23 Melges 14s battle it out at the Melges 14 Midwinter Championship

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18 March 2017

23 Melges 14s battle it out at the Melges 14 Midwinter Championship

Day One Regatta Report

 

Melges 14 Midwinters Day One Video

 

SARASOTA, Fla. (Mar. 17, 2017) – The Melges 14 Midwinter Championship hosted 23 Melges 14s in Sarasota, Florida for the first event of the Melges 14 Tour. The Sarasota Sailing Squadron welcomed the Melges 14 fleet with open arms. This event’s Melges 14 fleet hails from as far west as Maui and as far east as Cape Cod.

As the first sanctioned regatta for the growing Melges 14 fleet, the day’s first race was a historic one. Charlie Buckingham took the race win in medium, shifty conditions on Sarasota Bay. Buckingham got off the line clean and was able to get into the pressure which filled from the right. 13-year-old Chapman Peterson had an impressive start. Peterson hit the starting line at full speed and punched ahead of the fleet right off the bat. Buckingham was first around the windward mark and was able to hold onto his lead until the finish. Behind Buckingham was Matthew Woodworth, Mitchell Rogers, Tim Llewellyn, and Sean Fidler.

The breeze throttled down to fragile, light conditions for the second race. The key to success was sailing through the pressure. Woodworth quickly adapted through changing conditions and consistently kept his boat in the breeze to earn the bullet in race two. A large left shift shook up the fleet halfway up the first beat. Bob Little and Mitchell Rogers capitalized on the shift to round first and second, respectively, at the first weather beat. The wind gradually decreased as the race continued. Woodworth won the race followed by Rogers, Buckingham, Sean Fidler and Little.

With a lack of sailable breeze but plenty of sunshine, race committee called for postponement following the finish of the second race. At least one sailor took a short siesta on the cockpit of the Melges 14 while others practiced their roll tacks, debriefed the previous races, or just soaked up some sun. The fleet floated for just over a half hour before race committee made the call to end racing for the day.

On Saturday morning the Melges 14 fleet kicks off the Melges 14 Tour with a special breakfast hosted by Melges Performance Sailboats at 9:30 a.m. Stay tuned to the Melges Performance Sailboats Facebook Page for regatta coverage throughout the weekend. Racing wraps up on Sunday, March 19th.

 

TOP FIVE RESULTS 

(PRELIMINARY – After Two Races)

1.) Matthew Woodworth: 2 · 1 = 3

2.) Charlie Buckingham: 1 · 3 = 4

3.) Mitchell Rogers: 3 · 2 = 5

4.) Sean Fidler: 5 · 4 = 9

5.) Bob Little: 6 · 5 = 11

 


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