Pegasus Wins 2007 Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship

Pegasus Racing Wins the 2007 Fullpoer Melges 24 World Championship in Santa Cruz, California!

http://www.melges24worlds2007.com/

Race Results

2007 Melges 24 World Championship Regatta
Santa Cruz Yacht Club, California, USA, May 05 – 12 2007

2007 Fullpower Melges 24 Worlds Race Results
POSITION
BOAT NAME
SAIL NUMBER
HELMSMAN
1
Pegasus 505 USA David Ullman
2
Full Throttle USA Brian Porter
3
EFG/GroupPartouche FRA Benjamin Cohen
4
Joe Fly ITA Giovanni Maspero
5
Bete Bossini ITA Amadori Ezio
6
Team Barbarians GBR Stuart Simpson
7
Pegasus 575 USA Mark Christensen
8
Altea ITA Andrea Racchelli
9
Gannet USA Othmar Mueller von Blumencron
10
West Marine Rigging USA Scott Holmgren
11
Pegasus 492 USA Shark Kahn
12
Excellent GBR John Pollard
13
Monsoon USA Bruce Ayres
14
Courage X GER Edwin Eich
15
Jam Jam GBR Michelle Brachet
16
Giacomel Audi Racing ITA Riccardo Simoneschi
17
Pegasus 678 USA Philippe Kahn
18
Natural Mojo GBR Miles Quinton
19
WTF USA Alan Field
20
Bateauneuf GBR Eamonn ONolan
21
Rock n Roll USA Argyle Campbell
22
Ego USA Donald Jesberg
23
All or None USA Chris Doubek
24
Team Gill GBR Simon Strauss
25
Airis ITA Cesare Bressan
26
Taboo USA Stephen Pugh
27
Go Dogs Go! USA Tim Hawkins
28
Derivative USA Mark Surber
29
Grinder USA Jeff Littfin
30
Smokin USA Kevin Clark
31
680 USA Douglas Forster
32
Black Seal GBR Richard Thompson
33
Personal Puff USA Dan Hauserman
34
Sofa King Fast USA Bret Gripenstraw / Dennis Bassano
35
12HappyThoughts USA David Brede
36
Lounge Act USA Loren Colahan
37
Brick House USA Kristen Lane
38
Matilda AUS Richard Leslie
39
Wheres Bob USA Robert Tennant
40
O-Positive USA Orion Pritchard
41
Bacon USA Matt MacGregor
42
Goose n duck USA Paul Bennett
43
Flygfisk USA Tom Kassberg
44
Gazoo USA Geoffrey Pierini
45
Tamarack Racing USA Jeff Lindheim / Sam Vasquez
46
Pullen Realty Group USA Jim Granger
47
Cool Beans USA Gary Stuntz
48
Wiggle Room USA Chris Johnson
49
Karma USA George Roland
50
Chillout USA Jim Golden / Brad Jungels
51
Flexi Flyer 2 USA Mitchell Wells
52
Nothing Ventured USA Thomas Klenke
53
Trailblazer USA Dave Emberson
54
Partygirl USA Ryan Mitchell
55
BRD USA Paul Clifford
56
Wuuf Daddy USA Dean Daniels
57
Twisted Mister USA Keith Grzelak
58
Bones USA Robert Harf
2007 Fullpower Melges 24 Corinthian Worlds Race Results
POSITION
BOAT NAME
SAIL NUMBER
HELMSMAN
1
Gannet USA Othmar Mueller von Blumencron
2
Monsoon USA Bruce Ayres
3
Courage X GER Edwin Eich
4
Bateauneuf GBR Eamonn ONolan
5
Taboo USA Stephen Pugh
6
Derivative USA Mark Surber
7
Smokin USA Kevin Clark
8
Grinder USA Jeff Littfin
9
Black Seal GBR Richard Thompson
10
Personal Puff USA Dan Hauserman
11
Sofa King Fast USA Bret Gripenstraw / Dennis Bassano
12
Lounge Act USA Loren Colahan
13
Bacon USA Matt MacGregor
14
Flygfisk USA Tom Kassberg
15
Tamarack Racing USA Jeff Lindheim / Sam Vasquez
16
Karma USA George Roland
17
Chillout USA Jim Golden / Brad Jungels
18
Flexi Flyer 2 USA Mitchell Wells
19
Trailblazer USA Dave Emberson
20
Partygirl USA Ryan Mitchell
21
BRD USA Paul Clifford
22
Twisted Mister USA Keith Grzelak
23
Wuuf Daddy USA Dean Daniels
24
