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

DAVE ULLMAN ON PEGASUS RACING WINS KEY WEST RACE WEEK

20 January 2006, Key West, FL • Congratulations go to Dave Ullman aboard Pegasus 505, one of three Pegasus racing yachts on the Melges 24 course. Ullman won the 2006 ACURA Melges 24 Key West Race Week division four points ahead of Chris Rast at the helm for Franco Rossini on Blu Moon and nine points ahead of teammate Jeff Madrigali at the helm of Pegasus 492. “Great racing,” said Ullman, “The conditions were not too tricky today which helped our victory.”

The final day of racing in the M24 was one of great anticipation. Prior to leaving the docks, teams wished each other the best of luck, laughed, kidded around, discussed last night’s bar/war stories — a signature camaradic characteristic of this flourishing fleet of high performance thrill seekers. Winds were initially light, but tensions were high as overall leader Riccardo Simoneschi and Ullman were tied for first place with 17 points each, followed by Francois Bernac at the helm for Philippe Ligot in third. They were especially anxious as they were attempting a second P&P KWRW title.

Both races got off today without a hitch. Nice clean starts with a moderate breeze around 8-10 knots initially, then up to around 10-13 knots, occasionally touching 15. The races were short and sweet with long, wide rollers that were fun to play with. Early in the first upwind beat, the left side of the course was favored as the conditions shifted slightly to the right about 20 degrees challenging all sixty competitors. At the top mark, things panned out well for Madrigali just ahead of Ullman. Madrigali rounded first, followed by Ullman, Kristian Nergaard from Norway, then – from Longboat Key, Florida, veteran Corinthian sailor John Jennings at the helm for Bob Dockery on Barraccuda in fourth. At one point downwind, Madrigali had a substantial lead on Ullman. As they approached the leeward gate, Ullman caught up.

The match race was on as Madrigali rounded the gate quickly with Ullman now on his transom, the two in close contention match raced the right side of the course all the way to the weathermark. Nergaard followed, then Rast, Dockery and Simoneschi. The finishing downwind leg was Madrigali all the way with Ullman trailing by several boat lengths.

Race two, got underway promptly. With Ullman now officially leading the regatta, clean quick starts, some nice speed and smooth boat handling were needed for the sake of staying out front of this very competitive fleet. This time it was Rast with an amazing start allowing him to round the top mark first, followed by Madrigali, Ullman and overall Corinthian division leader Argyle Campbell breaking the top five barrier. Down at the leeward gate it was Rast still in first, Campbell just ducked in ahead of Madrigali – if only for a moment. Simoneschi, Ullman, Philippe Kahn on Pegasus 575 and Ligot round the mark hoping to catch up, all sailing the left side of the course. It was three wide Rast, Ullman and Madrigali racing to the finish. Rast was first, Madrigali just made it in ahead of Ullman. John Pollard from the UK got his act together zipping to the front of the fleet challenging Campbell for the fourth place finish. Pollard, at the very last moment slid in ahead of Campbell with a
lot of speed from the right. Pollard beat him, leaving Campbell to settle for fifth place.

The U.S. Melges 24 Class Association would like to send special thanks to Premiere Racing for organizing yet another fantastic fun-in-the-sun Regatta! The race committee was very professional as all the races were well run and very organized. Also, to Harken for use of the rib out on the course so that race reports, photos and commentary would be possible. The USMCA would also like to thank all of our International teams for coming to Key West. We know that for some of you this is a very long trip and we welcome you all back again next year.

TOP TEN RESULTS
1. Dave Ullman, Pegasus 505; 12, 5, 2, 1, 3, 5, 1, 2, 3 = 22
2. Chris Rast/Franco Rossini; Blu Moon; 5, 2, 5, 4, 5, 3, 3, 3, 1 = 26
3. Jeff Madrigali/Philippe Kahn, Pegasus 492; 10, 6, 4, 6, 1, 2, 9, 1, 2 = 31
4. Riccardo Simoneschi, Nautica; 17, 1, 3, 3, 7, 1, 2, 5, 10 = 32
5. Philippe Ligot, Partner & Partners; 6, 8, 1, 2, 2, 13, 5, 7, 13 = 44
6. John Pollard, Xcellent; 3, 4, DSQ/61, 10, 8, 8, 10, 9, 4 = 56
7. Quentin Strauss; 26, 3, 8, 17, 4, 4, 4, 12, 7 = 59
8. Kristian Nergaard, Baghdad; 1, 20, 15, 5, 18, 9, 7, 4, 6 =65
9. Philippe Kahn, Pegasus 575; 21, 11, 7, 9, 6, 6, 11, 11, 11 = 72
10. Laurence Leonard, Sailcheck; 7, 7, 9, 7.7, 35, 12, 19, 10, 9 = 80.7

For full results visit, www.premiere-racing.com

Victory For Pegasus Racing at Key West Race Week 2005!

