U.S. Melges 24 Fleet Plans To Rock Layline Oakcliff Nationals

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23 June 2010

Newport, R.I. - The U.S. Melges 24 Class is excited and prepared to receive an impeccable line-up of teams for the 2010 Layline Oakcliff Melges 24 Nationals this coming weekend, June 25-27, hosted by Sail Newport. Additional entries are expected to arrive at Thursday’s registration. Racing is set and ready to go for Friday through Sunday.

With tradition, a host of America’s hottest and most profound teams will be in attendance. Most favored to win, but certainly not unchallenged is Alan Field on WTF. Field and team travels from Los Angeles, Calif. and will potentially take their third major event title before moving on to the 2010 North American Championship, being held in Rochester, N.Y. on September 20-26. His victories at the Texas Gulf Coast Championship in early May and crushing win at the Detroit NOOD clearly puts this flamboyant team at the forefront of favorites.

Others predicted to do well include a host of fantastically vibrant Charleston teams. Great things can be expected from the very youthful, all-American David O’Reilly on ARDOR/C.R.E.A.M., David Dabney on Conejo Racing, 2010 Key West Match Racing Champion Guy Mossman on Battle Rhythm, U.S. Melges 24 Class President Steve Kopf on Blur and Chris Hamilton on PBR Street Gang. The only lady helm in the fleet, Ms. Jennifer Wilson is a shy sweetheart on the dock, but definitely packs an aggressive punch when it comes to placing her Convexity Melges 24 at the front of a fleet, enough so to win the 2010 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week. 2008 U.S. National Corinthian Champion Simon Strauss on Simplicity is back, faster than ever. He is most favored to win the Corinthian title again, however will take on strong opposition from Annapolis’ Henry Filter on Wild Child and Sean Scarborough on Rhino.

Things will be intense on the water, but after racing each day teams will enjoy Heineken beer on the docks. A phenomenal cocktail party at Malcolm and Kathy Gefter’s home is planned for Friday. The fleet will rock Newport on Saturday night at the Melges Rocks Party at Riptide!

Full Entry List
1.) JC Raby, Evil Donut
2.) Cary Seigler, Rock Steady
3.) David O’Reilly, ARDOR/C.R.E.A.M.
4.) Steve Kopf, Blur-Pacific Energy Ventures
5.) Chris Hamilton, PBR Street Gang
6.) David Dabney, Conejo Racing
7.) Simon Strauss, Simplicity
8.) Guy Mossman, Battle Rhythm
9.) Henry Filter, Wild Child
10.) Sean Scarborough, Rhino
11.) Nick Amendola, Entourage
12.) Jennifer Wilson, Convexity
13.) John Hamilton, Mustang

Official Event Website

The 2010 Melges 24 National Championship is graciously supported and encouraged by the following businesses. The U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA) is especially grateful to title sponsors Layline and Oakcliff Sailing Center.

The 'Original Performance Sailing Retailer', for over 20 years, Layline is back with a new vigor to provide sailors with the absolute best in custom rigging, gear, and sailing apparel. Layline is proud to be the Title Sponsor and Official Supplier of Gear and Rigging of the 2010 Layline Oakcliff U.S. Melges 24 Nationals as well as the Platinum Sponsor of the U.S. Optimist Class, Official Supplier to their U.S. National Team and Title Sponsor of the 2010 USODA Layline Nationals. Visit layline.com to learn more.

The Oakcliff Sailing Center, located in Oyster Bay, NY offers a growth path for sailors who are serious about excelling in competition as well as in the business of sailing. Operating from an America's Cup-like campus, they maintain a cutting edge fleet of Swedish Match 40's, Shields, Melges 24's, Farr 40's, IRC racers, and three classic wooden yachts.

As a foundation dedicated to the growth of individuals who are serious about the sport, Oakcliff founded the Acorn Program. This program immerses recipients in the world of sailing, covering everything from the sponsorship/business side of sailing, to high-level match racing skills. Graduating Acorns are fully prepared to manage race boats, sail in the America's Cup or become a business entrepreneur. Visit oakcliffsailing.org to learn more.

Sail Newport's Mission is to grow the sport of sailing, bring special events to Newport, and to provide public access to sailing programs in Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay for all ages and all economic levels. Sail Newport's one design storage, regatta and service facilities make it the home for one design fleets such as the massive J/24 Fleet 50, the Laser 413 Frostbite Fleet and the 30+ boat Newport Shields Fleet 8. Visit sailnewport.org to learn more.

The USMCA would also like to extend a very special thank you to Melges USA, Quantum Sail Group, Cre843, Boston Meridian and Mac Designs.