Please select your home edition
Edition
Melges 14 2019 Leaderboard

2019 Melges 14 Midwinter Championship at Sarasota Sailing Squadron - Overall

by Hannah Noll 3 Mar 2019 17:37 PST 1-3 March 2019

Eddie Cox beat out Harry Melges IV to win the Melges 14 Midwinter Championship in the final moments of the final race. The Melges 14 World League has officially kicked off!

The stage is set for a great Melges 14 World League with 8 total championship-level regattas around the world. With his win this weekend, Cox is officially the World League leader for now. Next up is the Melges 14 Euro Warm-Up (Liguria, Italy) and the Melges 14 Spring Championship (Chattanooga, Tennessee).

Lots of boats, sun, fun and great people from all around the country attended the third annual championship held by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. The Melges 14 continues to deliver fantastic racing with great class camaraderie.

The day before racing began, Melges Performance Sailboats sponsored Zenda University, a Melges 14 racing clinic with expert coaching and drone & video review. This allowed the fleet a great opportunity to learn, improve and gain confidence in their boats and equipment.

For the first day of racing, Friday morning brought warm humid air, sunshine and warm water for easy beach launching in Sarasota Bay. A casual morning of friends and competitors and the opportunity to meet new friends from many different sailing venues.

Racing started on Friday with three solid races in breeze of 8-14 knots. The perfect start for the championship. The tone was set by Harry Melges IV as he was working to defend his 2018 Midwinters crown. Continually pushing "H4" on the first day were his father Harry Melges III, Jeff Solum and Eddie Cox, but none could catch him. Also having a great day were Finn Rowe, Adam Ankers and Daniel Thielman.

Saturday was another ideal day of sailing with winds starting a bit lighter. Eddie Cox had a great day and was once again battling it out with H4. As the day progressed, the wind would reach 10 knots. A nice condition for the Melges 14 Gold Rig. There were a handful of Blue Rig sailors on the course as well. One of the great things about the Melges 14 are the three rigs that vary in sail area allowing many different size sailors to compete and enjoy the boat.

Thank you to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron for the fun post-race dinner and party on Saturday. After a day of racing, the Melges 14 fleet still had plenty of energy to enjoy the party and enjoy spending time with other competitors. The Squadron has a perfect casual atmosphere, and after the day's sailing that is just what everyone needed.

Rolling into the final day there was even more sunshine! H4 entered the final day with a five point lead over Cox. Anticipation was building with two races left. In the first race on Sunday, H4 placed fifth, setting up the final race as an epic showdown for the trophy.

It was a 'who-beats-who' race as Harry Melges IV and Eddie Cox both had their eyes on the prize. The showdown lasted until the final moments with Cox successfully holding off H4 by inches and earning his crown.

Thank you to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron for hosting the Melges 14 Midwinters. An incredible job!

More information and full results available here.

Related Articles

Inside Melges: The June Issue
The Melges 15 prioritizes stability, comfort, ease of use, and performance Designed by Reichel/Pugh and built by Melges, the Melges 15 prioritizes stability, comfort, ease of use, and performance. The Melges 15 comes in two configurations - the One Design with asymmetric spinnaker and the Club with jib and main. Posted on 3 Jun
Inside Melges: The May Issue
Stay tuned for a special announcement coming Tuesday, May 19 Something new from Melges! Stay tuned for a special announcement coming Tuesday, May 19. Posted on 7 May
Melges Spring Sale
Save Up to 15% Sitewide Spend some time with your boat and get ready for fun times on the water. The Melges Spring Sale is back with savings up to 15% off! Posted on 17 Apr
Inside Melges: The April Issue
Details of Melges IC37 and latest fleet news Congratulations to Drew Freides and Bill Ruh's Pacific Yankee on winning the inaugural Melges IC37 Winter Series hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club. Posted on 8 Apr
How to Properly Tack a Melges 14
Eddie Cox narrates a step-by-step tutorial in this article and video Melges Team Member Eddie Cox narrates a step-by-step tutorial on how to properly tack a Melges 14 in light to heavy air. The key to tacking a Melges 14 is to have smooth movements. Posted on 28 Mar
Inside Melges: The March Issue
Details of Melges 14 Midwinters and latest fleet news The Melges 14 Midwinters is the first stop on the Melges Team's Midwinter Tour! The team is looking forward to r eliable winds and warm waters behind scenic Long Boat Key. Posted on 5 Mar
Drive it like you stole it - New Composite tillers
Don't miss out on sailing days due to a broken tiller! Upgrade to a composite tiller that doesn't crack under pressure and is UV resistant. Wood tillers dry out and break at the most inconvenient times. Posted on 14 Feb
Inside Melges: The February Issue
Details of Melges IC37 and latest fleet news Drew Freides and Bill Ruh's Pacific Yankee won the Melges IC37 Lauderdale Cup hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club January 23-26. Pacific Yankee was helmed by Freides for the second event of the Winter Series after Ruh brought home a first at the Fall Cup. Posted on 5 Feb
Melges 75th Anniversary Apparel
Shop the latest Melges apparel featuring our 75th anniversary logo! Shop the latest Melges apparel featuring our 75th anniversary logo! This apparel is available for a limited time only, so get it before it's gone! Posted on 2 Feb
Your source for sailing hardware
Melges offers a selection of authorized parts for any boat Melges offers a selection of authorized parts for any boat. With competitive pricing and free shipping on all blocks and cleats, it's time to Shop Melges. Posted on 24 Jan
Melges 14 2019 FooterMelges IC37 2019 Footer