Mary Anne Ward Leading M17 Midwinter Championship

Mary Anne Ward Leading M17 Midwinter Championship

18 February 2006

18 FEBRUARY 2006 ? Mary Anne Ward of Lake Eustis, Florida with Sam Rogers crewing are leading after day one of the 1st Annual Melges 17 Midwinter Championship.

Three light air races were held today at Lake Eustis with 15 boats making the journey south to the Orlando, Florida area. Great weather, great courses and tight sailing. Less than 45 seconds seperated the first five boats in the first two races. Extremely close and fun racing.

Regatta favorite Brian McMurray of White Lake, Michigan is actually tied with for first with Mary Anne Ward but, Mary Anne with the tie-breaker in hand will sail with the Gold Circle tomorrow on her main signifying her team is leading into day two. Close behind is newcomer Blain Unicome of Beaver Creek, Colorado with Eric Hood crewing.

Two races are scheduled for tomorrow with winds expected to be 10-15 knots for the last races that will decide the Champion for this first ever Midwinter Championship for the Melges 17s.

Stay tuned for a full report and final results on Monday from Zenda.

Eric Hood
Team Unicume
USA 145
Melges Performance Sailboats & North Sails Zenda

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