Please select your home edition
Edition
Henri Lloyd 50 Years

Festival of Sails 2014 - Star rises at the Melges 24 Open Nationals

by Lisa Ratcliff on 26 Jan 2014
Festival of Sails 2014 © Festival of Sails http://www.festivalofsails.com.au
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.'

Second on the leaderboard was Flavio Favini’s Swiss entry Blu Moon with 26 points. Favini and Melges are old rivals on the racetrack with Melges now one-up by nine points in this Australian double-header of open nationals followed by the world title.

Third was Canada’s Zarko Draganic and Chris Larson’s Melges 24 Cavillino/McLube with 39 points.
On Australia’s national day, January 26th, the foreigners flexed their muscles and held the locals out of the top five in the 8-10 knot nor’easter breeze.

Nathan Wilmot’s Melges – Asia Kaito finished sixth from 23 starters and Australian class president Warwick Rooklyn finished eighth with Bandit. Cameron Miles’ Melges, Roger That, completed the top ten.

The Melges 24 Open Nationals was a four-day tune up for the majority of teams backing up next week for the 2014 Gill Melges 24 World Championship, Wednesday 29th – Sunday 2nd February, 2014.

More hot prospects from overseas will join those who have had the benefit of time on the water this week. All up organisers are expecting 26 one design boats to lead off the starting blocks next Wednesday
.
'The worlds will be really tough; it will be a whole new regatta,' added Melges, the 2002 class world champion.

In the coming days the Star crew will do a little bit of boat work, sail checks and measurement, head back out for some more training and relax and enjoy Geelong. 'We don’t want to wear ourselves out,' Melges added.

Heath Walters, jib trimmer on Kaito says they are happy being the top placed Australian team. 'Between here and the worlds we have a new jib that will hopefully help our speed and height in the lighter stuff. We also need to keep out of trouble; we did a few circles [penalty turns] today. We need to keep out of our own way. 'The level of competition here is fantastic. It’s so great to see all the Europeans and Americans on the course, we are learning all the time,' added Walters.

For the worlds the pressure cooker is starting to heat up. Crew have hauled their boats out to polish the bottom and do repairs and will be back out on Tuesday for the scheduled afternoon practice race. Four days of hard slog takes its toll on the body and physical fitness is a major factor in sports boat racing, especially when the wind’s on and crew are hiking out. 'Most of the guys put the work in before they got here,' explained Walters. 'Fitness is a big factor especially when it blows. You’ve got to look after your crew so they don’t break down or suffer muscle injuries.'

With just one day’s rest tomorrow then straight into Tuesday’s practice event, stamina will be put to the test. Hank Stuart, International Melges 24 Association championship coordinator and Principal Race Officer for the open nationals and world championship, travels the world conducting high-end regattas.

He says Geelong is a fantastic venue and uses the analogy of a golf course to explain a unique Corio Bay. 'It’s like a golf course with several holes all with different characteristics under the one facility.' 'Coming down here and having the nationals as a tune-up for the worlds and as part of the Festival of Sails was terrific. The general vibe has been great.'

The same race management team will assemble for the opening bout of the Gill World Championship next Wednesday, Stuart declaring 'I’m as comfortable as I’ve ever felt getting ready for a worlds from a race management side because our team is all put together'.

From the talk on the dock Stuart says the pressure is starting to ramp up. 'The intensity is starting to come alive. You’ve got some fantastic sailors here. It’s going to be anybody’s regatta.'

For this evening’s trophy presentation at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club for the new open national champion Stuart jokes he has his iPhone ready with both the Australian and American national anthem loaded, so he can play either when Harry Melges and his crew collect the trophy.

'Happy Australia Day to everybody,' Stuart added. Best dressed Melges crew on Australia Day went to No Comment who sailed the final two races dressed in red, white and blue onesies. They even had a Matilda on board though she’s finnish and didn’t really appreciate the significance.

Tomorrow Harry Melges, Flavio Favini and the IMCA chairman Riccardo Simoneschi will host a clinic for the entire fleet so the gurus can share their vast knowledge. Most divisions will wrap up their Festival of Sails tonight, Sunday 26th January 2014, with a final twilight race.

Tomorrow the Racing Series divisions will head back out for a last points grab and the remainder of the trophies awarded, bringing to an end the 171st running of the long standing sailing regatta.

