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16 March 2003, 05:03 pm
Kessler Takes The Title
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Melges 24 Action

Melges 24 U.S. Championship
Pensacola Bay

The final day of racing at the US Nationals was an absolute corker with clear skies, sunshine and 72 degrees. Winds were 10-12 knots from 180-190 degrees.
Three races were completed to make the regatta total - nine races, with one throw out.

Doug Kessler had the bit between his teath and was determined to hang on to his overall lead. He and his P&P Sailing Team sailed the final two races very conservatively to ensure their overall victory scoring a 5 and 6 to win the regatta by 7 points overall.

Behind him Britain's Roger Peacock and the Black Seal team were delighted with their win in the penultimate race and despite a disappointing twelfth in the final race just managed to hang on to their second place overall on count back against Italy's Flavio Favini helming for Franco Rossini.

Argyle Campbell finally hit his top form today and went out on a big high with a 2, 1 scoreline in the last races of the ragatta which comfortably secured him fourth place overall ahead of Norway's Peder Nergaard, Brian Porter and Paula Zubrzycki.

Overall Top Ten (After 9 Races/1 Discard)

Position Skipper Boat Total Discard Nett
1 Doug Kessler P&P Sailing Team 26 -6 20
2 Roger Peacock Black Seal 39 -12 27
3 Franco Rossini Blu Moon 40 -13 27
4 Argyle Campbell Rock N' Roll 41 -9 32
5 Nergaard Baghdad 49 -9 40
6 Brian Porter Full Throttle 53 -12 41
7 Paula Zubrzycki First Crush 67 -14 53
8 Bret Gripenstraw Sofa King Fast 87 -15 72
9 Tom Freytag Wicked Feet 91 -15 76
10 Hal Pickering Chacal 107 -23 84

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