just be one race,” reducing the race track for Full Throttle to overtake Ullman’s Team Pegasus 505.

Friday’s first race was delayed an hour waiting for the light wind to settle on a steady southwesterly breeze that built from 10 knots to 17 through the afternoon. When the deadline wasn’t in force for the second races on Wednesday and Thursday, they started six and five minutes shy of 3 o’clock.

Porter said, “If it’s two races to win, we’re in the game.”

Brenac made a strong bid for the lead in Friday’s first race when he timed his start shrewdly by trailing a few boats into the starboard end of the starting line, slipped through a narrow opening next to the pin boat, tacked immediately to starboard, headed right and built an immediate lead . . . for 10 minutes.

Then the wind shifted left and the boats on the right were out of luck.

“Each time this week it has been good to go right,” Brenac said. “Maybe those guys [on the left] saw something. Maybe they were smarter than we were.”

The French were 18th at the windward mark and fought their way back to ninth at the finish, then placed fifth in the second race, leaving themselves 13 points off Ullman’s pace.



Chris Larson of Annapolis sailed Scott Holmgren’s West Marine Rigging entry to its best finishes (6-4) of the week and lies even in eighth place with Mark Christensen of Pegasus 575.

“The good guys seem to be doing the job,” said Larson, an America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veteran. “They showed that you don’t always have to go right. My bet’s on the lake sailors from Zenda (Wis.). [Porter] is cool and relaxed, and he doesn’t have a throwout yet” - meaning, Full Throttle team remains the only team without a doubled-digit finish and can afford one bad race, which Ullman probably can’t.

Ullman’s view: “Either tomorrow is going to be a good day or a bad day. If we win it's a good day. If we lose then it will be bad day.”

With the turbulent conditions and an aggressive fleet, principal race officer Hank Stuart’s race committee has kept general recalls to a minimum with judicious use of the I-flag (early starters must re-start around the ends). Target time for each race is 90 minutes, and through Thursday the RC had achieved an average of 88.7 minutes while alternating courses of 2, 2 ½ and 3 laps and windward-leeward lengths of 1.6 to 2 nautical miles.


