A Lovell Kind Of Day
12 September 2009
For the third day in a row, Andy Lovell (New Orleans, La.) on USA-136 Rougarou triumphed over the Melges 32 U.S. National Championship fleet at the 2009 Rolex Big Boat Series hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Seated second overall is Don Jesberg (San Francisco, Calif.) on USA-162 Viva and in third is Stephen Pugh (Sausalito, Calif.) on USA-158 Taboo.
An additional two races took place under gloomy skies. Heavy clouds and light breezes set the stage for a great start to race one. The fleet bunched up at the committee boat end with Kahn taking a way right lane, the remainder chose to stay left of Alcatraz, sailing up the city front as they headed to the mark located just shy of the south Golden Gate Bridge Tower. Philippe Kahn (San Francisco, Calif.) finally merged with the fleet dueling with Lovell for the lead. Lovell rounded first with Kahn hot on his heels in second. The two drag raced to the bottom along the city front. At the mark, Lovell’s team struggled with the take down, allowing Kahn to catch-up. He and Kahn rounded simultaneously, dead even for the lead. As the two headed back upwind, disaster struck for Kahn. A broken turnbuckle forced him to not only retire from the race, but the day. Pat Hughes (Deephaven, Minn.) on USA-125 Melvin and Jesberg were happy to dual for second. Another time around placed Jesberg finishing in second, Lovell long gone for the win, Hughes placed third.
As the day progressed the clouds started to clear with patchy skies for race 2. Once more it looked like Lovell knew exactly where to go to get the upper hand on the Melges 32 fleet in San Francisco. A long upwind beat raced in between Alcatraz and Angel Island put him out front once more, this time with Pugh giving him the best challenge for the lead, keeping close for second. Around the mark and down for the finish Lovell took the win, Pugh finishing second and Jesberg in third.
The final day of the event takes place on Sunday with its classic bay tour racing. Four points separate Lovell from second place Jesberg. Four points further back in the standings is Pugh for third.
1.) Andy Lovell, 1-2-1-5-1-1 = 11
2.) Don Jesberg, 3-1-3-3-2-3 = 15
3.) Stephen Pugh, 2-5-4-2-4-2 = 19
4.) Pat Hughes, 4-4-4-2-3-4 = 24
5.) Philippe Kahn, 5-3-2-1-7/DNF-7/DNF = 25
6.) John Porter, 7/DNF- 7/DNF- 7/DNF- 7/DNF- 7/DNF- 7/DNF = 42
In addition to the Photo Gallery placed online by the International Melges 32 Class Association, the 45th running of the Rolex Big Boat Series boasts a great many media outlets to help you watch and enjoy this legendary event.
First, check out the Official Website of the RBBS/Melges 32 U.S. National Championship. Inside you will find the Race Deck Webcam as well as Live Video from Sailgroove.
Tucker Thompson and his team at t2p.tv are onsite in San Francisco at Nationals. They will have great footage of racing each day beginning Thursday, September 10 thru Sunday, September 13, On Demand each night after 9 p.m. PDT. Check It Out!
Also be sure to view the very cool photo galleries created by some of the world's greatest photographers. View Event Images.