Pegasus Wins 2007 Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship

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

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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

Big Melges line-up in Sweden

Yachting World, August 4 2004

A total of 83 Melges 24 crews from 14 nations and three continents are making their way to Marstrand, Sweden to compete in the 2004 Melges 24 World Championship from 9-13 August. Crews from as far a field as Australia and California will join the top European teams for what promises to be another very closely fought regatta.

Pegasus Racing, Samuel "Shark" Kahn August 2004Reigning world champion Shark Kahn (pictured), who turns 15 today, will be back with his victorious 2003 crew of Richard Clarke, Mark Christensen, Brian Hutchinson and Brian Lee to defend his title. Amongst those leading the charge to divest Shark of his crown are 2001 world champion Flavio Favini, reigning European champion Luca Santella, 2001 European champion Cedric Pouligny, Sebastien Col, Keith Musto, Rob Smith, Stuart Rix, Kristoffer Spone and Shark’s father Philippe Kahn.

Five time Finnish open champion Kenneth Thelen has his sites set on winning a record third Corinthian (amateur) world title while Norwegian Kristian Nergaard will be equally keen to pip him to the post to take a second Corinthian win.

Ten races are scheduled over five days on windward/leeward courses just to the west of Marstrand Island.

 

Pegasus Racing and Shark Bites!

17 October 2003 – Fourteen year old Samuel “Shark” Kahn sailed into the record books today becoming the youngest person ever to win a Melges 24 World title and probably the youngest open international class world champion as well.

Today’s final race proved to be a real nail biter. Firstly the sea breeze was late arriving putting John Craig’s Race Committee under pressure to get a race in before the 2pm cut off. By 1.30pm there was just enough wind from 295 degrees and after two recalls they started on the third attempt with just minutes to spare.

On all three starts Kahn and second placed Harry Melges, helming for Jeff Ecklund, were match racing for position. Although he got the better of the deal in the first two Melges was bested by Kahn on the third. At the weather mark Kahn was fifth behind Sebastien Col, helming P&P for Phillipe Ligot, John Bertrand, Argyle Campbell and Dietrich Scheder. Melges eventually rounded fourteenth and took the only choice open by breaking away from the fleet. With the sea breeze building and backing like crazy it was a step that didn’t pay and by the leeward mark he was in sixteenth. Despite a fair bit of place changing Kahn had held fifth behind Col, Olivier Ponthiu, Campbell and Brian Porter.

By now the wind had backed 65 degrees putting the second weather mark at 230. Again Melges broke away from the fleet hoping for a miracle but only gained a single place, meanwhile Campbell had a lousy beat and Kahn moved up into fourth. On the final run the leading four of Col, Ponthiu, Porter and Kahn began to open out from the pack and again Melges broke away, but ended up back in sixteenth as a result. At the leeward mark Ponthiu opted for the right whilst the rest went left giving Kahn his opportunity to pull up into third. Melges too went right but it was a desperate measure which dropped him right down to 21st, his worst result of the regatta.
Kahn seems a little bemused by his success and the enormity of his achivement, but is keen to pay tribute to his crew of Team Captain Mark “Crusty” Christensen, Tactician Richard Clarke, Spinnaker/Jib trimmer Brian Hutchinson and Bow Brian Lee, Shark’s 20 year old cousin who is also his 29er crew. “I’m kind of overwhelmed and really don’t know what to think at the moment. I really didn’t expect this. My crew were fantastic and on the starts today it was Mark Christensen who really helped me get the better start.” commented Kahn after racing. Asked about the future he confirmed “I’ve got some more 29er sailing coming up and I’m going to be doing the 505 Worlds and the Melges Nationals which are both in Santa Cruz and long term I’m aiming to do a 49er Olympic campaign.”

Kahn had the advantage of sailing with three of the World’s top professional sailors, but in a fleet of this calibre, which includes more Olympic, America’s Cup, one-design, Volvo and big-boat champions than you can shake the proverbial stick at, this alone is not enough. Since making his Melges 24 helming debut at Key West Race Week 2003 Kahn has spent more than 60 days out on the water learning his craft in the Melges 24, many of them on San Francisco Bay. He’s also campaigning a 29er with his 20 year old cousin Brian Lee, the fifth member of his Melges 24 crew, adding still further to the time he puts in on the water. Along side Shark’s personal development he also has the full support of his father – a big advantage when your father is Philippe Kahn, the softwear mogul, and you get access to all the facilities of his mighty Pegasus yacht racing organisation.

A disappointed Harry Melges was graceful in defeat – “Shark and his boys did an awsome job and really deserved the title, but I’m beginning to feel a little old! It’s been a great regatta and San Francisco and the St Francis Yacht Club have given us near perfect conditions and racing.”

