Please select your home edition
Edition
Melges 14 2019 Leaderboard

2019 Melges 24 North American Championship gets serious

by International Melges 24 Class Association 14 Aug 09:24 PDT 15-18 August 2019
Melges 24 fleet in Grand Traverse, Michigan - Melges 24 North American Championship © Grand Traverse Yacht Club

The International Melges 24 Class Association (IM24CA) is just hours away from the start of its North American Championship (NAC), and forty-two, super-tough Melges 24 teams are over-the-top excited about the highly-competitive, big-fleet racing action that lies ahead.

Loaded to the gills with some of sailing's biggest industry sponsors and partners, the NAC is destined to be the finest Melges 24 regatta on the North American continent in 2019.

Shoreside, the Grand Traverse Yacht Club (GTYC) is fully prepped and already welcoming Melges 24 teams that anticipate a couple of days advance warm-up racing and boat tuning. Registration and measurement start on Wednesday, August 14. Practice racing happens Thursday followed by the first of several afternoon post-sailing debriefs with Quantum Sails' Scott Nixon. Championship racing officially gets under way on Friday, August 16, continues on Saturday, and concludes on Sunday, August 18.

For many the stakes are high, and at the top of the food chain is U.S. Melges 24 National Ranking Series leader Kevin Welch aboard MiKEY with the famed Jeff Madrigali on the helm, and runner-up Travis Weisleder's Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team among the top contenders. With America's Cupper Mike Buckley as tactician, Weisleder will attempt to regain the overall National Ranking Series lead. Canada's Richard Reid racing Zingara and Wes Whitmyer's Slingshot are also top ten teams with a lot to gain, and much more to lose with only two more events past the NAC to complete the 2019 Series.

Great racing is in store for a fresh crop of all-amateur Melges 24 competitors. A perfect mix of mega-Midwest based teams and some of the very best from Canada are in attendance. Sixteen Melges 24s have qualified for the Corinthian division and among those are Hound Dog Regatta winner Mike Dow on Flying Toaster, Ugotta Regatta Champion Steve Pirie at the helm of Rumbunctious, Jeff Bodie's Esperanza, Scot Zimmerman's Bad Idea, George Haynie's Firewater, Robert Wigny and Kevin Brown on Notorious, Frasier McMillian's Sunnyvale/West Coast Sailing Team and Dan Berezin's Surprise.

Quantum Sails Super Series opportunity - time is running out to bid for the ride of a lifetime

Through the generosity of Quantum Sails, the 2019 Melges 24 North American Championship is pleased to offer via an online auction, an opportunity to race aboard Quantum Racing in the 52 Super Series. Anyone can place a bid. Do it now here.

The auction ends Thursday, August 15 at 9 pm EST. Don't miss your chance to win big!

For more information visit the 2019 Melges 24 NAC YachtScoring website.

Related Articles

Melges 24 World Championship overall
Italy takes it all again: Maidollis and Taki 4 are the new Melges 24 World Champions The history of the Melges 24 Class repeats itself: after the successful World Championship of Helsinki in 2017, the Italian crews onboard Maidollis and Taki 4 (Corinthian) are again the Melges 24 World Champions. Posted on 13 Oct
Melges 24 World Championship day 4
Two more races held ahead of the final day The weather conditions on the race course of Villasimius continue to change and, with a light breeze and a well-formed wave, the Melges 24 fleet completes two other races that contribute to define the ranking for tomorrow's grand finale. Posted on 11 Oct
Melges 24 World Championship day 3
Maidollis climbs to top of the standings The race course of Villasimius changes shape again and, after the no race of yesterday, today it welcomes the sailors with steady and increasing Southerly breeze that reached gusts of over 20 knots Posted on 11 Oct
Melges 24 World Championship day 2
No wind, no racing The lack of breeze doesn't allow to complete any race in Villasimius today, so the situation of the Melges 24 World Championship 2019 is crystallized with the standings that were defined by the three regattas completed yesterday. Posted on 9 Oct
Melges 24 World Championship day 1
Bombarda takes the lead of an extremely balanced fleet The Mistral suddenly abandons Villasimius and, against all odds, the Melges 24 World Championship 2019 begins under the sign of a medium-light breeze from the northern quadrants, which still allows three races to be performed Posted on 9 Oct
2019 Melges 24 Worlds in Villasimius preview
The most challenging, amazing and competitive regatta of the season With 61 crews on the water, for a total of over 300 sailors and 15 Countries represented, the event will be a challenge also for the organizers, who are working at full rhythm in Marina di Villasimius to make sure they can deliver an unforgettable event. Posted on 6 Oct
North Sails Weekly Debrief
#NSVictoryList: Melges 24 Pre Worlds, Beat the clock, ClubSwan 50 Training Clinic Bombarda took the fleet by storm during Act Four of the 2019 Melges Tour, which was the last hurrah before the World Championship in Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy. Posted on 29 Sep
2019 Melges 24 Pre-worlds overall
Bombarda takes it all and the Melges 24 fleet flies toward the Worlds "Since the very first day of training here in Villasimius, the feeling with the race course and the boat has been positive. This positive wake has continued even in the following days of racing." Posted on 22 Sep
2019 Melges 24 Pre-worlds day 2
Bombarda still leading, but FGF Sailing Team narrows the gap Second day of racing in Villasimius for the eve event of the Melges 24 World Championship 2019: the fleet completes three more races, which are added to those disputed yesterday Posted on 21 Sep
2019 Melges 24 Pre-worlds day 1
Day one only responds to the name of Bombarda The race course of Villasimius could not welcome any better the Melges 24 fleet that, starting today, is engaged in a three-days of racing valid as a rehearsal for the main event of the season, the Melges 24 World Championship 2019 Posted on 20 Sep
Melges IC37 2019 FooterMelges 14 2019 Footer