– International Melges 24 Class Association

INTERNATIONAL MELGES 24 CLASS ASSOCIATION

The final day of Melges 24 racing was nothing short of fantastic with Bill Hardesty at the helm for Philippe Kahn on Pegasus 575 taking home the title of Key West Race Week Melges 24 Champion! On board with Hardesty was 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Kevin Burnham, Freddy Loof — Olympic Bronze Medalist, Star World Champion and multiple Finn World Champion, Mark Ivy — 4-time All American College Sailor of the Year and Midge Tandy making the perfect combination for success on one of the most invigorating sportboats in the world — the Melges 24! “ I am lucky to be here. Philippe is sailing the Farr 40, so he gave me the keys to drive the boat. With this all-star team is was easier than I expected. I just tried not to mess things up. This team had it won, it was mine to lose as far as I was concerned” commented Hardesty.

The first race of the day and final race of the Championship got underway on time this morning with a very uncertain forecast. Rain was predicted. Teams were expecting a slow day on the race course — but much to their surprise the winds remains at a velocity to still get in some decent racing. Winds were out of the West at 5-9 knots, a 1.3 nm course bearing at 275 degrees and a little more at various times throughout the race.

On the start the Melges 24 teams were excited, and the start was a direct reflection. The start was clean with the exception of at least a dozen individual recalls. There were a great many boats OCS. Hardesty however got off to a great start sailing the left side of the course. Tom Treat “USA-41 Whamo” and Ingemar Sundstedt “SWE-552 Team SBAB”, Dave Ullman “USA-505” all got off the line fast. At the windward mark it was Hardesty rounding first, followed by Sundstedt and Ullman right behind. Brian Porter “USA-600 Full Throttle” followed the left side of the course rounding fourth then realizing the possibility of a protest from Ullman, Porter gladly did a penalty turn resulting in several top positions lost. On the downwind set, the teams were powering up the boats, looking for the shifts. Hardesty rounded the first leeward mark in the top position with Morgan Reeser at the helm for Neil Sullivan “USA-566 M-Fatic and Sundstedt staying in the mix of things also. As the teams headed back upwind, most were beginning to head right as the wind built just a little bit from the West North West. Those taking advantage of the right side of the course was Hardesty now several boat lengths ahead of the fleet, Reeser worked his way over to weather where he found himself battling to the finish with Ullman, Sundstedt, Alex Ascencios “USA-602 Accumulator +”. Hardesty had the race won by a mile, Sundstedt had a fantastic race in second, just ahead of Ullman in third. James Spithill “USA-293” who had been rather elusive all day surfaced at the finish coming in from the left and slipping in ahead of Reeser and Ascencious — finishing respectively fifth and sixth. John Pollard “GBR-593 Xcellent” sailed a great race, taking advantage of good clean wind on the right side coming in seventh. Porter was finished in eighth.

A special thanks to the Key West Race Committee and Peter Brenan, our Principle Race Officer for an incredible regatta. Morgan Larson, tactician for Joe Fly mentioned that this was one of the best Key West’s he has ever been to. John Pollard also commented on how wonderful the Race Committee was. Alex Ascencious commented “ This regatta was awesome! We just got the boat a couple of months ago. We sailed a clean race and had fun. We plan on doing a lot of regattas this year, including Nationals in Annapolis in preparation for the Worlds in Ocean Reef.”

Visit
http://www.premiere-racing.com/05_KW_ResultS/kw_2005_results_and_reports.htm
for full results.

Go to
http://www.usmelges24.com/multimedia/2005_key_west/index.asp

for a photo gallery.

The official Web site for 2005 Key West Race Week
http://www.premiere-racing.com/

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.

