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2019 Bacardi Cup Results

Miami, FL / March 3 – 9, 2019

SoCal sailors Eric Doyle and Payson Infelise (SDYC) win the Star Class in a fleet of 64.

Bruce Ayres and Team Monsoon (Mike Buckley, George Pete, Jeff Reynolds and Chelsea Simms) from Newport Beach (NHYC) takes third in the Melges 24 Class.


Eric and Payson

2018 Melges 24 Worlds – SoCal’s Team Fields and Team Ayres Place 2 – 3

June 9, 2018 – Victoria, BC, Canada

Event Wrap Up Report


Top five after 10 races (Overall)

1. Altea #678 ITA 722, Andrea Racchelli, Filippo Togni, Gaudenzio Bomni, Matteo Ranian, Michele Gregoratto, Altea, – 5 – 1 – 5 – 1 – 1 – 5 – (8) – 4 – 2 – 6 ; 30 pts
2. WTF USA 829, Alan Field, Erik Shampain, Willem Van Waay, Steve Hunt, Lucas Calabrese, California Yacht Club, – 1 – 6 – 4 – 5 – 3 – 7 – 6 – 1 – 3 – (8) ; 36 pts
3. Monsoon USA 851, Bruce Ayres, Chelsea Simms, George Peet, Jeff Reynolds , Mike Buckley, NHYC, – 3 – 5 – 2 – (15) – 2 – 2 – 2 – 7 – 11 – 2 ; 36 pts
4. Full Throttle USA 849, Brian Porter, RJ Porter, Matt Woodworth, Andy Burdick, Lake Geneva Yacht Club, – 2 – 3 – 9 – (12) – 5 – 6 – 5 – 2 – 5 – 4 ; 41 pts
5. Mikey CAN 838, Richard Clarke, Ansel Koen, Rachel Spinelli, Ben Whiting, Hunter Lowden, Anacortes Yacht Club, – 4 – 9 – 1 – 8 – (10) – 3 – 3 – 6 – 4 – 5 ; 43 pts

Melges 24 Canadian NCR and Pre Worlds: SoCal’s Team Ayres and Team Fields Go 1 – 2


Event Report

SoCal’s Team Bruce Ayers Notches up another Win in the Melges 24 Class at 2018 Miami Sailing Week

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Photo Credit: CorySilken.com

Cover Photo Credit:  CorySilken.com



SoCal’s Bruce Ayres Leads His Melges 24 Team to a Win at the 2018 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in St. Petersburg

February 16 – 18, 2018 • Hosted by the St. Petersburg YC


Photo Credits: Paul Todd/Outside Images


2017 Melges 24 World Champs – SoCal’s Team Bruce Ayres Takes Second Place

Helsinki, Finland     July 28 – August 04, 2017

Bruce Ayres and his team of Mike Buckley, George Peet, Jeff Reynolds, Jessica Koenig sailed a strong regatta to place second in a fleet of 59 Melges 24s at the 2017 M24 World Championships - Congrats!


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Melges 24 World Championship – Day 4

Wind and big waves: this is what the Melges 24 is made for. Without too many words, check out these exciting video filmed and edited by Zerogradinord in the fourth day of racing here in Helsinki. Maidollis and Taki 4 still at the lead of their divisions!#Melges24 #Melges24Worlds17 #Melges24Worlds #IM24CA #thebestclass #thebestboat #thebessailors Melges 24 Worlds 2017 International Melges 24 Class Association Melges Performance Sailboats Helsingfors Segelklubb Finnish Estonian Melges24 Fleet Visit Helsinki Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design Melges Europe Melges 24 Melges 24 Ukraine Melges Norway Classe Italiana Melges 24 Melges 24 UK Class Association Swiss Melges 24 Class Association Melges 24 Hungarian Class Association Melges 24 World Championship 2018

Posted by International Melges 24 Class Association on Thursday, August 3, 2017

Cover Photo Credit:  Pierrick Contin Photography

2017 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship Day 3 Lucky No. 7

Porter wins impressive record-breaking seventh Melges 24 U.S. National title, Shannon takes home Corinthian top honors.  SoCal’s Bruce Ayres Places 4th

April 9, 2017 – Charleston, S.C.,  U.S. – 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.

Brian Porter’s ‘Full Throttle’ wins impressive record-breaking seventh Melges 24 U.S. National title – photo (c) JOY / USM24CA

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-amateur 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. –  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 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.


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: 1-4-2-1-1-1 = 6
2.) John Brown, Blind Squirrel; 3-2-7-2-6-3 = 16
3.) Kevin Welch/Jason Rhodes, Mikey; 2-7-5-5-5-4 = 21
4.) Bruce Ayres, Monsoon; 5-1-6-5-18-4-6 = 22
5.) Michael Goldfarb, Warcanoe; 8-5-10-6-2-7 = 28
6.) Peter Duncan, Jigs In Space; 12-6-3-7-21-2 = 30
7.) Wes Whitmyer, Jr.; SlingSHOT; 7-8-4-4-9-10 = 32
8.) Travis Weisleder, Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team; 25/RET-3-1-20-10-5 = 39
9.) (C) KC Shannon, Shaka; 17-14-9-3-8-18 = 51
10.) (C) Brent McKenzie, EX-KAHN; 9-9-12-8-14-19 = 52


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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