Inside Melges. The December Issue.

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MELGES 20 WORLD LEAGUE FINALE
The three Russian Bogatyrs led by Igor Rytov sailed an incredible series and absolutely dominated the international rankings of all Melges 20 sailors. Read the December Issue’s Feature Article here.
The new World League Champions were crowned in Miami at the first Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Event.
The Bogatyrs performed at an elite level all season long, averaging a 5th place finish in deeply competitive fleets across an impressive 11 events. Once the Bogatyrs reached the top of the Melges World League podium, they never looked back. They are surely the team to beat in the 2018 Melges 20 World League when the rankings start fresh. Cheers to the Bogatyrs!
Top Five Melges 20 World League Results:
1 – Russian Bogatyrs, Igor Rytov RUS
2 – Nika, Vladimir Proshikin RUS
3 – Pacific Yankee, Drew Freides USA
4 – Mascalzone Latino Jr., Achille Onorato ITA
5 – Midnight Blue, Jason Michas USA
See the story in the December Issue’s feature article:
CANADA’S CUP CHOOSES THE IC37 BY MELGES TO RING IN A NEW ERA
The Canada’s Cup Committee has selected the Melges IC37 Class as the platform for their new vision for the event. The Canada’s Cup is the premier match racing trophy for the Great Lakes. The Cup was deeded in 1896 to be awarded in perpetuity to a winner of a series of match races between a yacht representing a Canadian yacht club and one representing an American club, both located on the Great Lakes. The prestigious event has been contested 24 times between the United States and Canada, with the former holding a 13 to 11 advantage.
“The prize is comparable to the America’s Cup, in being for international match race competition, but is limited to clubs on the Great Lakes,” wrote the New York Times just before the 12th competition.
To celebrate the history, tradition and competitiveness of the Canada’s Cup, the Canada’s Cup Committee have developed a new vision for the event beginning in 2020: A biennial event through at least 2024, with all events being hosted by RCYC in the IC37 by Melges.
NEW TEAM JOINS THE MELGES 40 FLEET
The Melges 40 Grand Prix is proud to announce the new Italian Team joining the class: VITAMINA owned by Mr. Andrea Lacorte will be on the starting line for the 2018 Melges 40 Grand Prix season. We caught up with him in Palma de Mallorca where he and his team followed the 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix finale. Watch the full interview here.
Welcome to the Melges 40 fleet, Andrea and VITAMINA!
MELGES RACING INTERVIEW
Andy Burdick caught up with Pewaukee Lake C Scow sailor Cody Ziegler to find out what has been successful in growing racing fleets on his home lake. Cody comes from a line of competitive scow sailors in his family, and he has major enthusiasm to grow the sport.
“The recipe for success is fairly simple, and can be applied to life too: Have a ton of fun, engage new people, learn a lot, teach what you learn, and take advantage of a good economy!”
“A few years back we revived our Thursday night racing series with a little twist- we invited mostly new skippers and crew. Most of the skippers in the series didn’t own the boat they were driving and were under 18 years old. This series created a pipeline of experienced skippers and crew, which many have migrated…”
Do you have a story to tell? We’d love to hear from you on your fleet building strategies. Contact the editor by replying to this email.
UPCOMING MELGES 14 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Join the Melges 14 fleet for two of its premier regattas. Up first is the Melges 14 Midwinter Championship, March 2 – 4. Last winter, 25 boats battled it out on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Sarasota Sailing Squadron, known for its champagne sailing, will play host to the Melges 14 fleet again this season. Register here: bit.ly/2018M14MidwintersRegattaNetwork
Lake Geneva Yacht Club will play host to the Melges 14 U.S. Nationals June 15 – 17. Mid-June is the best time of year to sail in the Midwest with warm weather, water and great breeze. With the largest Melges 14 fleet in the country, Lake Geneva Yacht Club is the ideal venue for the Melges 14’s inaugural national championship. Promising to be a deep, well-attended event this is one can’t miss event. Charter boats available. Reply to this email to learn more.
Melges 14 Midwinters · March 2 – 4
Melges 14 US Nationals · June 15 – 17
MELGES SCOW WINTER SAILING
Think Sailing, Think Melges. Set your sailing goals for the 2018 racing season. A new sailing season is about to begin.
When it is time to go sailing you have to consider The Black Tie Championship, a famous regatta that carries on the scow racing tradition. E and C Scows will race in Dallas, Texas April 27-29, 2018. Rush Creek Yacht Club rolls out the red carpet for the traveling sailors, with post-race champagne, a fun dinner and dance night with a rockin’ band at the RCYC, and first class facilities to kick off spring sailing. Hit the road! Travel to this one!
The 2017 E Scow Nationals are in Charleston, SC April 27-29, 2018. That is correct, the 2017 National Championship. A make-up from Hurricane Irma that glanced Charleston in September. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a big championship in the early spring. Plenty of racing, lots of fun in one of the best towns in the USA!
The Melges MC tour is strong. You can sail and race with other MC sailors in Eustis or Sarasota, Florida. Lake Eustis Sailing Club of course hosts the famous Zenda University MC course along with the class’s Midwinter Championship which annually attracts as many as 80 boats. Sarasota Sailing Squadron has MC sailing and E Scow sailing. Scow sailing is prominent in Florida.
Melges is building a lot of boats! Inquire about your class. Gear up with sails from North Sails Zenda or visit melges.com and freshen up your boat with authorized Melges Parts. The Melges Team is ready to help you.
CHICAGO BOAT SHOW
Join the Melges Team at this year’s Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show January 10-14, 2018! The show site is McCormick Place convention center. Come and talk boats with Melges as we will be featuring the all new 2018 Melges MC. This new boat will be on display and it will be drawing a lot of attention. See the new boat up close.
Report is many yacht clubs are making the trip to see what is new at Melges! We will also be featuring the Melges 14 and our new Melges Power 26. In addition, talk about and review the new Melges IC37 Class Association.