Kiss' Bacio Squeaks Out Win As Wind Allows Just One Race

24 August 2013

• Light, variable sea breeze allows a single, 5-mile race on second day of 2013 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship
• Three-time National Champ and Macatawa local Michael Kiss extends lead in fluky conditions
• 23 year-old Ryan DeVos takes helm from father, Dick, and maintains second place
• Three races likely tomorrow as strong breeze forecast

Holland, MI -For the second straight day of the Audi Melges 20 US National Championship presented by Audi Muskegon, light winds dominated the Lake Michigan coast allowing just a single race for the 26 teams vying for the title of 2013 U.S. National Champion. "We know the teams are here to race, but it's important to make sure the wind is steady enough for a fair race," said PRO and longtime one-design racer Bruce Golison. Once again Golison's judgment proved sound, with the wind finally stabilized from the Southwest around 2:30 p.m. at 5-6 knots, and Race 4 of the Championship was soon underway.

Ryan DeVos had barely gotten off the plane from New York when he took the helm of Volpe, and the young Holland native took over where father Dick DeVos left off yesterday; nipping at the heels of 4-time National Champion Michael Kiss aboardBacio. "I'm so glad to be out here sailing, but I really do feel lucky to be sitting in second place with so little practice," said DeVos. DeVos and Kiss battled around the 5-mile course, trading positions at each mark, though Kiss' experience proved too much to overcome. "It's never easy to stay out in front and Ryan didn't make it any easier."

Recent transplant to Chicago, Richard Davies’ Section 16 hurdled through the standings to fifth place overall after a strong 3rd-place finish in today's race. Perennial podium finisher Marc H ollerbach on Fu also had a breakthrough day after a tough start to the regatta, battling from 13th place at the top mark to 5th at the finish, moving him up to sixth overall. "We finally put together a good race," Hollerbach said. "It's incredibly hard to stay focused with such tough conditions, but we did it - for one race, at least!"

Sunday's conditions remain a mystery, though race officials will attempt to start 3 more races. After 6 total races, each team discards their worst result, making the next three races crucial.

Tonight the Audi Melges 20 Class descended upon on Regatta Co-Chairman Michael and Tovi Kiss's house for a sunset party, live music, and the world premiere of Penalty Box Productions' Tribute to Pat Eudy.

Racing begins at 11.00 a.m. Eastern time tomorrow, and fans of sportboat racing can follow the Audi Melges 20 Facebook Page for up-to-the-minute updates from the course. The Class media staff will also post photos, videos, finish orders, and more as it happens.

For the first time ever, the U.S. National Championship Opening Ceremony was streamed live on the internet. It's available for viewing or embedding at the Audi Melges 20 Ustream Channel.

Friday night, six Audi Melges 20 racers got together with SailingAnarchy.com's Alan Block for a live, 30 minute talk show about tuning the Melges 20, the winter schedule and Worlds, the new mast, just how open the class is with information and tips, tips for newbie helmspersons, and much more. The video can be found at the Audi Melges 20 Ustream Channel.

For many teams at the U.S. National Championship in Holland, the event is a warm-up to an array of many other wonderful regattas such as the North American Championship taking place in Toronto, Canada on September 13-15 and the Worlds on December 11-14, 2013 hosted by Ocean Reef Club. If you can attend, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. 

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TOP TEN RESULTS (After Four Races)
1.) Michael Kiss, Bacio; 1-4-7-1 = 13
2.) Ryan DeVos, Volpe; 3-6-6-2 = 17
3.) Jason Carroll, Argo; 7-1-8-4 = 20
4.) John Kilroy, Samba Pa Ti; 2-13-4-6 = 25
5.) Richard Davies, Section 16; 15-8-5-3 = 31
6.) Marc Hollerbach, Fu; 8-10-12-5 = 35
7.) Rob Wilber, Cinghiale; 18-3-2-15 = 38
8.) John Arendshorst, 20/20 Racing; 4-12-18-7 = 41
9.) Brian Hill, Atlas (Corinthian); 6-11-13-12 = 42
10.) Travis Weisleder, Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team; 23-7-3-10 = 43
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