SoCal Sailor John Kilroy Captures Melges 20 World Championship – Riva Del Garda, Italy

After one final race, John Kilroy at the helm of Samba Pa Ti, tactician Paul Goodison and crew Jeff Reynolds proved they were more than deserving of the 2014 Audi Melges 20 World Champion title. Four days of racing and no worse than a fourteenth in a fleet of fifty-seven entries, the Samba Pa Ti team excelled in almost every condition and under a wide variety of pressure.

“All we wanted to do for the start of the race today was to control Mascalzone as they were the only ones that could possibly win the event other than us. So, we did a little match racing on the start,” commented a very happy Kilroy. “Things just went our way. Everything just went right for us. We’ve trained a lot and we have a great team.”

Kilroy attributes much of this week’s success to the training he has been doing in his home town of San Francisco, California with his son, 11-year old Liam Kilroy who helms Wildman. “The training we did against and with Wildman made me a much better small boat driver. We did a lot of match racing, practiced straight-line speed work and crew kinetics so, hats off to Wildman as they really made us a better team.”


TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL – After Ten Races, One Discard)
1.) John Kilroy/Paul Goodison, Samba Pa Ti; 13-4-4-2-1-2-[14]-12-1-1 = 40
2.) Achille Onorate/Malcolm Page, Mascalzone Latino, Jr.; [18]-9-3-4-8-9-6-1-4-12 = 56
3.) Guido Miani/Gabriele Benussi, Monaco Racing Fleet; 27-5-17-1-3-1-1-[30]-3-2 = 60
4.) Naofumi Kamei/Manu Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!; 17-21-[30]-13-11-5-13-8-2-7 = 97
5.) Russ Lucas/Harry Melges III, Shimmer; 5-6-16-12-17-15-[22]-3-11-35 = 107
6.) Dario Levi/Niccolo Bianchi, Fremito D’Arja; 6-17-8-3-4-6-21-15-30-[45] = 110
7.) Paul Reilly/Andy Burdick, Red Sky Sailing Team; 12-22-[27]-9-5-8-8-14-24-21 = 123
8.) John Taylor/Bill Hardesty, Ninkasi; 8-8-[36]-35-10-10-4-20-5-25 = 125
9.) Wes Whitmyer/Max Fraser, Slingshot; [45]-24-9-14-12-13-16-18-7-16 = 129
10.) Alessandro Rombelli/Daniele Cassinari, STIG; 11-1-2-23-9-[43]-10-41-14-20 = 131

SoCal Sailor Howie Hamlin Continues to Shine – 18′ Skiff International Regatta – San Francisco, CA

Rich Roberts filed the following report from StFYC in San Francisco, CA:

18′ Skiffs thrive and survive as wind builds on last day on San Francisco Bay; ASCC (r.) won first place


Howie Hamlin (l.) never capsized
but couldn’t quite catch ASCC (r.)

In not their best moment, ASCC crew stands on bottom of their skiff after pitch poling in the last race

Champion ASCC skipper Brett Van Munster (c.) with crew Paul Montague and Harry Thurston

Aug. 30, 2014

Saturday’s weather: Wind 15-25k W; sunny, high temp. 72F.

Australians thrive in rough times


Calm … down!

After a wild week of inflicting its fury on the 13th 18′ Skiff International Regatta, San Francisco Bay got the message and greeted competitors Saturday with a modest 15 knots of summery breeze through the Golden Gate.

“The first two races today were postcard sailing,” said Brett Van Munster, the Australian skipper who with crew Paul Montague and Harry Thurston overcame a few capsizes and difficult competition to edge America’s Howie Hamlin by a single point, 15-16.

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Melges 20 Worlds – Riva del Garda, Italy

Fraglia della Vela Riva
Riva del Garda, Italy

August 25th–30th, 2014



57 teams from 11 nations and 3 continents are competing on Lake Garda for the Melges 20 World Championship this week.  Several SoCal sailors are  among them, including John Kilroy of Los Angeles, CA and his eleven year old son Liam, each skippering their own boats.

Races for Day 2 of the event are now complete.