In the overall standings Kahn took the regatta by nine points from Melges with Brian Porter third, Luca Santella with Giovani Maspero’s Joe Fly team fourth and Sebastian Col and Phillipe Ligot’s P&P fifth. The winner of the Corinthian World Championship title, for the first amateur crew, and sixth overall was Egidio Babbi.

Full Results and Scores

Two More Bullets For Harry Melges On Day Three

15 October 2003 – Harry Melges showed blistering speed on day three at the Audi Melges 24 World Championships in San Francisco to take two further bullets. Although very happy with his result Melges by no means had it all his own way and today’s racing was fast, furious and incredibly close. Melges’ nearest rival for the Championship, fourteen year old Shark Kahn, kept up an incredibly consistent performance posting a third and second leaving him trailing by just five points after six of the ten scheduled races.

Conditions on the Berkley Circle were the most testing so far with a shifting wind which built from 12 to 20 knots as the day wore on. The start of race five was initially delayed as a front went through and the wind flipped back and forward through 20+ degrees. After a general recall the fleet got going with some individual recalls at the second try. The right hand end of the line was favoured with the main players opting for right of centre up the first beat.
Britain’s Jamie Lea, helming Richard Thompson’s Black Seal Team, troubled the front of the fleet for the first time this week rounding just ahead of Melges, Argyle Campbell, Don Jesberg, Stuart Rix, helming Team Gill for Simon & Quentin Struass, Shark Kahn and Dave Ullman. The front of the fleet was incredibly closely packed and with the flood tide pushing them away from the mark a number of boats found themselves having to take a second go at it or doing turns for infringements as they barged their way in.
As the leaders took off down the run Melges was the first to gybe away whilst Lea held on starboard into the corner. At the leeward mark Melges was ahead by a whisker and took the left mark whilst Lea went for the right. Jesberg slotted in third ahead of Phillipe Ligot’s P&P Racing, being helmed today by Le Defi America’s Cup mainsail trimmer Sebastian Col, who had swopped places with Morgan Reeser. Shark Kahn was fifth and Rob Greenhalgh sixth. Col and Greenhalgh had sailed impressive runs to move up from eighth and ninth respectively.
The wind had gone left forcing the committee to relay the weather mark for the second beat. Harry Melges had great speed and opened up his lead to 40 seconds by the end of the leg. Shark and Lea were neck and neck with Shark just getting the advantage as they rounded. Jesberg led the rest of the pack off down the run followed by Col, Ullman, Tom Freytag and Rix. Although Melges was out on his own Shark, Jesberg, Lea and Ligot grouped up and were changing places constantly down the run. At the leward mark Lea just got in front of Jesberg from Shark and Col with all four boats rounding overlapped.
On the final beat the leading pack went hard right and the spectators were on the edges of their seats to see who would wind up second. At the line it was Col who followed Melges in head of Shark, Lea and Jesberg. Sheldon Ecklund had moved up to sixth with Brian Porter seventh.
The unstable breeze meant a long wait for race six by which time the tide had turned and the chop was building. The wind had settled at 18 to 20 knots from 205 degrees and the fleet got away first time with a few recalls. Again the smart money seemed to like the right and this time it was Col who led at the first mark from Melges. Behind them Shark Kahn was just able to sail over Argyle Campbell to take third with Lea fifth and Greenhalgh sixth. As they took off down the run Melges and Shark gybed early and split from the fleet but at the leeward mark the top five places remained the same whilst Philippe Kahn pulled into sixth infront of Olivier Ponthieu and Greenhalgh.
On the second beat Melges just sailed right past Col who could do nothing but watch him go by. Shark held onto his third place as Greenhalgh made a couple of smart moves to take fourth from Lea, Campbell, Freytag and Philippe Kahn. On the second run Shark was the only boat to gybe off and gained as a result. Col had a minor broach half was down loosing several seconds. At the leeward mark it was Melges by 25 seconds from Shark. Behind them Col, Greenhalgh, Lea and Campbell rounded together and set up for a thrilling dog fight to the finish. Melges crossed the line 20 seconds ahead of Shark with Col eventually pipping Greenhalgh for third with Lea fifth.
With six races completed the discard now comes into play and whilst the top four positions haven’t changed there is now a significant points gap between Harry Melges (6 points), Shark Kahn (11 points) and the rest of the fleet. Third placed Luca Santella, helming Giovani Maspero’s Joe Fly Team, scored a somewhat lacklustre 13, 9 today leaving him on 32 points while Brian Porter’s 7, 10 gives him 36 points and fourth overall. Rob Greenhalgh moves up from seventh to fifth (39 points), P&P went from sixteenth to sixth (49 points), Dave Ullman dropped a place to seventh (51 points) and Jamie Lea came up from eighteen to equal eighth with Philippe Kahn (53 points). Stuart Rix came from fifteenth to tenth (58 points).
With four more races to go it’s still wide open between Harry Melges and Shark Kahn and third to fifth are only separated by seven points so we can expect plenty more fun out of this championship.