 

Dutchman flies to Farr 40 Victory at Key West, Shark Wins Again, But France’s Col Collects Melges 24 Title

KEY WEST, Fla.—Mean Machine? Where’d they come from?

Upstaging the Farr 40 establishment, the way Peter De Ridder cleaned house
Friday at Terra Nova Trading Key West 2004, presented by Nautica, he’ll be
paying excess baggage charges on his way home to Monaco and The Netherlands.

The Dutch investor is a longtime presence in world sailing with a series of
Mean Machine racers but a relative novice in the slambang Farr 40 class. “We
started low key,” he said, “sneaked into second place [Thursday] with a
fourth and a second, and all of a sudden . . .”

Winners of the class. Terra Nova Trading Trophy Boat of the Week for winning
the most competitive class. A share of the Nautica Trophy International Team
Competition victory, courtesy of the presenting sponsor.

Mean Machine was paired with Kristian Nergaard’s Melges 24, Baghdad, from
Norway as the Europe B team, which outsailed nine other Farr 40-Melges 24
global alliances.

“All of that makes it a very big day for us,” De Ridder said, as he popped a
bottle for the ceremonial champagne shower of his crew.

The only race they won was the last one. Mean Machine was locked in the
midst of five boats in the 23-boat fleet separated by only two points as
they sailed out into a cotton patch of whitecaps for the last of nine
races—a Key West record—over five days. The emerald seas were churned up
by 15-knot winds gusting to 23—the strongest of a solid week of moderate
to heavy breeze.

Kelly, Andrew Cheney’s Beneteau 1st 10 from St. Petersburg, Fla., received
the Lewmar Trophy as PHRF Boat of the Week for winning PHRF 9, where six of
the 10 racers won races but he won three.

Rumor, John Storck Jr.’s J/30 from Huntington, N.Y. was Terra Nova Trading
Day Boat of the Day for winning Friday’s finale, which earned fourth place
overall.

France made a strong runner-up bid for the Nautica Trophy with Sebastian
Col’s victory over 14-year-old Samuel (Shark) Kahn in the Melges
24s—although Kahn won his third race in a row Friday—but Erik Maris’
Twins 2 was too far back in the Farr 40s in 13th.

Kahn, the current world champion, won four of nine races and led most of the
week as Col, sailing Philippe Ligot’s P&P Sailing Team entry, dragged a
59-point anchor around the course for jumping the starting line Monday. But
when Col was able to discard that score after the seventh race, the contest
turned around.

Kahn, now trailing by five points, did everything he could except put the
necessary boats between himself and the Frenchman. He match-raced Col off
the pin end of the line and chased him relentlessly around the seven-leg,
14-mile course until passing him on the last upwind beat to the finish to
win by three boat lengths, with his father Philippe a close third to claim
fifth place overall.

“We got ’em on a shift,” Shark Kahn said. “They were down and we were up.
Everybody hiked their butts off.”

Col said, “We wanted to stay close to Shark the whole time. We wanted to
finish in the top five. We started in the same position as Shark, and by the
middle of the first beat we were in front and were able to sail our own
course and focus on going fast.”

Were the Kahns disappointed? Not much.

“That’s pretty good—two boats in the top five,” Philippe Kahn said. “The
French sailed fast. Without the throwouts, he [Shark] wins the regatta. But
the French deserved to win. They’re a great team.”

The conditions all week were such that most of the 3,000 sailors who worked
301 boats from 18 countries and 32 states were going home happy, no matter
where they finished.

“The first run was a lot of fun,” Kahn said, reveling in the surfing
conditions. “We got four firsts. We were more consistent than we were in the
Worlds. But the French won fair and square.”

His father said, “It’s a great event—a perfect regatta. The race committee
did a great job. Starting 58 boats isn’t easy. They talk on the radio and
explain everything to you. It’s awesome. It’s the greatest regatta in North
America.”

Shark and Col have a certain bond, as well. Both speak French. Kahn’s
father, a software entrepreneur, grew up in France, as did his mother.

“I picked it up listening to my parents talk,” Shark said.

Certainly, De Ridder had no complaints, in any language. His first Farr 40
experience was 15th place at Key West last year.

“I’d never helmed a boat at this high a level,” he said. “At the start I was
a little bit nervous but controlled. The tighter it gets the more I like it
and the better I start. I like it when the pressure is on. We were right at
the pin end and lifted [on the wind].”

