Yanks rolls on at Melges IC37 Nationals

Published on October 3rd, 2020

Newport, RI (October 3, 2020) – The New York Yacht Club Race Committee fired off another three races on Day Two of the Melges IC37 US National Championship. Teams were held onshore under postponement until the sea breeze built up to 7-15 knots.

Pacific Yankee has all but secured the trophy with a 16-point lead on the competition. Drew Freides and Bill Ruh have yet to place below the top three in the series. However, the fleet gave them a run for their money today with Qubit and Waka Jawaka also taking a couple of bullets.

Qubit, helmed by Chris Lewis, came in with a vengeance scoring 3-1 after mid-fleet showings yesterday. Lewis was able to find clear lanes during both races and keep pace with Pacific Yankee. “We had a few clean starts and we were able to focus on sailing our own race,” said Lewis. “In the second race, we gybed early for building pressure on the right and laid the finish jumping ahead of three boats.”

The final race of the day featured lead changes and tacking duels with Gamecock and Members Only catapulting themselves into the mix. Michael Goldfarb’s Waka Jawaka barreled down to the leeward mark and made a left turn toward the right side of the course following the shifting breeze. Goldfarb was able to round the windward mark ahead of Pacific Yankee and stay to the inside of the fleet. The move paid off in dividends as they crossed the line clear ahead of the competition.

Going into the final day of racing, the podium is still up for grabs with only a five-point separation between the second and fifth place boats.

“You always have to get off the line clean, pick a clear lane, and have a little bit of luck on these boats,” claims Lewis. “If you pick a wrong shift you can end up losing half the fleet because the racing is just that close”

No warning signal shall be made after 1500 on October 4.

Racing is planned for October 2-4.

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Day Two Results (7 races, 1 discard)
1. Pacific Yankee, Drew Freides / Bill Ruh , USA – 1 -[3] -1 -2 -1 -2 -2 ; 9
2. Waka Jawaka, Michael Goldfarb / Laura Grondin , USA – 2 -6 -5 -[7/ZFP] -7 -4 -1 ; 25
3. Blazer II, Christopher Culver , USA – 6 -1 -8 -3 -2 -[10] -6 ; 26
4. Gamecock, Peter McClennen , USA – 7 -2 -3 -[10] -10 -3 -3 ; 28
5. Midnight Blue, Alexis Michas , USA – 4 -5 -[11] -1 -5 -8 -7 ; 30
6. Qubit, Chris Lewis , USA – 5 -8 -[10] -6 -3 -1 -8 ; 31
7. Arethusa, Phil Lotz , USA – 3 -7 -6 -5 -[12] -6 -9 ; 36
8. Members Only, Kinney / Cross / Swett , USA – 9 -10 -2 -[12/ZFP] -9 -5 -4 ; 39
9. Rima37, John Brim , USA – 10 -4 -4 -8 -4 -9 -[12] ; 39
10. Buckaroo, Jim Buckingham , USA – [12] -9 -9 -7 -6 -7 -5 ; 43
11. Hope, Brad Gibbs , USA – 13 -[14/DNF] -7 -13 -8 -12 -11 ; 64
12. Ticket, Whitmore / Giglia / Greenhouse , USA – 11 -11 -12 -[15/ZFP] -13 -11 -10 ; 68
13. Rattlesnake, Carter Robertson / Clark Robertson , USA – 8 -12 -13 -[14/ZFP] -11 -13 -13 ; 70

Source: Melges IC37 Class

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