2012 World Championship - September 20-292012 World Championship - September 20-29

Alex Jackson Wins 2012 NYYC Annual Regatta

11 June 2012

One for the record is Alex Jackson’s (Riverside, Conn.) trumping of the nine-boat Melges 32 class with Leenabarca in the second of two races today. 

Two of the class’s world champions (Doug Douglass on Goombay Smash and Pieter Taselaar on Bliksem) were tied for first going into that race, which was the last of three in the regatta series, and Jackson trailed in scoring by one point. According to Douglass, who exchanged friendly banter with Jackson back onshore, 'We both went right, and Alex schooled us by going left and winning—he stole (the series) from us!' 

Jackson joked that while the competition was incredible, 'we were just better,' but in all seriousness, the stakes are high for this class as it prepares for its World championship here later this summer. 'More teams will be showing up as we get closer to that event,' said Jackson, who finished sixth two years ago at the worlds, 'so I wouldn’t say that this was the biggest fleet of Melges 32s we’ve ever had, but it sure included some of the toughest teams.'

North American Fleet President, John Taylor on Ninkasi won the first race of the series, with Jackson claiming the other two in the series.

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