 Melges 24 Australian Champs

Hosted By Royal Geelong Yacht Club

PROVISIONAL RESULTS

Updated:  26/01/2014  16:17:52

Series Results [OD] up to Race 10 (Drops = 1)
Place Ties Sail # Boat Name Skipper Sers Score Race 10 Race 9 Race 8 Race 7 Race 6 Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   USA841 STAR Harry Melges 17.0 2.0 3.0 1.0 [7.0] 3.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 1.0 1.0
2   SUI825 BLU MOON Flavio Favini 26.0 1.0 5.0 4.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 [9.0] 4.0 5.0 2.0
3   CAN795 CAVILLINO / MCLUBE Dragonic /Larson 39.0 4.0 2.0 3.0 6.0 5.0 [11.0] 3.0 5.0 8.0 3.0
4 1.0S ITA840 AUDI Riccardo Simoneschi 51.0 6.0 7.0 10.0 5.0 1.0 3.0 6.0 2.0 [18.0Z] 11.0
5   JPN797 THREEBOND Tetsuya Matsunaga 51.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 3.0 11.0 9.0 5.0 [11.0] 3.0 6.0
6   AUS709 MELGES ASIA - KAITO Nathan Wilmot 53.0 11.0 10.0 12.0 2.0 [13.5] 6.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 8.0
7   USA747 MONSOON Brucey Ayrres 58.0 3.0 1.0 [15.0] 4.0 7.0 14.0 7.0 13.0Z 4.0 5.0
8   AUS814 BANDIT Warwick Rooklyn 63.0 14.0 [16.0] 8.0 8.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 6.0 6.0 9.0
9   AUS607 REDMIST Robin Deussen 74.0 9.0 9.0 2.0 9.0 9.0 7.0 8.0 [14.0Z] 11.0 10.0
10   AUS750 ROGER THAT Cameron Miles 83.0 8.0 8.0 11.0 12.0 6.0 10.0 14.0 [14.0] 7.0 7.0
11   JPN783 ESPRIT Makoto Nagahashi 117.0 24.0Q 18.0 [24.0F] 11.0 10.0 16.0 13.0 12.0 9.0 4.0
12   AUS679 KOWABUNGA Dave Alexander 118.0 10.0 12.0 9.0 10.0 17.0 [24.0F] 10.0 15.0 18.0 17.0
13   AUS762 +GST Stephen Girdis 118.5 18.0 11.0 14.0 15.0 13.5 5.0 18.0 10.0 14.0 [20.0]
14   AUS816 AMIGOS Geoff Fogarty 121.0 13.0 14.0 17.0 [20.0] 15.0 8.0 16.0 7.0 17.0 14.0
15   AUS831 CONCUBINE Jason Ward 122.0 12.0 15.0 6.0 14.0 [21.0] 15.0 17.0 16.0 12.0 15.0
16   AUS558 OUTLIER David Royle 122.5 15.0 6.0 16.0 16.0 20.0 13.0 11.0 13.0 [24.0O] 12.5
17   GER624 KLEINE RAINBOW Bent Dietrich 126.0 7.0 13.0 18.0 18.0 8.0 24.0F 12.0 [24.0S] 10.0 16.0
18   AUS746 NO COMMENT David Young 145.0 16.0 19.0 7.0 13.0 18.0 17.0 21.0 [22.0Z] 15.0 19.0
19   AUS514 ADRENALINE Hamish Nicol 145.5 24.0C [24.0F] 13.0 23.0 12.0 12.0 15.0 18.0 16.0 12.5
20   AUS815 OUTRAGE-US Gary Shanks 163.0 17.0 17.0 21.0 17.0 16.0 18.0 19.0 19.0 19.0 [21.0]
21   AUS686 PLANIT Anthony Passmore 174.0 19.0 20.0 19.0 19.0 19.0 20.0 [22.0] 20.0 20.0 18.0
22   AUS710 VITESSE Scott Farrimond 187.0 21.0 22.0 20.0 21.0 22.0 19.0 20.0 21.0 21.0 [23.0]
23   AUS133 ZINZI SILVER JEWELS Ken Abbott 195.0 20.0 21.0 22.0 22.0 23.0 21.0 [23.0] 22.0 22.0 22.0

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG I=DPI L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RET S=DNS T=TLE U=DUT V=AVG X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)


Event website: click here

Related Articles

From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
Pantaenius – Smooth sailing is more than a favourable weather forecast
Pantaenius get ready to launch into their fourth year operating in Australia As Pantaenius get ready to launch into their fourth year operating in Australia, we get to see why they continue to grow their happy crew of customers. Sitting down with Pantaenius Australia’s MD, Jamie MacPhail, you immediately get a sense that the smooth sailing is a direct result of both their unique product and the marketplace’s willingness to embrace the better mousetrap
Posted on 27 Apr
100 days to Rio, are there potholes and bumps ahead?
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for most crews.
Posted on 26 Apr
Is George Lucas a sailor?
He’s very famous for a lot of things, and justifiably so. One of them is Industrial Light and Magic He’s very famous for a lot of things, and justifiably so. One of them is Industrial Light and Magic, which has been instrumental in the making of many of the special effects that have made the digital world so impressive. Gone are the smears of Vaseline along the bottom edge of the clear filter to hide the trolley that was actually transporting Luke Skywalker’s Speeder, for instance.
Posted on 25 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Can World Sailing learn from dear old Oz?
Why just lay the drop sheets out and tape up the edges of the windows for a splash of paint Some time ago now, Sail-World proposed that ISAF had a really good opportunity at hand when it morphed into World Sailing (WS). Why just lay the drop sheets out and tape up the edges of the windows for a splash of paint, when you could bring out the jackhammers and do a proper reno??? A call was issued for 200,000 sets of goggles and earmuffs to be supplied and for the real work to be commenced.
Posted on 11 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
TeamVodafoneSailing nosedive and win double before heading offshore
TeamVodafoneSailing has had more than their share of action over the past month TeamVodafoneSailing has had more than their share of action over the past month, involving both high-performance multihulls in their stable.
Posted on 9 Apr
T Clewring J-classHenri Lloyd 50 YearsLancer Lasts Longer