Miles wins 2014 Pusser's Rum Melges 24 NSW States by Millimeters

Lake Macquarie turned on spectacular summer weather for the 2014 Pusser’s Rum Melges 24 New South Wales State Championships.  Lake Macquarie Yacht Club hosted the three day event (21-23 Nov), the largest Melges 24 fleet competing at a State Titles to date.  Interstate teams travelled to Belmont to enjoy the quality competition including South Australian Robin Deussen’s Redmist from Adelaide Sailing Club and Victorian team Jonno Bannister’s Penultimate Challenge from Mornington Yacht Club. 

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.

US NATIONALS: Can't Beat The Original

With over 20 years of sportboat supremacy, Melges 24 sailors convene in Davis Island, Florida for a National Championship grudge match. Tampa, FL - The 2014 Melges 24 U.S. Nationals on the serene waters off Davis Island will once again draw some of the top helmsman around the U.S., Europe and Australia, and will be the ultimate test of teamwork, tactical prowess and boatspeed.

Pusser’s Rum Melges East Coast Championships 2014

The Pusser’s Rum Melges East Coast Championships was held over the weekend of the 8-9th November 2014, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newport, Australia.  This is the sixth Melges East Coast Championships to be hosted by the club, a permanent fixture in both the Melges 24 and Melges 32 annual regatta schedule.

ESPRIT JPN-783 – The Winner Of The Japan Melges Week 2014

Next to ten Melges 20 and three Melges 32 boats in total seven Melges 24 boats were taking part from the Japan Melges Week 2014 held in Zushi Marina on November 1-3, which was considered as the National Championship.

Great Melges 24 Weekend On The Lake Rapel In Chile

Melges 24 Chilean Class did have a great regatta during the last weekend. Three races sailed on the lake Rapel, are part of the annual championship that sums 30 races around the year.

Register Now For Key West Race Week 2015!

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.