Ben Schwartz on Pisces secured the lead after two races on the opening day at the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York YC.
Schwartz, with tactician Chris Rast currently leads the championship by one point. Chasing hard in second place is defending champ William Douglass on Goombay Smash with Chris Larson on tactics, and in third is Andrea Pozzi with Gabriele Benussi as tactician aboard Bombarda.
With big seas and a steady 18-20 knots blowing throughout the day, Pozzi creamed the competition in the first race of the day leading from start to finish. Steve Howe, with tactician Morgan Larson on Warpath came second and Douglass was third.
Race two proved to be equally exciting with Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino and Nathan Wilmot as tactician punched the second start hard. Onorato took the lead at the top mark with Schwartz in second and Douglass in third. The breeze built ever so slightly and the wave action increased for the final downwind run. Onorato poured on the speed, while Schwartz chased him down to take the win right at the finish line.
Melges 32 - World Championship, Leaders after 2 races (33 entries)
1.) Benjamin Schwartz/Chris Rast, Pisces; 4-1 = 5
2.) William Douglass/Chris Larson, Goombay Smash; 3-3 = 6
3.) Andre Pozzi/Gabriele Benussi, Bombarda; 1-6 = 7
4.) Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone; 8-4 = 12
5.) Alec Cutler/Richard Clarke, Hedgehog; 5-7 = 12
6.) Vincenzo Onorato/Nathan Wilmot, Mascalzone Latino; 12-2 = 14
7.) Steve Howe/Morgan Larson, Warpath; 2-15 = 17
8.) Andy Lovell/Steve Benjamin, Rougarou; 14-5 = 19
9.) Ryan DeVos/Ed Baird, Volpe; 13-9 = 22
10.) Pieter Taselaar/Nick Thompson, Bliksem; 7-16 - 23
Full Melges 32 results here
26 September 2012 6:21 GMT