Champagne Conditions for the Melges 14 Midwinter Championship

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19 March 2017

Champagne Conditions for the Melges 14 Midwinter Championship

Day Two Regatta Report

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SARASOTA, Fla. (Mar. 18, 2017) – At the inaugural Melges 14 Midwinter Championship, Matthew Woodworth, Charlie Buckingham and Mitchell Rogers are leading with one more day of racing left.

Today sailors enjoyed three consistent, windy races run by Principle Race Officer Irene McNeill and the race committee team. The Sunshine State proved its name — Sailors enjoyed abundant sunshine at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron on Florida’s Lido Key. Racing will continue tomorrow.

The second day of the regatta began with a breakfast hosted by Melges Performance Sailboats for the Melges 14 sailors. With too faint of a breeze for racing, everyone socialized during postponement. When the sea breeze rolled in, sailors were hungry to hit the water. With the sound of one horn around 1:00 p.m., every sailor raised their full-range Gold rig and splashed boats. The sea breeze filled at a solid 10-15 mph that held consistently into the evening. 

Saturday’s first start was pin-favored and everyone tacked to port. Rogers held the lead of the race at the first weather mark. Dan Guidinger and Woodworth followed. Upwind, Guidinger used the left shift to pop ahead of everyone with the exception of Rogers. Woodworth showed exceptional downwind skills throughout the event. After the windward mark rounding, he was able to reel in Guidinger and Rogers to take the bullet in race three

Buckingham and Woodworth battled it out in race four. Both sailors started in the middle of the line and punched out early. Woodworth’s downwind speed pushed him ahead. Rogers was over the starting line at the gun and eventually finished in eighth place, dropping him back in the standings. David Hillmyer, after not sailing on the event’s first day, quickly adapted to the new class and finished in fifth place in race four. The race ended with Woodworth taking the bullet, Buckingham in second, Fidler in third, Little in fourth and Hillmyer in fifth.

Woodworth extended his lead over the fleet in race five. The scoresheet held true to form with the top five regatta leaders each finishing in their respective place.

When not racing, Melges 14 owners shared strategies to build the fleet on the grassroots level. Jon Mann spoke on his efforts in Norfolk, Virginia with the Melges 14 Mid-Atlantic Regatta & Demo April 22-23. Daniel Thielman, Steve Cameron and Angie Liebert spoke about the growing San Francisco fleet. “There’s just no comparison to how easy the Melges 14s are to rig,” said Mitchell Rogers about the Melges 14 compared to similar boats of its size: “They will find more success in the Melges 14 because of how easy the sail depowers.” Over breakfast, the community discussed jibe technique, body positioning, downwind vang, heel angle and centerboard placement. 

New Melges 14s and used demo boats are available now. Contact Melges Performance Sailboats to buy.

Racing concludes tomorrow afternoon.

 

TOP TEN RESULTS

(PRELIMINARY – After Five Races)

 

1.) Matthew Woodworth: [2] · 1 · 1 · 1 · 1 = 4

2.) Charlie Buckingham: 1 · 3 · [5] · 2 · 2 = 8

3.) Mitchell Rogers: 3 · 2 · 2 · [8] · 3 = 10

4.) Sean Fidler: [5] · 4 · 4 ·3 · 4 = 15

5.) Bob Little: 6 · 5 · [7] · 4 · 5 = 20

6.) Dan Guidinger: [7] · 7 · 3 · 6 · 7 = 23

7.) Roger Link: 4 · 9 · 9 · 7 · [13] = 29

8.) Michael Gillian: [23] · 11 · 8 · 9 · 8 = 36

9.) Christian Oertel: 10 · 8 · [14] · 11 · 10 = 39

10.) Daniel Thielman: 12 · [13] · 11 · 10 · 9 = 42

 

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