Mean Machine and Marc Ewing’s Riot, from Northeast Harbor, Maine, both fired
off the pin, kept going left and partway up the beat were able to cross the
fleet on port tack. Mean Machine passed Riot downwind to take the lead for
keeps, then fought off Jim Richardson’s Barking Mad, Newport, R.I., by about
four boat lengths at the finish.

Barking Mad was second overall, ahead of Crocodile Rock, the Alexandra
Geremia/Scott Harris defending champion from California that reached the
last day with a one-point lead but finished seventh in the finale.

“We had an OK start, but it’s tough sailing,” said Harris, the helmsman.
” The fleet has improved . . . more boats, better prepared. Look at the guys
on the winning boat.”

The winning lineup: De Ridder, helm; Ray Davies, tactician; Sander Van Der
Borch, bow; Dennis Goethals, pit; Eduard Van Lierde, floater-grinder;
Marieke Poulie, floater; Dirk De Ridder (no relation to Peter), downwind
trimmer; Matt Reynolds, main; Jon Gunderson, upwind trimmer; Rutger Van
Eeuwijk, mast. Davies and Gunderson are New Zealanders, Reynolds is from San
Diego and all the others are Dutch.

Seven different boats finished first in the nine Farr 40 races.

Rich Bergmann’s Zuni Bear from San Diego, last year’s Boat of the Week,
repeated its J/105 victory—by a hair—in an all-California showdown with
Tom Coates’ onrushing Masquerade from San Francisco. Zuni Bear won four of
six races, then slipped to 9-6-7 as Masquerade closed out the week 1-4-1.
That left both with 28 points but Zuni Bear with more wins for the
tiebreaker.

Swan 45 and C&C 99 one-design fleets were new on the scene. Six of the eight
Swans won races, but consistency was key for Thomas Stark’s RUSH (Reloaded),
Newport, R.I., with Ed Baird as tactician.

Wally Hogan’s Trumpeter, one of six C&C 99 entries from central Canada, won
four of the nine races.

The Swan Performance Trophy went to So Far, Lawrence Hillman’s Swan 48 from
Chicago, for its consistent dominance in PHRF 8, where it was first or
second in seven races.

Trimarans were introduced to the event two years ago and reached new heights
this time. Bob and Doug Harkrider, hardcore Corsair 28R campaigners from
Augusta, Ga., won four races to prevail over the Freudenberg/Hudgins Condor,
Sewall’s Point, Fla., and Ken Winters’ Rocketeer II, Miami Beach, which had
Randy Smyth on the tiller.

The new Corsair 24 class was won by Robert Remmers, sailing Breaking Wind
from Buda, Tex.

Title Sponsor, Terra Nova Trading, L.L.C. (member NASD, SIPC & PCX), is
recognized as an innovative leader in Electronic Direct Access Trading. The
Chicago-based firm enables customers to electronically route orders to major
markets and ECNs. Terra Nova Trading’s technology partner, Townsend
Analytics, Ltd., is the developer of the premier real-time trading platform,
RealTick(r), which is also a Key West sponsor.

Mount Gay Rum, Lewmar, Samson Rope Technologies, Pearson Yachts, Raymarine
and the Florida Keys and Key West Tourist Development Council round out the
official line-up. The Historic Seaport is the Official Site for the event.
The Performance Sailing Industry Partner Program, now in its third year,
features 26 companies that have made a multi-year commitment to the event.

CLASS WINNERS (9 races)

Swan 45 (8 boats)—RUSH (Reloaded), Thomas Stark, Newport, R.I.
(4-2-2-4-1-2-4-5-1), 25 points.

Farr 40 (23)—1. Mean Machine, Peter de Ridder, The Netherlands
(6-7-18-5-6-12-4-2-1), 61; 2. Barking Mad, James Richardson, Newport, R.I.
(2-8-6-8-16-4-15-1-2), 62; 3. Riot, Marc Ewing, Northeast Harbor, Me.
(18-12-3-6-11-3-3-5-4), 65; 4. Crocodile Rock, Alexandra Geremia/Scott
Harris, Santa Barbara, Calif. (9-2-8-9-3-8-6-7-13-7), 66; 5. Warpath, Steve
and Fred Howe, San Diego (10-6-7-1-1-19-9-8-12), 68.6.

