No Wind. No Melges 24 Racing on Day Three in Key West.
23 January 2008
Key West, Florida - After more than an hour and a half on-the-water postponement, the race committee for the Melges 24 fleet abandoned all racing scheduled for Wednesday, January 23. Although the visual weather elements were routine Key West conditions — gorgeous, sunny with blue skies and temperatures reaching into the upper 70s, it was not ideal for racing. The breeze simply would not pick above 3 knots in some areas and in others nothing above 1 registered.
The somewhat good and bad news of it all is that tomorrow's forecast isn't really looking that much better than today. Weather predictions offer almost identical conditions, however for Friday the hope that as much as 20 mph breeze (gusting to 25), partly cloudy skies and temps in the mid-70s is to be expected. Here's to keeping our fingers crossed.
It has been a frustrating regatta as only three races have been completed thus far. The overall results as of Tuesday stand with Flavio Favini helming Blu Moon for Franco Rossini from Switzerland, John Pollard from the UK on Xcellent in second and in third, Dave Ullman on Pegasus 505.
TOP TEN RESULTS (As of Tuesday, January 22)
- Flavio Favini/Franco Rossini, Blu Moon
- John Pollard, Xcellent
- Dave Ullman, Pegasus 505
- Brian Porter, Full Throttle
- Benoit Charon, Tresvalles.com
- Alan Field, WTF
- Riccardo Simoneschi, Fratelli Giacomel Audi
- Argyle Campbell, Rock n' Roll
- Peter Lane, Brick House
- Bora Gulari/Chuck Holzman, Flyer
As in the overalls, it was a disappointing day for racing the Melges 24 Corinthian division. No racing due to lack of wind prompts to report that Tuesday's standings remain for overnight Wednesday.
CORINTHIAN RESULTS (As of Tuesday, January 22)
- Argyle Campbell, Rock n'Roll
- Bruce Ayres, Monsoon
- Loren Colehan, Lounge Act
- Othmar Mueller Von Blumencron, Gannet
- Tom Kassberg, Flygfisk
- Dave Brede, 12happythoughts
- Gary Schwarting, Obsession
- Kelly Gough/Shawn Grisham, Bulls Eye
- Martin Wedge, Eric
- Richard Mallinson, Speedemon
- Mark Beck, Risky Business
- Hank Wissenz, The Rodent
- Chris Johnson, Wiggleroom
- Guy Mossman, Riot Act
The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel Pugh and considered the most unique one design Sportboat in the world as well as one of the fastest-growing classes of high performance yachts. More information can be found at the official website of the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA), the International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA).
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U.S. Melges 24 Class Association
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