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Melges 24 World Championship Day 1

Leader of the first day are the Irish entry, Conor Clarke's Embarr, with Stuart McNay helming (2-1-1) with three almost perfect races in Miami.

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The success of Tuesday doesn't drag the attention of his team from the upcoming days, where nine more races are still scheduled to be raced.

"With nine races to go the road to the podium is still very long: we are happy for today, but the core of the Championship will be in the next days. Weather conditions are also expected to change: anything can happen."

Second overall after the Tuesday races, is Air Force 1 USA820 (1-2-2) helmed by the Rio Olympic athlete Bora Gulari and with Jonathan McKee is calling tactics.

In third place is the brand new boat of Gian Luca Perego, Maidollis 3, ITA822 (3-5-3), back in the water with the historical couple Fracassoli-Fonda that won the Melges 24 Worlds of 2012.

The Corinthian division suffered in some way from today's challenging waves and demanding conditions.

The first of this group only managed to reach the sixteenth place in the overall ranking: Tõnu Tõniste, owner of today's Corinthian best boat, Lenny EST790 (16-17-16).

Melges 24 World Championship Day 1 leaders after 3 races

1st IRL 829 Conor Clarke 2 1 1 4 pts
2nd USA 820 Bora Gulari 1 2 2 5 pts
3rd ITA 822 Gian Luca Perego 3 5 3 11 pts
4th USA 853 Jason Carroll 5 3 4 12 pts
5th USA 848 Travis Weisleder 6 9 5 20 pts
6th USA 515 Peter Duncan 8 7 11 26 pts
7th USA 851 Bruce Ayres 10 4 13 27 pts
8th USA 658 Tim Healy 7 6 14 27 pts
9th USA 547 John Brown 4 22 7 33 pts
10th ITA 841 Andrea Pozzi 11 19 8 38 pts
11th USA 747 Wes Whitmyer Jr 23 11 6 40 pts
12th ITA 735 Andrea Racchelli 12 10 19 41 pts
13th USA 838 Kevin Welch 13 20 9 42 pts
14th USA 849 Brian Porter 9 15 18 42 pts
15th SUI 684 Chris Rast 15 21 10 46 pts
16th EST 790 Tõnu Tõniste 16 17 16 49 pts
17th NED 827 Ronald Veraar 24 14 12 50 pts
18th ITA 778 Marco Zammarchi 18 16 21 55 pts
19th AUS 750 John Bacon 19 24 15 58 pts
20th AUS 812 G. Nixon / K. Nixon 17 23 20 60 pts
21st GBR 850 Richard Thompson 20 18 22 60 pts

Full results here

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Gerald New - Sailweb
30 November 2016 6:05 GMT


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