Mumm 30 (13)—Turbo Duck, Bodo Von Der Wense, Annapolis
(1-2-2-1-2-4-3-5-3), 23.

Melges 24 (58)—1. P&P Sailing Team, Philippe Ligot/Seb Col, France
(1-(59)-1-2-1-6-7-3-2), 23; 2. Pegasus 492, Samuel (Shark) Kahn, Waikiki,
H.I. (4-5-4-1-(14)-10-1-1-1), 27.

J/105 (29)—1. Zuni Bear, Richard Bergmann, San Diego
(1-(19)-1-2-1-1-9-6-7), 28; 2. Masquerade, Tom Coates, San Francisco
(3-(11)-4-6-3-6-1-4-1), 28 (Zuni Bear wins tiebreaker).

J/80 (20)—Warrior, Craig and Martha White, Ft. Worth, Tex. ((13)-
2-2-1-7-6-1-1-4), 24.

J/120 (7)—Oui B5, John Sylvia, San Francisco (1-(6)-5-1-2-5-4-3-1), 22.

Corsair 28R (10)—Bad Boys, Bob and Doug Harkrider, Augusta, Ga.
(1-1-3-2-1-(5)-1-2-2), 13.

Corsair 24 (9)—Breaking Wind, Robert Remmers, Buda, Tex.
((10)-1-1-1-1-1-2-1-2), 10.

C&C 99 (11)—Trumpeter, Wally Hogan, Toronto (1-(4)-3-1-2-2-2-3-1), 14.

T-10 (8)—Liquor Box, Chuck Simon/Bill Buckles, Key West
(1-2-3-1-1-3-1-1-(9)), 13.

PHRF 1 (9)—Chippewa (Swan 68), Clay Deutsch, Road Harbour, BVI
(7-1-1-1-(8)-1-1-1-1), 14.

PHRF 2 (8)—Storm (R/P 43), Les Crouch, San Diego (1-2-1-1-4-5-1-1-(9)),
16.

IMS (6)—Talisman, Marco Birch, Newport, R.I. (DSQ-2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1), 9.

PHRF 3 (8)—Raincloud (J/133), Mike Rose, Kemah, Tex.
(1-1-(2)-1-1-1-2-1-1), 9.

PHRF 4 (10)—Tiburon (Melges 30), Michael Gray, New Orleans
(1-(5)-1-1-2-1-1-2-3), 12.

PHRF 5 (12)—K2 (J/120), Luis Gonzalez, Mallets Bay, Vt.
((10)-2-1-2-4-1-2-3-3), 2.

PHRF 6 (14)—Bounder (Sydney 36), David Hudgel, Detroit
(1-(5)-1-2-2-1-3-1-2), 13.

PHRF 7 (12)—Phaedra (Evelyn 32-2), Robert Patroni, Pensacola, Fla.
((7)-1-3-2-2-1-2-5-3), 19.

PHRF 8 (9)—So Far (Swan 48), Lawrence Hillman, Chicago
((9)-2-1-5-2-1-2-1-1), 15.

PHRF 9 (11)—Kelly (Beneteau 1st 10), Andrew Cheney, St. Petersburg, Fla.
((7)-3-1-5-6-2-1-1-2), 21.

PHRF 10 (7)—Phantom (B-25), Frank Silver, Kill Devil Hills, N.C.
(1-(6)-1-2-4-2-3-1-1), 15.

PHRF 11 (12)—Circus (J/30), Team Circus, Chicago ((3)-2-3-2-3-3-1-3-1),
18.

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Pegasus Racing has strong showing at Key West Race Week

23 January 2004 – In a thrilling final race today the fifty-eight strong Melges 24 Class at Terra Nova Trading Key West was decided in favour of Frenchman Sebastian Col sailing Partners & Partners with William Thomas, Christian Ponthieu, Thomas Allen and owner Philippe Ligot. With only five points separating Col and second placed Shark Kahn it was still wide open going into this final race and the spectator boats were out in force to watch them fight it out.

For the first time in nine starts the fleet got away clean with the wind offshore again at 020 degrees and 16 knots ensuring plenty of shifts to keep the sailors on their toes. Shark Kahn and Col set to before the start match racing for position on the line, as a result neither of them got a spectacular start although Col got the slight advantage coming off the line just to the left of centre.

