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Two points separation at end of penultimate day

B-Lin Sailing under threat from Full Throttle at the Melges 32 Worlds

Friday September 24th 2010, Author: Joy Dunnigan, Location: United States

The 32-strong fleet completed two more races and have one last critical day to go at the 2010 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the St Francis Yacht Club. Luca Lalli on B-Lin Sailing remains in the lead but John Porter's Full Throttle clearly has his sights on the trophy too.

There was great concern that the breeze would be really light for the third day of the championship. Predictions came true, as the start was pushed back an hour from the original scheduled time. For the start, a light 6-7 knots brought the best out of Jeff Ecklund's STAR. This team comprising tactician Harry Melges III, 2008 470 Gold Medallist Nathan Wilmot (2009 Melges 32 World Champion), 2000 Soling Bronze Medallist Espen Stokkeland, Scott Norris, Peter Crawford, Lindsay Bartel and Emma Creighton, a singlehanded racer about to embark on a Mini Transat campaign, delivered top performance in the speed department for a great win ahead of Stuart Simpson's Team Barbarians, while Rod Jabin on Ramrod did well to pull out a third place finish.

Jabin, with 2009 Melges 24 World Championship Chris Larson on tactics, outperformed the competition launching out in front of the fleet to round the weather mark in first. Lalli was right on his transom, pulling out all the stops to get ahead. A clean and fast set placed Porter in position to overtake Lalli for the lead downwind, while birthday boy Jason Carroll on Argo got in on the action as well. Jabin triumphed at the finish with Porter in second, Carroll third and Lalli in fourth. Japanese owner Yukihiro Ishida on Yasha Samurai rounded out the top five.

What the final day of racing in San Francisco will bring is yet to be seen. The top four are separated by 12 points which basically means, anything can happen on the last day of competition. Every team has worked so hard over the last three days to advance, establish a strangle-hold that has thus far proven to be ever elusive. In the forefront, desperate to hold of is Lalli. Porter sits two points out of first. Andy Lovell on Rougarou is in third overall.

Full results below

Video of Red collision courtesy of VinceSail

 

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Results:

Pos Boat Crew Sail no R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Tot
1 B-lin sailing Luca Lalli ITA 23 15 6 1 8 8 2 7 4 36
2 FULL Throttle John Porter USA 49 3 23 10 4 4 11 4 2 38
3 Rougarou Andy Lovell USA 136 2 4 3 25 13 6 8 6 42
4 STAR Jeff Ecklund USA 32 6 19 9 13 1 8 1 10 48
5 Warpath Steve Howe USA 32917 33/DSQ 9 17 5 12 1 11 7 62
6 Goombay Smash William Douglass USA 142 13 1 14 1 25 9 9 16 63
7 Red Joe Woods GBR 700 7 20 5 9 10 33/DNF 6 8 65
8 Leenabarca Alex Jackson USA 174 10 5 4 21 6 5 24 21 72
9 Ramrod Rodrick Jabin USA 206 16 2 25 15 20 16 3 1 73
10 roXanne Kip Meadows USA 77 17 7 13 6 19 3 12 18 76
11 ARGO Jason Carroll USA 128 12 26 21 2 15 12 14 3 79
12 Teasing Machine Jean François Cruette FRA 202 22 17 6 3 16 7 10 20 79
13 Bliksem Pieter Taselaar USA 169 23 12 2 14 2 13 16 22 81
14 Yasha Samurai Yukihiro Ishida JPN 203 4 21 11 16 11 24 17 5 85
15 Samba Pa Ti John Kilroy, Jr. USA 13131 9 13 26 7 7 19 28/ZFP 9 90
16 Black Mamba Martin Knetig CZE 204 30 15 16 11 17 21 5 11 96
17 Tirade Stefan Goldwater NZL 221 1 3 8 27 18 25 27 15 97
18 Heartbreaker Robert Hughes USA 201 11 8 7 12 22 22 29 17 99
19 Team Barbarians Stuart Simpson GBR 84845 8 11 18 18 30 15 2 28 100
20 Pegasus-MotionX Philippe Kahn USA 678 24 16 15 30 9 10 13 13 100
21 Taboo Stephen Pugh USA 158 14 29 27 19 3 4 23 12 102
22 Viva Don Jesberg USA 162 5 18 23 20 5 17 28 14 102
23 Bros. Naofumi Kamei JPN 199 29 14 29 10 21 18 25 31 146
24 Q Jim Swartz USA 007 21 24 12 22 27 23 31 25 154
25 Celeritas Malcolm Gefter USA 208 26 31 20 26 31 14 15 26 158
26 Ninkasi John Taylor USA 1315 25 30 22 24 24 27 20 24 166
27 Dark N'Stormy Edward Tillinghast USA 151 20 25 24 28 33/DSQ 31 18 23 169
28 Arethusa Phil Lotz USA 211 28 10 33/DNF 29 29 28 21 27 172
29 Banshee Derek Campbell USA 138 33/DNF 33/DNS 33/DNS 17 14 30 26 19 172
30 Shakedown Geoffrey Pierini USA 178 19 27 19 23 28 29 30 30 175
31 SLED Takashi Okura JPN 5095 18 28 30 32 26 26 19 32 179
32 Bronco Michael Dominguez USA 184 27 22 28 31 23 20 32 29 180

 

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