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25 August 2011, 02:12 pm
Souter Maintains Perfect Record At the Buddy Melges Challenge
Australia's Nicky Souter
Australia's Nicky Souter

The Buddy Melges Challenge
Sheboygan, USA

Nicky Souter and her Australian Women's Match Racing Team teammates, Katie Spithill and Jessica Eastwell, remain undefeated through 22 flights with a perfect 11-0 scorecard.
Their nearest rival, Anna Tunnicliffe and Team Mclaran teammates, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi, have only one blemish on the record with a loss to the other Australians in the field, Olivia Price, Nina Curtis, and Lucinda Whitty who sit in fourth with a 9-2 record. Ahead of Whitty in third by a tie-break are Genny Tulloch (USA) and teammates Alice Leonard and Jenn Chamberlin.

The sailors arriving for day two of the third annual Buddy Melges Challenge were greeted by a very foggy Lake Michigan. But that quickly gave way to warm sun and excellent winds. The race committee, led by Principal Race Officer Dave Bronson, did an excellent job knocking off 12 flights (48 races) in 12-25 knots of southwest and westerly breezes.

The top eight teams form the round robin will advance to the quarter-finals, but with each team having four matches left to complete the round, there are still enough points on the table to leave the quarter-finalists up in the air.

The race committee intends to complete the Round Robin on Thursday and start with the Quarter-Finals. Racing will continue through Saturday in the waters south of the Sheboygan breakwater directly in front of the Blue Harbor Resort. There is excellent viewing form the shore. If you are unable to make it to the waterfront, viewing is available on-line via web cam and live tracking.

Standings After Day Two (22 Flights):
1 - Nicky Souter (AUS) 11 wins - 0 losses,
2 - Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) 10-1,
3 - Genny Tulloch (USA) 9-2,
4 - Olivia Price (AUS) 9-2,
5 - Anne-Claire Le Berre (FRA) 8-3,
6 - Ru Wang (CHN) 7-4,
7 - Julie Bossard (FRA) 7-4,
8 - Renata Decnop (BRA) 5-6,
9 - Juliana Senfft (BRA) 5-6,
10 - Stephanie Roble (USA) 4-7,
11 - Juliana Mota (BRA) 4-7,
12 - Becca Dellenbaugh (USA) 3-8,
13 - Sharon Ferris-Choat (CAN) 3-8,
14 - Caroline Sylvan (SWE) 2-9,
15 - Martina Silva (ARG) 1-10,
16 - Jinnie Gordon (CAN) 0-11.

Live tracking, live results, photos and more information is available on the event website.

The Round Robin Results grid is available here.
Liz Baylis
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