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Cagliari, Italy (October 13, 2018) – All it took was one last, wild ride on Saturday, the final day of competition at the 2018 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Yacht Club Cagliari, to give the International Melges 20 Class Association its second-ever, double, back-to-back World Champion – Drew Freides’ PACIFIC YANKEE. His magic combination team of tactician Morgan Reeser and crew Charlie Smythe came from third to finish first overall, crowning them supreme for a second year in a row.
TOP FIVE RESULTS (FINAL – After Seven Races, One Discard)
1.) (USA) Drew Freides, PACIFIC YANKEE; 1-4--11-4-1-1 = 22
2.) (ITA) Filippo Pacinotti, BRONTOLO; 4-8-1-1--3-6 = 23
3.) (RUS) Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS; 7--6-4/SCP-1-2-5 = 25
4.) (RUS) Alexander Mikhaylik, ALEX TEAM; -7-4-4-8-2 = 32
5.) (RUS) Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA; 2-5-10-8--6-4 = 35
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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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Finalists Selected for US Sailing’s 2017 Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Awards
BRISTOL, R.I. (December 21, 2017) – US Sailing announced the six men and eight women who have been shortlisted for the 2017 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards.
The nominees and their complete 2017 sailing resumes will be reviewed by a panel of noted sailing journalists who discuss the merits of each sailor’s racing results before voting to determine US Sailing’s 2017 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. The winners will be announced in January and honored on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, during a luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan, when they will be presented with specially-engraved Rolex timepieces.
The all-star line-up of standout sailors hails from various disciplines from around the country and represents different stages in their respective careers. Many of these sailors were selected based on their consistent exceptional performances throughout the 2017 season and some were chosen for their signature win(s) at major international events.
Editor’s Note: Drew Freides won both the Melges 20 World Championship and National Championship.
MIAMI, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2017) – There are times when a venue doesn’t show its best. When it is cold, rainy, the wind won’t cooperate or other adverse weather conditions make for a tough weekend of sailing. There are also times when a venue shines and you feel lucky to experience it. For the first event of the 2017/18 Melges 20 Winter Series, Miami was about as near perfect as a sailor could want with breeze in the 10-13 kt range, smooth water and sunny, warm temps. Throw in a ultra deep fleet with eight awesome races and it was easy to see why Melges 20 sailors wore satisfied, sunbaked smiles at the awards ceremony.
After two days and six races, Drew Freides’ PACIFIC YANKEE led a deep fleet with several teams ready to pounce on the final day. The wind direction was similar the first two days, however the velocity was in the 6-8kt range and flat water; perfect ‘blue groomer’ conditions for the last two races. With a stronger northerly gradient fighting a building Northeast seabreeze, it was a toss up as to which side would pay in the first race.
NEWPORT, R.I. (October 7, 2017) – After eight races, eight varied race winners and a wide range of racing conditions, Drew Friedes’ PACIFIC YANKEE with tactician Morgan Reeser and crew member Charlie Smythe have captured their very first major international title in the Melges 20 Class, that of World Champions. It’s a title and trophy that is anything but easy to come by, and Freides’ long racing campaign which includes a runner-up finish at Worlds in 2016 with the same crew, has served him well and delivered exactly what he was after – the top trophy in the most rewarding Class of boat in the World. With this win, he also strengthens his placement on the World League Circuit and remains atop the North American Division standings.
“When I got the boat three years ago, Charlie Smythe came with it. I’ve only left the dock without him once,’ said Freides. “We worked really hard. We’ve been to every event. We’re fortunate that the chips went our way this week. Things fell into place for us this year. The Melges 20 fleet is second to none. And that’s what drives all of us to race the Melges 20. Not only are the boats exhilarating but the people are amazing. Everyone’s fun to be around and the talent is incredible.”
Freides continued: “I bought this boat three years ago because my mom was dying of cancer. She made me get a Melges 20 before she passed away because she knew how much it meant to me. This win’s for her. We did it.”
NEWPORT, R.I. (August 19 2017) – A massive round of congratulations is in order for newly crowned Drew Freides on PACIFIC YANKEE. He and his team which includes Morgan Reeser and Charlie Smythe are the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Champions.
It took eight challenging races over the course of three days and Freides’ extremely consistent performances to ultimately win the event by one point, ahead of John Kilroy’s SAMBA PA TI finishing second. Jason Michas’ MIDNIGHT BLUE came third, Liam Kilroy’s WILDMAN was fourth and Jim Wilson’s OLEANDER rounded out the final top five standings.