The first beat was nip and tuck with Col working his way clear of the gaggle by the middle of the leg and stretching out a 50 yard lead by the weather mark ahead of Silvio Santoni from Italy, helming for Franco Maria Rao. Shark Kahn slotted into third from Maurice “Prof” O’Connell, helming for Enda O’Coineen and Des Faherty of Ireland with Philippe Kahn fifth and Bruce Ayres sixth. In the battle of the Ecklund & Melges brothers it was Sheldon & Hans who rounded first in seventh place with Jeff and Harry in ninth. Flavio Favini, helming for Switzerland’s Franco Rossini, split the Ecklunds in eighth.

Down the first run Col opened up a nice one minute lead whilst Shark closed up on Santoni with whom he rounded the leeward mark overlapped. O’Connell had dropped back to ninth leaving Philippe Kahn in fourth just ahead of Favini while Kristian Nergaard moved up from tenth to sixth. The Ecklunds rounded together in seventh and eighth with Jeff just getting the inside track as Sheldon had a minor fumble on the rounding loosing a few valuable feet.

On the second beat Col again pulled away from the pursuing pack while Shark battled his way past Santoni. Philippe Kahn and Favini held their fourth and fifth places and Jeff Ecklund and O’Connell overtook Nergaard for sixth and seventh.

By the end of the second run Col had almost two minutes lead and the spectators definitely thought it was all over. Philippe Kahn had overtaken Santoni and rounded just behind Shark who had a minor horlicks with the kite, just rescued last minute by some very smart crew work. Santoni now sat in fourth from O’Connell, Favini and Jeff Ecklund with Sheldon Ecklund pulling back to eighth just behind his brother.

As they set up off the last beat both the Kahns got the better of a left-hander and suddenly Shark was right back on Col’s tail, closely pursued by his father Philippe. A tacking duel ensued and two thirds of the way up the beat Shark finally got through. Philippe meanwhile was also catching up and Col found himself the meat in a Kahn sandwich as the three boats ground out tack after tack on the approach to the line. Despite constant pressure from Col, Shark crossed just ahead with Philippe third from Santoni. In the battle of the Ecklunds is was Jeff who got race honours in fifth from Favini, Sheldon Ecklund, Nergaard, O’Connell and Paul Brotherton, who pulled up to tenth on the final run.

Speaking after racing Col confirmed that it had been a tough but rewarding day – “For us it was the start that was most difficult. We had a good battle with Shark and were quite happy with how we came out. On the final beat we missed a shift and he got passed us, but with the five point lead we were reasonably relaxed. As always Key West has been great and we are delighted to win. Our next goal is the Melges 24 World Championship in Marstrand in August where we hope to challenge Shark for the World title.”

In the overall standings Sebastian Col and Philippe Ligot’s P&P Team win by four points from Shark Kahn with Kristian Nergaard third and Flavio Favini fourth. His tenth in the final race was enough to secure Paul Brotherton, helming the Terra Nova Trading Team for Scotland’s Ian Cleaver, fifth overall while Philippe Kahn had to be happy with sixth. The war between the Ecklund and Melges brothers was eventually won by Jeff and Harry in seventh overall with Sheldon and Hans just trailing them in eighth. Silvo Santoni was ninth and Bruce Ayres tenth.

As usual Peter Craig’s Premiere Racing Team have provided the Melges 24 class with an outstanding opening event for their year. Particular thanks must go to PRO David Brennan and his team who provided perfect racing every day and to all the event sponsors, including Terra Nova Trading and Nautica.

Pegasus Racing and Shark Still Leading On Day Three In Key West

21 January 2004 – It was a day of ups and downs in the Melges 24 fleet at Terra Nova Trading Key West today. The breeze was much shiftier and lighter than on the first two days and the change in conditions really put the sailors to the test.

Overnight leader Shark Kahn was among those called back and in the fifty eight boat fleet many thought that would be the they’d see of him. How wrong they were! By the first windward mark he was up into the forties and he just kept grinding away picking them off leg by leg ultimately finishing fourteenth – his worst result of the regatta to date.

As if that wasn’t enough he then went and did the same thing in race six. Again he rounded the first mark in the forties and again he and his crew of Team Captain Mark “Crusty” Christensen, Tactician Richard Clarke, Spinnaker/Jib trimmer Brian Hutchinson and Bow Brian Lee demonstrated that they are not only one of the fastest Melges 24 crews out there, but they’re pretty damn smart as well. By the second weather mark they were up to twelfth and they went on to take tenth place.

