An additional three races were completed on Friday at the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC). John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti, with tactician Paul Goodison delivered a 1-2-8 punch to take the lead, five points ahead of Alec Cutler on Hedgehog with Richard Clarke on tactics in second. Steve Howe's Warpath with tactician Morgan Larson is currently seated third.
Kilroy's stance on day four of Worlds was focused and strong. He blasted off the line in race one and two (races seven and eight in the series of ten) extending on the first beat. In race one, Kilroy maintained a lead of more than a minute and a half at the finish line. In the second race of the day, he trailed game winner Pieter Taselaar on Bliksem by a few moments. An eighth place finish in race nine secured an overnight lead of the World Championship.
Race three proved to be challenging for every player, with the exception of Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino with Nathan Wilmot as tactician as he too was able to get out front in the shifty breeze and rain maintaining position for the win. Benjamin Schwartz's Pisces came on strong to take second. Roberto Tomassini Grinover on Robertissima was third.
Saturday marks the final day of competition. One race remains with a start at 11.00 local time.
1.) John Kilroy/Paul Goodison, Samba Pa Ti; -8-1-12-1-1-1-2-8 = 34
2.) Alec Cutler/Richard Clarke, Hedgehog; 5--2-4-7-6-4-4-11 = 39
3.) Steve Howe/Morgan Larson, Warpath; 2--4-7-8-3-8-3-12 = 47
4.) Benjamin Schwartz/Chris Rast, Pisces; 4-1--2-4-13-11-14-2 = 51
5.) Pieter Taselaar/Nick Thompson, Bliksem; 7--6-11-5-11-7-1-9 = 57