Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Melges 24 North American Championship preview

by Joy Dunigan on 24 Aug 2012
Melges 24 North Americans 2012 Fiona Brown © http://www.fionabrown.com
The top US Melges 24 teams are joined on San Francisco Bay this weekend by visitors from Switzerland/Italy, Australia, Ireland, Canada and the UK for the 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship.

The event will take place from 23-26 August.

The fleet completed registration and enjoyed three great informal warm up races today, which gave both the competitors and the race committee, headed by PRO Hank Stuart, a chance to test their equipment, systems and skills.

To ensure the prize giving team was also fully warmed up a host of fun prizes were presented to the various winners with a special presentation being made to Warwick Rooklyn and his Bandit crew, who have traveled over 7000 miles from Sydney, Australia to take part.

This year's Melges 24 North American's fleet is a case of small but perfectly formed as what it lacks in numbers it more than makes up for in quality!

Flavio Favini and his all Italian team aboard Blu Moon, owned by Franco Rossini, come hot foot from a fourth place at the recent Melges 24 World Championship on Lake Garda. Favini has won both the Melges 24 World and European titles in the past but has yet to claim the North American Trophy so will no doubt be hoping that his recent experience in Garda will have put him in good stead to take on the American teams.


Chicago's Brian Porter and his Full Throttle crew, who claimed the North American title in Santa Cruz in 2006 (the last time it was held on the US west coast), head up the US teams. This crew, which includes 2002 Melges 24 World and reigning US National Champion Harry Melges on tactics, is renowned for its love of strong breeze so are very much hoping that San Francisco delivers is infamous heavy airs.

The San Francisco home fleet also looks very strong and puts up two of the main contenders for the Corinthian, all amateur, title. Don Jesberg makes a welcome return to the Melges 24 after a couple of seasons out and with Andrew Holdsworth, Steven Marsh and Eric Baumhoff and Andrea Cabito on board he is expected to put in a strong challenge. Dave Joyner also hails from the San Francisco YC and with a crew including William Goldsberry, Fabrizio Natale, Tommy Pastalka and Janie Miklaunus he too is more than capable of taking a podium position.

From Southern California come Argyle Campbell and Bruce Ayres, who have both won the North American Championship on previous occasions - Ayres at the inaugural event in San Francisco in 2000 plus a Corinthian win in 2006; and Campbell in Detroit in 2004. Alan Field, from the California Yacht Club, has put in a super strong set of results already this season, including a second place at the US Nationals, and currently leads the 2012 Melges 24 North American Ranking Series. A win here in San Francisco will put the icing on the cake for his 2012 season.


Australia's Beijing 470 Olympic Gold medalist and five time 470 World Champion Nathan Wilmot will be helming Embar, owned by Ireland's Conor Clark, with Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell on tactics. This crew has shown moments of sheer brilliance in the past but has lacked consistency so will be hoping for a change of fortunes this regatta.

Warwick Rooklyn from Sydney, Australia took his third Australian Melges 24 National title back in January and with a crew that includes Jeremy Wilmott, the other half of that legendary 470 partnership with brother Nathan, he has every chance of a podium finish again this week.








The 2012 Melges 24 North American Championship will run from 22 to 26 August.

Event website

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignZhik ZKG 660x82Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

2017 RORC Caribbean 600 – More start images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600. Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 and along the course at St Barths, Barbuda and Redonda.
Posted on 26 Feb
2017 RORC Caribbean 600 start images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600. Tim Wright captured these stunning shots at the start of the RORC Caribbean 600 and along the course at St Barths, Barbuda and Redonda.
Posted on 26 Feb
JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiff images from Race 2 in the fresh breeze
Michael Chittenden was riding on the Camera Cat for Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs Michael Chittenden was riding on the Camera Cat for Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs, and provided this image gallery for the day, in which Yamaha (NZ) took her second win from as many races in the seven race series. Today's race was sailed in a fresh offshore breeze, with yesterday's rain giving way to blue skies making for a magnificent day for skiff sailing.
Posted on 26 Feb
18ft skiffs - Yamaha has second win on Day 2 of JJ Giltinan Trophy
NZ champion Yamaha team tightened the grip on the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship NZ champion Yamaha team tightened the grip on the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship with another stunning victory in today’s Race 2 of the championship on Sydney Harbour. With eyes set firmly on becoming the first New Zealand team to win the coveted crown on Sydney Harbour, David McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins sailed another faultless race to win by 1m14s
Posted on 26 Feb
Clipper Round the World - Meet the 2017-18 crew - Greg Schey
Greg Schey is well on road to achieving that dream, after completing third of four sail training levels this week “I’ve always wanted to sail around the world. Since I was knee high to a grasshopper, one thing that I’ve always said is that’s what I want to do.” Greg Schey, a 27-year-old doctor from Swansea, Wales, is well on the road to achieving that dream, after completing the third of four sail training levels this week ahead of setting off for full circumnavigation in the Clipper 2017-18 Race this summer.
Posted on 26 Feb
18ft Skiffs - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Replay coverage - Race 2
Replay coverage of Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs from Sydney harbour - sailing in 15kts Replay coverage of Race 2 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs from Sydney harbour - sailing in 15kts
Posted on 26 Feb
JJ Giltinan Trophy - More images from a funky Day 1 on Sydney Harbour
More images from Michael Chittenden from the first race of the 2017 JJ Giltinan Trophy on Sydney Harbour, Michael Chittenden was on the water for the first race of the 2017 JJ Giltinan Trophy on Sydney Harbour, sailed in a funky breeze, leaden skies and plenty of rain. Plus a 300 metre long cruise liner at one end of the course and a waka wall at the other
Posted on 25 Feb
Vendee Globe - Video of Conrad Colman finish in Les Sables d'Olonne
Scenes of Kiwi solo round the world racer, Conrad Colman taken at the finish of the Vendee Globe race Scenes of Kiwi solo round the world racer, Conrad Colman taken at the finish of the Vendee Globe race, which he completed under jury rig after being dismasted 700nm from the finish. In Foresight Natural Energy Colman became the first New Zealand sailor to complete the Vendee Globe, he also became the first in eight editions of the race to sail the entire race using only renewable energy sources.
Posted on 25 Feb
Vendee Globe - Heerema delayed by Biscay lows
With 16 boats now finished, eighth edition of the Vendée Globe becomes the race with greatest ever number of finishers. With 16 boats now finished, the eighth edition of the Vendée Globe becomes the race with greatest ever number of finishers. Until now it was the 2000-2001 edition, with 24 starters and 15 finishers, which saw the biggest number of starters reach the end of their race at the legendary South Nouch buoy.
Posted on 25 Feb
Bella Mente Racing starts 2017 season with major victory at RORC C600
Bella Mente Racing starts 2017 season off with major victory at RORC Caribbean 600 Bella Mente Racing, led by owner/driver Hap Fauth, launched its 2017 campaign season with a major victory this week, winning IRC Overall, CSA Overall and CSA 1 at the RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua; The team took home coveted RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy for the IRC win as well as the Bella Mente Trophy, the team’s namesake award, for being first IRC yacht to finish that is wholly manually powered.
Posted on 25 Feb