As Friday’s rain gave way to a hot sun and blue skies, the wind went with it and Saturday morning looked like the perfect day for water skiing instead of sailboat racing. After a brief delay, PRO Anderson Reggio sent the fleet to the outside ocean race course to take advantage of a slowly filling seabreeze. As teams made their way past infamous Castle Hill, they were greeted with 6-7 ft swell, confused seas and no wind, leaving a portion of the fleet questioning the decision to enjoy Thames Street the night prior.
NEWPORT, R.I. (Jul. 9, 2017) – The final day of the 2017 Melges 20 Sail Newport Regatta started under blue skies and a light northwest breeze. Melges 20 teams anticipated a tricky day of sailing and with a tight leaderboard prevailing, the stage was set for an epic day.
Moments after the start of Race Six, the trickiness was evident as big changes in velocity were present on the course and the fleet was immediately spread out after the start. Once to the weathermark, a big left shift descended on the course and the middle of the fleet began setting spinnakers to get to the mark. PRO Lynn Lynch wisely abandoned the race and waited for the newly forming sea breeze to fill.
After a 30 minute delay, Newport’s iconic sea breeze filled in from the Southwest at a pleasant 12-16 knots. Showing he came ready to play, Drew Freides’ PACIFIC YANKEE rounded the top in second with regatta leader Daniel Thielman on KUAI in third. Showing stellar speed and smarts around the track, Freides moved into first after a nice battle with John Kilroy’s SAMBA PA TI to take the bullet. Kilroy grabbed second followed by Wes Whitmyer’s SLINGSHOT in third. Thielman stubbed his toe on the final downwind and finished eighth, ultimately setting up a ‘who beat who’ with Freides in the final race.
MIAMI, Fla. (Mar. 5, 2017) – It was not the call that anyone wanted, but a decision that had to be made. A bold forecast that detailed a sustained breeze of 25+ knots with gusts into the mid-thirties gave PRO Blake Middleton no other choice but to call off all scheduled racing on Sunday for the final stage of the 2016/17 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club (GCSC). Awards were held just after noon at Miami Shake-A-Leg.
A big round of congratulations are in order for Melges Rocks Regatta winner Rob Wilber on Cinghiale along with Sam Rogers and Matt Woodworth as crew. This win marks the first ever Melges 20 Class victory for Wilber. Canada’s Rhonda Joyce on Grinning Streak conquered the all-amatuer division for the first time. Aboard her Melges 20 were crewmates Jeremy Edwards and Anthony Bowman.
“When I saw white caps in the swimming pool this morning I thought this doesn’t bode well for sailing,” said Joyce. “When driving in breezy conditions I really have to focus… the boat kind of tells you what to do and I get most of my feedback from the boat itself, and then the guys are all dialed in for trimming. The waves definitely make it more fun and challenging.”
In the overall mega-Miami victory circle is Drew Freides with Morgan Reeser, Charlie Smythe and Federico Michetti on board Pacific Yankee, and John Brown on Blind Squirrel with George Demand and Kyle Rogachenko. Each of these super Melges 20 teams took home Series trophies awarding them the title of overall and Corinthian 2016/17 Miami Winter Series Champions respectively.
Igor Rytov’s Russian Bogatyrs proudly accepted the second place trophy for the season, while Jim Wilson’s Oleander finished third.
Liam Kilroy on Wildman was named Top Youth, Joyce was named top female helm and Paul Reilly on Red Sky Sailing Team was named top Master in the Melges 20 Class for the 2016/17 Miami season.
THANKS YOU, Спасибо, DANK JE, MERCI
A very special thanks to every team that traveled near and far to participate in this year’s Miami Winter Series. YOU are what make these events extraordinary and they would be nothing without you! As always, an incredible round of thanks and appreciation for PRO Blake Middleton, CGSC Race Committee Members and the host of volunteers who have made this Series extra special and enjoyable!
WRAPPING UP AND COMING SOON…
The Winter racing season officially wound down also in Monaco this weekend with Manfredi Vianini Tolomei at the helm of Maolca winning the Montemaggio Cup and Alexander Ezhkov on Pirogovo Sailing winning the overall 2016/17 Dynamiq Yachts Monaco Winter Series. And now, the Melges 20 European Fleet turns up the heat in high anticipation of the first 2017 event in Porto Venere, Italy on April 7-9. Catch all the action online at melges20.com, and stay close on all Melges 20 Class social media channels. View Full Melges 20 2017 Events Schedule.