Yesterday’s big story was the battle between the fourteen year old Shark and his father Philippe, who was lying overall second overnight. Unfortunately for Philippe he had something of a disasterous day scoring 30, 20 which drops him down to ninth overall and out of the running for the 2004 Melges 24 title in Key West.

Away from the saga of the Kahn family the rest of the fleet was also enjoying two fantastic races. Race five started in 6-7 knots from 030 degrees with a large number of boats being called over in individual recall. Up the first beat those who picked the right found themselves on the loosing wicket and at the first mark it was Norway’s Kristian Nergaard who headed the fleet from Karen Gottwald, Sheldon Ecklund, Mike Dow, Sebastian Col, helming P&P Racing for Philppe Ligot from France and Paul Brotherton, helming for Ian Cleaver from Scotland. Down the run the wind started to back a little and although Nergaard hung onto his lead Col pulled up into second ahead of Ecklund whilst Gottwald dropped to fourth and Dow to fifth. Silvio Santoni, helming for Italian Melges 24 Class president Franco Maria Rao, came from ninth to six.

Up the second beat Col got through Nergaard rounding three boat lengths ahead. From there on in he extended his lead whilst Nergaard also pulled out from the pursuing pack. Behind them John Jennings, helming for Bob Dockery got the shifting breeze just right and came from nowhere to round the second windward mark third. Having got a top three position in his sights he wasn’t letting go and despite various pushes from the pack he defended successfully all the way to the finish. Behind him Brotherton eventually took fourth from Santoni. Ireland’s Maurice “Prof” O’Connell, helming his first Melges 24 regatta for owner Enda O’Coineen, was another who took full advantage of the shifting wind moving from the mid teens on the first beat up into sixth place just ahead of Sheldon Ecklund, Germany’s Dietrich Scheder and Gottwald.

By the start of race six the wind had gone all the way round to 350 degrees and had increased to 10-12 knots. Peter Stoneberg made the best job of judging the shifts up the first beat and was followed round the windward mark by Col, Ross Griffiths, Santoni, O’Connell, Sheldon Ecklund, Brotherton and Flavio Favini, helming for Switzerland’s Franco Rossini. Overnight sixth placed Bruce Ayres rounded in tenth just behind Scott Gregory, helming for Michael Schultz.

Down the first run Col got past Stoneberg, Santoni pulled up to third and Sheldon Ecklund moved into fourth just ahead of Griffith and O’Connell who were having a great toussle as they rounded. Favini had managed to overtake Brotherton for seventh and opened up some space by the leeward mark. Although Col took the right hand gate he tacked left relatively early in what proved to be a less than successful move dropping him back to seventh by the second weather mark. Stoneberg now led from Favini, Sheldon Ecklund, Brotherton, O’Connell and Ayres.

On the final lap it was Ayres who spotted another big backing shift first and proving that not only can he spot a shift but that he also knows what to do with it he promptly sailed himself into first place. On the dock after racing Ayres was typically understated commenting “It went right a little bit and worked down to the right and that was it!”. As they battled with the shifts, the rest of the fleet was changing places with every tack and gybe. In the end it was Brotherton who took second from Sheldon Ecklund with Britain’s Stuart Simpson coming from eleventh to fourth ahead of Sean Scarborough, Col and Favini. Unfortunately Stoneberg found himself on the wrong side of the shift and dropped into eighth in front of Santoni and Shark Kahn.

In tonight’s overall standings Shark Kahn still leads on 38 points from Flavio Favini on 52, Kristian Nergaard 60 and Bruce Ayres 61. Brothers Sheldon and Jeff Ecklund are now in fifth and sixth places with 63 and 66 points respectively. Sebastian Col is in seventh on 70 points but his scoreline includes an OCS of 59 points so the introduction of a discard after race seven tomorrow will definitely put the cat among the pigeons!

Shark Leads Philippe In The Kahn Family/Pegasus Racing Key West Battle

20 January 2004 – Day two at Terra Nova Trading Key West provided the Melges 24 fleet with two more beautiful races. The battle between father and son Philippe and Shark Kahn cranked up a notch today and with four races completed the fourteen year old Shark now leads his father by 8 points.