Bones USA Robert Harf
Pre-Worlds Race Results
POSITION
BOAT NAME
SAIL NUMBER
HELMSMAN
1 West Marine Rigging USA Scott Holmgren
2 Bateauneuf GBR Eamonn ONolan
3 Pegasus 492 USA Shark Kahn
4 Pegasus 575 USA Mark Christenses
5 Jam Jam GBR Michelle Brachet
6 Monsoon USA Bruce Ayres
7 Excellent GBR John Pollard
8 Full Throttle USA Brian Porter
9 Pegasus 505 USA David Ullman
10 Pegasus 678 USA Philippe Kahn
11 Joe Fly ITA Giovanni Maspero
12 All or None USA Chris Doubek
13 Rock n Roll USA Argyle Campbell
14 680 USA Douglas Forster
15 Sofa King Fast USA Bret Gripenstraw  / Dennis Bassano
16 12HappyThoughts USA David Brede
17 O-Positive USA Orion Pritchard
18 WTF USA Alan Field
19 Go Dogs Go! USA Tim Hawkins
20 Gazoo USA Geoffrey Pierini
20 Giacomel Audi Racing ITA Riccardo Simoneschi
22 Courage X GER Edwin Eich
23 Team Gill GBR Simon Strauss
24 Flygfisk USA Tom Kassberg
25 GroupPartoucheCasino FRA Benjamin Cohen
26 Partygirl USA Ryan Mitchell
27 Cool Beans USA Gary Stuntz
27 Flexi Flyer 2 USA Mitchell Wells
29 Taboo USA Stephen Pugh
30 Gannet USA Othmar Mueller von Blumencron
31 Altea ITA Andrea Racchelli
32 TBD USA Matt MacGregor
33 Trailblazer USA Dave Emberson
34 Derivative USA Mark Surber
35 Grinder USA Jeff Littfin
36 Brick House USA Kristen Lane
37 Team Barbarians GBR Stuart Simpson
38 Wheres Bob USA Robert Tennant
39 Tamarack Racing USA Jeff Lindheim / Sam Vasquez
40 Goose n duck USA Paul Bennett
41 Airis USA Cesare Bressan
42 Bete Bossini ITA Amadori Ezio
43 Smokin USA Kevin Clark
44 Personal Puff USA Dan Hauserman
45 Matilda AUS Richard Leslie
46 Nothing Ventured USA Thomas Klenke
46 Wuuf Daddy USA Dean Daniels
48 Black Seal GBR Richard Thompson
49 Mojo GBR Miles Quinton
50 Lounge Act USA Loren Colahan
51 Wiggle Room USA Chris Johnson
52 Karma USA George Roland
53 Bones USA Robert Harf
54 Ego USA Donald Jesberg
54 Chillout USA Jim Golden  / Brad Jungels
54 Twisted Mister USA Keith Grzelak
54 BRD USA Paul Clifford
54 Pullen Realty Group USA Jim Granger
Final Series Results – Corinthian Division
POSITION
BOAT NAME
SAIL NUMBER
HELMSMAN
1 Bateauneuf GBR Eamonn ONolan
2 Monsoon USA Bruce Ayres
3 Sofa King Fast USA Bret Gripenstraw  / Dennis Bassano
4 Flygfisk USA Tom Kassberg
5 Partygirl USA Ryan Mitchell
6 Flexi Flyer 2 USA Mitchell Wells
7 Courage X GER Edwin Eich
8 TBD USA Matt MacGregor
8 Trailblazer USA Dave Emberson
10 Gannet USA Othmar Mueller von Blumencron
10 Taboo USA Stephen Pugh
12 Derivative USA Mark Surber
13 Grinder USA Jeff Littfin
14 Tamarack Racing USA Jeff Lindheim / Sam Vasquez
15 Personal Puff USA Dan Hauserman
16 Wuuf Daddy USA Dean Daniels
17 Smokin USA Kevin Clark
18 Lounge Act USA Loren Colahan
19 Karma USA George Roland
20 Bones USA Robert Harf
21 Chillout USA Jim Golden / Brad Jungels
21 Twisted Mister USA Keith Grzelak
21 BRD USA Paul Clifford
21 Pullen Realty Group USA Jim Granger

Countdown to Fullpower Melges 24 Worlds

The countdown to the start of world championship racing in the International Melges 24 Class next spring has started at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club with a significant note: make it the Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship for 2007.

