November 29th, 2016 – Miami, FL, U.S. –There has been a continuous coming and going during last three days at the registration desk of the Island Gardens Marina of Miami, where most of the 74 crews from 14 nations participating at the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship have completed their registration. The total number of boats on the final entry list, despite being below the initial expectations, still grants a Championship of high competition.
To be chased by most of the crews will be Chirs Rast’s EFG (SUI) that, after the success obtained in the 2016 Melges 24 Europeans held in Hyeres in September, will be sailing in Miami trying to duplicate the result of Middelfart, Denmark where his crew got the title of the 2015 Melges 24 World Championship. If EFG could confirm the result of Middlefart here in Miami, too, it would be the third crew in history of Melges 24 to become World Champion two times in a row, after Vince Brune (1998-1999) and Lorenzo Bressani (2010-2011). On board of EFG there will be Chris Rast (helm), Pade Zaugg (tactician), Udo Moser (trimmer), Danielle Rast (bow), Matteo Ferraglia (pit).
The other two crews that were medaled last year in Denmark will be competing in Miami too, trying to improve their results: we’re talking about Andrea Racchelli’s Altea (ITA), second in the 2015 Worlds and winner of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series of this year, and Air Force 1(USA), helmed by the Olympian in Rio 2016 Bora Gulari, who is also going to be the new helmsman of Quantum Racing in the next 52 Super Series. The tactics on Bora’s boat will be called by Jonathan McKee.
Further than these above named, many others crews with great experiences and histories of success at their backs will be in the water during the Worlds of Miami: there will be a return of Gian Luca Perego’s Maidollis (ITA), winner of the 2012 Worlds on Lake Garda with Carlo Fracassoli at the helm; Brian Porter’s Full Throttle (USA), World Champion in San Francisco in 2013; Bombarda (ITA) of Andrea Pozzi, European vice-champion in Hyeres and Kieler Woche winner.
There will also be Jason Carroll’s Argo (USA), at his first experience on Melges 24, but already Melges 32 World Champion, with Ed Wright as tactician, winner of the Finn Gold Cup 2010 and ISAF Rolex World sailor of that same year, and New England Ropes (USA) by Tim Healy, President of North Sails One Design group, 2014 World Champion J/70.
The Conor Clarke’s entry Embarr (IRL) will have on board the Olympian sailors Stuart McNay and Dave Hughes, 4th in Rio 2016 at his third Olympics with 470s, while SlingSHOT (USA) by Wes Whitmyer Jr, whose crew has already gained experience by sailing in Melges 20, has on board a tactician of excellence, Bill Hardesty, already World Champion in Melges 20 (twice), Etchell, Farr40 and Rolex World Sailor of the year 2014. Eyes will be also on USA515 by Peter Duncan, who is among the protagonists of J/70 class since a couple of years.
Almost half of the fleet in Miami will be composed by Corinthian crews, among which the fight will be hard until the very last moments. Estonian Lenny by Tonu Toniste, 2015 Melges 24 Corinthian World Champion and 2014 Corinthian European Champion at this moment is the strong favorite for the victory in their category.
Races started today at 1030 am, while the practice race was held yesterday. What a day it was for sailing off Miami Beach with 18+ knots wind and big rolling waves. Good weather is forecasted for all the duration of the event, granting the competitors the optimal conditions for some great and challenging sailing.
At the opening ceremony held at the Jungle Island’s Plaza last night, IM24CA Championship Coordinator John Abel (CAN) being as an anchor man introduced all the key persons of the World Championship – Randy Draftz as a Regatta Chair, Anderson Reggio as PRO, Leo Reise as a Jury Chair and his team, Ron Rostorfer as a Race Committee Coordinator of Coconut Grove Sailing Club and his team, also Sandrine Quenee as the Chair of Race Office and Scorer.
IM24CA Chairman Jens Wathne (NOR) greeted the sailors from all over the world and introduced Melges 24 International staff in present: IM24CA Executive Committee members like Duncan Stamper (CAN) – Vice Chair Americas, Paul Krak Arntson (USA) – Member America, Kevin Nixon (AUS) – Member Australia, Championship Coordinator Americas – John Abel, Administrator & Media Coordinator Piret Salmistu, Event Press Officers Mauro Melandri and Silvia Gallegatti, and Photographer Pierrick Contin.
