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Philippe Kahn's Pegasus 32 Races To Victory At The 2007 Rolex Big Boat Series

17 September 2007

After four days, glorious sunshine and seven intense races on San Francisco Bay in a variety of conditions, first time Melges 32 owner/racer Philippe Kahn delivered one of the most amazing finishes seen in the Melges 32 — 4-1-1-1-1-1-3. Joe Woods from Torquay, UK on Red placed second overall, with Richard Leslie on Southern Cross finished third.

Day one of the series could easily be interpreted as an adjustment period for Kahn as he was third overall after races one and two in the series, trailing both Woods and Leslie. It didn't take long for his Pegasus 32 crew to find just the right groove. Before long he was confidently commanding the fleet. With Harry Melges by his side calling tactics the team delivered four bullets in a row to take the overall victory.

Melges 32 class veteran Joe Woods gave it his all, however finished three points behind Kahn. His results are nothing to complain about as his Red team grabbed a set of bullets of their own — race one and seven. In between Woods finished no worse than third! 1-3-3-3-2-2-1! Wow! What a performance!

In third overall was another newcomer to the fleet but no stranger to the competitiveness of Melges boats — Richard Leslie. In addition to racing the Melges 32 this weekend, Leslie also owns a Melges 24 that he raced in the 2007 Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship this past May in Santa Cruz! From Australia but currently living in California, he was tied with Woods on day one, dead even in the points however slipped over the four day event concluding that consistency can pay off big in the end.

Congratulation to Philippe and his entire crew for a job well done as the Rolex Big Boat Series is a highly coveted trophy. Due to the great success of this year's event we're sure to see more Melges 32s whipping around the bay area for a long time to come!

1.) Philippe Kahn, Pegasus 32 = 12
2.) Joe Woods, Red = 15
3.) Richard Leslie, Southern Cross = 20

4.) Caleb Everett, Stewball = 27
5.) Stephen Pugh, Taboo = 32


Photos courtesy of Serge Zavarin.

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