Fullpower Technologies, a new wireless nanotechnology biotech company based in Santa Cruz, is fully onboard as title sponsor for the competition scheduled May 3-12 and can even offer up its founder and CEO, Philippe Kahn, as a hometown favorite — or his son Samuel (a.k.a. Shark), 17, who won this crown on San Francisco Bay in 2003 when he was only 13. Nicola Celon of Italy also is expected to defend the title he won in a fleet of 119 boats at Hyeres, France last summer.

Santa Cruz YC Commodore Skip Ely said, ‘As a part of our charter, the Santa Cruz Yacht Club is dedicated to hosting world class sailing events. In the past few years the SCYC has hosted the 2004 Lightsurf 505 World Championships, the 2006 Melges 24 North American Championships and the 2006 Moore 24 National Championships, all to much acclaim.

‘The entire club is looking forward to the opportunity to host the 2007 Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship. We are very fortunate to have been able to partner with Fullpower, an innovative and local company, as the title sponsor of this world class event.

‘The SCYC mission for this regatta is to provide an on-the-water racing experience second to none. In May the Monterey Bay off Santa Cruz should provide an exceptional and challenging ocean racing experience for the large fleet we expect. We are proud of the pristine waters of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary in which we race, and welcome the opportunity to show them off to the host of international world class yachtsmen and women who will participate.’

Even on his home waters, against the best in the world, Philippe Kahn has no illusions, despite his successes for himself and his Pegasus Racing team in several other classes, including two personal Barn Door victories in the Transpacific Yacht Race.

‘The Melges 24 class is the pinnacle of sailing for non-Olympic classes,’ Kahn said. ‘It’s an honor and privilege to drive a boat and race against the best in the world. The journey is the reward. I’d rather play with the best and learn.’

Kahn also is the inventor of the camera cell phone whose ramifications have surpassed imagination.

‘The Fullpower technology is not aimed at the sailing community,’ Kahn said. ‘When we invented the camera-phone in 1997 the focus was everyone, so now it’s fun when you see coaches using their camera-phones to take pictures and videos and share them instantly.’

There are few better inshore ocean racing venues than Monterey Bay south of San Francisco on the edge of the high tech heartland known as Silicon Valley.

‘Santa Cruz is a fantastic place for sailing,’ Kahn said. ‘It’s an ideal tourist destination for sailors and families. You’re out in the open ocean in three minutes and the wind is consistent and predictable with nice rolling waves. It’s easy to just go out for an hour or two and yet have a complete day at work and spend time with the family.’

His daughter Sophie, 9, also sails. ‘She sails her Opti four days a week out of the harbor, so we all go out on the water. Many times these days she’s in the Opti and I’m in the Finn.’

Kahn has competed with his son Shark in several classes, but more as competitors than father and son. Once, when they were running 1-2 in a race late in the Mumm 30 Worlds at Toronto in 2004, son fouled dad at the weather mark—and dad protested, opting not to play favorites with blood kin.

Especially with blood kin. It knocked Shark out of first place in the regatta. ‘Shark is a great sailor,’ Kahn said. ‘He doesn’t give an inch. He’s a teenager finishing high school, so he is very busy this year and sailing is less on his mind than getting into a good college. He makes me proud.’

For people who wonder how someone can find time to invent the camera-phone, raise a family, run a succession of high tech companies and manage to sail at all, Kahn says, ‘I sleep only four hours at night but take a 35-minute catnap every day. I learned that from single-handed sailing.’

The event starts with registration on May 3. Four pre-Worlds races will be run on May 5 and 6, and five days of championship racing, with two races a day, are scheduled May 8-12.

Full information, including Notice of Race, entry form and media info and registration, will be available at www.melges24worlds2007.com . Further information about the International Melges 24 Class is available from www.melges24.com.

Information on Melges 24 events in the U.S., including the weekend’s U.S. Nationals, is available at http://www.usmelges24.com/.

by Rich Roberts