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    Australians Dominate Day One Of Melges 24 North Americans In San Francisco

    San Francisco produced spectacular conditions for the opening day of the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championshipwith competitors enjoying three fantastic races in near perfect conditions. With the breeze up at around 18-20 knots throughout the day it was the bold and the brave who made it to the top of the heap and tonight Australians Warwick Rooklyn, sailing Bandit, and Nathan Wilmot, helming Embarr for Ireland's Connor Clark, head the leader board.

    Rooklyn and his team reveled in today's strong conditions, giving a master class in heavy weather Melges 24 sailing to win the opening two races and take second in race three. With great starts, great boat speed and impressive boat handling this team barely put a foot wrong all day. Wilmot's day got off to a moderate start with a seventh, but it wasn't long before he found his rhythm, and he went on to take second in race two followed by a very confident win in race three. Rooklyn now leads the fleet by six points with Wilmot second on 10 points. Just a single point back lies Newport Harbour's Argyle Campbell, aboard Rock N Roll, and Italy's Flavio Favini, helming Blu Moon for Switzerland's Franco Rossini, who both count 11 points. Alan Field aboard WTF completes the top five and is just a single point behind his rivals.

    all photos © fiona brown/melges 24 class association

    In the Corinthian Division for the all amateur crews it is local hero Shawn Bennett sailing Melges 49 who heads the fleet with a 1, 3, 1 scoreline. Don Jesberg, also from San Francisco and sailing Viva, is a single point behind him in second with Main's Scott Holmgren sailing Rosebud four points further back in third.

    It was an eventful day on the water with plenty of drama throughout the fleet. Flavio Favini and his team trawled their kite severely at the leeward gate of race two loosing a number of places in the process and had to fight their way back up to fourth place. But the Pusser's Rum/Regatta Ginger Beer Award for the most spectacular photo opportunity of the day was won hands down by Edward Massey and his crew aboard Sweet As Bro! who executed a truly spectacular broach on the first run of race one. Despite attempts by several other teams to out broach them Sweet As Bro!'s was without doubt the best effort of the day and at the daily prize giving the crew collected a Pusser's/Regatta gift pack with which to drown their sorrows.

    With two more days and up to eight races ahead plus a weather forecast for more classic San Francisco conditions we're all set for a knock out championship. This evening the crews enjoyed sun-downers and snacks courtesy of our wonderful sponsors as they kicked back and relaxed at the San Francisco Yacht Club's wonderful Belvedere clubhouse.

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    It was non-stop action and drama on San Francisco Bay’s Berkeley Circle today as competitors at the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship completed races four to six of their eight race series. Some new faces hit the front of the fleet today, but thanks to a nice steady 3, 3, 2 scoreline Australia’s Warwick Rooklyn, sailing Bandit, continues to lead the regatta by a 5 point margin from fellow Aussie Nathan Wilmot, helming Embarr for Ireland’s Connor Clark. In third place is Alan Field sailing WTF who won race five and jumps up into third place on 15 points, just one point behind Wilmot. Argyle Campbell in Rock N Roll won race six, and now counts 17 points while Flavio Favini of Italy, helming the Swiss boat Blu Moon for Franco Rossini, won race four and now lies fifth overall on 18 points.

    all images © Fiona Brown/Melges Class Association

    In the Corinthian Division for the all amateur crews Don Jesberg sailing Viva had a great day despite being disqualified following a mark rounding incident in race four. Fortunately his wins in races five and six stood and as a result he now leads the Corinthian fleet by a 4 point margin from Shawn Bennett in Melges 49. Today’s other Corinthian race winner was Scott Holmgren in Rosebud and he now sits in third place just 1 point behind Bennett

    With a good 15-18 knots blowing throughout today the action on the race course was fast, furious and at times more than a little frenetic with dramas and surprises at every mark rounding as groups of boats streamed through neck and neck. In race four Bruce Ayres and the Monsoon team slightly misjudged their leeward mark approach and caught their bowsprit on the boat in front. An almighty bang and the sound of splintering carbon followed as the bowsprit broke clean off. They immediately headed for shore to fit a replacement, but were unable to get back to the race area until the start of race six.

    Brian Porter’s Full Throttle was forced to pull out of race six when their forestay broke right on the start line. Fortunately some quick thinking by this hugely experienced crew, which includes Harry Melges, prevented the rig coming down and withing a few minutes they had the boat tidied away and on tow home. A new forestay has already been fitted and the boat will be racing again tomorrow.

    Race six also featured an dramatic first mark rounding when Ian Sloan’s Mikey misjudged their approach, attempted but failed to shoot the mark and ended up in irons in front of the inbound starboard tackers before ignominiously sliding out backwards on the tide. Monsoon was also tight on the rounding but was going to get away with it until Mikey suddenly luffed hard and parked up in front of them. Ultimately both boats ended up re-rounding going from fifth and fourth to eighth and tenth respectively as a result.

    Even Nathan Wilmot’s normally slick Embarr crew came a cropper when they totally fumbled their spinnaker drop in race four loosing a couple of places in the process. Never ones to be defeated they dug back in and still went on to finish the race in second. ~It's not the size of the website, it's how you use it! ~

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