Stage 2 of The 2017 Melges 24 NorAm Championship Tour is back in Cascade Locks, Oregon! For added fun the 2017 Melges 24 NorAm Championship is converging with World Class Kite Surfers on the Columbia River Gorge July 19-22! The combination of events will make for a weekend packed with energy and top athletes.
This Sunday, April 30th, is the final day of the RBS Main Batten registration promo for July’s NorAm Championship! The RBS Battens are valued at $635usd, a great prize for the winner! This deadline falls within the Early Bird registration savings too, book before May 4th for an additional $100 off the regular rates. Before May 4th it’s $450usd, after $550!
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A big thank you to the volunteer lead Columbia Gorge Racing Association who are hosting the Melges 24 NorAm Championship! They do an awesome job keeping racers informed, fed, accommodated and racing. Early registration helps them organize their resources to plan a World Class event for the Melges 24 racers! Help them out by getting your boats and crew registered and the numbers in so they can serve you their best! Register here: melges24noramchampionship.com
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Lucky NO. 7
Charleston, SC (Apr. 9, 2017) – The final day at of the 2017 U.S. Melges 24 National Championship hosted by the Charleston Yacht Club (ChYC) commenced as originally forecasted — light to almost no breeze. Plenty of sunshine and warmth prevailed, but very little on the wind horizon resulting in an immediate on-shore postponement. PRO Hal Smith kept teams up-to-date on the half-hour, every hour until it was realized that there was no hope for any racing on the final day in Charleston.
That said, the results from Saturday stand as final and Brian Porter on Full Throttle (USA-849) has won his seventh Melges 24 U.S. National Championship title — an accomplishment that has barely been challenged here in the United States. 2016 National Champ Bora Gulari has won the trophy only twice (2011, 2016) – no one yet has come closer to reaching that same number of wins.
Porter was joined by tactician Andy Burdick, his son R.J. Porter and fellow 2013 World Champion crew member Matt Woodworth. While accepting his award, Porter introduced and thanked his team, the Race Committee for their efforts particularly on Friday in the big breeze, and of course, all the restaurants in Charleston.
In second overall, is John Brown’s Blind Squirrel (USA-547), which is quite a stellar achievement as he has been in the fleet for less than two years. Completing the overall podium is Kevin Welch’s Mikey (USA-838).
A huge round of congratulations goes out to KC Shannon on Shaka (USA-801) — a team that has worked so hard to rise to the top of the all-amatuer division. Mike Miller, Doug Nickel and Tom Sawchuck sailed as crew. “I’m really in disbelief. I can count on my hand how many races/regattas I’ve ever won,” said Shannon. “This is better than any dream I could come up with in the Melges 24. We’ve taken our lumps over the years, so with this win, we know we are really blessed. We’re looking forward to coming back for more by sailing at Race Week.”
Brent McKenzie’s Ex-Kahn (USA-575), who led the fleet on Friday finished the event in second place, followed by Great Britain’s Stuart Simpson on Team Barbarians (GBR-691) in third.
At the prize giving, each crew member of the top three teams in each division took home some amazing Gill Race wear, customized with their insignia. Congrats also to George Haynie Firewater (USA-687) as he won the jib given by Quantum to a ranked Corinthian team.
The 2017 U.S. Melges 24 National Championship was Act 2 of the Quantum World Winter Series (QWWS), and is Stage 1 of the 2017 NorAm Tour. The 2016/17 QWWS wraps up in a couple of weeks at Sperry Race Week. As for the NorAm Tour, things are just getting going. The U.S. Nationals was Stage 1. The second Stage takes place on July 19-22 at the Gorge/Cascade Locks, Ore. — the very first ever NorAm Championship. The 2017 Canadian Nationals serves as the third and final Stage of the 2017 NorAm Tour. Online registration is currently open for both events.
