Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

Audi Melges 20 World Championship heads to Key Largo

by Joy Dunigan on 11 Dec 2013
.
Audi Melges 20 World Championship 2013 commences on Wednesday, December 11 and concludes Saturday, December 14. The event, hosted by the Ocean Reef Club in full coordination with the International Audi Melges 20 Class Association, Coconut Grove Sailing Club and Melges USA, is set and ready to welcome a record-breaking 52 teams to the starting line.

The high-quality fleet features top talent representing nine nations - Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Monaco and the United States. In addition to claiming ownership to some of the very best amatuer drivers in the world, the Audi Melges 20 Class is proud to welcome all walks of the sailing world. Scattered throughout the crew list are multiple national, world, continental, and match-racing champions, and abound with Olympians. The America's Cup, past and present are professed with the presence of Team Oracle's tactician/grinder John Kostecki, Alinghi tactician Brad Butterworth and former Artemis Racing Skipper Terry Hutchinson.

In addition to the overall racing, the World Championship will also feature a Corinthian Division (all-amatuer, ISAF Group 1, bow-to-stern team). Six strong and highly diversified teams have qualified to race for the first ever Corinthian World Championship title. John Brown's Blind Squirrel and Marcus Eagan's Cajun Underwriting represent the USA, while Frank McLaughin's CAN-254 and Paul Currie's Wild Deuces proudly wave the Canadian flag. Although sailing under the USA symbol, Denmark's Bo Boje Pederson on UpUpUp and Germany's Olli Luebker on Miss Betty will also battle for the trophy.

Luebker only just decided a couple of days ago (after some persistent persuasion from Shimmer skipper Russ Lucas) to join the fleet in Key Largo. Considering that Luebker was stationed in Minnesota and up to his ears in cold, ice and snow, he took the plunge and wound himself on the entry list. Once onsite, Luebker elaborated that the boat was originally chartered by Elizabeth Harned and upon learning that her mother had taken ill, backed out of entering the regatta. Just recently 'Miss Betty' passed away and Olli now sails the championship in her honor with longtime scowboys Will Graves and Rick Kotovic.

Monday and Tuesday were long days of practice, sail measurement and boat inspection. Clearly teams are poised for action as opening ceremonies took place in the evening at Ocean Reef's Buccaneer Island with an unbelieveable dinner spread, dessert and open bar.

2013 Audi Melges 20 World Championship racing starts at 11.00 on Wednesday, December 11.

As with many other Audi Melges 20 events around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the Official Audi Melges 20 Facebook Page. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews, and photos. Race reports, press releases and photos will be available online each day post racing at melges20.com.

View The Official Event Website
View Full Entry List
View Full Crew List
Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Designupffront 660x82

Related Articles

52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Day 3 action shots
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from day three Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from day three
Posted today at 5:09 pm
RS Feva Worlds – Qualification phase is complete at the end of Day 2
Heavy metal day. Gold, Silver or Bronze. It was going to going to be tight at the cut off points. PA Consulting and Allen RS Feva Worlds 2016 - Heavy metal day. Gold, Silver or Bronze. It was going to going to be tight at the cut off points. A number of boats went into the day in much lower positions than expected for a variety of reasons. Could they make it up?
Posted today at 7:34 am
Chile’s Clemente Seguel wins Youth North American Championship
Chile's Clemente Seguel on top with four bullets in four races. The wind didn't come in on Tuesday, leaving the results as they were after Monday: Chile's Clemente Seguel on top with four bullets in four races.
Posted today at 4:58 am
Kinetic V wins 2016 Vic-Maui Yacht Race
Kinetic V Wins Vic-Maui 2016, Valkyrie wins Line Honours and second overall, Longboard takes third overall. 2016 Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Kinetic V Wins Vic-Maui 2016, Valkyrie wins Line Honours and second overall, Longboard takes third overall.
Posted today at 4:08 am
TowBoatUS Bay St. Louis now offers 24/7 on-water assistance to boaters
Capt. Conrad Morris, knows what it is like to get stuck on a sandbar in Mississippi Sound. Capt. Conrad Morris, the new owner of TowBoatUS Bay St. Louis, a 24-hour on-water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters, knows what it is like to get stuck on a sandbar in Mississippi Sound. “It happened to me countless times when I was a kid,” he said. “Sometimes we had to spend the night waiting for the tide to come in – there weren’t any towing services around back then.”
Posted today at 3:23 am
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Azzurra strikes back
Azzurra delivered their best day of the season so far on the Bay of Palma waters where they won the World Champion title The team of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda scored two second places from the pair of windward-leeward races which were sailed in relatively steady sea breeze conditions. Super sharp starting was the launch pad for race victories today. Prime position on the pin mark of the start line at the gun was key to the wins of Bronenosec and Provezza.
Posted on 26 Jul
Registration open for Rally to the Cup 2017
It will provide dock space at the St. Georges Sports and Dinghy Club for the first 20 to 25 boats to sign up. It will provide dock space at the St. Georges Sports and Dinghy Club for the first 20 to 25 boats to sign up and a designated anchorage area (with launch service) or a berth along the wall in St. Georges for all others.
Posted on 26 Jul
New French leader on Day 3 of Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
Breakfast time today saw some furious adding up to resolve the winning team in the high scoring offshore race Initially France Blue, overall leaders after day one, looked strong with their two big boats, Eric de Turkheim's A13, Teasing Machine, and the Prietz family's JND 39, GOA, in front. As boats started finishing the Flanders North Sea team edged ahead.
Posted on 26 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Races 3 and 4 images
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races three and four Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races three and four
Posted on 26 Jul
Gstaad Yacht Club's Racing Team trio for Rio 2016
Pre-Olympic Brunch at the GYC clubhouse – members, guests and friends gave a Brazilian farewell to the GYC Racing Team. The Gstaad Yacht Clubs sport members are: the Nacra 17 team with Matías Bühler and Nathalie Brugger who qualified for Switzerland, the 470 sailor Will Ryan, who starts with his helmsman Matthew Belcher for Australia and Billy Besson, who starts in the Nacra 17 class too, together with his crew Marie Riou for France.
Posted on 26 Jul