Samba Pa Ti still ahead

Light third day of racing at the Melges 32 Worlds

Thursday September 22nd 2011, Author: Joy Dunnigan, Location: Spain

The third day of the 2011 Melges 32 World Championship delivered two more races under pristine conditions. Lots of sunshine, hot temps and just enough breeze enabled John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti to stay at the top of the chart. Seven points back, Italy's Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica is seated in second overall and Yukihiro Ishida's Yasha Samurai is third.

Light airs prevailed for the first race of the day with William Douglass' Goombay Smash and tactician Chris Larson taking an early lead, followed by Steve Howe and tactician Morgan Larson on Warpath in second. Luca Lalli's B-Lin Sailing with Tiziano Navi on tactics rounded third with Oscar Strugstad and tactician Andy Horton on Dawn Raid, Cirillo and Alexis Michas and tactician Brian Ledbetter on Zetiana completing the top level field of competitors. Upwind and down the group battled, constantly changing positions. Douglass seemed to be the only one with real staying power as he held off the competition to take the win. Cirillo came second, Strugstad had a great race finishing third.

The last race of the day, and number six in the championship series, brought on a comfortable, classic and predictable 10-12 knots of Palma breeze for the start. A bearing of 215° at 1.7 nm, Course 4 put Ishida around the windward mark first with Edoardo Lupi's Torpyone in second, following closely. Tactician Vasco Vascotto quoted on Tuesday that when Samba Pa Ti is behind, they fight for position, and that they did. They picked up several places to pass through the gate in second, heading right for pressure, just ahead of Lupi taking the left gate. Back upwind, Lupi regained his second place position, rounding the top mark almost in line with Ishida. Downwind to the finish, Lupi put on this best suit of speed to win, while Kilroy surpassed Ishida to finish fourth. Jason Carroll on Argo pulled up to take a pleasant third.

Friday's racing will officially put the Championship over the 'hump' and on the homestretch to a grande finale with Kilroy enjoying a nice lead. But, the event is far from over and any sensible Melges 32 racer will agree, the winner is still too early to call, even despite Kilroy appearing to be the strongest and most consistent. The title is not out of reach for Cirillo, or Ishida.

Results:

Pos Sail no Yacht Owner Tactician R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot
1 USA13131 SAMBA PA TI JOHN KILROY VASCO VASCOTTO 5 1 10 1 13 2 19
2 ITA212 FANTASTICA LANFRANCO CIRILLO MICHELE PAOLETTI 10 9 3 2 2 23 26
3 JPN203 YASHA SAMURAI YUKIHIRO ISHIDA HAMISH PEPPER 1 24 2 13 7 4 27
4 USA2 GOOMBAY SMASH WILLIAM DOUGLASS CHRIS LARSON 28 3 12 6 1 7 29
5 USA128 ARGO JASON CARROLL CAMERON APPLETON 3 12 13 4 22 3 35
6 GER206 OPUS ONE WOLFGANG STOLZ JESPER RADICH 9 7 4 11 11 12 42
7 ITA487 TORPYONE EDOARDO LUPI BRANKO BRCIN 18 18 6 3 18 1 46
8 USA49 FULL THROTTLE JOHN PORTER JONATHAN McKEE 7 15 5 15 15 8 50
9 ITA667 BRONTOLO HH FILIPPO PACINOTTI DANIELE CASSINARI 13 11 1 17 17 9 51
10 USA32917 WARPATH STEPHEN HOWE MORGAN LARSON 4 14 23 9 4 21 52
11 USA178 SHAKEDOWN GEOFF PIERINI STEVE HUNT 12 4 8 20 10 24 54
12 ITA2121 MASCALZONE LATINO VINCENZO ONORATO FRANCESCO BRUNI 2 5 20 12 21 18 57
13 GBR500 RED JOE WOODS PAUL GOODISON 15 10 15 8 12 14 59
14 USA162 ZETIANA ALEXIS MICHAS BRIAN LEDBETTER 8 2 21 23 8 22 61
15 GBR121 HIGHLIFE PETER ROGERS RUAIRIDH SCOTT 6 25 27 14 6 10 61
16 ITA23 B-LIN SAILING.COM LUCA LALLI TIZIANO NAVA 29 17 9 16 5 20 67
17 USA169 BLIKSEM PIETER TASELAAR TOM SLINGSBY 20 8 18 27 14 11 71
18 ITA1 AUDI FRATELLI GIACOMEL CLAUDIO RECCHI RICCARDO SIMONESCHI 11 16 19 22 30 5 73
19 GER225 IMMAC FRAM CHRISTIAN SOYKA PETER BOLVIG HANSEN 23 19 7 26 20 6 75
20 ITA187 RUSH DILETTA MAURO MOCCHEGIANI MATTEO IVALDI 26 20 16 7 19 13 75
21 GBR40 DAWN RAID OSCAR STRUGSTAD ANDY HORTON 17 21 17 18 3 26 76
22 ESP226 BRIBON - MOVISTAR MARC DE ANTONIO ALTIMIRA HUGO ROCHA 14 26 22 5 23 16 80
23 ITA177 CUERVO Y SOBRINOS FERDINANDO BATTISTELLA ANDREA CASALE 21 13 11 21 27 19 85
24 FRA202 TEASING MACHINE JEAN FRANCOIS CRUETTE STEPHANE CHRISTIDIS 22 6 25 10 25 29 88
25 NED209 ROARK KEES KAAN GEERT DE KROM 16 23 14 19 24 27 96
26 ITA25021 FRA MARTINA EDOARDO PAVESIO ENRICO FONDA 19 27 30 24 16 15 101
27 ITA19 ATLANTICA 19 CARLO PERRONE LORENZO BODINI 25 22 26 28 9 28 110
28 JPN199 TEAM BROS NAOFUMI KAMEI KAN YAMADA 24 28 28 25 26 17 120
29 ESP9704 TURISMO RIAS BAIXAS - CASALDOG SANTIAGO ESTEVEZ SANDRA AZON CANALDA 27 29 24 29 28 25 133
 

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