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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

N2E Update: Junior Sailors help Mighty Merloe Tune-Up for N2E

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 24, 2018 – The 71st Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is just three days away, but before Mighty Merloecrosses the start line in hopes of setting yet another record, the ORMA 60 championed by owner HL Enloe, will be making a pit stop at Newport Harbor Yacht Club for a playdate.

For the past few years, Mighty Merloe, and its remarkable crew have been systematically checking off best elapse time records in almost every long distance yacht race in California like they’re running down a shopping list.

SD to Puerto Vallarta   – check
NYHC to Cabo             – check
SoCal 300                    – check
Islands Race                – check
TransPac                      – check

N2E might be the only record Mighty Merloe does not hold. But according to Mighty’s longtime Sailing and Technical Team Member Will Suto, the massive trimaran’s tune-up run before Friday’s race will be manned by kids.

In what is becoming a mighty good tradition, the boat and crew will spend the afternoon of April 26 inspiring NHYC’s junior sailors. It will be the third time that Mighty Merloe has spent the day entertaining and educating the small sailors about the sport of big boat racing. About 20 kids will have the chance to get out on the water and see what it takes to sail a record-breaking boat.

It’s rare for the juniors to sail on large boats, much less a big fast trimaran like Mighty Merloe, said Suto. As long as the weather cooperates and there are no malfunctions or boat issues that need to be remedied before N2E’s start on Friday, the plan is to take six of the young sailors out at a time.

Although the boat is large, the kids do not all go at once as the boat is quite sensitive to weight and weight distribution. And everyone wants a turn. Last year, the kids were all smiles; steering the boat, working winches, and riding on the bow, said Suto. For safety purposes, the boat won’t be run full out, but at about 19-20 knots, it will certainly go fast enough to be memorable.

Mighty Merloe

According to Cara Vavolotis, NHYC’s junior sailing director, fun events things like this, which are super exciting for the kids, is one of the best parts of her job. Compared to the Naples Sabot and the CFJ’s the kids usually sail, Mighty Merloe is super-fast. But not only are the kids thrilled at the speed, it’s the entire experience, Vavolotis said. They get to spend time with an international crew; they get to drive, grind and trim the sails,” she said. “It’s all very exciting.”

Suto said when on the water, the crew is usually focused on boat handling, performance, boat speed, and racing. It’s a nice and rare chance for the team to have fun.  “We love sailing our boat, so it is always special to share the experience, particularly with the younger generation,” he said.  Not only do the kids look forward to the sailing event, so do the crew and Mr. Enloe. At 82 years young, Enloe is considered a pioneer of multihull sailing in Southern California. “It seems especially poetic that he’s making the effort to share the experience with the next generation,” Suto said.

Howard Enloe is a devout multihuller. With the ORMA 60, Mighty Merloe, he’s spreading his big-multihull stoke on the West Coast.

The real hero, besides the kids, is the boat, said Mr. Enloe who also reports the crew’s anticipation of the annual event and sharing the multi-hull sailing experience. Suto hopes that the experience will inspire the novice sailors, some of whom might be sailing boats that are even bigger and faster in the future.  With some exposure to the sport, you never know where the kids will take it.

Surprisingly, Mr. Enloe did not learn to sail until he was 60 years old. “22 years later we’re setting records and having fun,” he said.

But come Friday, the crew’s back to business. According to Suto, Enloe structures his crew with a mix of seasoned veterans, ambitious young professionals, and adventurous Corinthians, all of whom are onboard to break N2E’s elapsed time record. Orion, Tom Siebel’s 70-foot ORMA set the record time of 5:17:26  in 2016 after a 125-mile dual with Mighty Merloe.

After a year off, Orion and crew are back to defend their record. With their sparring partner back on the water, look for Enloe, Suto, and crew to be rested after a day of play yet more driven to check that last box off their Ensenada shopping list.


