2010 Detroit NOOD Names Alan Field Melges 24 Champ
Zenda, Wisc. (2010 June 8) - The 2010 Detroit NOOD has concluded featuring two powerful divisions of fun, fast, easy to sail Melges sportboats — the forever awe-inspiring Melges 24 and Audi Melges 20.
Taking its usual spot at the top of the attendance charts, the Melges 24 was the largest fleet in attendance with 18 competing teams traveling from as far away as California and some as close as Detroit itself. Lashing out at the fleet with a stellar performance, Alan Field on WTF won the title by a crushing 29 point margin. Field played the nine races with prowess scoring nothing less than a 1st, a 2nd or a 3rd with the exception of race 3 where he settled for an 8th place finish. He has now won the Detroit NOOD three years in a row and has fully deemed himself as the US team to beat. Fresh off a major win at the 2010 Texas Gulf Coast Championship, it’s pretty obvious that Field and team are warmed up and ready to go as they set their sights on the 2010 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship title happening in Newport on June 25-27, hosted by Sail Newport.
A heated battle for second through the fourth positions raged between newly named USMCA Midwest District Governor Augie Hernandez on High Voltage, USMCA Vice President Paul Hulsey on Hoodlum Racing and veteran Melges 24 Champion Mike Dow on Flying Toaster. All finished overall respectively with Dan Wright on Maggie in fifth.
Melges 24s are strongly encouraged to submit their entries ASAP for the U.S. Nationals by Registering Online today! The Corinthian entry deadline is Thursday, June 10. Beyond the Nationals, the 2010 North American Championshiptakes place on September 20-26. Registration is also available so do it now! View The 2010 USMCA Melges 24 Racing Schedule.
In the Audi Melges 20 fleet, 2009 defending Detroit NOOD Champion Chuck Holzman on Flyer came on strong to win the highly-contested division. With a clean string of firsts, seconds and thirds, a fourth in race six was his worst score. With only seven teams attending, Charleston Race Week Champion Michael Kiss on Bacio and especially, Eric Wynsma on Superfly proved to be his toughest competition. In the end, Kiss overtook for second overall and Wynsma settled in for third.
Next event for the 2010 Audi Melges 20 fleet is USA Sailing Series Event No. 6, taking place in Toronto, Canada on June 18-20. Online Registration is available for those ready to rock. There is plenty more racing to come. View The 2010 Audi Melges 20 Racing Schedule.
MELGES 24 : TOP TEN RESULTS (Final)
AUDI MELGES 20 : FULL RESULTS (Final)