Aussie bandits steal the show on day three of Gill Melges 24 Worlds

It was Australia Day all over again on day three of racing at the Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014, when three Aussie lads unleashed some of their best work. Not enough to worry the top shelf though.

There has been movement at the top of the leaderboard after three more windward leeward races, Flavio Favini’s Blu Moon (SUI) switching up into first overall and leading Harry Melges’ team STAR (USA) by 1.5 points.

The STAR crew had a day they need to forget and move on from, an eighth in race seven and a 13th in race eight.

Geelong sparkles as Harry Melges’ Star takes the lead

Three races deeper into the 12 race Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 and the visitors unsurprisingly continue to dictate terms.

After the completion of race six in the 10-12 knot sou’easter, Harry Melges’ STAR and crew Andy Burdick, Jeff Ecklund and Federico Michetti, sailing for New York and Lauderdale yacht clubs, are lead boat and have created some breathing space.

Chris Larson’s Cavallino/McLube (CAN) is five points off Melges on 14, a 10th in race four denting yesterday’s pointscore leader’s chance for an encore.

North Americans overwhelm on day one of the Gill Melges 24 Worlds

Chris Larson and his Canadian team on Cavallino/McLube are leading the Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 after a crackalackin’ opening day on Geelong’s Corio Bay.

There’s little comfort in their early lead however, with Harry Melges’ STAR tied on seven points and second on a countback.

North American crews overwhelmed the 26 boat field on day one of the five day, 12 race regatta, filling the top three places.

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Long-time American Melges 24 owner Tom Ritter aboardTramp came second, followed by Canada's Richard Reid onZingara. Ritter cashed in with his own set of second's and thirds (taking the last race as a throw out) to place six points ahead of Reid. 

Strong winds keep Melges 24 crews ashore

A honking northerly breeze and an outdoor temperature of 40 degrees have meant a subdued start to the Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 at Geelong in Victoria, Australia.
A practice race was scheduled for this afternoon, but winds of 28 knots gusting to 35 are well above the class’ upper limit. At the skipper’s briefing this morning at the host club, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, all of the 26 teams opted to remain ashore.

An AP/A flag signalling no more racing today is flying at the club.

Star rises at the Melges 24 Australian Open Nationals

Harry Melges is the new Australian Open National Melges 24 Champion, the lake sailor from central USA right at home on Geelong’s Corio Bay with his crew of the Melges 24 Star.

“For us the venue is awesome, we love shifty conditions and lake-style sailing on flat water,” said Melges. “We are pretty used to it, and comfortable. Every day we learnt more about how the wind acts and every day was very different which made it so interesting.”

Australia Day decider for Melges champion

For the third consecutive day Harry Melges and his crew of Star (USA) held off the rest of the one-design fleet and have inched closer to victory at the Gill Melges 24 Australian Open Nationals.

In gusty 15-20 knot south to sou’east winds in Stingray Bay on the eastern shore of Geelong’s Corio Bay, Melges consolidated, picking up a fourth win from eight races plus a third and seventh.

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Natives Hungry For the Melges 24 Australian National Title

Australia’s Nathan Wilmot made a decent impression on the scorecard on day two of the 2014 Gill Melges 24 Australian Open National Championship on Geelong’s Corio Bay.

The Olympic gold medallist and his crew of wife Shona, Chris Links and Heath Walters and his 15 year-old son Harley Walters, played the Ace card at the class’ national title. They scored two bullets and a sixth, which has secured Wilmot’s Melges – Asia Kaito second overall, 10 points off the leading boat, Star.

Perfect Scorecard For Melges 24 Class Founder In Geelong

First points in the Gill Melges 24 Australian Open Nationals, one of the Festival of Sails’ opening events, went to Harry Melges and his Star crew from the USA. Melges, who founded the class in 1993 with his brother Hans and crewman Andy Burdick, began their A

ustralian foray impressively with a perfect scorecard.
International teams had no trouble reading the local breeze on day one of the class’ national title on Geelong’s Corio Bay. The Americans were first with two bullets, the Swiss second and Japanese team aboard Threebond, skippered by Tetsuya Matsunaga, third.