Please select your home edition
Edition
RS Sailing 2021 - LEADERBOARD

2022 US Melges 24 Nationals awarded to Pensacola YC, Florida… Lagniappe for the Bushwhacker Cup!

by Talbot Wilson 30 Sep 2021 07:55 PDT November 12-14, 2021
Bora Gulari [USA820] with his crew of Kyle Navin, Norman Berge, Ian Liberty and American Magic's CEO/Skipper Terry Hutchinson took second in the inaugural Bushwhacker Cup with a 4-5-1-2-2 record. © Talbot Wilson

It's good news for Pensacola and the south's Finest Yacht Club - Lagniappe... an extra bonus. The U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USM24CA) has selected Pensacola Yacht Club, home of the annual Melges 24 Bushwhacker Cup - including the Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast regional class championships for 2021 - to host the 2022 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship. The event is scheduled for Bushwhacker Week, Nov 10-13, 2022.

The USM24CA finalized the decision at their monthly conference call meeting on the Monday before the 2021 National Championship in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan hosted by Crescent Sail Yacht Club Sept 16-19. Tony Stanley, USM24CA's Southeast District Governor, notified Pensacola YC Principal Race Officer Hal Smith and the Bid Committee of their decision.

The USM24CA press release made it official as the Class looks forward for the rest of 2021 and on to 2022:

The U.S. Class is getting excited about the 2022 annual racing calendar. A ton of events are on the schedule that will effectively guide teams through the upcoming Winter season and beyond — the ACC/GCC/Bushwhacker Cup (November), Bacardi Series (December/January), Key West (January), St. Petersburg (February), back to Miami for the Bacardi Cup Invitational (March), Charleston Race Week (April/May), all leading up to the next World Championship hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on May 9-15.

2022 National Championship Goes to Pensacola, November 10-13

2022 will see the return of robust West Coast and Midwest local racing events culminating at the next National Championship happening on November 10-13, hosted by the Pensacola Yacht Club. The U.S. Melges 24 Class is proud to make this announcement ahead of the 2021 Nationals. Pensacola has proven many times over that it's perfect if you are looking for an unlimited supply of Bushwhackers, good times, world-class competition and phenomenal race management.

Pensacola Yacht Club accepts the Melges 24 Challenge

"We knew a decision was eminent," said Smith. "Our bid committee had all of our fingers crossed."

Smith was jubilant. "This is great news! Excellent choice. This is exciting for us. We thank the Class for having confidence in our abilities and determination to host a Nationals and set a higher bar. Thank you very much. Now, we roll up our sleeves."

2021 offers two regattas for Melges 24 racing on Pensacola Bay. Our revamped WFORC (multi-class, open, two-day regatta) will be held October 16-17, four weeks ahead of the 2021 Bushwhacker.

That regatta and this year's Pensacola YC Bushwhacker Cup [Nov 12-14] will be a great opportunity for teams to start practicing on Pensacola Bay. The Bushwhacker Cup is the final event of the 10-regatta USMCA National Ranking Series.

In 2022, the WFORC will move to the first weekend in November, just two weeks before the USM24CA Nationals. All competitors are welcome to leave their boats on site at the club between the two regattas. With sufficient sportboat entries for the WFORC, the event will have a separate circle and separate starts for qualifying classes.

"As you can see," Smith added, "we have been thinking about this already. Now we need to figure out how much Bushwhacker mix we need to order. We went through about 40 gallons at our last Bushwhacker Cup."

Race information for both the 2021 WFORC and the 2021 Bushwhacker Cup... NOR/SI's, regatta entry, team lists and official notices... is all on a Yacht Scoring Web Page.

Related Articles

All to play for at Bacardi Winter Series Event 2
Three days of racing for over fifty teams entered Hosted at Shake-A-Leg-Miami (SALM), three days of racing will pitch the provisional entry list of over fifty teams against each other and the ever challenging race track of Biscayne Bay. Posted on 27 Jan
Bacardi Winter Series Event 1 at Biscayne Bay
Richard Witzel on 'Rowdy' secures J/70 glory A gorgeous morning greeted teams on Biscayne Bay, Miami for day 2 at Bacardi Winter Series Event 1. However, it was an altogether different race track compared to Saturday, with a light breeze coming in from south-south east & most of the chop dissipated. Posted on 20 Dec 2021
Tight racing opens Bacardi Winter Series Event 1
Racing got under way to schedule on day one Racing got under way to schedule on day one at the Bacardi Winter series 1 in Miami on Saturday 18 December 2021. Posted on 19 Dec 2021
Bacardi Invitational Winter Series 1 opens
40 J/70 and Melges 24 teams prepare in Miami The Bacardi Winter Series 1 will host around 40 teams in Miami this weekend. The regatta will be comprised of the J70 and the Melges 24 fleets, racing out of Shake-A-Leg on Biscayne Bay. Posted on 17 Dec 2021
U.S. Melges 24s announce National Ranking Series
Schedule for 2022 ready for you to plan your year The U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USM24CA) is proud to present its National Ranking Series schedule for 2022. Posted on 16 Dec 2021
Inaugural Melges 24 Croatian Nationals
Šime Fantela & Team Tutta Forza claim the win On November 19-21 the inaugural Melges 24 Croatian National Championship was held in Split, organized by the JK Mornar. Posted on 25 Nov 2021
Melges 24 Bushwhacker Cup at Pensacola
The travel was worth the trouble, as Canadian team lifts trophy Yes, the travel was worth the trouble. Canadian Richard Reid's 'Zingara' came all the way from Port Credit, Ont, to Northwest Florida to win first place overall in the 2021 Bushwhacker Cup hosted by Pensacola Yacht Club. Posted on 16 Nov 2021
IM24CA on course for 2022
Members from all around the world met virtually on November 6 for the Annual General Meeting The World Council of IM24CA, which consists of the National Class Association chairs and the IM24CA Executive Committee members from all around the world met virtually on Nov 6 for the Annual General Meeting to discuss the past Melges 24 season Posted on 15 Nov 2021
Talbot Wilson on the 2021 Bushwacker Cup
An interview with Talbot Wilson on the 2021 Melges 24 Bushwacker Cup I checked in with Talbot Wilson, marketing and publicity officer for the 2021 Bushwacker Cup, via email, to learn more about this exciting One Design regatta. Posted on 9 Nov 2021
Bushwhacker Week - Pensacola is regatta ready
Practice, North Sails clinic, briefing and party kicks off the event on Friday Welcome to the countdown to the Pensacola Yacht Club's 2021 Melges 24 Bushwhacker Cup. Practice races, final registration, a North Sails clinic, the competitors briefing, and a party kick it off Friday (Nov 12). Posted on 9 Nov 2021
Hella Dual Colour Floodlights - 728 x 90px - 1 jpg BottomSOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 BottomVaikobi 2021 Boots - FOOTER