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Lucky Dog bounds ahead

30 point lead for Travis Weisleder's team after day two of the Audi Melges 20 Worlds

Thursday December 12th 2013, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States

The second day of the 2013 Audi Melges 20 World Championship, hosted by the Ocean Reef Club started with a brief postponement and ended with a blast. Travis Weisleder aboard Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team still sits firmly in the lead, ahead of second overall Jason Michas on Midnight Blue by a whopping 30 points. In third overall, behold is Jim Richardson's Barking Mad.

The first race of the day, Race Four in the series, commenced under 12-15 knots of breeze, sunny skies and moderate seas. John Taylor's Ninkasi, with Bill Hardesty as tactician and Joey Mello on bow, lashed out once more rounding the top mark in first, followed closely by John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti. Kilroy eventually edged out Taylor to take the win. Corinthian division leader Marcus Eagan on Cajun Underwriting worked his way up to finish second, just ahead of 2013 Audi Sailing Series Champion Alessandro Rombelli on Stig in third. Taylor and Weisleder rounded out the top five respectively.

As the Race Committee put wheels in motion for Race Five, the last and final race of the day, the breeze increased further to 15-18 knots at the finish with gusts over 20 knots. Rob Butler's Touch 2 Play came on strong and maintained their lead right up to the line, just before Weisleder slid in from the right to take the win by half-a-sprit. Butler claimed second while Jeff Ecklund's STAR with John Kostecki as tactician and Roscoe Halcrow on bow placed third after taking a right side flyer to advance several positions. Trey Sheehan with Curtis Florence and tactician Brad Boston on Flat Stanley Racing: Hooligan came fourth. Richardson finished fifth.

As with the overalls, the Corinthian Division remains heated with Eagan holding steady in first as he played a key role in today's top end racing. John Brown on Blind Squirrel stays in second. Paul Currie's Wild Deuces has overtaken the third position from Frank McLaughlin's CAN-254.

Five races of the ten World Championship race series is now complete. Upon the completion of a sixth, each team will discard their worst score. This truly will change the leaderboard landscape not to mention the points spread.

It is still yet to be known as to whether or not racing will take place on Friday as the breeze is forecasted to be very close, possibly above the class wind speed limit, but only time will tell. If racing commences, it is scheduled for Friday, 13 December at 11.00. If not, the Race Committee may strive for four races on Saturday and implement an earlier start time.

Results

Pos Sail no Boat Owner/Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Tot
1 USA 3 Lucky Dog / Gill Race Team Travis Weisleder 2 9 4 5 1 21
2 USA 228 Midnight Blue Jason Michas 4 1 20 13 13 51
3 USA 247 Barking Mad James Richardson 15 5 19 9 5 53
4 USA 176 Cajun Underwriting Marcus Eagan 6 27 13 2 7 55
5 USA 1315 Ninkasi John Taylor 1 11 31 4 14 61
6 USA 20 STAR Jeff Ecklund 17 7 27 7 3 61
7 USA 226 Section 16 Richard Davies 20 15 2 17 8 62
8 ITA 65 STIG Alessandro Rombelli 29 4 6 3 20 62
9 USA 21 Fu Marc Hollerbach 8 20 16 10 11 65
10 USA 193 Heartbreaker Robert Hughes 16 6 10 11 26 69
11 USA 13131 Samba Pa Ti John Kilroy 9 2 32 1 27 71
12 USA 147 Cinghiale Robert Wilber 43 3 9 6 21 82
13 USA 088 YOLO Anthony Tabb 5 17 1 18 46 87
14 USA 14 Red Sky Sailing Team Paul Reilly 22 13 29 14 10 88
15 USA 13 Bacio Michael Kiss 11 14 17 12 35 89
16 MON 333 Monaco Racing Fleet Guido Miani 25 24 5 27 16 97
17 USA 8 Shimmer Russell Lucas 36 25 8 16 15 100
18 USA 236 Pacific Yankee Drew Freides 19 8 26 30 18 101
19 BRA 245 Portobello Cesar Gomes Neto 14 21 7 37 23 102
20 ITA 23 Mascalzone Latino Jr. Achille Onorato 10 16 25 15 36 102
21 ITA 50 Fremito D'Arja Dario Levi 18 26 22 31 6 103
22 USA 250 oleander James Wilson 21 28 11 21 24 105
23 CAN 201 Team True Racing Leo van denThillart 3 10 41 8 49 111
24 CAN 170 Batteries Not Required Rhonda Joyce 12 32 23 19 38 124
25 USA 225 Flygfisk Tom Kassberg 7 49 21 43 12 132
26 USA 207 Velocity Bruce Broussard 49 12 3 33 39 136
27 USA 200 Flat Stanley Racing: Hooligan Trey Sheehan 40 18 46 29 4 137
28 JPN 271 Mamma Aiuto! Naofumi Kamei 31 29 14 20 44 138
29 USA 7676 Kuai Daniel Thielman 42 30 12 28 32 144
30 USA 280 Volpe Ryan DeVos 30 34 18 25 37 144
31 USA 217 Slingshot Wes Whitmyer Jr 13 23 42 53/DNF 17 148
32 CAN 142 dp David Pollock 35 22 38 22 31 148
33 USA 121 Catapult Joel Ronning 28 35 24 34 29 150
34 GBR 269 ngoni Tony Buckingham 38 42 15 48 9 152
35 USA 211 Makaira Skip Shapiro 26 39 34 32 34 165
36 USA 231 Blind Squirrel John Brown 46 19 37 24 43 169
37 USA 196 W Drew Wierda 24 46 39 36 25 170
38 USA 12 Mach Schnell Kent Haeger 50 41 40 23 19 173
39 CAN 2 Touch2Play Rob & Sandy Butler 32 48 43 49 2 174
40 ITA 167 Maolca Manfredi Vianini Tolomei 34 33 30 38 42 177
41 ITA 106 Asante Sana Claudio Dutto 23 36 28 45 47 179
42 CAN 222 Wild Deuces Paul Currie 37 37 49 26 30 179
43 CAN 214 Bella Rena Henry Demone 27 43 36 35 50 191
44 CAN 254 CAN-254 Frank McLaughlin 51 38 33 39 40 201
45 USA 202 upupup Bo Boje Pedersen 45 50 45 40 22 202
46 JPN 179 Sokokumaru Sumio Shimoyama 39 47 35 46 45 212
47 USA 194 Odin Camille Rasdal 47 31 53/ZFP 42 41 214
48 USA 227 Gypsea Bob & Cheryl Hayward 41 45 51 47 33 217
49 USA 131 Le Rescator Erwan le Gall 52 51 44 50 28 225
50 USA 134 Problem Child Elliott James 33 40 48 53/DNC 53/DNC 227
51 USA 4 Miss Betty Oliver Luebker 44 44 50 41 48 227
52 USA 238 Affordable Mistress Brian Henke 48 53/DNF 53/DNC 44 51 249

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