sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Festival of Sails - Gill Melges 24 Australian Open Nationals Day 3
Festival of Sails - Gill Melges 24 Australian Open Nationals Day 3


'Australia Day decider for Melges champion - Festival of Sails 2014'    Teri Dodds    Click Here to view large photo

At the Festival of Sails 2014, for the third consecutive day, Harry Melges and his crew of Star (USA) held off the rest of the one-design fleet and have inched closer to victory at the Gill Melges 24 Australian Open Nationals.

In gusty 15-20 knot south to sou’east winds in Stingray Bay on the eastern shore of Geelong’s Corio Bay, Melges consolidated, picking up a fourth win from eight races plus a third and seventh.

With one drop coming into play and today’s first, second and fourth results, Flavio Favini, the class’ 2013 European champion and 2001 world champion, and his Melges Blu Moon (SUI) move into second overall. Favini is eight points from Melges and 12 points clear of Australia’s Nathan Wilmot on Melges – Asia Kaito.

The 2014 Australian Open Nationals Melges 24 champion will fittingly be decided tomorrow, Australia Day, when the 23-boat fleet contest their final two races.

From the large contingent of South Australian Melges 24s contesting the nationals, Rob Duessen’s Red Mist is the highest on the ladder, thanks to a second in race eight.

Sailing 505s, Sharpies and FBs makes Duessen more of a dinghy sailor than a sports boat aficionado but Duessen is enjoying the steep learning curve.

'I have a good crew with me and we are learning a lot about Melges racing,' said Duessen tonight. He also credited the Australian Melges 24 sales and distribution centre, Melges Asia – Pacific.

The South Australian team comprise seven Melges 24s from the Adelaide Sailing Club at Glenelg. Hamish Nicol from one of the SA boats Adrenaline says the Melges fleet has grown rapidly over the past two to three years.

'The Melges 24 is particularly suited for the exciting sea breeze conditions off Adelaide where the regular 18 to 22 knot winds gives excellent downwind runs, and waves are particularly suited to getting the Melges surfing.'

In the build up to the Australian Open Nationals and next week’s Gill Melges 24 World Championship the Adelaide fleet got themselves organised and held three three-day regattas over a five week period, plus a number of training clinics.

'The outcome was the fleet became increasingly competitive with all boats enjoying moments and all regattas being closely contested,' said Nicol.

'We are excited to be rubbing shoulders with people competing on the world stage, it makes us really feel part of an international fleet and we are delighted those folks have made the trip.'

Festival of Sails 2014 -  Teri Dodds   Click Here to view large photo


Event website


by Lisa Ratcliff

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=118674

12:50 PM Sat 25 Jan 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2014 Festival of Sails

Related News Stories:

25 Jan 2014  Festival of Sails 2014 - Sporties on the edge
25 Jan 2014  Gill Melges 24 Australian Championship - Natives hungry for victory
25 Jan 2014  Melbourne to Geelong passage race - Surprise victory for Morticia
24 Jan 2014  Festival of Sails - Spectacular start to Melbourne to Geelong race
24 Jan 2014  Melges 24 Australian Open - Best scorecard for Melges 24 founder
22 Jan 2014  Festival of Sails - Final preparations underway at Royal Geelong YC
21 Jan 2014  Festival of Sails fleet cracks 300 mark
16 Jan 2014  Festival of Sails - Entry list up
14 Jan 2014  Festival of Sails - Anticipating break-neck speeds in Geelong
08 Jan 2014  Festival of Sails 2014 - Women on water
MORE STORIES ...




News - USA and the World



















2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco
















































America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2   
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Champ: Rios takes the Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero signals start of the significant racing   
Extreme Sailing Series: Physically demanding racing for BAR on Day 2   
Emirates Team NZ: Holding second overall after Day 2 in Istanbul   
Extreme Sailing Series: A force to be reckoned with in Istanbul +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Day 1 images by Jesus Renedo and Pedro Martinez   
Marseille One Design: GC32's Armin Strom storms ahead on day 2 + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Racing underway in Santander +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Erika Reineke claims Radial race win   
Santander Worlds 2014 Mat Belcher (Part II) *Feature   
Rolex Swan Cup - Mistral keeps fleet shoreside   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup rescued by wave of local support   
ISAF Sailing World Championship, Santander - Opening ceremony images   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Team Alvimedica geared up for Leg Zero   
J/70 World Championship 2014 - Healy surfs into lead   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 1   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Gripping first day on the Bay   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 1 images by Erik Simonson   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News





Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT