Record Pace, Melges 24 Worlds 2016 - Key West Race Week Coming Up
January 14, 2016 - Key West, FL, USA - With over ten months to go before the start of the 2016 Melges 24 Miami Worlds, registration just reached the 100-boat mark. Bow No. 100 went to Melges 24 class veteran, America's Cup skipper and multi-class World champion, Terry Hutchinson of Quantum Sails.
Terry was preceded by Ants Haavel of Tallinn, Estonia, quite new Melges 24 Skipper on the block and North Sails One Design President, Tim Healy and 97 other sailors from 16 countries from around the world. "I am excited to be part of the Melges 24 fleet. We plan to start racing later this winter and will be in Miami for Madness Regatta," said Healy.
Terry Hutchinson and team Rosebud at 2013 Melges 24 Worlds
The latest entry, Terry Hutcinson said with an excitment: "The Melges 24 provides some of the best one design racing in the world. Having done very little 24 racing since the San Francisco Worlds, I am looking forward to the competition. I cannot think of a better venue than south beach to test the fleet. Whoever wins will have to be well balanced across a wide range of conditions, I CANNOT wait!"
Ants Haavel and Freddy EST826 at 2015 Finnish Nationals
The Melges 24 is enjoying a resurgence with expanding fleets all around the world. The 2016 Melges 24 North American Tour offers a continent-wide series of championships that offers fantastic racing in sensational venues.
Stage 1 - Canadian Nationals
(Kelowna, BC June 24-26)
Stage 2 - U.S. Nationals at the Lake Geneva Yacht Club/Buddy Melges Sailing Center
(Lake Geneva, WI, October 7-9)
Stage 3 (finale) - Melges 24 Miami Worlds
(Miami, FL, November 26- December 3)
The Melges 24 class is on pace for a one design keel boat record turnout.