Kessler wins US Nationals

Fi Brown reports from the final day of the Melges 24 racing in the States

Sunday March 16th 2003, Author: Fi Brown, Location: United States


The final day of racing at the US Nationals was an absolute corker with clear skies, sunshine and 72 degrees. Winds were 10-12 knots from 180-190 degrees. Three races were completed to make the regatta total - nine races, with one throw out.

Doug Kessler had the bit between his teath and was determined to hang on to his overall lead. He and his P&P Sailing Team sailed the final two races very conservatively to ensure their overall victory scoring a 5 and 6 to win the regatta by 7 points overall.

Behind him Britain's Roger Peacock and the Black Seal team were delighted with their win in the penultimate race and despite a disappointing twelfth in the final race just managed to hang on to their second place overall on count back against Italy's Flavio Favini helming for Franco Rossini.

Argyle Campbell finally hit his top form today and went out on a big high with a 2, 1 scoreline in the last races of the ragatta which comfortably secured him fourth place overall ahead of Norway's Peder Nergaard, Brian Porter and Paula Zubrzycki.

Pos Skipper Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Tot Disc Tot
1 Doug Kessler P&P Sailing Team 1 3 2 4 2 1 2 5 6 26 -6 20
2 Roger Peacock Black Seal 7 8 1 1 1 4 4 1 12 39 -12 27
3 Franco Rossini Blu Moon 2 4 5 3 6 2 13 3 2 40 -13 27
4 Argyle Campbell Rock N' Roll 4 2 9 7 5 3 8 2 1 41 -9 32
5 Nergaard Baghdad 9 5 4 5 8 5 6 4 3 49 -9 40
6 Brian Porter Full Throttle 3 1 10 2 4 6 12 11 4 53 -12 41
7 Paula Zubrzycki First Crush 6 14 6 6 3 12 1 8 11 67 -14 53
8 Bret Gripenstraw Sofa King Fast 13 10 11 11 7 10 5 15 5 87 -15 72
9 Tom Freytag Wicked Feet 8 11 7 8 15 9 14 6 13 91 -15 76
10 Hal Pickering Chacal 17 9 8 10 10 14 9 7 23 107 -23 84
11 Dow Flying Toaster 12 16 14 16 9 8 3 10 20 108 -20 88
12 Brian Harrison My Dixie Wrecked 15 6 13 9 13 7 16 16 14 109 -16 93
13 Nigel Pitts Tommy Bahama 5 12 3 13 14 15 15 19 18 114 -19 95
14 Scott Gregory Satisfaction 16 15 23 15 12 21 7 9 10 128 -23 105
15 Sheldon Ecklund Aura 10 23 17 19 11 16 10 14 9 129 -23 106
16 Miles Martschink Moving Target 14 17 26 14 18 19 17 12 7 144 -26 118
17 Dean Bell/Woodie Cope Sled Slayer 11 19 16 12 16 20 11 20 DNF 153 -28 125
18 Matt Mayo Trick Monkey 20 7 20 22 21 13 19 18 8 148 -22 126
19 Doc Bellows Latex Solar Beef 21 22 19 20 17 11 22 13 17 162 -22 140
20 Jim Longen Terp 22 13 24 17 19 17 21 17 16 166 -24 142
21 John Mathis Fore Runner 18 20 15 18 23 18 20 21 21 174 -23 151
22 Hubert Guy 19 21 21 23 27 22 18 22 15 188 -27 161
23 Jones/Andrews SickPuppy 25 18 12 26 20 24 24 23 22 194 -26 168
24 Scott Baker Nobody's Girl 23 27 18 21 26 25 23 24 19 206 -27 179
25 Tim Delaney Killer Tomato 24 25 22 24 24 23 26 DNC DNC 224 -28 196
26 Justin Neal Chick Magnet 27 26 27 25 22 26 25 25 24 227 -27 200
27 Jeff Meyers Rogue Wave 26 24 25 27 25 27 27 26 DNS 235 -28 207

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