November 24, 2015 - Miami, U.S. - The Winter Circuit Sailing Season is getting underway in Miami, FL, and the Melges 24 Class has several events there leading up to the 2016 Melges 24 World Championships next November.
Ridin' The Melges 24 Wave!
The first event for the Melges 24 Class took place over this past weekend. A couple dozen Melges 24's from around the world descended on MIAMI Beach for a go at the tropical 2016 Worlds ocean venue. It was all smiles on the docks at MIAMI YC each night of this Melges 24 MIAMI Invitational with animated talk of great sleigh rides, flying fish catches, and other good clean fun in the sunny, warm waters off Miami Beach.
Long time Melges 24 sailor Bruce Ayres on his Monsoon won the event with his team of Katie Bill, Mike Buckley, George Peet and Jeff Reynolds. With tied points was second Conor Clarke's Embarr followed by Martin Kullman's New Wave.
Richard Reid’s Melges 24 Zingara of Toronto enjoying late November surfing off Miami Beach - (c) Penalty Box Productions / Petey Crawford
2015 Miami Invitational was the final event of the 2015 International North American Ranking and with Australian NSW State Titles regatta held on November 20-22 also the final events of the Melges 24 International World Ranking. The final results of both rankings will be published this week.
SAVE THE DATES for 2015-2016 Melges 24 World Winter Series Regattas and see the USMCA 2016 Events Schedule:
January 18-20, 2016 - Key West Race Week
March 18-20, 2016 - Melges 24 Madness
November 26 - December 3, 2016 - Melges 24 Worlds
On October 6-9, 2016 teams from around the World are returning to Zenda for the Melges 24 US Nationals on Buddy Melges’ famed Lake Geneva. On November 26- December 3, 2016 Melges 24 teams from around the world will meet in Miami for what is stacking up to be the largest and most spectacular Melges 24 World Championships to date. Please reserve your lodging now and register for worlds: http://www.melges24worlds.com
After the 2016 Melges 24 Miami Worlds, teams from all over the world are planning to keep their boats in south Florida for the MELGES24 World Winter Series, before heading to Charleston Race Week or shipping boats home.
2016-17 MELGES 24 WORLD WINTER SERIES-
11/26-12/3/16 Act 1 Miami World Championships Miami Beach
1/16-20/17 Act 2 Key West Race Week Key West
3/17-19/17 Act 3 MELGES24 Madness Miami Beach
Melges 24 Miami Invitational 2015 - photo (c) Bombarda Racing / PhotoBoat.com