The 2010 Melges 32 US National Championship is officially two-thirds complete. With only one day left to race, Ryan DeVos on Volpe leads by a substantial margin followed by John Kilroy, Jr. on Samba Pa Ti and John Porter on Full Throttle, second and third respectively.
No racing took place today, due to the absence of wind. PRO Bruce Golison kept the fleet well informed, but ended up pulling the plug around 1500. The discussion was of course, what was the forecast for Sunday. "Generally speaking if the breeze arrives, it may not be until the afternoon. The NOR and Sailing Instructions clearly state the we cannot start a race after two. So, we'll have to do our best and wait and see." said Golison.
Competition is taken quite seriously in the Melges 32 class. Without enough breeze for suitable racing, they found other ways to entertain themselves. For example, DeVos' Volpe and John Taylor's Ninkasi decided to take matters into their own hands with a little bit of paddle board racing. On the city dock, it was a beer-festive relay encouraged by Heineken with Volpe taking the win. Other teams like Michael Dominguez's Bronco and Rod Jabin's Ramrod found go-cart racing and miniature golf just their speed. Joe Wood's Red took a fancy liking to tennis and the countless ice cream and coffee shops down Main St kept everyone well nourished as they awaited Golison's decision.
Looking ahead to Sunday's racing, there is likely to be a fox hunt. Guaranteed the dogs will be called, buggles and horns will sound as Kilroy will attempt to chase down the young DeVos. Porter's Full Throttle will be full steam ahead as they only sit two points out of second place. Beyond, the points spread is tight. Woods and Jabin sit fourth and fifth, dead even with 33 points each. One point separates sixth place holder Jason Carroll on Argo and Bob Hughes on Heartbreaker in seventh. Rounding out the top ten is Jeff Ecklund on STAR in eighth, Taylor is ninth and Kip Meadows on roXanne is tenth.
Top Ten Results (After 5 Races)
1.) Ryan Devos/Ed Baird, Volpe; 4-2-2-1-1 = 10
2.) John Kilroy/Stu Bannatyne, Samba Pa Ti; 5-4-1-7-9 = 26
3.) John Porter/Charlie McKee, Full Throttle; 3-5-9-6-5 = 28
4.) Joe Woods/Paul Goodison, Red; 1-1-8-10-13 = 33
5.) Rod Jabin/Chris Larson, Ramrod; 2-3-12-12-4 = 33
6.) Jason Carroll/John Baxter, Argo; 8-7-7-8-6 = 36
7.) Robert Hughes/Steve Hunt, Heartbreaker; 11-10-3-5-8 = 37
8.) Jeff Ecklund/Bill Hardesty, STAR; 13-6-10-2-7 = 38
9.) John Taylor/Andrew Campbell, Ninkasi; 7-8-13-3-12 = 43
10.) Kip Meadows/Andy Horton, roXanne; 14-9-6-4-10 = 43