Marina di Scarlino, Italy (May 27, 2018) – Congratulations are in full order for American Drew Freides at the helm of PACIFIC YANKEE, with tactician Paul Goodison and crew member Charlie Smythe — they are 2018 Melges 20 World League, Scarlino Champions. They completed their mission to win Scarlino, the second round of competition on the European circuit.
“We have officially gotten off on the right foot here in Europe,” said winner Drew Freides. “But, we have a lot of opponents that are very well prepared which is going to make the rest of the season very, very interesting. We still have some things that we want to work on, in particular our sails. Otherwise, we are quite centered and being able to work on things with our success in Scarlino makes for a great way to face future Melges 20 World League events.”
With this win, Freides’ first seasonal success in Europe is noted and has immediately made it very clear to the competition — that on the road leading to the World Championship scheduled for Cagliari in October, he is THE team to beat.
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NEWPORT BEACH — Boat broker and avid sailor Wayne D. Rodgers died, May 9, a little more than one month after his 70th birthday. His daughter, Elizabeth Rodgers Horan, and son-in-law, Nicolas Horan, survive him.
Rodgers was born in Philadelphia on April 4, 1948. He most recently operated his own firm, W.D. Rodgers Co., where he serviced boat-buying clients in Orange County.