Hands down, the Melges 32 is one of the coolest OD classes on the planet. Quick upwind and a turbo-charged sled ride off the breeze, the boat practically defines the term 'speed to burn'. Stir in some of the world's best sailors, who are active in the class' ranks because they love the boat, not [necessarily] for the paychecks); a strong international community, and the associated media buzz surrounding high-level events and things get spicy quickly.
Spotlight on San Francisco Bay: The legendary Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by the venerable St. Francis Yacht Club, took place this past weekend and Melges 32's featured prominently. More importantly, the class' Worlds are also being sailed on the Bay right now (and are also being hosted by the SFYC), so—no shocker here folks—all of the top teams used the Big Boat series to tune-up for their Worlds.
Melges 32 Worlds Chuck Lantz
Italy's Luca Lalli (B-Lin) finished the Big Boat Series in first place, with Pieter Taselaar's Bliksem in second place, and Joe Woods' (GBR) Red in third. Americans did exceptionally well in this event, with eight out of the top ten teams flying the Stars and Stripes. Impressively, Lalli is a relative newcomer to the Melges 32 fleet, and, at 26 years of age, is also likely the youngest skipper on most Melges 32 starting lines. '[This was] my first year sailing in the USA and especially San Francisco is very amazing for me...with Alcatraz here and the fog up on the Golden Gate Bridge...it's very cool.'
Flash-forward to the Worlds and this hyper competitive fleet is quickly demonstrating that any number of boats are capable of winning at any time. While Lalli and his B-Lin are sailing strong, the leader board contains plenty of names that were not necessarily on the high end of things during the Big Boat Series. Which is precisely the magic of this class: With names legendary like Russell Coutts, Jonathan McKee, Rob Greenhalgh, Torvar Mirsky, Andrew Campbell, Gavin Brady, Chris Larson, Brad Read, Stu Bannatyne, Morgan Larson and Hamish Pepper, (amongst other top-flight sailors and owners) competing, every race is up for grabs.
And with San Francisco serving up its world famous 18-24 knot winds, you can bet your last roll of duct tape that this is the race of the week. Be sure to check out Chuck Lantz, Chris Rays and Erik Simonson's' great images of the Melges 32 Worlds action, and stay tuned for more coverage from this grand-prix event, which concludes Saturday afternoon.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
Melges 32 Worlds - Day two photos by Chuck Lantz Chuck Lantz, A light wind postponement turned into good breeze on Day Two of the Melges 32 Worlds on San Francisco Bay. Three races of the ten race series were run, with seven protests, two of them resulting in a DSQ for 'Warpath'. Photo gallery by Chuck Lantz... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 North Americans - Adam Burns leads after day one IM24CA, Melges 24 North American Championship 2010 being hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club on Lake Ontario got off to a flying start with an opening day featuring clear blue skies, hot sunshine and a warm easterly wind that gradually built from six knots to around 17 knots through the day.... [more] Share this story
The Cat Returns! David Schmidt, Check in with Ken Read's Puma Ocean Racing Powered by Berg Propulsion Volvo Ocean Race team.... [more] Share this story
Dave Ullman - yachting's elder Statesman (Pt.II). John Curnow, In Part I of Dave Ullman – yachting's elder Statesman, we looked at how Dave got into the sport he's somewhat synonymous with. We also learned some of his thoughts on the business of sailing, which he's been working in for over 50 years.... [more] Share this story
12 Metre North American Championships - More images from George Bekris George Bekris images, George Bekris was on the water for the 12 Metre North American Championships that were held in Newport,RI on Sept 15-17, 2010. More images from the event.... [more] Share this story
12 Metre North American Championships images from George Bekris George Bekris images, George Bekris was on the water for the 12 Metre North American Championships that were held in Newport,RI on Sept 15-17, 2010 and presents this gallery of images from the event.... [more] Share this story
J/105 North American Championship winner powered by Ullman Sails Ullman Sails, Don Wilson and his 'Convexity' crew raced a stellar regatta to earn themselves the 2010 J/105 North American title in Chicago.... [more] Share this story
U.S. Men's and Women's Championships underway Jake Fish, The historic U.S. Men's and Women's Championships started this afternoon at the US Sailing Center of Sheboygan. The Malletts Bay Boat Club's Heather Rowe-Ambrose is in a tie for the lead with the San Francisco Yacht Club's Katie Maxim in the women's Lightning fleet... [more] Share this story
ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship - Do or die NYYC, Today was do or die at the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship.... [more] Share this story
Melges 32 Worlds – New leader IM32CA, Melges 32 World Championship hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club saw another incredible day of racing in California. Three heats delivered three different winners under absolutely stunning conditions. Overnight leader Andy Lovell on Rougarou was toppled by Luca Lalli's B-Lin Sailing now in first place overall, while Alex Jackson's Leenabaca remains in third.... [more] Share this story
ISAF World Match Racing Championships - Last two spots up for grabs Anna Tunnicliffe, ISAF Womens World Match Racing Championships - Last two spots up for grabs - We were still ahead at the second top mark, but decided to gybe/set, whereas she just went round the mark, set and held. As it turned out, she ended up in more breeze and got just ahead of us at the finish line. After that, we knew that we had to win our next two races to stay alive.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Match Racing Center's Autumn Open A - Hardesty leads in bluste Beth Paul, CMRC's Autumn Open A - Hardesty leads in blustery conditions - Hardesty's road to the top was not without its bumps, however, as he had to execute some clever come-from-behind moves to win in two matches, with one being against third-seed Sakamoto Wataru (JPN).... [more] Share this story
Audi Med Cup - Artemis places third today Paul Cayard, Audi Med Cup - Artemis places third today - Matador got off to a good start just to windward of us and we were 1, 2 early in the race. We got a little caught up in a pack with Quantum and ALL4ONE and Synergy, while Matador escaped and built a comfortable lead.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion - Halcyon days revisted Jan Harley, America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion - Halcyon days revisted - For the better part of a week they sported vintage crew gear, 'Ficker is Still Quicker' buttons, Sverige ties and other team regalia as the reminiscences flowed. And although they all had been to Newport numerous times, for many it was their first visit to Harbour Court.... [more] Share this story
Oyster Jubilee Regatta - Fun and games and fine sailing Jill Campbell, After waterskiing and collective diving exhibitions had taken place this morning, approximately six knots of easterly breeze allowed racing to get underway and the fleet crossed the start line off Porto Cervo headed for the islands of Mortorio and Soffi.... [more] Share this story
Melges 32 World Championship images from Erik Simonson Erik Simonson images, Melges 32 World Championship images from photographer Erik Simonson.... [more] Share this story
Five tips for 'green' winterizing a boat BoatUS, Boat Owners Association of The United States has these five tips to help boaters be good stewards of the environment while they put their boats to bed for winter's long lay-up period... [more] Share this story
Chicago Match Race Center Autumn Open A – Ten teams ready to rumble CMRC Media, The last series of two consecutive ISAF Open Grade 3 events kicks off today at the Chicago Match Race Center's (CMRC) Autumn Open A regatta, where 10 teams from the US, Japan, Poland and Hong Kong are to compete for two days of match race action off Belmont Harbor. This is the most international turnout of any of the CMRC's Grade 3 events this year, and represents a broad range of experience.... [more] Share this story
49er Europeans and and 29er Worlds awarded to Denmark in 2013 Thomas Capitani, Hosting the 2013 49er European Championship has just been awarded to Sailing Aarhus in Denmark, together with the 29er World Championship and 29erXX World Cup.... [more] Share this story
Melges 32 Worlds 2010 -Worlds get off to a bang on picture perfect day Chris Ray, Melges 32 Worlds got underway with a bang on San Francisco Bay. The wind came on and the sun shone.Three races later, a load of tired sailors made their way back to the St Francis Yacht Club, looking forward to three more great days of racing to determine who will be the third Melges World title holder.... [more] Share this story
Audi Med Cup, Cagliari - Not a good day for Artemis Paul Cayard, Audi Med Cup Cagliari update from Paul Cayard sailing on Artemis. Not a good day on Artemis. We had a five, nine, eight. The wind was a Southeasterly sea breeze of 9-13 knots.... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 North American Championship - All set to go IMCA24, Registration is now complete and the crews are all set to go for the 2010 Melges 24 North American Championship which gets underway at the Rochester Yacht Club on Lake Ontario, tomorrow morning.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Women's Match Race World Championship day 2 New York Yacht Club, For the top seeded sailors after the nine flights of Stage 1, today was a day of comebacks and last minute passes. American Sally Barkow is leading the blue group with a tie-breaker over Le Roy at eight wins.... [more] Share this story
