Melges 24 fleet at the 2016 Land Rover Kelowna Melges 24 Canadian National Championships
June 27, 2016 – Kelowna, B.C., Canada – Winners in the 2016 Land Rover Kelowna Canadian National Championship overall and in the Corinthian ranking announced! Kelowna Yacht Club hosted the 2016 Land Rover Kelowna Melges 24 Canadian National Championship from June 24-26 in Kelowna.
In first place for the Land Rover Kelowna Melges 24 Canadian National Championship are Ian Sloan and team on Mikey USA838 from Anacortes Washington. 2nd place went to Fraser McMillan and the Wet Coast Sailing Team on Sunnyvale CAN151 from Brentwood Bay, Canada and in 3rd place was Richard Reid on Zingara CAN629 from Port Credit, Canada!
The definition of Corinthian is a team with no professional sailors on board. The 2nd in overall ranking and 1st place in the Corinthian Fleet is Fraser McMillan and the Wet Coast Sailing Team on Sunnyvale CAN151 from Brentwood Bay, Canada; in 2nd place Gordon Shannon and team on Boaty McBoatface CAN591 and in 3rd place, Seattle, Washington racer, Matt MacGregor on Good Enough USA498.
The 2016 Land Rover Kelowna Canadian National Championship started on June 24 with nothing but wind and March temperatures, keeping all sailors dressed for weather. The fleet raced four strong races with a couple of general recalls and by the end many wished they were the ones wearing water repellant Bluesmiths gear and toques. By day two the temperature rose, it stayed dry and the teams had solid wind for the first two races and then it eased off. The conditions were beautiful for the Banquet dinner in the Kelowna Yacht Club and a summer evening out on their deck.
On final day, at the 10am start time, the wind was blowing then shifted and by the time the marks were moved to a new course, the wind died, the sun came out and the temperatures rose to a hot 30C. So hot that someone finally slid down the Race Committee boat slide into the warm lake water. Early afternoon the race was called and all boats were off the water by 2pm.
The Three Stage North American Tour includes:
1. Land Rover Kelowna Melges 24 Canadian National Championship June 24-26, 2016
2. 2016 Melges 24 U.S. Championship, Lake Geneva October 7-9, 2016
3. 2016 Melges 24 World Championship, Miami November 26 to December 3, 2016
The Land Rover Kelowna Melges 24 Canadian Nationals 2016 are a great start to the Melges 24 Western Series including:
1. Whidbey Island Race Week July 11-15, 2016
2. Columbia Gorge One Design Regatta, Seattle July 29-31, 2016
3. Melges 24 Pacific Coast Championships, San Francisco August 12-14, 2016
The future is bright for the Melges 24 class and the Western North American fleets. To answer the 2016 Canadian Nationals in Kelowna the 2017 North American Championship will be at the Gorge and the 2018 Worlds in Victoria.