"That was about as good as it gets in Seattle," said local Melges 24 skipper Herb Cole, who's team on Midsummer Hai Yai! stands second overall in its 14-boat fleet, 3 points behind Kevin Welch's Mikey. The two teams were battling throughout the day, with Cole conceding that Welch's squad was sharper with its boathandling, and faster overall around the racecourse over three races. "They've been sailing a lot this winter," said Cole. "We haven't been, and there were moments today where it really showed."