Melges 32 World Championship - Lovell leads after day 1 Melges 32 Class Association, The first day of racing at the 2010 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club is complete. Although the top three are certainly more than worthy of winning, they were the least likely of candidates everyone thought would occupy the top three positions after a full day of racing.... [more] Share this story
Long Beach Charity Regatta helps The Children's Clinic Rich Roberts, Long Beach Charity Regatta helps The Children's Clinic - The 24th Long Beach Charity Regatta to benefit The Children's Clinic is scheduled Sunday on three courses inside and outside the breakwater and on Alamitos Bay, featuring a full range of classes from eight-foot Naples Sabots to ocean racers, plus a Cruising Class that will sail a single distance race.... [more] Share this story
Women's MR World Day 2 - Repecharge tomorrow for Team Tunnicliffe Anna Tunnicliffe, Women's MR World Day 2 - Repecharge tomorrow for Team Tunnicliffe - This morning we were greeted with 15-17kts as we sailed out to the race course, but it died to 13-15kts for the start of the first race. Our first race was against Nicky Souter from Australia. We didn't have a great start, but managed to stay close to her all around the track.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy - Unfortunate collision TeamOrigin, It was enough to take both Bribon and Audi A1 out of the third and final race on day two in Cagliari. Meanwhile a great start by skipper and helm Ben Ainslie, hitting the line with pace and accuracy enabled them to stay in the top third all the way around race three and take second place in front of Emirates Team New Zealand and behind Matador.... [more] Share this story
2010 U.S. Men's and Women's Championships Jake Fish, The 2010 U.S. Men's and Women's Championships, is a US Sailing Adult National Championship event and will be hosted by the US Sailing Center of Sheboygan (Wis.) on Lake Michigan.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing's Executive Director Charlie Leighton to retire Jake Fish, US Sailing's Executive Director, Charlie Leighton, announced today that he has elected to retire in October. Leighton has been on the job since January of 2005.... [more] Share this story
Argo Group Gold Cup - Good-bye Igor, hello world Talbot Wilson, Argo Group Gold Cup - The organizers breathed a big sigh of relief as Hurricane Igor faded from a Cat 4 to a Cat 1 storm and passed fifty miles to the west of Bermuda. Trees were downed and power interrupted but the International One Design (IOD) sailboats used in the World Match Racing Tour's penultimate event weathered the storm nicely.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy Regatta images by Max Ranchi Max Ranchi, Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy Regatta images by Max Ranchi... [more] Share this story
ISAF Women's World Match Racing – Great day for Team Tunnicliffe Anna Tunnicliffe, ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championships racing began today and our team had a great day starting 3-1. After a morning of sitting and waiting, we finally got racing mid-afternoon and raced until the sun went down. The other group started racing at 9:30 this morning in a dying northerly breeze. As they were scheduled to do four flights before we hit the water, our group had the morning off.... [more] Share this story
2.4mR Class World Championship - Great racing despite weather Sail-World.com and 2.4mR Worlds, 2.4mR Class World Championship 2010 began on 19th September in Hoorn, Holland. Day one saw wet weather with temperatures struggling to reach 12 degrees as people arrived in droves for a practice race, which was planned for day two.... [more] Share this story
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for September ISAF, The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 22 September 2010 have been released.... [more] Share this story
Cyber – attacks with fake antivirus message repelled by Marine sites TetraMedia, As the Internet becomes the entertainment news and commercial focus worldwide, attempts by cyber-criminal groups continue to disrupt business.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Stars shine at Hall of Fame Induction Jan Harley, 17th America's Cup Hall of Fame inducted six new members – Simon Daubney, Warwick Fleury, Murray Jones, Dean Phipps, Mike Drummond (all of New Zealand) and Halsey Herreshoff (of Bristol, R.I.) – into the Hall of Fame. Master of Ceremonies Gary Jobson brought Cup legends Ted Turner, Dennis Conner, Russell Coutts and Malin Burnham to the stage to introduce the inductees... [more] Share this story