Full Results and Scores

Harry Melges Still Leading By Three Points After Day Two

14 October 2003 – After two more tough races at the Audi Melges 24 World Championships in San Francisco Harry Melges, helming for Jeff Ecklund, is still hanging onto his overall lead although fourteen year old Shark Kahn is giving him plenty to worry about and is now only 3 points behind him. “It was a good day but we missed a few opportunities and I don’t think we were quite as fast. I think some of the others found some speed today so it was tough.” commented Harry Melges after racing.

Racing was delayed until midday to allow the breeze to build and the fleet started on the last of the flood tide with some individual recalls in 8-10 knots from 210 degrees. The right hand end of the line was definitely favourite and the wind clocked about 15 degrees up the first beat. Shark Kahn lead round the first mark from Bruce Ayres, Egidio Babbi and Kenneth Kaan. Behind them a number of boats misjudged the strength of tide and understood the mark. Benoit Charon just managed to shoot the mark for fifth but Kerry Poe, along with a number of others, was forced to bail out and was left battling for a way back in through the starboard tack wall.

By the first leeward mark Shark had opened up a 30 second lead from the pack whilst Kaan had pulled up to second from Babbi. Paul Brotherton sailed a very smart run to come from the teens up to fourth whilst Ayres dropped to fifth in front of Harry Melges who’d also pulled up from the teens.
Shark pulled out his lead to a minute and ten seconds on the second beat whilst Babbi moved up to second with Melges third, Kaan fourth, Brotherton fifth and Ayres sixth. Shark covered to the finish whilst behind him Melges got past Babbi as Kahn and Ayres held fourth and fifth respectively with Brotherton sixth.

By race four the wind was up to 14-16 knots and the tide had turned bringing up the chop. The fleet got underway at the second attempt and again they like the right hand end of the line. Shark Kahn yet again got the measure of the first beat and this time it was Luca Santella, helming Giovani Maspero’s Joe Fly Team, who was hot on his heels at the weather mark with Ayres third, Melges fourth, Hubert Guy fifth, Doug Weitz sixth and Sheldon Ecklunk seventh. Brian Porter rounded eighth but having forced his way in was forced to do a turn on the spreader leg and dropped back to thirteenth.
Santella and Shark Kahn had a humdinger of a battle down the first run with Santella just in the lead by the bottom mark. Both of them opted for the right gate with Melges following in at the head of the pack. First to opt for the left was Dave Ullman who’d come from tenth to fourth down the run. Weitz had pulled up to fifth with Porter sixth, Rob Greenhalgh seventh and Brotherton ninth.

Up the second beat Santella opened up 30 seconds on Shark while Porter moved up to third. Melges had a lousy beat and dropped back to tenth leaving Weitz in fourth, Greenhalgh fifth, Ullman sixth and Ayres seventh.
The final lap saw no change in the top three but Melges showed that he might be down but he sure wasn’t out and managed to pull back up to fourth with Ullman fifth and Weitz sixth. Greenhalgh had to be content with seventh from Ayres.

Overall Harry Melges, Shark Kahn and Luca Santella remain in the top three slots, while Brian Porter has moved up to fourth. After racing Porter’s crew member Vince Brun, who already holds two Melges 24 World titles as helmsman, commented on his new role as trimmer “I’m really enjoying the sailing but it’s very hard work to be trimming instead of helming. I think I’m getting to old!”

A disapointing 17, 13 score line was still enough to leave Philippe Kahn, father of the fourteen year old Shark, in fourth place with Ullman sixth, Greenhalgh seventh, Babbi eighth and Ayres ninth. Local boy Seadon Wijsen rounds out the top ten.

With his 1, 2 score line Shark Kahn, the teenage surprise from Hawaii, was definitely today’s most consistent performer. After racing Shark acknowledged that his crew of Richard Clark (Illbruck Volvo Race, three times Canadian Olympic Finn representative), Mark Christensen (multiple Volvo race veteran), Brian Hutchenson (Melges 24 sailing guru) and Brian Lee (Shark’s 20 year old cousin) are playing a vital role in his success at this event along with a huge amount of practise. “In the past 8 months we’ve done about 60 days sailing. We’ve done a lot of smaller regattas, we did San Diego Regatta, a lot of regattas up here, two on the Berkeley Circle and four on the City front and we’ve done a lot of training in Hawaii with Dave Ullman and my Dad.” said Shark, who also paid tribute to his Dad’s support of his campaign. “I’m just really lucky to be able to do this because of my Dad who offered me the opportunity and I just want to keep doing it.”

Full Results and Scores