The yacht racing in the south has been hot and heavy this winter. More events are in store for those who are fortunate enough to plan for some well-deserved time off.
Letís start with the Melges24 World Championship held in mid December at Ocean Reef Yacht Club in Key Largo, Florida. This event boasted 99 boats on the line with seven-leg windward/leeward courses. Twenty-six year old James Spithill from Team Luna Rossa sailed well enough to hold off Gabriele Benussi by eight points. Sounds more like this regatta was held in Italy. Dave Ullman from Team Pegasus came in a strong third. Special note; secret weapon for Spithillís team was 11 year old Mac Agnese (80lbs) from Ft. Lauderdale putting their crew weight right on the money.
Right on the heels of the Melges Worlds was Key West Race Week. Wind strength started easy on Monday around 7 Ė 15 knots. Midweek brought winds up to 30+ knots resulting in plenty of action both good and bad. Many broken boats and spars wreaking havoc throughout some fleets. One report from a RC member was that the TP52s were particularly exciting to watch with many wipeouts. Mumm 30ís didnít use kites on Wednesday. Representing Western Michigan in the very professional Farr 40 class were Brian Torresen on Warpath placing third and Bob Hughes’ Heartbreaker from Holland placing fifth. Special note: Dave Ullman? Wow, from a third at the Melges Worlds to Key West Melges24 Champion. This guy is only 60 years old. There is a good article about him at www.ocmetro.com. Check out the Key West action and results at Premiere-Racing.
Up next is the Acura Miami Race Week / TP52 Worlds held March 8-13, 2006.
Another popular regatta coming up is the St. Pete NOODís. Muskegon Yacht Club members Ken Gray, Pat Sagan, Brian Smith, and John Schumacher are headed to St. Pete to do battle in the Melges class. The Laser Mid-winterís East regatta will be held February 23-26 in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Check it out on the Laser web site at Laser International. The JY15s will be hosting their mid-winterís in Clearwater as well on March 10-12. Their site is jyca.org. Western Michigan sailors attending this regatta are Mark Allen, Greg Heath, and Aaron Boeseneker. The Sunfish Mid-winterís are being held in Melborne, Florida, March 16-19. See the details at Sunfish.
Regatta action then starts to move North with the Annapolis One-Design regatta this spring. Finally, as spring opens up in the Great Lakes, the Muskegon Yacht Clubís Spring One-design regatta held May 20-21. The Mid-west Melges24 fleets begin to sharpen their claws with this annual regatta on the waters of Muskegon Lake. Contact MYC Melges Fleet Captain John Schumacher for further details. The Melges24ís Mid-west fleets move on to Detroit and Chicago NOOD regattas, then to Traverse City, Charlevoix, and Lake Geneva to settle their scores.
As we speak another offer has been made to get the 10th Melges24 to the Muskegon fleet. More news as it happens.
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