A Sporty Resolution
24 February 2016
Zenda, WI - The New York Yacht Club (NYYC), the International Melges 20 Class Association (IM20CA) and Melges Performance Sailboats have confirmed the Melges 20 as the sportboat of choice for the 2016 NYYC Resolute Cup. The regatta, which takes place September 12 to 18, 2016 in Newport, R.I. will feature Corinthian teams from top U.S. yacht clubs competing on a level playing field for an historic trophy and national bragging rights. The winner will also earn a berth in the prestigious 2017 Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup. The sporty Melges 20 will be featured as the Gold Fleet boat and will be on display in Newport Harbor, and at the 2016 International Newport Boat Show.
"We are extremely excited to have the Melges 20 involved in the 2016 Resolute Cup," says event chair Patricia O'Donnell. "The name Melges has been synonymous with performance sailing for more than half a century. The inclusion of Melges' latest sportboat in the 2016 Resolute Cup will add a dose of speed and excitement to the regatta."
For the Class, being featured as the Resolute Cup sportboat provides the perfect opportunity for a wide range of sailors to experience the Melges 20 to the max. "Similar to when the Melges 20 was launched in 2008, those who sail a Melges 20 are often hooked from the start," commented Sam Rogers, the North American fleet manager.
"Sailors competing in this event can expect to have a reliable, nimble and tactically fun boat to race along with first-class support throughout the event... and hopefully, will have some great stories to tell too!"
Melges Performance Sailboats representatives will be on hand during the regatta to provide best sail trim, boat handling and other go fast tips, and techniques.
With demand for the Melges 20 remaining strong worldwide, participating in the 2016 Resolute Cup will enable the fleet to expand and grow participation. Melges USA is 100% committed to the cause by providing a maximum of 12 brand-new, high-quality 2016 Melges 20s for the event. These new boats will be available for purchase prior to the event at a discounted price, for delivery at the conclusion of the event, and just in time for the North American Championship taking place in Toronto, Canada hosted by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club on September 23-25.
"When presented with the opportunity to support the NYYC's Resolute Cup and have sailors from all across North America experience the Melges 20 firsthand, the decision was easy," says Melges USA President, Andy Burdick. "Our goal is to provide sailors with a great racing experience while also allowing interested sailors, future and current owners, and yacht clubs with an opportunity to purchase new Melges 20s at a discounted price."
2016 Resolute Cup Melges 20 packages will be released in the coming weeks and any teams interested in learning about pricing should contact Andy Burdick at Melges.
TRAINING & CHARTER BOAT OPPORTUNITIES
Teams selected to compete in the 2016 Resolute Cup are encouraged to also compete in scheduled Class events this coming season. Charter boats are available for the U.S. National Championship held in conjunction with Sperry Charleston Race Week in Charleston, SC on April 14-17.
With a strong nucleus in the Newport area, the Melges 20 Class is currently solidifying two events this summer - an informal training regatta on May 21-22, and at the 2016 Sail Newport Regatta. Any and all interested teams are encouraged to contact North American Fleet Manager, Sam Rogers for a detailed list of charter and used boat options available for these events.