Too Much Of A Good Thing
4 March 2017
MIAMI, Fla. (Mar. 4, 2017) - With a robust Northeast wind forecast for Day Two at the 2017 Melges Rocks Regatta, the third and final act of the 2016/17 Miami Winter Series (MWS), the Melges 20 fleet was mentally prepared for a long day of battle on Biscayne Bay. Early on, PRO Blake Middleton confirmed that conditions on the racecourse were hovering under class maximum wind limits, and informed everyone that racing would begin on-time at noon.
As teams began their pre-race preparations and sorted out their top range upwind settings, the breeze continued to increase ranging to 27-29 knots. Once to the top of Biscayne Bay, a few brave Melges 20s set their spinnakers for a ripping ride back to the starting line. Most managed to escape unscathed, and readied for a starting sequence, despite a few hairy moments.
Pumped and ready to race, the breeze increased further, well beyond Melges 20 Class wind speed rule limits prompting a AP over H to be displayed as teams ripped back to shore. Hoping in vein for a drop in wind pressure, the breeze remained steady with gusts in the upper twenties and at 2 o’clock, Middleton made the final call to abandon racing for the day.
With a few hours for sailors to prep, the Melges Rocks Party/Cinghiale Pig Roast begins at 6 p.m. hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club (CGSC).
With no additional races completed on Day Two, results from Friday stand as is.
The forecast remains fresh for Sunday and sailors are looking forward to a fun night of partying and a great final day of racing.
MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
As with other Melges 20 events around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the Official 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 at melges20.com.
TOP FIVE RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Three Races)
1.) Rob Wilber, Cinghiale; 1-7-1 = 9
2.) John Kilroy, Jr., Samba Pa Ti; 7-5-3 = 15
3.) Drew Freides, Pacific Yankee; 8-1-7 = 16
4.) Igor Rytov, Russian Bogatyrs; 3-13-2 = 18
5.) Liam Kilroy, Wildman; 2-8-8 = 18
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TOP FIVE 2016/17 MIAMI WINTER SERIES RESULTS (After Two Events, Three Races)
1.) Drew Freides, Pacific Yankee = 6 pts.
2.) Igor Rytov, Russian Bogatyrs = 13 pts.
3.) Jim Wilson, Oleander = 16 pts.
4.) Rob Wilber, Cinghiale = 18 pts.
5.) Paul Reilly, Red Sky Sailing Team = 19 pts.
2016/17 Miami Winter Series Ranking (Overall & Corinthian - After Two Events, Three Races)