THE NEXT STEP: BACK TO CHARLESTON AND BEYOND
The next stop on the 2016/17 Quantum World Winter Series is Sperry Charleston Race Week taking place on April 20-23. This spectacular event will welcome another 25 teams back to Charleston. Another regatta to put on your calendar as a must do event post-Charleston is the Southeast Inland Lake Championship on May 5-7. Lake Lanier Sailing Club puts on a great regatta, so don’t miss out on this chance to race in North Georgia. Lake Lanier is home to about a dozen teams.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
The U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USM24CA) is grateful to all the competitors that traveled to Charleston to race at Nationals, also to Event Chairman Randy Draftz, PRO Hal Smith and the entire Charleston Yacht Club (ChYC) for the incredible hospitality, not to mention all the volunteers that gathered to make this Championship the very, very best! The USM24CA would like to further extend many thanks and recognize National Championship sponsors Quantum Sails, the Charleston Yacht Club, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Gill North America, the Charleston Visitors and Convention Bureau, and Goslings Rum. Thank you all for your support!
TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL – After Six Races, One Discard)
1.) Brian Porter, Full Throttle; 1--2-1-1-1 = 6
2.) John Brown, Blind Squirrel; 3-2--2-6-3 = 16
3.) Kevin Welch/Jason Rhodes, Mikey; 2--5-5-5-4 = 21
4.) Bruce Ayres, Monsoon; 5-1-6-5--4-6 = 22
5.) Michael Goldfarb, Warcanoe; 8-5--6-2-7 = 28
6.) Peter Duncan, Jigs In Space; 12-6-3-7--2 = 30
7.) Wes Whitmyer, Jr., SlingSHOT; 7-8-4-4-9- = 32
8.) Travis Weisleder, Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team; [25/RET]-3-1-20-10-5 = 39
9.) (C) KC Shannon, Shaka; 17-14-9-3-8- = 51
10.) (C) Brent McKenzie, EX-KAHN; 9-9-12-8-14- = 52
TOP FIVE CORINTHIAN RESULTS (FINAL – After Six Races, One Discard)
1.) KC Shannon, Shaka = 51 pts.
2.) Brent McKenzie, EX-KAHN = 52 pts.
3.) Stuart Simpson, Team Barbarians = 56 pts.
4.) Zane Yoder, FNG Eelsnot = 68 pts.
5.) Frank Davenport, Wild Goose = 70 pts.
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The 2017 NorAm Tour Kicks Off at The Charleston Yacht Club in Charleston, South Carolina!
The 2017 MELGES24 U.S. National Championship is Stage 1 of the MELGES24 NorAm Tour – held in Charleston, South Carolina April 7-9
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Stage 1 – US Nationals Charleston, April 7-9
Stage 2 – NorAm Championship Cascade Locks, July 19-22
Stage 3 – Canadian Nationals Toronto, September 21-24
Welcome to the 2017 MELGES24 NorAm Championship, hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association, in Cascade Locks, Oregon on July 19-22. This is Stage 2 of the 2017 North American Tour and draws sailors from Canada, the US and around the world to what promises to be the largest and most exhilarating one design sport boat regatta of 2017!
Following the hugely successful 2015 MELGES24 US Nationals at Cascade Locks the MELGES24 class is making an enthusiastic return for four days of what two-time Olympic medalist, America’s Cup sailor and multiple MELGES24 World Champion, Jonathan McKee calls, “Some of the most spectacular sailing in the world”. McKee adds, “CGRA is a group of accomplished sailors who do a first-class job at running championship regattas” …..read more
January 3rd, 2017 – Toronto, ON, Canada –The National Yacht Club, Toronto opens registrations for Stage Three of the MELGES24 North American Tour. The MELGES24 performance racing boats will be sailed by some of the world’s top competitors in this race, open to teams from all across North America.
“The Canadian MELGES24 Class Association is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 MELGES24 Canadian Nationals in Toronto, Ontario. The preparations are well underway for this September 21st – 24th, 2017 event, hosted by the National Yacht Club. Great attention has been placed on selecting a prime location and dates for this National event to ensure the proper flow throughout the North American Tour,” says Canadian MELGES24Association President, Marc Noel. …..read more