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Woods and Leslie Tied Going Into Day Two of Rolex Big Boat Series

14 September 2007

Happening right now — the 2007 Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco, California with California with Joe Woods on 'Red' (first) from Torquay, UK and Australian/resident Californian Richard Leslie (second) on Southern Cross are tied with four points each going into the second day of racing. Following closely in third is Philippe Kahn on Pegasus 32 from Soquel, Calif. just a slim one point behind.

San Francisco Bay yesterday produced light morning breezes that quickly turned into a pleasant 12-15 knots of breeze. Two races were conducted taking the fleet from Treasure Island, around Alcatraz and up to the Golden Gate Bridge for a final lap back and then to the finish line.

Most of the Melges 32 competitors are new to the fleet, however well experienced in many other one design classes — notably the Melges 24. Caleb Everett from the bay area on Stewball has probably experienced the biggest transition from the Express 37 and clearly has put in a lot of time to get his team ready for this race. "Caleb was looking for a more competitive boat and he was willing to step up and be one of the first on the bay with a new one design," said Don Teakell (Concord, Calif.), who trims the jib and spinnaker on Everett's Stewball. He explained that although the crew has only come together in the past few weeks, overall their crew work is coming together. Everett must be pleased with finishing ahead of Kahn (known for his meticulous training efforts) in the first race of the day.

Kahn's third position in the overall standings is primarily due to a first in the second race. "We are lucky to have probably the 'best out of town fleet' this first year," said Kahn of the Melges 32s. His enthusiasm for the state-of-the-art racers was evident in his focused performance. With Richard Clarke and Harry Melges onboard, Pegasus 32 will certainly be a challenge in the fleet.

1.) Tim Edwards, Red = 4
2.) Richard Leslie, Southern Cross = 4
3.) Philippe Kahn, Pegasus 32 = 5
4.) Caleb Everett, Stewball = 7
5.) Stephen Pugh, Taboo = 11


Photos courtesy of Serge Zavarin.

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