In the Corinthian Division, Mike Dow on Flying Toaster came out on top after a fierce battle with Scot Zimmerman on Bad Idea in second place, and Fred Rozelle’s Rustler in third.
For Dow, who has been in the Melges 24 Class as an owner for 25 years, this is an accomplishment which is long overdue. His 2021 Melges 24 Corinthian U.S. National Champion crew members include Bob Clark, Gregg Diehl and James Olsen.
“It was a great battle between us, Scot and Fred, but it was really hard sailing. The light air on Friday and Sunday was challenging, but we just hung in there, it’s all we could do,” said a very happy Dow. “It was fun to be back at Crescent Sail Yacht Club, because I had not been there in a really long time. It’s such a great place to sail out of.”
The all-amatuer division included 11 teams total. Traveling to the event all the way from Atlanta, Ga., Lake Lanier Sailing Club’s Roger Counihan on Jaws and Tony Stanley’s Hermes finished fourth and fifth respectively.
With eight of ten scheduled 2021 National Ranking Series events completed, Bora Gulari remains in the overall lead, followed by Laura Grondin’s Dark Energy in second, and newly crowned National Champion Porter is seated third. Great performances this past weekend by Ayres and Zimmerman has them currently fourth and fifth. The Fall Championship (October 2-3) and the Atlantic Coast Championship / Gulf Coast Championship / Bushwhacker Cup (November 12-14) are the two final events.
With the conclusion of the 2021 Nationals, the Quantum Melges 24 Great Lakes Cup moved closer to completion. Forty-six teams have competed in the Series thus far, with 2021 Corinthian National Champ Mike Dow on Flying Toaster in first place overall. Rozelle’s Rustler and Zimmerman’s Bad Idea round out the podium in second and third as all eyes now turn to the last event, the Fall Championship in Lake Geneva early next month.
SAVE THE DATE: 2022 U.S. National Championship, November 10-14
The U.S. Melges 24 Class is excited to announce that the 2022 Nationals has been awarded to the Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC), in Pensacola, FL. PYC hosted the Nationals once before in 2003, and the Class is thrilled to have the event headed back to the Florida Coast in 2022. Stay close to Class channels as news, updates and other announcements will be made shortly to commence the road to Pensacola!
The U.S. Melges 24 Class Association’s 2021-2022 Racing Calendar is just getting warmed up. A string of incredible events are forthcoming and the Class hopes to see everyone there:
Lake Geneva Fall Championship – October 2-3, 2021 – Register Now
Fall Classic – West Coast Championship Series – October 2-3, 2021 – Register Now
ACC / GCC / Bushwhacker Cup – November 12-14, 2021 – Register Now
Bacardi Winter Series, Event No. 1 – December 17-18, 2021 – Register Now
Bacardi Winter Series, Event No. 2 – January 28-30, 2022 – Register Now
Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta – March 10-13, 2022 – Register Now
Top Five U.S. National Championship Results
1.) Brian Porter, Full Throttle; 5--1-5-4-2-2-1 = 20
2.) Bruce Ayres, Monsoon; 4--2-2-3-6-1-4 = 22
3.) KC Shannon, Shaka; 2-6-5-3-1-1--5 = 23
4.) Harry Melges IV, Zenda Express; 3-5-3-4--3-6-3 = 27
5.) Bora Gulari, New England Ropes; [23/UFD]-3-4-1-7-11-4-2 = 32
Top Five U.S. Corinthian National Championship Results
1.) Mike Dow, Flying Toaster; 12-4--12-9-10-7-7 = 59
2.) Scot Zimmerman, Bad Idea; 6--7-16-13-8-3-9 = 62
3.) Fred Rozelle, Rustler; 7-8-8-11-15--9-17 = 75
4.) Roger Counihan, Jaws; 18-12--7-14-13-5-16 = 85
5.) Tony Stanley, Hermes; 10-4-16-8-20-[23/RET]-15-14 = 87