Audi Medcup: Artemis good start, not so good finish Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch, Today was the first day of the Audi Med Cup - Cagliari. Three races were held in 8-18 knots for the fleet of ten TP52s. Onboard Artemis our first and second races were good with a 3,6 and we were second overall at that point. Then a bad start and going the wrong way on the first windward leg of the third race put us way behind the fleet. We fought back to battle on the last run with Bribon and... [more] Share this story
Rolex Big Boat Series Images and results Chuck Lantz, Rolex Big Boat Series 2010. More fog and light winds on the final day of the 2010 edition on San Francisco bay. The following are images of the class winners, taken by Chuck Lantz.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: Emirates Team NZ have difficult bur rewarding racing Warren Douglas, Emirates Team New Zealand is leading the fleet after the first day of the Audi MedCup regatta, at Cagliari, Sardinia. NZL 380 finished eighth, second and first in the three races sailed to sit on 11 points, equal with the French-German entry Audi A1, but leading on count back.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2010 officially opens ISAF, ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships 2010 has officially opened. After the last team finished crashing through a frothy Narragansett Bay on Monday, a brilliant red-orange sunset greeted the competitors for the opening ceremony of the Championship.... [more] Share this story
Snowbirds begin migration south - Marinas ready with discounts Boat US, As autumn's cooler days arrive, the annual migration south for millions of birds has begun. Joining the avian flocks are 'snowbirds' - recreational boaters travelling down the eastern seaboard to escape winter's cold grasp. And along the way, they'll have over 250 BoatUS Cooperating Marinas ready to offer discounts on fuel, overnight slips and repairs.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit - Risk Management until the end Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Audi MedCup Circuit - This Region of Sardinia Regatta is going to be about the careful balancing act of risk and reward.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit - Quantum Racing announces new boat for 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup Circuit competitors and fans Quantum Racing are the first of several teams to announce that they will campaign a new build boat for next season. Today at the Region of Sardinia Trophy in Cagliari Quantum Racing announced that they will build a new boat for the 2011 Circuit.... [more] Share this story
Five tips to keep winter away from your boat trailer BoatUS, If your boat trailer is going to spend the off-season outside exposed to the elements, Boat Owners Association of The United States has five tips to protect your investment and eliminate problems down the road... [more] Share this story
TP52 World Championship - Ten to date TP52 World Championship 2010, Ten TP52s from nine different nations have already registered their entry to the 2010 TP52 World Championship that will be held on the renowned waters off Valencia, Spain, from fourth – October 9th.... [more] Share this story
Express 27 Nationals - Very competitive racing from a fantastic fleet Peggy Lidster, Express 27 Fleet held their National Championship Regatta from September 10th through the 12th on San Francisco Bay hosted by the Encinal Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Big Boat Series-Brilliant sailing showcased on San Francisco Bay Regatta News, Rolex Big Boat Series update: As San Francisco awaits the verdict on whether or not the next America's Cup will be held on its shores, the St. Francis Yacht Club's Rolex Big Boat Series, in its 46th year, has been reminding the sailing world why the city's namesake bay is the perfect arena for world-class racing.... [more] Share this story
12 Metre North Americans – Great start to the America's Cup Reunion Connie Bischoff, 12 Metre North Americans Era Reunion update: It is no surprise that Newport, RI is the epicenter of the 12 Metre 'world' this week. It is also not shocking that Ted Turner and his former America's Cup Tactician Gary Jobson, USSAILING's current president, revealed that they still have their sailing skills after 33 years.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Big Boat Series day three - More Erik Simonson images Erik Simonson images, Thanks to Erik Simonson for more images from day three of the Rolex Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay.... [more] Share this story
Farr 30 Class Heads to Hyères For World Championship Jan Harley, Farr 30 Class Heads to Hyères For World Championship - In just five weeks time, competitors in the Farr 30 class will experience the famous conditions firsthand when they compete for the Farr 30 World Championship title from October 23-31, 2010. Organized by the class and C.O.Y.C.H., the Pre-Worlds will take place October 25-26, with racing for the world title taking place October 28-31.... [more] Share this story
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