Designer & Builder

2020 Melges 24 Preview


In 1992 December, the Melges 24, designed by John Reichel and Jim Pugh, was tested in the snow on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Since then the Melges 24 boats have been built by Melges Performance Sailboats.




Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design has over 20 years of design experience in every conceivable type of keelboat, from the pocket-rocket Melges 24 to the IACC yachts of America³, winner of the Americas Cup in 1992, Team Stars and Stripes 2003 and Team Desafio Espanol in 2007.
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Melges (pronounced mel•gis), is one of the most reputable, recognized and respected family names in the sailing industry. The devotion, generosity, perseverance and passion that surround the name are undeniable. The Melges name will forever be a legendary symbol of quality, excellence and experience that is second-to-none.
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John Reichel
Jim Pugh
Buddy Melges