Melges 32Melges 32


17 February 2007

The Melges 32 fleet witnessed ideal conditions on Friday at the 2007 St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta. Flat water and winds getting up to 25 knots thus allowed them the chance to jet around the race course — especially downwind. The asymmetrical kites are large, but easy to handle even in the breeze on conditions. Peak speed today was nearly 20 knots! Very cool!

Jeff Ecklund racing Star had the boat of the day with a 1,1,3 overall. Marty Kullman and Mike Carroll on Newwave are hometown favorites and with a 2,3,1 today putting them in a close second. Caleb Everett finished off the day with a 2,2. This San Francisco based team loves wind! They displayed their appreciation for the breezy conditions by sailing fast upwind and downwind.

In race two, first leeward mark, the fleet converged all at once. Talk about some exciting moves to get around the leeward pin. Doug Kessler from Marietta, Ga. threaded the needle and rounded this mark first. Their team had a very good day with all top finishes. Doug Kessler and the Liberty Team also has the best looking kite on the water!

Three races in today, three planned tomorrow. Conditions are expected to be 4-10 knots and, big breeze will follow for Sunday. Stay tuned to for further updates.

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