Melges 24s Top Sperry Charleston Race Week Attendance Ahead of 2020 Worlds, Early Entry Deadline is March 1st

February 10, 2020 – Charleston, S.C. USA – With only three months to go until the start of the 2020 World Championship (1-9 May) in Charleston, South Carolina, Melges 24 teams all over the world are steadily signing up to compete. Early entry deadlines are fast approaching, and March 1st is the earliest in which teams can take advantage of the lowest entry fees. Click here to register now.

2019 Sperry Charleston Race Week – Photo © U.S. Melges 24 Class Association

“Premier racing is what we are going for at Worlds. Charleston is a really big venue, and we have lots of options on where we can race. If you are a team that has never done a Worlds, this is your chance to experience Melges 24 racing at its most exhilarating. It is an opportunity you don’t want to miss,” says longtime Melges 24 sailor and Charleston local John Bowden.

John Bowden (second from left) aboard of Travis Weisleder’s Lucky Dog / Gill Race Team USA858 – the winner of 2019 Sperry Charleston Race Week – photo ©CRW/Zerogradinord

“Randy Draftz and his race/regatta management team are the absolute best. Their goal is to make the Worlds a one of a kind event,” continued Bowden. “They are eager to address any concerns anyone has regarding racing, storage, logistics. If you have questions, they have the right answers.”

Hands down, everyone recognizes Charleston as one of the most competitive and challenging race tracks for one design, performance yacht racing. This simple fact is exactly why Charleston was selected to host the Worlds and why teams are piling onto the entry list. Teams from Canada, United States, Germany, Italy and Australia are represented so far. Click here to see the current entry list.

Australian Melges 24 fleet will be represented at the 2020 Melges 24 Worlds by Steve O’ Rourke’s Panther AUS795. On this photo sailing at the 2019 Accru Melges 24 Australian National Championship on lake Macquarie – photo © Ally Graham

They want to compete at the International Melges 24 Class’ most prestigious event, but they are also pretty excited to be front and center at the 25th edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week (April 23-26). So far, 41 teams have thrown their hats into the ring making the Melges 24 Class the largest in attendance. Click here to register for Sperry Charleston Race Week.

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The 2020 Melges 24 World Championship is proudly supported by Mount Pleasant South CarolinaHigh and Dry Boat WorksCoral Reef Sailing ApparelSail22Vakaros and the Northern Michigan Melges 24 Fleet.

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The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel/Pugh and built by Melges Performance Sailboats and holds a unique position among the world’s one-design sportboats as one of the most successful classes of high performance yachts. For more information, please visit the official website of the International Melges 24 Class Association at

For media photos (web and/or high resolution) or class specific information about the Melges 24 at the 2020 Melges 24 World Championship, please contact:

Joy Dunigan
2020 Melges 24 World Championship Press Officer
U.S. Melges 24 Class Association, Administrator
Mobile: +1 (912) 398-5776
Skype: joysavannah

Piret Salmistu
2020 Melges 24 World Championship Press Coordinator
International Melges 24 Class Association Administrator & Media Coordinator
Mobile/WhatsApp: +372 507 7217

Can’t wait to have this downwind ride in Charleston! Melges 24 at the 2019 Sperry Charleston Race Week – photo © CRW/Zerogradinord

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