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Italy edges ahead

Luca Lalli and B-Lin Sailing take charge at the Melges 32 Worlds

Thursday September 23rd 2010, Author: Joy Dunnigan, Location: United States

It was another incredible day of racing at the 2010 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the St Francis Yacht Club. Three heats delivered three different winners under absolutely stunning conditions. Overnight leader Andy Lovell on Rougarou was toppled by Luca Lalli's B-Lin Sailing now in first place overall, while Alex Jackson's Leenabaca remains in third.

An early postponement led to getting started about an hour later than scheduled with the breeze beginning to settle in for the first race start. The third attempt was the charm with Doug Douglas' Goombay Smash stepping out front of the fleet and Martin Knetig's Black Mamba pouring on the speed as they rounded the top mark in first and second. "There was a little more pressure on the left, and a little line bias. We were fast off the line in that first race for sure." said Marco Constant, on board with Douglas. "No matter what, we are having heaps of fun." Douglas was simply lit downwind as he passed through the gate in first, this time followed by Jason Carroll on Argo. The two finished respectively with France's Jean Francois Cruette on Teasing Machine finishing third.

Race two witnessed the speed of Jeff Ecklund's STAR. Taking to left side early as the breeze filled in further, Ecklund rounded the weathermark in first, followed by John Porter on Full Throttle in second and Lalli's B-Lin Sailing. Ecklund pulled away from the fleet leg-by-leg to take the win. Reigning World Champion Pieter Taselaar on Bliksem got in on the mix to take second. Finishing third, Steve Pugh on Taboo had an incredible race.

The last and final race of the day took place around 16:30, yet brought on the best breeze of the day with another five-legged upwind finish. First around was Steve Howe on Warpath with a solid set taking him to the gate firmly in the lead. "Today was great." said Warpath tactician Morgan Larson. "We finally got around the course quite well." Howe dominated that late afternoon racing scene with Lalli grabbing on for second place position, chasing for the top spot. Kip Meadows and his roXanne Melges 32 had a much better day taking third. All finished in respective order.

After six races and a discard, Lalli now leads the Melges 32 fleet in San Francisco, moving him up a full three notches to take first place, sliding overnight leader Andy Lovell into second. Alex Jackson remains in third, Porter moves up five slots for fourth and Jeff Ecklund's outstanding performance today edged him up three places to finish fifth overall.

Results:

Pos Boat Skipper Sailno R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot
1 B-lin sailing Luca Lalli ITA 23 15 6 1 8 8 2 25
2 Rougarou Andy Lovell USA 136 2 4 3 25 13 6 28
3 Leenabarca Alex Jackson USA 174 10 5 4 21 6 5 30
4 FULL Throttle John Porter USA 49 3 23 10 4 4 11 32
5 STAR Jeff Ecklund USA 32 6 19 9 13 1 8 37
6 Goombay Smash William Douglass USA 142 13 1 14 1 25 9 38
7 Bliksem Pieter Taselaar USA 169 23 12 2 14 2 13 43
8 Warpath Steve Howe USA 32917 33/DSQ 9 17 5 12 1 44
9 roXanne Kip Meadows USA 77 17 7 13 6 19 3 46
10 Teasing Machine Jean François Cruette FRA 202 22 17 6 3 16 7 49
11 Red Joe Woods GBR 700 7 20 5 9 10 33/DNF 51
12 Tirade Stefan Goldwater NZL 221 1 3 8 27 18 25 55
13 Samba Pa Ti John Kilroy, Jr. USA 13131 9 13 26 7 7 19 55
14 Heartbreaker Robert Hughes USA 201 11 8 7 12 22 22 60
15 ARGO Jason Carroll USA 128 12 26 21 2 15 12 62
16 Yasha Samurai Yukihiro Ishida JPN 203 4 21 11 16 11 24 63
17 Viva Don Jesberg USA 162 5 18 23 20 5 17 65
18 Taboo Stephen Pugh USA 158 14 29 27 19 3 4 67
19 Ramrod Rodrick Jabin USA 206 16 2 25 15 20 16 69
20 Team Barbarians Stuart Simpson GBR 84845 8 11 18 18 31 15 70
21 Pegasus-MotionX Philippe Kahn USA 678 24 16 15 30 9 10 74
22 Black Mamba Martin Knetig CZE 204 30 15 16 11 17 21 80
23 Bros. Naofumi Kamei JPN 199 29 14 29 10 21 18 92
24 Q Jim Swartz USA 007 21 24 12 22 27 23 102
25 Shakedown Geoffrey Pierini USA 178 19 27 19 23 28 29 116
26 Celeritas Malcolm Gefter USA 208 26 31 20 26 32 14 117
27 Bronco Michael Dominguez USA 184 27 22 28 31 23 20 120
28 Ninkasi John Taylor USA 1315 25 30 22 24 24 27 122
29 Arethusa Phil Lotz USA 211 28 10 33/DNF 29 30 28 125
30 Dark N'Stormy Edward Tillinghast USA 151 20 25 24 28 29 31 126
31 Banshee Derek Campbell USA 138 33/DNF 33/DNS 33/DNS 17 14 30 127
32 SLED Takashi Okura JPN 5095 18 28 30 32 26 26 128

 

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