Day Two Concludes With Kiss Firmly In The Audi Melges 20 National Lead

13 November 2011

November 12, 2011 (Miami, FL) - Day two in Miami at the 2011 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, was equally as spectacular as the first. It was proof that Audi Melges 20 racers simply cannot get enough of a good thing. An early 15-18 knots of breeze helped overnight regatta leader and defending champ Michael Kiss on Bacio stay ahead of the 30-strong, highly competitive fleet. In such a way, Kiss leads the championship nine points ahead of second place overall Marcus Eagan on Cajun Underwriting. Three points further back is Travis Weisleder on Layline.com/Gill Race Team in third.

The first race of the day got underway on time. The first start resulted in a general recall, but just before the second attempt was fired off, the AP went up due to a massive shift at the top. With a quick adjustment the Race Committee had things back on track in a matter of minutes with a clean start. With the fleet spread out nicely across the course the leaders made their way to the mark, beating the all to the punch was Kiss. Eagan looked to be his closest competition rounding second. Kiss maintained the lead, but downwind Paul Reilly's Red Sky Sailing Teammade their move to round through the gate in second behind Kiss. Eagan did his best to stay his position. Kiss claimed another impressive win, Eagan celebrated second, with Reilly finishing third.

Race two followed shortly thereafter with Kiss receiving a major blow, or so we thought, being called OCS. A quick return to the line put him back in the hunt for the lead position. Perseverance paid off big, as leg-by-leg, Kiss worked his way from practically dead last to finish fourth. Reilly had a great race taking first place, followed by another new fleet comer, Sean Scarborough on Rhino. Scarborough found a good groove for second overall, Weisleder played is safe taking a third overall.

The last race of the day brought more of the same from Kiss. A strong, absolutely perfect start placed him right where he wanted. His speed upwind was very good, but downwind he simply blistered the competition downwind. Reilly had another banner race placing second. Weisleder made it a great day finishing third.

With the conclusion of Saturday's racing, discards went into effect in the results, shaking up the overalls ever so slightly. Two more races are planned for the final day of racing - Sunday. Breeze, sunshine and warmth are in the forecast.

TOP TEN RESULTS (Preliminary, After 6 Races, 1 Discard)
1.) Michael Kiss, Bacio; 3-1-1-1-[4]-1 = 7 
2.) Marcus Eagan, Cajun Underwriting; 1-5-3-2-5-[10] = 16
3.) Travis Weisleder, Layline.com/Gill Racing Team; 5-3-5-[10]-3-3 = 19
4.) Paul Reilly, Red Sky Sailing Team; 7-11-[12]-3-1-2 = 24
5.) Russell Lucas, Shimmer; 2-[8]-2-5-8-8 = 25
6.) Tony Tabb, Elevation Racing; 13-2-[14]-4-11-4 = 34
7.) Chuck Holzman, Flyer; 4-[19]-8-8-14-5 = 39
8.) Claudio Recchi, Let's Roll; 11-6-4-7-[17]-12 = 40
9.) Ryan DeVos, Volpe; 6-7-6.5/RDG-11-[19]-14 = 44.5
10.) Sean Scarborough, Rhino; 18-[22]-7-15-2-6 = 48 
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