After yesterday’s showers the sun was back in all it’s glory today and with the breeze blowing offshore from 20 degrees at between 10 and 14 knots the Melges fleet had two more great races. Conditions were nicely loaded upwind and marginal planing downwind and with 58 boats on the line it was no place for the faint hearted. “It was fantastic sailing, but in this fleet finding and keeping a lane is so hard and if you get it wrong you really know it!” commented US Melges 24 Class President Jeff Jones after racing.

Race three started on time and at the first attempt although with a large number of individual recalls. Philippe Kahn and Sebastian Col, helming P&P Racing for Philippe Ligot of France, both got excellent starts along with Bruce Ayres and at the top mark they filled the top three slots in that order followed by John Hyatt and Hubert Guy. Sean Scarborough rounded sixth but had in fact been called OCS and failed to return, at the time of writing Scarborough is lodging a protest against his disqualification. Jeff Ecklund was seventh just ahead of Norway’s Kristian Nergaard, Deitrich Scheder from Germany and Britain’s Stuart Simpson.

At the leeward mark Col held his lead whilst Jeff Ecklund had caught right up on Philippe Kahn with the two boats rounding overlapped. Hyatt droped to fourth in front of Nergaard and Guy with Ayres down to seventh as Shark Kahn pulled up from the teens to eighth.

On the final lap Col and Philippe Kahn held their positions but the battle for fourth was a good one. At the second weather mark Hyatt had pulled up into third from Nergaard and Jeff Ecklund with Scheder now in fourth from Ayres and Shark Kahn. The fun continued on the run into the finish with Nergaard and Shark Kann both sailing smart and fast to bring them up to third and fourth with Hyatt fifth, Jeff Ecklund sixth Ayres seventh and Scheder eighth. After a mediocre first beat Sheldon Ecklund got his head down and steadily worked his way back up to ninth with John Pollard tenth.

Race four also got away first time out with a small number of individual recalls. This time it was Shark Kahn who led into the first mark from Jeff Ecklund, Nergaard, Paul Brotherton, helming for Scotland’s Ian Cleaver, Britain’s Joe Woods, Mike Dow and Col. Shark tacked a fraction too early on his final approach to the mark and only just managed to squeeze round allowing Jeff Ecklund and the fleet to grab back a few valuable seconds.

Down the first run the breeze began to build a little with Shark and his team having to work hard to hold off Jeff Ecklund with the two boats rounding virtually together. Nergaard slotted into third with Col pulling up to fourth only a second or two ahead of Brotherton. Woods had dropped to sixth rounding neck and neck with Flavio Favini, helming for Franco Rossini of Switzerland. Shark, Brotherton and Joe took off from the left whilst the others went right.

On the second beat Shark opened up some distance and was able to hold his lead right into the finish. The race committee elected to include a final third beat and with an outstanding dog fight going on for second place the spectator boats, of which there are many, were delighted. At the second leeward mark Jeff Ecklund had managed to hang onto second whilst Col just slipped through in front of Nergaard. Brotherton rounded fifth from Ayres, Favini and Woods.

Jeff Ecklund and Col virtually match raced their way round the final two legs. Coming into the last leeward mark Col crossed Jeff Ecklund’s transom by millimeters and they had the spectators on the edge of their seats all the way up the final beat. On the final approach Col finally got the better of the deal and took second by a boat length. Nergaard hung onto his fourth whilst Ayres and Favini slugged it out for fifth with Favini getting it on the final beat. Brotherton kept his seventh slot holding off a last minute charge from Scarborough who pulled up from the teens with Woods in ninth.

In the overall standings Shark Kahn is on fourteen points, eight ahead of his father Philippe. Flavio Favini with Franco Rossini’s Swiss Blu Moon team are equal third on 33 points with Norway’s Kristian Nergaard, whilst Jeff Ecklund and Bruce Ayres are equal fifth with 38 points. Overnight second placed John Pollard from England scored 10, 23 taking him down to seventh on 52 points, ten clear of Silvio Santoni, helming for Italy’s Franco Maria Rao. Despite today’s 1, 2 scoreline the French P&P team of Philippe Ligot with Sebastian Col helming are currently counting an OCS so are lying in joint tenth place on 63 points with Britain’s Martin Wedge. TNTKW will include a discard for the first time this year, which kicks in at 7 races, so this regatta is still wide open.

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.”

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