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Quantum Key West Race Week is less than 3 months away and it appears that the comeback class for the 2015 edition will be the Melges 24 class. At the end of October we already have more boats entered than last year (scratch sheet) and projections are for 20-25 boats on the Division 2 starting line next January.

Pro/Am Progress by Sam Rogers

Where do you find that line between keeping top level pros in a fleet to provide that ultimate challenge, and keeping the average racer happy and engaged? It certainly depends on the fleet you’re talking about, but there’s no question that for an open class like the ‪#‎Melges24‬, the amateur owners and crews are absolutely vital to maintaining a successful fleet – and the overall sport.

Melges 24 U.S. Nationals 2014 - Photo by JOY

Tampa, FL - After a fun afternoon and evening of revelry on Saturday, the Melges 24 fleet wearily made it to the docks around 8 a.m. for an early 9:30 Sunday morning start. The goal was to take advantage of the remaining moon wind and sneak in 2-3 more races on the final day, settling the score in both the overall and corinthian fleets.

Melges 24 U.S. Nationals 2014 - Photo by JOY

Legendary sailor/coach Gordy Bowers from Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota proclaims that when a high pressure system is parked over a region and the land cools in the evening, there is a drainage breeze that fills. This breeze remains throughout the morning until the sun heats the land and squashes what is left of…the Moon Wind. Yes, Moon Wind. That is what the Melges 24 fleet had as they left the dock for the second day of racing at the 2014 Melges 24 U.S. Nationals hosted by the Davis Island Yacht Club (DIYC).

Melges 24 U.S. Nationals 2014

Tampa, FL - The saying goes, “it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” and on the first day of the 2014 U.S. Melges 24 National Championship hosted by Davis Island Yacht Club (DIYC), PRO Eric Robbins made good on his promise. It was a long day with the completion of five races, leaving the fleet with weary grins, and a well earned session at the new DIYC tiki bar. Despite light and tricky breeze in the morning, then shifty and puffy breeze in the afternoon, the racing was stellar and the perfect reminder of why Melges 24 racing is still the best.