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25 September 2010, 11:12 am
Lalli and Bressani Maintain Slim Lead At Melges 32 Worlds
B-Lin Sailing
B-Lin Sailing leads the 2010 Melges 32 World Championship in San Francisco

2010 Melges 32 World Championship
San Francisco, USA

The 32-strong fleet completed two more races and have one last critical day to go at the 2010 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Luca Lalli on B-Lin Sailing remain in the lead ahead of John Porter's Full Throttle.
There was great concern that the breeze would be really light for the third day of the championship. Predictions came true, as the initial commencement was pushed back an hour from the original scheduled time. For the start, a quiet 6-7 knots brought the best out of Jeff Ecklund's STAR. Truly, this team comprised of tactician Harry Melges III, 2008 470 Olympic Gold Medallist Nathan Wilmot (2009 Melges 32 World Champion), 2000 Soling Bronze Medallist Espen Stokkeland, Scott Norris, Peter Crawford, Lindsay Bartel and Emma Creighton, a single-handed racer about to embark on a Mini Transat campaign, delivered spot-on performance in the speed department for a great win ahead of Stuart Simpson's Team Barbarians, while Rod Jabin on Ramrod did well to pull of a third place finish.

Jabin, with 2009 Melges 24 World Championship Chris Larson on tactics, outperformed the competition launching out in front of the fleet to take the weathermark rounding first. Lalli was right on his transom, pulling out all the stops to get ahead. A clean and fast set placed Porter in position to overtake Lalli for the lead downwind, while birthday boy Jason Carroll on Argo got in on the action as well. Jabin triumphed at the finish with Porter in second, Carroll third and Lalli in fourth. Japanese owner Yukihiro Ishida on Yasha Samurai rounded out the top five.

What the final day of racing in San Francisco will bring is yet to be seen. The top four are separated by 12 points which basically means, anything can happen on the last day of competition. Every team has worked so hard over the last three days to advance, establish a strangle-hold that has thus far proven to be ever elusive. In the forefront, desperate to hold off is Lalli. Porter sits two points out of first. Andy Lovell on Rougarou is in third overall.

To watch the racing live and keep up-to-date with all the action visit www.melges32worlds.com

Joy Dunigan
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