sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Melges 24 U.S. National Championship preview
Melges 24 U.S. National Championship preview

'Melges 24 US National Championship 2012'    ©2012 JOY | U.S. Melges 24 Class Association

Melges 24 U.S. National Championship 20th edition, sponsored by CSR Marine, is being hosted by the Seattle Yacht Club (SYC) in Seattle, Washington from 15th to 17th June 2012.

As one of the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA) annual marquee events, the 2012 CSR Marine Melges 24 U.S. National Championship is especially proud to welcome 36 teams from across North America and abroad to the Evergreen State. A majority of entrants call the Seattle area home, while others have traveled from California, Idaho, Oregon, and as far away as South Carolina and Wisconsin. Making the event internationally-complete, six Canadian teams and one Australian entry are also in attendance.

Thursday marked the commencement of intense on-the-ground fleet activity with registration, weigh-in, practice and tuning taking place, all in anticipation of three great days of championship racing. The breeze was on the upswing this afternoon, prompting several teams to venture out and ready the boats in an attempt to prepare for the stiff competition ahead.

Seattle boasts one of the most vibrant and exciting sailing communities, and the Melges 24 fits the into the scene just perfectly. Some of the greatest Melges 24 teams are standing by, ready to compete and many say, local knowledge may play a key factor in who comes out on top.

'Sailing in Seattle is really not that hard to figure out. It's really no different than a venue like Charleston. There is lots of tide and lots of current here too. Teams like WTF and Australia's Warwick Rooklyn on Bandit looked very fast today,' commented Dave Brede, an active Melges 24 owner and former Pacific Northwest District Governor. 'The good news is that the conditions are unsettled, rather than having a big high pressure above. It has brought in some nice breeze over the past few days. We'll see what tomorrow brings.'

'The vibe is really, really good here for Nationals. Already we have a lot of happy sailors walking around with big smiles, especially after the 22 knots of breeze this afternoon,' concluded Brede.

In addition to watching a very strong local fleet excel, all eyes will be on the usual suspects including 2010 U.S. National Champion and recently crowned Bayview One Design Regatta winner Alan Field on WTF, Guy Mossman on Battle Rhythm, not to mention 2002 World Champion Harry Melges will helm Zenda Express. On board with Melges is fellow World Champion crew member Andy Burdick. This is the first time that they have sailed together on a Melges 24 since their Travemuende, Germany victory.

The Corinthian division looks to be strong as well and powered by deep Melges 24 convictions. Thirteen of the 36 entrants have submitted their declarations looking to qualify and race in the all-amateur division.

Full list of entries
Full list of Corinthian entries

Seattle Yacht Club website
US Melges 24 Class Association website


by Joy Dunigan

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=98511

11:08 AM Fri 15 Jun 2012GMT


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







News - USA and the World







Express 27 National Championship overall + Video by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,














America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,


PWA Alacati World Cup - Intense competition on day 3
America's Cup: 'The Doc' appointed as Commercial Commissioner
Wake Park Triple Crown - Registration open for final stop
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 2 images by Stefano Gattini
Volvo Ocean Race - Two more join Dongfeng Race Team
OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash
East to West: A profile of Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Dongfeng
Extreme Sailing Series - First-ever Turkish team to race in Istanbul
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Race 4 images by Max Ranchi
New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series   
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2   
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda   
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14   
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing   
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa   
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video   
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   


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 VIR US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT