Vincent Porter Takes A Big Lead At Largest Ever Melges 17 Nationals
27 August 2011
White Lake Yacht Club has already proven itself as an outstanding host of the LARGEST EVER Melges 17 Nationals (35 boats). Virtually all attending competitors have been provided free houses from WLYC friends and members. The event organization, management (Tom Munroe), food/drink and race committee work (PRO - Jamie Jones) have been nothing short of outstanding.
Today's featured another first for the Melgesf 17 class, racing out in the open water of Lake Michigan! Conditions were perfect on Lake Michigan, SW from 5-12 kts and a little more than a slight chop. The small waves were more than enough to surf and plane at well over 10-12 kts downwind in the final race 3. Race one was sailed in wind of 4-6 kts and the breeze slowly built all day.
Vincent Porter of Lake Geneva posted an impressive 1-1-4 to take the early lead in the even followed by M17 veteran Mike Stephanie Dow in 2nd with a consistent 8-3-3. Third place is held by Brian McMurray with and rapidly improving 17-2-1.
TOP TEN RESULTS (After 3 Races)
1.) Vincent Porter, Full Throttle; 1-1-4 = 6
2.) Mike Dow, Flying Toaster; 8-3-3 = 14
3.) Brian McMurray, Catbird; 17-2-1 = 20
4.) Sean Fidler, Ludicrous Speed; 5-13-2 = 20
5.) Deb Gluek, Snackcakes; 2-6-12 = 20
6.) Tom Munroe, USA-11; 3-12-5 = 20
7.) Myles Gutenkunst, E-9; 7-8-9 = 24
8.) Jim Hilgard, Dragonfly; 10-5-10 = 25
9.) Clifford Porter, CliffordPorter; 12-7-8 = 27
10.) Brad Sprouse, Yellfire; 15-9-6 = 30
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Saturday is forecast for N wind of 10 -15 and will certainly be sailed inshore with more "classic" lake sailing conditions.
About 2 hours of HD video and well over 300 photo's were taken today by our event photographer Jonathan Ahlbrand. We plan on posting links to these photo's early tomorrow AM.