2018 Baldwin Cup Final Results

Knock Out Stages Final Results



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PCISA Anteater Regatta


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San Diego Yacht Club Overcomes Slow Start to Repeat as Morgan Cup Champs – NHYC Places Sixth

San Diego Yacht Club Repeats at Morgan Cup Champions

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 6, 2017) — For the third time in four years, the Morgan Cup, the toughest trophy in keelboat team racing, has been won by a team from the West Coast. San Diego Yacht Club repeated as the champion today, defeating New York Yacht Club 3-1 in a thrilling final series sailed under blue skies and in a shifty and puffy northwesterly breeze. From 2003, when the Morgan Cup Team Race was first run, through 2013, only the host New York Yacht Club and Long Island’s Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club were able to lay claim to the trophy. Southern California’s Newport Harbor Yacht Club broke that stranglehold in 2014 and San Diego Yacht Club now appears poised to start its own run.

“This regatta is packed with some of the best team racers from around the world,” said Jake Reynolds, a skipper and team captain for San Diego Yacht Club. “If you can win a race in this regatta, you’ve done really well. To win [the whole event] is really an honor.”

While San Diego YC was the defending champion, the team started off the regatta sailing like rookies, losing their first three matches and four of their first six.

“We started off really rough,” said Reynolds. “Everybody else came into this regatta firing, and we were a little bit slow off of home plate. I think it was a combo of both [team-racing rust and Sonar-sailing rust]. We shook it off quickly, which goes to our team and how good a sailor everybody is.”

In the second round robin, San Diego was nearly perfect, beating everyone but New York Yacht Club, to finish with 13 points and the top seed going into the knock-out rounds. The overall standings were incredibly close, with just five points separating first from eighth and a tie breaker needed to decide which two of the three teams on nine points advanced through to the six-boat championship knock-out round.

The teams representing Yale Corinthian Yacht Club and St. Francis Yacht Club emerged from the quarterfinals to challenge the top two seeds, San Diego Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club. San Diego won its semifinal 3-1, but the battle between St. Francis and New York, two teams that often butt heads at the business end of major keelboat team races, came down to a penalty call against the St. Francis team just meters from the finish.

The action in the final was particularly frenetic. San Diego Yacht Club got out to the early lead in all four races, but the team from the host club was able to make each one a battle. When the dust settled, the scoreline for the finals was San Diego Yacht Club 3, New York Yacht Club 1.

“I’ve got to give it to the New York Yacht Club guys, they’re really good,” said Reynolds. “They’ve been doing it for a really long time. Just keeping your wits about you was really important in those last few races.”

Reynolds said that the team’s win last year has really helped make team racing more popular with the membership of the San Diego Yacht Club.

“When we won last year, the support for the team and interest in team racing rose immensely,” he said. “We look at NYYC as kind of a model for high-level team racing. We’re getting there, and once we build up that grass-roots level, we’re going to have an even stronger team.”

Great news for Reynolds and his crew, as rallying 12 team racers to fly across the country each August is never easy. Bad news, however, for teams that have their eye on winning the Morgan Cup in the foreseeable future.

2017 NYYC Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Morgan Cup
New York Yacht Club Harbour Court
Newport, R.I.
August 4 to 6, 2017

Gold Knock-Out Round
Finals: San Diego YC d. New York YC 3-1
Semifinals: San Diego YC d. Yale Corinthian YC 3-1, New York YC d. St. Francis YC 3-2
Quarterfinals: St. Francis YC d. Newport Harbor YC 2-1, Yale Corinthian YC d. Eastern YC 2-1

Silver Knock-Out Round
Finals: Seawanhaka Corinthian YC d. Royal Thames YC 2-0
Semifinals: Royal Thames YC d. College of Charleston 2-1, Seawanhaka Corinthian YC d. Corinthian YC, 2-1

Final Results (with Round Robin Win Totals)
1. San Diego Yacht Club (13 points), 2. New York Yacht Club (12), 3. St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco (11), 4. Yale Corinthian Yacht Club, New Haven, Conn. (9), 5. Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, Mass. (10); 6. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Newport Beach, Calif. (9), 7. Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Centre Island, N.Y. (8), 8. Royal Thames Yacht Club, London, U.K. (9), 9. Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, Mass. (7), 10. College of Charleston, Charleson, S.C. (2).

Full Results and Regatta Rosters

Photo credits: © Stuart Streuli/NYYC