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Second world title for UKA UKA Racing

Lorenzo Brassani reigns supreme at the Melges 24 Worlds

Saturday May 21st 2011, Author: Justin Chisholm, Location: United States

The final day of the 2011 Melges 24 World Championship in Corpus Christi, Texas saw the regatta come to a close with some thrilling racing action out on the water. A third place in the first race of the day for reigning world champion Lorenzo Bressani on Uka Uka Racing, was enough to see him retain the title he won in Tallinn, Estonia last year, with a race to spare. Despite not sailing the final race, Bressani's overall winning margin was still a massive 23 points - a real indication of just how comprehensively the Italian has dominated this regatta.

A solid second and a fourth today for Brian Porter on Full Throttle was good enough for him to secure second overall. Porter, who started the series with an uncharacteristically poor first day, fought his way up to second during the week with a determined and consistent performance.

The battle between Alec Cutler on hedgehog and Nathan Wilmot on the Irish entry Embarr, for the final podium place really went down to the wire. Lying in fourth place, 7 points behind Cutler going into the final day, Wilmot gave himself the best possible chance of a place on the podium by winning the penultimate race of the championship. Cutler finished that race back in seventh, meaning that he held a tenuous single point lead over Wilmot going into the final race. The final race scrap between these two was a real classic, with Cutler leading the fleet for most of the race and Wilmot having to fight his way back from eighth place at the first windward mark. On the final run Cutler initially looked to have done enough to win the race and claim third overall, however in the last third of the leg everything changed at the front, with Cutler appearing to fall out of the best pressure and allowing a pack of four boats to overtake.

Kristen Lane on Brick House 812 was furthest right boat and perfectly positioned to capitalise on the new breeze. She came through to take her second race win of the week, ahead of Norway's Eivind Melleby 804 in second. Behind them Wilmot, Porter and Cutler all approached the finish line abreast, with Wilmot diving down at the last second to take third by what looked like just the width of his bowsprit block, from Porter in fourth and Cutler in fifth. Wilmot's last-ditch efforts elevated him to third overall in the regatta, with a disappointed Cutler having to settle for fourth, just 1 point behind. Kristen Lane's final race win, earned her fifth overall, 3 points adrift of Cutler.

As reigning World Champions, Bressani and the Uka Uka Racing crew went into this regatta as the firm favourites, a mantle they more than lived up to during the championship. Their performance this week has been nothing short of remarkable, winning six out of the 12 races and never finishing below sixth in any of the races they sailed. Tactically astute throughout the series, they started well in virtually every race and both upwind and downwind they always appeared to hold a speed advantage over their competitors. Bressani's victory this week is his third in the Melges 24 Class, an achievement also matched by both team owner Lorenzo Santini and tactician Jonathan McKee. Trimmer Federico Michetti goes one better, now with a record breaking four Melges 24 World Championship wins to his name. Not to be outdone by his crewmates bowman Fabio Gridellie is now a double Melges 24 World Champion.

In the all-amateur Corinthian Division, Eiichiro Hamazaki on JPN 783 closed out an comprehensive victory with two more race wins to secure the 2011 Corinthian Melges 24 World Championship title by a margin of 17 points over second placed German Christof Wieland on Unsponsored. Scot Holmgren on Rosebud took third place on count back, having tied on points with fourth placed August Hernandez on High Voltage.

The final day of the championship also saw the announcement of the winners of the cash prize in the Velocitek $1000 Speed Challenge for the fastest speed achieved by a boat using a Velocitek device on Friday. With both David O'Reilly on ARDOR/C.R.E.A.M. and Bora Gulari on New England Ropes/West Marine recording maximum 10 second average speeds of 16.9 knots, the competition went to tie break, with O'Reilly winning out by virtue of a maximum recorded top speed of 17.6 knots, compared to Gulari's 17.5 knots.

