Joe Woods Leading The Melges 32 Fleet In Key West
22 January 2008
Key West, Florida - Joe Woods on Red has placed a firm grip on the overall lead of the Melges 32 fleet at ACURA Key West 2008 presented by Nautica. Three points separate him from defending Key West Champion Claudio Recchi on Let's Roll in second place overall. In third is Marty Kullman and Mike Carroll on New Wave.
With yesterday's absensce of racing, the fleet was ready to go as the first race of the day got underway around 10:45 (second start in Division 1). Punching off the line was Recchi heavily guarding the pin end heading upwind in 10-15 knots of breeze, substantial chop and puffs of 15+ gusting through periodically. Although Woods appeared to have gotten a mediocre start, Recchi contended with Armando Giulietti on Hiroshi. Federico Michetti, president of Melges Europe and crew for Recchi mentioned on the docks Monday that Giulietti would be a tough competitor. Despite Giulietti's lead from the first weathermark to the last run, Recchi overtook him for the win. With Giulietti second, it was the awesome Kullman/Carroll New Wave team from Tampa, Florida in third. Woods finished fourth.
As the wind seemed to come and go, build and diminish over the next two races — the racing got trickier, this time Woods pulled out front and blasted the fleet with speed. Woods managed bullets in race two and three leaving 2006 Melges 32 U.S. National Champion Jeff Ecklund from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on STAR, Kullman/Carroll, Recchi and Philippe Kahn on Pegasus 32 to vie for position.
Woods' team has been waiting a long time for results like today. With great successes at multiple venues across the U.S. in 2007, 2008 is bound to be an equal achievement.
Looking ahead to Wednesday's races Woods' leads the overall, Recchi in second and Kullman/Carroll in third. In fourth, one point out of third is Ecklund in fourth and in fifth is Kahn.
TOP TEN RESULTS
- Joe Woods, Red
- Claudio Recchi, Let's Roll
- Marty Kullman/Mike Carroll, New Wave
- Jeff Ecklund, STAR
- Philippe Kahn, Pegasus 32
- John Sherlock, Arkle
- Michael Illbruck, Pinta
- Bob Hesse, Lake Effect
- Stephen Pugh, Taboo
- Pieter Taselaar, Bliksem
A Melges 32 Owner's meeting was scheduled for this afternoon, however due to the late arrival of the fleet back to the docks, this has been rescheduled for Thursday at the Melges tent, 5:30 p.m.
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