Boat Name Skipper
Pts
1 Pegasus 505 David Ullman USA
-18
1
1
11
1
5
1
8
28
2 Full Throttle Brian Porter USA
3
5
3
5
-8
7
5
2
30
3 EFG/GroupPartouche Benjamin Cohen FRA
2
4
8
(59q)
10
3
9
5
41
4 Bete Bossini Amadori Ezio ITA
4
2
-16
2
14
4
3
15
44
5 Joe Fly Giovanni Maspero ITA
-28
24
9
6
3
1
2
1
46
6 Team Barbarians Stuart Simpson GBR
14
12
6
1
2
(59f)
8
11
54
7 Gannet Othmar M. v Blumencron USA
6
9
-23
4
4
9
15
9
56
8 Pegasus 575 Mark Christensen USA
-16
3
2
8
5
13
11
16
58
9 West Marine Rigging Scott Holmgren USA
12
8
7
-0.29
15
6
6
4
58
10 Altea Andrea Racchelli ITA
13
10
4
15
6
8
-17
6
62
11 Pegasus 492 Shark Kahn USA
-26
23
11
9
17
2
4
3
69
12 Monsoon Bruce Ayres USA
1
7
17
16
9
16
16
-18
82
13 Excellent John Pollard GBR
8
6
10
12
18
21
-29
14
89
14 Courage X Edwin Eich GER
10
18
14
7
12
-25
7
24
92
15 WTF Alan Field USA
24
17
28
-0.34
7
10
12
7
105
16 Jam Jam Michelle Brachet GBR
7
14
15
24
23
17
-27
10
110
17 Natural Mojo Miles Quinton GBR
27
15
5
13
13
18
-41
22
113
18 Pegasus 678 Philippe Kahn USA
21
13
12
21
-28
12
23
12
114
19 Giacomel Audi Racing Riccardo Simoneschi ITA
15
-22
21
10
20
11
18
21
116
20 Rock n Roll Argyle Campbell USA
25
11
-26
14
16
15
19
17
117
21 Bateauneuf Eamonn ONolan GBR
22
-26
25
3
11
26
13
19
119
22 All or None Chris Doubek USA
17
28
22
(59q)
21
19
32
13
152
23 Ego Donald Jesberg USA
5
16
32
-0.43
24
24
26
26
153
24 Team Gill Simon Strauss GBR
9
19
24
23
29
(59f)
10
59q
173
25 Derivative Mark Surber USA
31
-37
13
19
31
29
30
23
176
26 Airis Cesare Bressan ITA
35
20
19
(59q)
34
22
14
32
176
27 Smokin Kevin Clark USA
30
27
-36
26
22
20
24
29
178
28 Taboo Stephen Pugh USA
20
30
18
0.47
25
14
25
(59s)
179
29 Grinder Jeff Littfin USA
19
-35
27
18
27
28
35
25
179
30 Go Dogs Go! Tim Hawkins USA
29
32
-37
27
19
23
21
31
182
31
680
Douglas Forster USA
23
29
20
28
26
34
43
(59f)
203
32 Black Seal Richard Thompson GBR
11
21
33
36
41
31
-42
40
213
33 12HappyThoughts David Brede USA
-40
36
34
33
32
39
20
38
232
34 Wheres Bob Robert Tennant USA
42
34
31
20
40
(59s)
37
30
234
35 Personal Puff Dan Hauserman USA
39
31
35
-42
33
37
22
37
234
36 Sofa King Fast Gripenstra / Bassa USA
33
39
30
30
30
30
-46
42
234
37 Lounge Act Loren Colahan USA
32
25
(59q)
39
37
38
47
28
246
38 Goose n duck Paul Bennett USA
38
33
29
47
44
36
(59q)
20
247
39 Matilda Richard Leslie AUS
-58
41
41
25
36
27
38
45
253
40 Brick House Kristen Lane USA
34
-49
45
34
39
32
44
27
255
41 Bacon Matt MacGregor USA
37
38
42
38
35
35
-45
33
258
42 O-Positive Orion Pritchard USA
36
40
38
40
-43
42
31
35
262
43 Gazoo Geoffrey Pierini USA
45
-48
44
29
38
40
28
41
265
44 Flygfisk Tom Kassberg USA
46
46
-50
44
42
33
36
34
281
45 Tamarack Racing Lindheim /  Vasquez USA
41
45
43
32
(59f)
59s
34
39
293
46 Pullen Realty Group Jim Granger USA
43
42
39
46
59q
46
33
-52
308
47 Karma George Roland USA
48
43
46
41
45
41
-51
48
312
48 Cool Beans Gary Stuntz USA
44
52
47
37
50
43
-55
49
322
49 Flexi Flyer 2 Mitchell Wells USA
-49
47
49
48
48
48
48
36
324
50 Wiggle Room Chris Johnson USA
53
51
40
43
53
(59f)
39
46
325
51 Chillout Golden / Jungels USA
51
44
(59q)
49
47
44
40
51
326
52 Trailblazer Dave Emberson USA
52
-55
53
51
46
49
50
44
345
53 Partygirl Ryan Mitchell USA
54
50
51
-0.59
49
59q
49
43
355
54 Nothing Ventured Thomas Klenke USA
-55
54
55
50
51
47
54
47
358
55 Wuuf Daddy Dean Daniels USA
50
(59f)
54
54
59f
45
53
50
365
56 Twisted Mister Keith Grzelak USA
47
53
48
45
59q
(59s)
56
59f
367
57 BRD Paul Clifford USA
-57
56
56
53
54
50
57
53
379
58 Bones Robert Harf USA
56
57
52
-0.59
52
59f
52
54
382

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