2017 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship Day 2 - Crushin' It

Full Throttle USA849

April 9, 2017 - Charleston, S.C.,  U.S. - Brian Porter's 'Full Throttle' verges on capturing a record-breaking seventh Melges 24 U.S. National title, the Corinthian fleet turns up the heat with Shannon's 'Shaka' taking charge of the all-amatuer division.

Wow, what a difference a day can make. This was the theme of Day Two (Aoril 8) of the 2017 U.S. Melges 24 National Championship hosted by the Charleston Yacht Club (ChYC). More sunshine, cool temps, and a lot less breeze settled the fleet in well for round two of Melges 24 racing. 

Full Throttle USA849Brian Porter's Full Throttle USA849 - photo (c) JOY / USM24CA

Three races were conducted with six-time Melges 24 U.S. National Champion Brian Porter (1999, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015) on Full Throttle (USA-849) winning all three heats. With a ten point advantage over second place finisher John Brown on Blind Squirrel (USA-547), it is highly likely that 2017 will see Porter collect a record-breaking, seventh National Championship title. Kevin Welch's Mikey (USA-838) with Jason Rhodes at the helm, is now in third.

John Brown on Blind Squirrel (USA-547)John Brown on Blind Squirrel (USA-547) - photo (c) JOY / USM24CA

Kevin Welch's Mikey (USA-838)Kevin Welch's Mikey (USA-838) - photo (c) JOY / USM24CA
PRO Hal Smith got the racing started on time, despite the possibility that with a stiff, outbound current and a very shifty breeze, Race Four may not come easy. A first attempt ended in abandonment, leaving the fleet to wait for almost two hours before having another chance to start a race.

Around 2 o'clock, Smith and his ChYC Race Committee set the course and the fleet went racing. Thankfully, the breeze came in early allowing for not only one race, but three for a total of six complete, activating a discard of each boat's worst score.

Indeed Porter had a flawless day, but others managed to bask in the spotlight too such as relatively new fleet member Michael Goldfarb on Warcanoe (USA-825) scoring a second place finish in Race Five, while Corinthian George Haynie on Firewater (USA-687) also found some speed to place third. Southeast District Governor Gary Schwarting on Obsession (USA-578) grabbed a top ten finish in Race Six, as did Tom Babel at the helm of Thomas Roop's Le Coq (USA-121).

K.C. Shannon's Shaka (USA-801)K.C. Shannon's Shaka (USA-801) - photo (c) JOY / USM24CA

DON'T TREAD ON ME
While Porter dominated today's overall division, the fleet was under siege in the Corinthian category. Atlanta-based teams Brent McKenzie at the helm of Ex-Kahn (USA-575) and K.C. Shannon's Shaka (USA-801) chose to 'go to the mattresses.' After a light, shifty and very tricky day of sailing, only one point separates these two teams with Shannon taking over the lead from Friday leader McKenzie. "We're gonna take'em out', said Reid Collins, long-time Melges 24 sailor and crew member aboard McKenzie's Ex-Kahn. "Like an 'Ex-Kahn' would!" he furthered in friendly banter. The perseverance of these two teams paid off nicely today as they now find themselves also in the top ten overall standings.

Brent McKenzie at the helm of Ex-Kahn (USA-575)Brent McKenzie at the helm of Ex-Kahn (USA-575) - photo (c) JOY / USM24CA

Stuart Simpson's Team Barbarians (GBR-691) struggled a bit sliding back one space to round out the podium in third. Zane Yoder's FNG/Eelsnot (USA-9) is fourth, and Lake Geneva's, 76-year old Frank Davenport on Wild Goose (USA-736) emerged to round out the top five Corinthian standings.

Sunday is the final day of scheduled racing, where the fleet will attempt two more final races.

MELGES 24 MEDIA

Real-time racing updates will be coming across the U.S. Melges 24 web and social wires during the 2017 U.S. National Championship. Tune in for the latest racing information, results and updates online everyday at usmelges24.com. Each day, the USMCA will be working hard to bring you mark-to-mark action and updates via video, photos and text. Play-by-play action will be accessible at the Official U.S. Melges 24 Facebook Page. Tell your friends and be sure to LIKE the USMCA on Facebook.  

TOP TEN RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Six Races, One Discard)
1.) Brian Porter, Full Throttle: 1-4-2-1-1-1 = 6
2.) John Brown, Blind Squirrel; 3-2-7-2-6-3 = 16
3.) Kevin Welch/Jason Rhodes, Mikey; 2-7-5-5-5-4 = 21
4.) Bruce Ayres, Monsoon; 5-1-6-5-18-4-6 = 22
5.) Michael Goldfarb, Warcanoe; 8-5-10-6-2-7 = 28
6.) Peter Duncan, Jigs In Space; 12-6-3-7-21-2 = 30
7.) Wes Whitmyer, Jr.; SlingSHOT; 7-8-4-4-9-10 = 32
8.) Travis Weisleder, Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team; 25/RET-3-1-20-10-5 = 39
9.) (C) KC Shannon, Shaka; 17-14-9-3-8-18 = 51
10.) (C) Brent McKenzie, EX-KAHN; 9-9-12-8-14-19 = 52

TOP FIVE CORINTHIAN RESULTS (PRELIMINARY - After Six Races, One Discard)
1.) KC Shannon, Shaka = 51 pts.
2.) Brent McKenzie, EX-KAHN = 52 pts.
3.) Stuart Simpson, Team Barbarians = 56 pts.
4.) Zane Yoder, FNG Eelsnot = 68 pts.
5.) Frank Davenport, Wild Goose = 70 pts. 

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PHOTOS OF DAY 2 by (c) JOY / USM24CA

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MELGES 24 MEDIA
Real-time racing updates will be coming across the U.S. Melges 24 web and social wires during the 2017 U.S. National Championship. Tune in for the latest racing information, results and updates online everyday at usmelges24.com. Each day, the USMCA will be working hard to bring you mark-to-mark action and updates via video, photos and text. Play-by-play action will be accessible at the Official U.S. Melges 24 Facebook Page. Tell your friends and be sure to LIKE the USMCA on Facebook.

PERFECTLY PARTNERED
The USM24CA would like to extend many thanks to National Championship sponsors including World Winter Series title sponsor Quantum Sails, the Charleston Yacht ClubCoral Reef Sailing Apparel and, the Charleston Visitors and Convention Bureau. The Class and event are super grateful in particular, for the support from Quantum for the World Winter Series with product. Gill will be providing great prizes to the winners in the form of custom technical gear. Gosling's Rum will be there to make sure no one goes thirsty as they serve up the best Dark'n Stormies in the world!

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