Day Two - Audi Melges 20 North Americans - Saturday - Seabreeze Kicks In!
Classic San Franciso conditions returned Saturday, bringing with it, the onshore pressureand the lovely square Olympic Circle chop, sailors travel across the globe to compete in!
With the offshore gradient finally relaxing late in afternoon, the reliable westerlies made their appearance, giving the Melges 20 crews and their boats a chance to push the fun meter a bit further right. The breeze peaked in time for the 2nd and race of the afternoon and lingered for the 3rd which began slightly after 1600, giving the teams maximum bang for the buck and secured 6 races with 2 more scheduled for Sunday.
John Kilroy and crew on Samba Pa Ti continue to represent, John and family now full time residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, switching lead changes with Bacio, Portobello, Oleander, Section 16, Midnight Blue and Wildman at various stages in various stages yet picking just the right lanes to make up time to consistantly finish at or very near the top!
Words: Erik Simonson
San Francisco Racing Conditions
A very civilized morning gives way to a short postponement followed by three idyllic races on Day Two of the Audi Melges 20 North Americans
San Francisco, Calif. - With a leisurely 12:30 p.m. start time allowing for some much needed rest and late breakfasts at the popular New Morning Café in Tiburon, the Audi Melges 20 fleet was feeling relaxed and fresh in preparation for a possible four-race race day. After a quick look on the bay, the only action on the water were the harbor seals poking their heads on the surface looking to get a glimpse of the Race Committee and race boats staying at the dock waiting for raceable wind.
Unusually warm temps again stifled any sort of thermal that the bay area is well known for and continuing with solid calls, PRO Bruce Golison sent the fleet out in an all-or-nothing attempt to see what might develop around noon. What looked like another light northerly quickly clocked to the preferred 270 direction and saw a steady build allowing for three stellar late afternoon races.
In the first race of the day, Race Four in a scheduled series of eight, it was Michael Kiss's Bacio winning the pin end of the starting line, taking full advantage of the left side as it was heavily favored throughout the day to lead from wire to wire nabbing the win. As the day progressed, a building but steady breeze in the 13-15 knot range with a strong flood current gave the right side of the course a decided advantage. With a strong pin favored line in Races Two and Three, the boats that were able to resist the temptation to win the pin and get on port tack early to the right side of the course, which ultimately would paid off later up the beat.
John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti claimed Race Five to come within another top 5 finish to clinch the North American title, while Michael Kiss "bookendend" the day with another bullet in Race Six to slide into second overall. The most impressive performance of the day however was Skip Shapiro and his Makaira team who battled well in Races Five and Six showed solid boatspeed and tactics both upwind and down to nab a 7, 4 and slide into 11th overall.
Two scheduled races remain and with another relaxed start time of 12 pm slated for Day Three. Mother nature will have to cooperate with another solid set of conditions to allow for eight races. To this point in the regatta, the conditions, race management and post sailing social sessions at the San Francisco Yacht Club have been first class, and very deserving of a World Championship one year from now. If only the harbor seals can help provide some stellar conditions on Day Three, the Audi Melges 20 fleet should be in good hands.
MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
As with other Audi Melges 20 events around the world, racing updates as they are available will be posted online at the Official Audi Melges 20 Facebook Page. Be sure to also follow the fleet on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews, and photos. Race reports, press releases and photos will also be available online each day post racing at melges20.com.
TOP TEN RESULTS (After Six Races, One Discard)
1.) John Kilroy/Paul Goodison/Jeff Reynolds, Samba Pa Ti; 1-1-2-2-1- = 7
2.) Michael Kiss/Michael Buckley/Wille McBride, Bacio; 8-2-3-1--1 = 15
3.) Cesar Gomes Neto/Scott Nixon/John Bowden, Portobello; 7-4-1-3--3 = 18
4.) James Wilson/Jeremy Wilmot/Sam Rogers, Oleander; 5-5--8-2-5 = 25
5.) Richard Davies/Charlie McKee/Matt Pistay, Section 16; 4-13-9-4-3-7 = 27
6.) Alexis Michas/Mark Mendleblatt/Brian Ledbetter, Midnight Blue; 2-3-5--5-14 = 29
7.) Liam Kilroy/Steve Hunt/Erik Shampain/Stephanie Roble, Wildman; 6--12-6-6-2 = 32
8.) Marc Hollerbach/Jonathan McKee/Ben Allen, Fu; 9-6--5-9-10 = 39
9.) Rob Wilber/Anthony Kotoun/Dave Hughes, Cinghiale; 3-10-10-9--9 = 41
10.) Andrea Pozzi/Lorenzo Bressani, Bombarda Racing; 10-9-4-12-8-[22/DNF] = 43
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Photo : Erik Simonson