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Pos Bow/Sail   Boat   Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Tot
1   21 / ITA 817   UkaUka Racing   Lorenzo Bressani   6   2   1   2   1   1   1   1   1   5   3   [33/DNS]   24  
2   29 / USA-749   FULL THROTTLE   Brian Porter   [16]   9   2   1   7   4   6   4   4   4   2   4   47  
3   04 / IRL 607   Embarr   Conor Clarke   2   5   5   11   9   2   8   3   5   [26]   1   3   54  
4   17 / BER655   hedgehog   Alec Cutler   9   8   3   7   4   5   4   2   [11]   1   7   5   55  
5   02 / USA 812   Brick House 812   Kristen Lane   8   1   10   3   3   7   5   7   [14]   7   6   1   58  
6   20 / SUI 596   Blu Moon   Flavio Favini   3   6   8   5   5   3   10   [11]   8   3   4   7   62  
7   16 / ITA 819   AUDI   Riccardo Simoneschi   7   [12]   4   9   12   10   2   12   3   8   5   6   78  
8   01 / USA 811   WTF   Alan Field   1   11   11   8   2   9   9   [14]   13   6   12   10   92T  
9   15 / ITA 735   ALTEA   Andrea Racchelli   4   7   7   4   10   13   7   [15]   10   12   9   9   92T  
10   25 / USA 820   New England Ropes/West Marine   Bora Gulari   15   10   12   6   8   [18]   11   6   2   2   10   13   95  
11   27 / NOR 804   Full Medal Jacket   Eivind Melleby   5   3   [33/DSQ]   12   33/DSQ   6   12   10   9   9   8   2   109  
12   06 / USA 623   Brick House 623   Peter Lane   [18]   18   6   10   6   12   3   5   12   10   13   18   113  
13   32 / JPN 783   Esprit   Eiichiro Hamazaki 11   4   9   15   11   11   15   9   15   [33/SCP]   17   8   125  
      [Corinthian]                            
14   08 / AUS 553   Bandit   Warwick Rooklyn   14   13   13   13   14   [17]   13   8   6   16   14   17   141  
15   05 / USA 700   ARDOR/C.R.E.A.M.   David O'Reilly   19   20   [23]   20   15   19   14   13   7   14   11   12   164  
16   22 / FRA 644   ZIG ZAG 18   Henri Samuel   12   16   15   17   [23]   23   21   19   19   13   16   11   182  
17   24 / USA 786   BATTLE RHYTHM   Guy Mossman   22   15   17   14   16   8   16   20   20   [29]   23   21   192T  
18   28 / GER 635   Unsponsored   Christof Wieland [33/RAF]   19   18   16   19   15   17   17   16   18   18   19   192T  
      [Corinthian]                            
19   31 / USA 379   Team Velocitek   Daniel Kaseler   20   21   20   18   13   16   [23]   16   18   15   15   23   195  
20   07 / AUS 686   Coco   Heath Walters   13   17   19   26   22   20   18   18   17   11   19   [33/DNS]   200  
21   10 / USA 533   High Voltage   August Hernandez [28]   14   14   19   24   25   22   23   22   22   22   16   223  
      [Corinthian]                            
22   03 / USA 674   Rosebud   Scott Holmgren 23   26   22   23   17   14   19   22   26   [27]   20   14   226  
      [Corinthian]                            
23   12 / USA675   12happythoughts   David Brede   [25]   25   24   25   18   21   20   21   21   21   21   15   232  
24   26 / USA 604   Tom Slick   Jeff Wittenberg   10   23   16   22   26   26   24   26   24   20   [33/DNS]   20   237  
25   14 / USA 24   Smokin   Kevin Clark 21   24   28   24   21   24   25   [33/DNF]   23   17   27   22   256  
      [Corinthian]                            
26   13 / USA 615   Funtech Racing   Charlie Hess 24   [27]   21   21   20   22   27   25   25   19   26   27   257  
      [Corinthian]                            
27   11 / CAN 121   Black Dog   Dave Black 27   22   27   28   28   [30]   26   24   28   25   24   24   283  
      [Corinthian]                            
28   09 / USA 344   Cold Shot   Steve Eller 17   28   25   29   29   28   29   29   27   28   [30]   28   297  
      [Corinthian]                            
29   18 / USA 494   Wee Jaggie   Andrew Walford 30   31   29   27   25   27   [33/DNF]   33/DNS   30   24   25   25   306  
      [Corinthian]                            
30   33 / USA 480   Monsoon II   Mark Hulings 26   30   26   31   27   31   30   28   31   [33/DNS]   28   26   314  
      [Corinthian]                            
31   23 / USA 15   Abordage   Erwan le Gall 29   29   [30]   30   30   29   28   27   29   30   29   29   319  
      [Corinthian]                            
32  30 / USA 201   Mako   Stephen McMillan   31   32   31   32   31   32   31   [33/DNF]   33/DNS   33/DNS   33/DNS   33/DNS   352  
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