Melges, Ankers and Thielman Take Podium at the Melges 14 Midwinter Championship

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4 March 2018

Melges Press Release

Melges, Ankers and Thielman Take Podium at the Melges 14 Midwinter Championship

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 4, 2018) – Taking his grandfather’s advice, Harry Melges IV started first and increased his lead — and ultimately won the Melges 14 Midwinter Championship. Adam Ankers of Privateer Yacht Club (Chattanooga, TN) sailed an extremely consistent series earning a strong second. Daniel Thielman from Corinthian Yacht Club (San Francisco, CA) put his stamp on the final day, earning third place.

Day three saw a building 12-20 knot breeze. Melges, Lars Osell and Ankers stepped out to an early lead in Race Nine. Melges extended his lead on the final upwind to earn the W. Ankers sailed a strong final downwind to secure a second place. Race Ten of the event saw more tight action with Sergey Bolotin, Melges, Ankers and Thielman all coming into the finish seemingly at once. The final race of the series saw the biggest breeze yet. A steady 15 knots gusting upwards of 20 filled across the race course. A pin-skewed starting line and a backing breeze put Thielman out to an early lead. Melges, Bolotin and Ankers kept the burners on — not willing to give Thielman an easy time. The race order remained largely unchanged until the last half of the last run. Attempting to lock in one final bullet, Melges pressed Thielman high and off of the rum line. Seeing this, Bolotin dove low and gained speed. Before Thielman and Melges had a chance to react, Bolotin surged into the lead and took the final race of the series. Thielman finished in second, securing his spot on the podium.

The battle for the top female sailor saw Peyton Ankers and Jennifer Canestra face off, with Ankers taking the title after neck-and-neck racing all weekend long.

Local Sarasota sailor Lars Osell missed the podium by one position, placing fourth overall. Todd Wilson of Lake Lanier Sailing Club had an extremely consistent series placing fifth.

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First Place — Harry Melges IV, Buddy Melges Sailing Center


Second Place — Adam Ankers, Privateer Yacht Club

Third Place — Daniel Thielman, Corinthian Yacht Club

Top Woman — Peyton Ankers, Privateer Yacht Club


Final, After 11 Races

1. Harry Melges, Buddy Melges Sailing Center, 1-2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-[3]- ; 11   

2. Adam Ankers, Privateer Yacht Club, 6-1-[8]-5-3-2-3-2-2-4-6- ; 34   

3. Daniel Thielman, Corinthian Yacht Club, [26/DSQ]-5-2-2-5-9-2-6-13-5-2- ; 51   

4. Lars Osell, Sarasota Youth Sailing/Ephraim Yacht Club, 2-8-5-7-4-5-5-3-3-10-[14]- ; 52   

5. Todd Wilson, Lake Lanier Sailing Club, 4-3-4-8-8-8-9-[11]-8-3-5- ; 60   

6. Auric Horneman, Berkeley Yacht Club, 10-6-11-4-11-4-[14]-5-6-6-4- ; 67   

7. Sergey Bolotin, Hoofers Sailing Club, 13-15-[19]-10-6-6-10-7-9-2-1- ; 79   

8. Joshua Landers, Privateer Yacht Club, 5-9-6-9-7-[18]-11-9-5-14-9- ; 84   

9. James Gillian, 9-4-3-3-18-16-6-4-15-7-[26/DNC]- ; 85   

10. Dan McGraw, Lake Lanier Sailing Club, 3-10-7-6-12-11-8-13-12-[17]-8- ; 90   

11. Kyle Navin, Buddy Melges Sailing Center, 14-11-12-[18]-2-17-4-8-4-9-12- ; 93   

12. Chris Sinnett, Stonington Harbor Yacht Club, [17]-7-14-15-9-7-7-14-7-11-7- ; 98   

13. KC Shannon, Lake Lanier Sailing Club, 7-13-10-14-13-3-12-[21]-21-8-18- ; 119   

14. John VanZee, Les Cheneaux Yacht Club, 11-12-15-13-[17]-12-16-12-10-16-10- ; 127   

15. Jackson Walker, LaBelle Yacht Club, 8-14-9-20-[26/DNF]-26/DNC-19-18-20-12-13- ; 159T   

16. Anthony Flake, Annapolis Yacht Club, 12-20-13-19-15-15-[22]-10-19-20-16- ; 159T   

17. Nels Curnow, Pikes Bay, 18-18-17-12-14-19-[20]-17-16-18-11- ; 160   

18. Peyton Ankers, Privateer Yacht Club, 15-17-[20]-11-16-20-18-20-14-15-15- ; 161T   

19. Brandon Wagner, Okoboji Yacht Club, 19-16-16-16-22-13-13-16-17-13-[26/DNC]- ; 161T   

20. Jennifer Canestra, Corinthian Yacht Club of San Francisco, 16-[19]-18-17-19-14-17-19-18-19-17- ; 174   

21. Michael Gillian, [26/DNC]-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC-10-10-15-15-11-26/DNC-26/DNC- ; 191   

22. Jimmy Flake, Annapolis Yacht Club, 20-21-21-21-21-22-21-[23]-22-21-19- ; 209   

23. Dave Weddige, [26/OCS]-22-26/DNF-26/DNC-20-21-23-22-23-26/DNC-26/DNC- ; 235   

24. John Adams, Lake Lanier Sailing Club, 21-[26/RET]-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC- ; 255   

25. Steve Cameron, Richmond Yacht Club, [26/DNC]-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC-26/DNC- ; 260  

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