Mastering a class deep in Olympic and one-design champions, Harry Melges ran away with a victory in the Melges 24 Class at the Acura Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC).
The Melges 24 and Multihull Classes wrapped up their three days of Acura SORC racing in champagne sailing conditions - bright sunny skies, a steady 20-knot southerly breeze and sparkling blue seas. All other classes will sail one more race tomorrow.
Steering Jeff Jones' Melges 24 'Kilroy', Harry Melges posted a string of bullets over the three days of competition in the class, broken only by a third and a fifth place. Relishing the surfing conditions, Melges blasted to three successive wins in Saturday's fresh breezes.
John Kilroy showed similar domination over the international array of talent in the Farr 40 Class, as he sailed his Samba Pa Ti to two victories and a sixth place. Kilroy, who was the series leader after the opening day of racing, dropped to second place yesterday when he logged a 19th place finish. "John is doing a terrific job," said John Kostecki, tactician aboard Samba Pa Ti. "There were tough conditions at times out there. There were some big waves. He's hanging tough and doing great, especially considering that he hasn't raced since the Big Boat Series in San Francisco last September."
Peter Wormwood, designer of the custom 35-foot catamaran Merlin, sailed her to first place in the Multihull Class, defeating Steve Marsh's Corsair F31 trimaran No Name. Merlin, owned and campaigned by Robert Buzzelli, posted two third places in today's testing conditions in which one multihull was dismasted and only three boats crossed the finishing line
The Farr 50 Esmeralda, campaigned by sailmaker Ken Read and owner Makoto Uematsu, continued their total dominance of the seven-boat IMS Class for the third day in a row. Undefeated, they have a perfect record of seven victories. "I felt the boat was going well and that let me sail fast," said Read. "When you sail fast, you sail smart."