TOP FIVE RESULTS (FINAL – After Three Races)
1.) Rob Wilber, Cinghiale; 1-7-1 = 9
2.) John Kilroy, Jr., Samba Pa Ti; 7-5-3 = 15
3.) Drew Freides, Pacific Yankee; 8-1-7 = 16
4.) Igor Rytov, Russian Bogatyrs; 3-13-2 = 18
5.) Liam Kilroy, Wildman; 2-8-8 = 18
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TOP FIVE 2016/17 MIAMI WINTER SERIES RESULTS (FINAL – After Three Events)
1.) Drew Freides, Pacific Yankee = 6 pts.
2.) Igor Rytov, Russian Bogatyrs = 13 pts.
3.) Jim Wilson, Oleander = 16 pts.
4.) Rob Wilber, Cinghiale = 18 pts.
5.) Paul Reilly, Red Sky Sailing Team = 19 pts.
2016/17 Miami Winter Series Ranking (Overall & Corinthian – Final After Three Events)
From Melges20.com: Earlier this month, the International Melges 20 Class Association (IM20CA) brought its 2016 World Ranking challenge to a dramatic end in Miami. At the conclusion of fifteen memorable events that took place all across Europe, North America and Asia, California’s Drew Freides’ Pacific Yankee has won the highly coveted title of 2016 World Ranking Champion.
A win at the Melges Rocks Regatta back in March, two overall podium finishes during the European racing Series over the summer (Talamone and Riva del Garda), a second-place finish at Worlds, and another big win at the first event of the 2016/17 Miami Winter Series has awarded him the World Ranking Trophy for the very first time ever.
At last victory is sweet for Freides as it was not until the end of the season that he and his team of tactician Morgan Reeser and Charlie Smythe on bow, pulled ahead of 2016 European Series Ranking Champion Alessandro Rombelli on STIG to win the overall. A huge congratulations also goes out to fellow Californian and long-time Melges 20 Class stalwart, Daniel Thielman aboard Kuai as he is 2016 North American Ranking Champion.
Other notable teams that have had an impeccable year sailing the Melges 20 that made the top five rankings include Russia’s Igor Rytov’s Russian Bogatyrs, Guido Miani’s Out of Reach, reigning World Champion Michael Illbruck on Pinta, Richard Davies’ Section 16, North American Champ Justin Quigg’s Character 2.0, Rob Wilber on Cinghiale and Jim Wilson’s Oleander.
Above and beyond the individual results, the 2016 World Ranking has rewarded the entire International fleet with record numbers: a full 12-months of one design sportboat racing, 15 top-notch events around the world, and 113 participating teams representing 18 nationalities (Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Monaco, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
The IM20CA is now firmly looking forward to 2017 with great anticipation as it will make a debut in a new event format called the Melges World League. View a complete list of 2017 Melges 20 Events online at melges20.com.
2016 MELGES 20 WORLD RANKING OVERALL, TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL — After Fifteen Events)
1.) Drew Freides, Pacific Yankee = 111 pts.
2.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG = 107 pts.
3.) Igor Rytov, Russian Bogatyrs = 97 pts.
4.) Guido Miani, Out of Reach = 96 pts.
5.) Liam Kilroy, Wildman; 92 pts.
6.) Michael Illbruck, Pinta = 90 pts.
7.) Rob Wilber, Cinghiale = 79 pts.
8.) Richard Davies, Section 16 = 78 pts.
9.) Alexandr Ezhkov, Pirogovo Sailing = 76 pts.
10.) Dario Levi, Fremito d’Arja; 76 pts.
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2016 MELGES 20 EUROPEAN RANKING, TOP FIVE RESULTS (FINAL – After Fifteen Events)
1.) Alessandro Rombelli, STIG = 107 pts.
2.) Guido Miani, Out of Reach = 96 pts.
3.) Michael Illbruck, Pinta = 90 pts.
4.) Igor Rytov, Russian Bogatyrs = 82 pts.
5.) Richard Davis, Section 16 = 78 pts.
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2016 MELGES 20 NORTH AMERICAN RANKING, TOP FIVE RESULTS (FINAL – After Fifteen Events)
1.) Daniel Thielman, Kuai = 73 pts.
2.) Justin Quigg, Character 2.0 = 69 pts.
3.) Rob Wilber, Cinghiale = 58 pts.
4.) Drew Freides, Pacific Yankee = 56 pts.
5.) James Wilson, Oleander = 54 pts.
View the 2016 Melges 20 North American Ranking