USA - Dow Crowned King of the North with Victory at GTYC invite

August 24, 2021 - Grand Traverse, Michigan, USA -  This past weekend the Grand Traverse Yacht Club, in Traverse City, Michigan, was pleased to once again host the Melges 24 Class at its long standing Invitational Regatta. Participation was strong with 21 boats on the starting line Saturday morning. Four races were held the first day in a southerly 10-15 knot breeze with smooth water. Clear blue skies and high 80 degree temperatures rounded out the sailing conditions.  After the first day of racing, Mike Dow on USA 613 Flying Toaster lead the pack with Scot Zimmerman racing USA 717 Bad Idea in second, and Steve Pirie’s Rumbunctious USA 744 and Fred Rozelle on USA 510 Rustler tied for third.

Sunday delivered wind from the North at 12-17 knots with choppy seas.  Clear skies again, with 70 degree temperatures on the water made conditions excellent for completing an additional four races.  After eight races and no throw outs, Mike Dow and the Flying Toaster team took the Regatta, with Rustler and Bad Idea following in second and third, respectively.  For full race results please follow the link below.

This event provided teams with three scoring opportunities, the regatta, stop number seven on the National Ranking Series, and stop number two on the Quantum M24 Great Lakes Cup.  Please see the below links for up to date standings in both series.

The Midwest fleet looks forward to competing with the rest of the Class at U.S. Nationals September 17-19, at Crescent Sail Yacht Club in Gross Pointe Farms, Michigan.  Registration link is below.

View Full Results (FINAL)
National Ranking Series Results (PRELIMINARY - After 7 events)
Quantum Melges 24 Great Lakes Cup (PRELIMINARY - After 2 Events)

2021 U.S. Nationals Online Registration

Congratulations to all the winners this weekend at the Grand Traverse Invite, from left to right - Scot Zimmerman (3rd), Fred Rozelle (2nd), ‘King of the North’ Mike Dow (1st), Kent Sisk (5th) and Steve Pirie (4th - not pictured). Nationals here we come!