PRO Anderson Reggio continued from that point on with the Skippers’ Briefing giving some advise and guidleines for the racing days to come and wished them fair winds and fast sailing in the Miami waters.
November 26-28 – Registration and Measurement
November 28 – Practice Race and Opening Ceremonies
November 29 – December 3 – Racing at the Melges 24 World Championship
December 3 – Prize Giving and Closing Ceremonies
America was shaped by explorers who raced to get here, men-of-war ships that raced to defend her, clipper ships that raced to move their products to port, and watermen who raced to get their catch to market. Sailing has been inextricably linked to the American Experience.
Corona del Mar Hight School with Max Mayol , skipper, along with team members Robert Garrett, Cameron Wood, and David Wood sailing J70’s, won the High School National Keelboat Invitational this past weekend. Team Newport Harbor High School finished second.
SAP developed new online certification platform and live-tracking SAP Sail Insight App
US Sailing and SAP Partner to Transform and Grow the Sport of Sailing in the United States
SAP developed new online certification platform and live-tracking SAP Sail Insight App
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New York Yacht Club Medal Awarded to Dennis Conner
New York, N.Y. (November 13, 2016) — America’s Cup winner, Olympic medalist and sailing legend Dennis Conner was honored with the New York Yacht Club Medal on Thursday evening, November 10, at the Club’s 44th Street Clubhouse in the heart of Manhattan.
The medal (at right) was first awarded in 1964 to the members of the Constellation America’s Cup syndicate as an expression of the Club’s appreciation. Since 1985, the flag officers of the New York Yacht Club have periodically awarded the New York Yacht Club Medal in recognition of achievements of particular merit or outstanding contributions to the Club or yachting in general.
“Dennis Conner has had more impact on sailing than any sailor in the world over the past four decades,” said New York Yacht Club Commodore A. Rives Potts Jr., a former America’s Cup shipmate of Conner. “For those of us fortunate enough to sail with Dennis, we are all better sailors because of our time on board with DC.”
This represents just the 17th time the Club has awarded this medal. Previous honorees include legendary yacht designer Olin Stephens, America’s Cup challenger Baron Marcel Bich and America’s Cup winner and television commentator Gary Jobson.
“It was huge night for me,” said Conner, who was joined in New York by dozens of former shipmates, with many others sending congratulations via the Internet. “Being awarded the New York Yacht Club medal is special; it’s one of the most coveted honors in yachting. What really meant a lot was being able to share this with so many friends, and the people who made this medal possible. It was a awards dinner that will be long remembered by the sailing legends who attended.”
Conner’s exemplary record as a yachtsman spans all facets of the sport. He won a bronze medal in the Tempest class at the 1976 Olympics, has numerous world championships to his credit and sailed in two Whitbread Races.
The America’s Cup, however, was one constant in his career. He sailed on board Ted Hood’s winning Courageous team in 1974 and then skippered winning teams in 1980, 1987 and 1988. This 30-year-plus association with sailing’s flagship event wasn’t without its challenges. His relationship with the New York Yacht Club suffered after Conner lost the Cup in 1983 to John Bertrand and Australia II—ending the Club’s historic 132-year winning streak—and he challenged for the 1987 Cup representing the San Diego Yacht Club. The 1988 defense was marred by a protracted legal battle that continued long after the famously lopsided match between Conner’s wing-sailed catamaran Stars & Stripes and Sir Michael Fay’s monstrous monohull from New Zealand. Nonetheless his standing among the greatest sailors ever to compete for the Auld Mug is without question. He was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame with its inaugural class in 1993. Conner is also a member of the first group of inductees to the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Conner’s relationship with the New York Yacht Club, where he has been a member since 1980, has long since been repaired. Conner partnered with the Club for his final challenge for the America’s Cup, in Auckland in 2003.
“He is the ultimate team leader,” said Potts. “He never raises his voice and expects everyone to do his or her job in every situation without orders. His work ethic and preparation are unparalleled. His abilities to focus on boat speed, position on the course, sail selection and the location of every significant competitor are almost super human.”